Summertime is the perfect excuse to switch up your go-to cocktail. You may even want to trade in your signature drink for a lighter “mocktail” option. Whether you’re enjoying your lunch break or catching up with an old friend, we’ve compiled the list of our favorite “must-try” cocktails and mocktails this summer.
Two words sum up the Divieto experience: “That’s amore.”
With its rustic, prohibition-era ambience and world-class menu, it’s easy to love Divieto Ristorante. The restaurant offers refreshing cocktails imbued with the essence of Italia. The La Passione, for instance, includes Casa Noble Tequila, orange curaçao, passion fruit, lime and kicks it up a notch with Hellfire habanero bitters.
Looking for a lite bite? The restaurant’s most popular appetizers include Italian staple Calamari Fritti—fried calamari, zucchini and yellow squash, served with spicy tomato and garlic aioli sauce—and Carpaccio di Manzo, thin slices of beef topped with fresh mushrooms, arugula and shaved parmesan cheese, drizzled with white truffle oil and served with focaccia bread.
Much like its signature ceviche dishes, CVI.CHE 105 features an array of refreshing cocktails infused with fresh ingredients used throughout Peruvian cuisine. The Pisco Sour, for example, features their very own Pisco 105, fresh lime juice, sugar, egg whites, and angostura bitters.
For the mocktail connoisseurs among us, CVI.CHE 105 has you covered. The crowd-favorite Lima-nade includes lime juice, mango, coriander seed syrup and soda.
Those in need of a zesty, one-of-a-kind quick bite should look no further. Among the diverse menu of fine Peruvian cuisine, there is a vast selection of ceviche and tiraditos that we don’t suggest passing up. A few bites of these incredibly refreshing options are a perfect pairing with sipping a pisco sour while dining outside.
A crowd favorite, Pubbelly Sushi offers patrons a Latin spin on Japanese cuisine. Guests seated in their outdoor courtyard can cool off with one of Pubbelly’s signature cocktails, the Tiki Tiki 15, which features a delicious mix of Havana Club rum, papaya puree, coconut milk, and lime juice. Wow your Instagram followers with the picture-perfect Lucky Kat cocktail, which is served in an adorable “Kat” cup.
Those searching for a “mocktail” can choose from the restaurant’s extensive offerings, including the refreshing Watermelon Crush, made with fresh watermelon juice and shaken with mint, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and topped with club soda.
If you’re searching for something to pair with your mocktail/cocktail, you have to try Pubbelly’s newest, and limited time, menu addition of sushi cones. The delectable quad features a lobster, sushi, tuna and hamchi cones that are just as good as they look.
Everyone needs a little relaxation. Tap 42’s newest cocktail, The Strawberry Kush, will do the trick. Infused with CBD oil, fresh strawberries, Doublecross vodka, fresh lemon juice, and a duo of basil foam and syrup, it’s the perfect drink to put your mind at ease.
When searching for a classic cocktail, you can’t go wrong with Tap 42’s Smoked Old-Fashioned, which features Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon. The drink incorporates mocha syrup, which highlights the bourbon’s earthy tones before smoke is infused into the glass. This beautiful cocktail is presented on a Cedar plank, and like every good Old Fashioned, finished with a flamed orange.
If you worked up an appetite, Tap 42 boasts a robust menu of appetizers. Guests love the Truffle Street Corn Guacamole, which includes hand-mashed avocados with charred corn, truffle crema, cotija cheese topped off with chile-lime spice. Another favorite? Tap 42’s signature Short Rib Beef Sliders.
If there is one thing Cheesecake Factory is known for, it’s a robust menu. Guests can choose from a seemingly never-ending list of cocktails, mocktails, and unique light bites. Start off with selecting one (or more!) of the seven different flatbreads. Feeling indulgent? Try the Southern Fried Chicken Sliders, which has crispy fried chicken breast on mini buns with lettuce, tomato and pickles.
If you’re in the mood for a bubbly and crisp drink to cool you off, try the Factory Beach Bellini – a twist on the brunch staple, the cocktail is made with Champagne, Peach Liqueur and blended with fresh peaches.
Searching for a summer-themed mocktail treat? We recommend sipping the Tropical Ginger Cooler, which combines island juices and fresh ginger with lime and soda.