The kids may be heading back to school, but all Phoenicians know that summer is far from over. As the heat continues, what better way to cool off and keep your cool than by sipping on a summery drink? Here are some of our favorite alcoholic and non-alcoholic local drinks to help you beat the heat through the last stretch of summer.
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Piña Colada | The Breadfruit & Rum Bar (108 E. Pierce St.)
If your summer wanderlust has you dreaming of a Caribbean vacation, an easy fix is a night at The Breadfruit and Rum Bar. You’ll feel the island vibes with any of their rum cocktails, but you can’t go wrong with classics like the Piña Colada Redux or a Dark and Stormy.
Milk Tea | Snoh Ice Shavery (801 N. 2nd St.)
When it comes to beating the heat, Snoh Ice Shavery is a must. Venture out from the norm by trying their Honey Dew Milk Tea, and add a glaze or boba if you’re feeling fancy. The shop also offers Slushies and assorted iced tea flavors, as well as their classic shaved Snoh Ice, a cross between ice cream and traditional shaved ice.
Lowrider Margaritas | Barrio Café (2814 N. 16th St.)
Nothing says “summer in the desert” quite like a margarita. A local favorite is Barrio Café’s Lowrider Margarita made with a simple and delicious mix of Don Julio Blanco Tequila, fresh lime juice and Cointreau. And when their sister restaurant, Barrio Café Gran Reserva, returns from summer break in mid-September, be sure to try their Gran Avenida margarita, made with Bosscal Mezcal, fresh lime juice, Gran Marinier, fresh orange juice, agave nectar and a slice of ginger.
Honey Vanilla Latte | Giant Coffee (1437 N 1st. St.)
This latte from Giant Coffee is a local favorite for a reason. It features the perfect blend of honey and vanilla, containing just the right amount of sweetness. Try it iced for a cool boost in the morning.
Craft Beers | Huss Brewing Co. (100 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. 160)
If beer is your drink of choice, then you already know there are few things better than an ice cold brew on a hot summer day. For that we recommend a trip to Huss Brewing’s recently opened taproom at Uptown Plaza. Try the Copper State IPA, The Husstler American Lager or any of their other locally brewed beers.
Paloma | Gallo Blanco (928 E. Pierce St.)
Gallo Blanco’s paloma brings ice and fire together by combining smooth, smoky sotol (rather than tequila) with grapefruit soda, salt and lime on the rocks. The result is a crisp, not-too-sweet and completely refreshing cocktail that pairs perfectly with a taco, guacamole or any of their other delicious menu items.
Sangria | Green New American Vegetarian (2022 N. 7th St.)
When it’s 105 degrees outside, an icy glass of sangria is hard to resist. Green’s version of this Spanish-style punch consists of red wine, boozy peaches and pineapple, and a splash of fizz – all served in a nice sized mason jar. We can verify that it is indeed irresistible fruity summer perfection!
Milkshakes (Spiked or Not) | The Duce (525 S. Central Ave.)
Take a step back in time at The Duce’s 1915 Chicago drug store soda fountain. You’ll find a variety of ice cream creations, including spiked milkshakes with flavors like White Russian and Strawberry Shortcake. The joint also offers non-alcoholic milkshakes for the whole family to enjoy.
Summer Coolers | Hanny’s (40 N. 1st. St.)
This swanky downtown Phoenix bar offers summer coolers year round, like Peach Porch Tea and Huckleberry Lemonade. For an classy alternative, try the Moscow Mule. This layered drink is sure to keep you cool.