IngredientsMezcal, Lillet Blanc, Angostura Orange

This cocktail is one which will leave you saying, "Huh, who would've thunk".  At one time, Regency Mall was the spot and with its revitalization in the works, it will be again. In the meantime, Want to enjoy a cocktail of the smoothest proportions and not deal with horrific traffic that encompasses short pump? this is the joint. As you sip, you can be educated on the countless whiskies and liquor which adorn owner, William McCormick's, rack. It's impressive to say the least, but after a long, hot day this is what you are looking for to ease the heat. The Brisket Nachos are highly recommended to accompany such refreshments.

White Sangria

Cafe Rustica

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Ingredients: Gruner veltliner, honeydew, cantaloupe, mint, ginger, grapefruit rind, grapefruit segments, finished with sparkling moscato

This little gem in the city has been around for a number of years, but still remains a bit unnoticed. for all of the wine drinkers who adore a refreshing sangria over the hot summer days, we love cafe rustica. the food is always stellar, the atmosphere cozy, and the brunch is never a long line that seems eternal when you are famished. Nicole Ponticello creates some magical mixtures and this one was nothing short of innovative.

The Cucumber Margarita

WONG GONZALEZ

IT'S 5PM AND THE CONCRETE UNDER THOSE DOGS IS FEELING LIKE A HOT SKILLET. NEED TO COOL OFF BEFORE HEADING TO THE PARKING GARAGE? STOP BY WONG GONZALEZ FOR A HAPPY HOUR COCKTAIL AND SOME TACOS. MORE IMPORTANTLY TRY THIS REFRESHING CUCUMBER MARGARITA THAT MELLOWS OUT THE TART AND BRINGS IN THE COOL.

Ingredients:  Lunazul Blanco Tequila, Domaine de Canton, Lime juice, Agave syrup, muddled Cucumber, garnish with Lime and Mint

The Last Splash

Liberty Public House

Liberty Public House resides in the newly renovated East End Theater in Church Hill. It's a definite cool spot to find a solid menu and some quench worthy cocktails. Not exactly a classic, the Last Splash is reminiscent of an updated pina colada. Tropical, delicious, and energizing.

IngredientsPlantation 3 Star Rum, Coconut Oolong Syrup, Fresh Lime Juice, Dashes Tiki Bitters


Your Turn

We thought you'd like some recipes for some other Summer cocktail ideas. Make at your own leisure.

The Goombay Smash

I learned this one from a former manager of mine. There are plenty of recipes for this but I'd have to say this one is the my favorite.

Served in a Pint Glass

  • Equal Parts Meyers Dark Rum, Bacardi Light Rum, Malibu Coconut Rum
  • Orange Juice
  • Pineapple Juice
  • A dash of Triple Sec
  • .6 oz Half and Half
  • Pour over Ice and Shake it Baby
  • Garnish with Orange Slice and Cherry

Tincho

This Argentinian wine is divine for Summer and easily the easiest recipe of them all!

Served in whatever vessel you wish

  • New Age White
  • Pour Over Ice
  • Squeeze some lime
  • add citrus fruit if you wish
  • Drink

Pimm's Cup

This English woman who used to come to the pub I worked at would get these every day. It's been around since 1832. An oldie but a goodie. You can find these at Pearl Raw Bar in the Fan.

Served in a tall Highball Glass

  • 2 oz. Pimm’s No. 1
  • 4 oz. lemonade or lemon-lime soda or ginger ale
  • Mint sprig, cucumber slice, strawberry slice and apple slice, for garnish (you can use any fruit you wish)
  • Pour over Ice
  • Stir gently, and garnish with the mint sprig, cucumber slice, strawberry slice or apple slice.

Kalimotxo

I was unaware that mixing coke and red wine would ever be anything but blasphemy. I was wrong. This Spanish drink (Basque Country) was deemed the poor man's Cuba Libre and is actually quite delicious and refreshing. For all of us who enjoy red wine all year round.

Served in a Highball Glass 

  • One part Red wine (Pinot Noir preferably)
  • One part Cola
  • Add a dash of Angostura bitters
  • Stir together over plenty of ice