The guide to cocktail lovers’ summer drinks

Pomegranate Martini from Bourbon Steak. (Submitted photo)

Pomegranate Martini from Bourbon Steak. (Submitted photo)

Whether they are fruity, frothy, spicy or smoky, there is nothing better than an ice-cold cocktail on a hot, summer day. Here is a rundown of some of the best bets in the Valley all summer long:

  • Venue: Toro Latin Restaurant and Wine Bar – Scottsdale
    • Cocktail: Watermelon Caipirhina
    • Description: Leblon Cachaca mixed with simple syrup, lime and watermelon
    • Cost: $15
  • Bourbon Steak – Scottsdale
    • Cocktail: Pomegranate Martini
    • Description: Mandarin blossom vodka mixed with fresh lemon juice, pomegranate and Cointreau
    • Cost: $15
Good Morning Honey

Good Morning Honey (Submitted photo)

  • Proof Canteen at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North – Scottsdale
    • Cocktail: Good Morning Honey
    • Description: Single barrel Russell’s Reserve bourbon, honey, chocolate bitters and locally made Press cold brew coffee infused with Applewood smoke
    • Cost: $14
  • The Beverly – Scottsdale
    • Cocktail: Heart of the Sun
    • Description: St. George Green Chile Vodka, Yellow Chartreuse, AZ Sunshine Bitters and Mango Nectar Syrup
    • Cost: $12
  • Paul Martin’s American Grill – Scottsdale
    • Cocktail: Meyer Lemon Drop
    • Description: House infused Meyer lemon vodka, triple sec, and Blue Curacao, served with a sugared rim
    • Cost: $11
Sea Monkey from RA Sushi (Submitted photo)

Sea Monkey from RA Sushi (Submitted photo)

  • RA Sushi Bar Restaurant – Scottsdale
    • Cocktail: Sea Monkey
    • Description: Layered martini with Skyy Raspberry Vodka, Chambord, and fruit juices
    • Cost: $9
  • Sassi – Scottsdale
    • Cocktail: Limoncello Cream
    • Description: House-made Limoncello, fresh lemonade, sugar rim
    • Cost: $12
  • Jalapeño Inferno – Scottsdale
    • Cocktail: Market Street Mixer
    • Description: Skinny and organic, this cocktail marries Tequila with acai berry agave nectar and seasonal fruit
    • Cost: $11
  • Last Drop at the Hermosa – Paradise Valley
    • Cocktail: Mezcal Mango Madness
    • Description: Illegal Mezcal Reposado mixed with mango puree, chipotle syyup, lime juice and 10 drops Bittermens Hellfire Shrub
    • Cost: $14
  • Sierra Bonita Grill – Phoenix
    • Cocktail: An Eye for a Rye
    • Description: Bulleit Rye and St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur muddled with fresh orange and Luxardo cherries, shaken and served over ice, then topped with Pellegrino and ginger beer.
    • Cost: $10
  • Del Frisco’s Grill – Phoenix
    • Cocktail: Sangria Pop
    • Description: Pinot Grigio, DeKuper Peachtree Schnapps and white peach puree mixed with Sprite and a strawberry puree popsicle
    • Cost: $11
  • 32 Shea – Phoenix
    • Cocktail: Cave Creek Bourbon Campari Zest
    • Description: Cave Creek Bourbon, Campari, Sweet Vermouth and a hint of orange zest
    • Cost: $10
  • Hole-in-the-Wall at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort – Phoenix
    • Cocktail: Front Porch Tea
    • Description: Old Smokey Peach Moonshine mixed with equal parts sweet tea and lemonade
    • Cost: $10

Ms. Bailin is a volunteer correspondent at the North Valley Office of Independent Newsmedia.

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