Say ‘so long’ to the warm weather with these summer-inspired cocktails from the hottest venues in New York City and Los Angeles. These boozy and refreshing cocktails are the perfect way to close out summer. So, grab some friends and raise a glass and cheers to the last few weeks of warmer weather!
BODEGA NEGRA AT DREAM DOWNTOWN
Sit back and watch the sunset while sipping on the Summer Sunset from Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown. This tequila and elderflower cocktail is super light and refreshing, and something any tequila lover will enjoy.
2 oz Milagro Blanco Tequila
.75 oz Elderflower
.75 Lime Juice
In a tin with ice, combine all ingredients excluding the club soda and shake. Strain over fresh ice in a salt rimmed glass. Top with club soda and garnish with a lime wheel.
MAGIC HOUR ROOFTOP BAR & LOUNGE
The Diplomat, $17 – Courtesy of Nikki McCutcheon, Beverage Director at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge
The Diplomat, $17, found at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge is the perfect cocktail to help you kiss summer goodbye. With Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, pear liquor and passionfruit, this semi sweet cocktail will help you wish away your summertime blues.
1.5 oz Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
.5 oz St. George Pear Liqueur
.75 oz Passionfruit Puree
1 oz Demerara Syrup
2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
Combine all ingredients into tin over ice and shake well. Strain over fresh ice into a highball and garnish with an edible flower.
PHD TERRACE AT DREAM MIDTOWN
Pompelmo Rosa, $18 – Courtesy of Phil Testa, Beverage Manager at PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown
The Pompelmo Rosa, $18, from PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown is a cocktail inspired by Positano, Italy. The elevated take on the Aperol Spritz, is complimented with grapefruit and lemon juice and an orange wedge – super light and refreshing!
1 oz Belvedere Vodka
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1.25 oz Grapefruit Juice
½ oz Simple Syrup
Combine all ingredients, except bubbles, in shaker and shake with ice. Pour contents into a wine glass with fresh ice and top it off with Prosecco. Garnish with an orange wheel.
THE BEACH AT DREAM DOWNTOWN
Femme Fatale, $16 – Courtesy of Inigo Salazar, Beverage Director at Bodega Negra
The Femme Fatale, $16, from The Beach at Dream Downtown is a light and refreshing cocktail that any vodka enthusiast would enjoy. Garnished with fresh edible flowers and rock candy, this fun and beautiful drink can be enjoyed well into the cool-weathered months.
1.5 oz Grey Goose Vodka
1.5 oz Grapefruit Juice
.75 oz Aperol
.5 oz Lemon
Combine all ingredients over ice and shake well. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with edible flowers and rock candy.
#2, $16 – Courtesy of Pamela Wiznitzer, Mixologist at The Lookup
The #2, $16, at The Lookup is the perfect hybrid between a paloma and a margarita – with added spice! You won’t want to miss this amazing concoction that can be made spicier upon request, and has an additional half rim of spices and salts to add another kick of flavor to the drink.
1.5 oz Calle 23 Blanco
.5 oz Grapefruit
.5 oz Lime Juice
.5 oz Ancho Reyes Verde
Pinch of Pink Sea Salt
Combine all ingredients to a tin over ice and shake. Coat the glass with a spiced rim (salt, sugar, pomegranate dust and cayenne) and strain into a highball with fresh ice. Sprinkle in a pinch of pink sea salt.
The Rizzo, $16 – Courtesy of Phil Testa, Beverage Manager at The Rickey
The Rizzo, $16, from The Rickey, is the perfect cocktail for a gin lover. With passionfruit, grapefruit, coconut water and egg white, ditch the boring gin & tonic and reach for something on the wild side!
1.5 oz Principe De Los Apostoles Gin
1.25 oz Passion Fruit
.75 oz Lemongrass Syrup
.5 oz Grapefruit
.5 oz Coconut Water
4 Dashes Aromatic Bitters
In tin, add all ingredients, including the egg white and dry shake. Then add ice and shake. Strain into a highball with lemon ice and garnish with grapefruit wheel and thyme.
BEAUTY AND ESSEX LOS ANGELES
The Beauty Elixir, $16
The Beauty Elixir, $16, found at Beauty & Essex Los Angeles is the ultimate summer drink. The perfect mix of Botanist, Campo Viejo Cava Brut, Puree Funkin Strawberry, Cucumber Water, Lemon Juice and Simple Syrup will have you ordering a second.
1.5 oz The Botanist
.5 oz Campo Viejo Cava Brut
.75 oz Puree Funkin Strawberry
.5 oz Cucumber Water
.25 oz Lemon Juice
.25 oz Simple Syrup
Combine all ingredients (except the Cava Brut) to a tin over ice and shake. Strain into a coup glass and top it off with Campo Viejo Cava Brut. Garnish with a lime chip and enjoy!
THE HIGHLIGHT ROOM
Watermelon Mint Lemonade, $17
The perfect drink for summer brunch, The Highlight Room’s Watermelon Mint Lemonade, $17 with a mix of Absolut Elyx, WTRMLN WTR and Fresh Lemon Juice, mixed with Mint Leaves, gives you the ultimate sweet and sour taste.
1.75oz Absolut Elyx
2oz WTRMLN WTR
1oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.5oz Simple Syrup
5-6 Mint Leaves
Lemon Wheels and mint shrub
In an empty tin muddle the mint, and then combine all ingredients with ice and stir. Transfer into a highball and garnish with a mint shrub and enjoy.
1 HOTEL WEST HOLLYWOOD
Located just on Sunset Blvd., 1 Kitchen by Chris Crary’s Sunset cocktail, $18 will give you the perfect hint of spice. Let your mind wander with the taste of Casamigos Tequila Blanco mixed with Lime Juice, Agave Nectar with muddled Fresno Chile Pepper and a pinch of cilantro.
2 oz Casamigos Tequila Blanco
1 oz Lime Juice
.75 oz Agave Nectar
¼ Slice of Fresno Chile Pepper – Muddled
Pinch of Cilantro
Top of Fresno Chile Pepper
In an empty vessel muddle all your ingredients together, shake and strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube.
SIXTY BEVERLY HILLS
Strawberry Smash, $16
Located on the roof at SIXTY Beverly Hills, enjoy the Strawberry Smash, $16, for a delicious taste of summer. Sit poolside at SIXTY Beverly Hills this holiday weekend and sip on this Vodka based cocktail mixed with lemon juice, simple syrup, and a squeeze of strawberry syrup.
1.5 oz Vodka
.5 oz Simple Syrup
.75 oz Lemon Juice
Squeeze of Strawberry Syrup
Add everything to mixing tin with ice, shake well and strain.