By Alison Bailin Batz
The temperatures are slowing inching downward, but it’s still hot, as we know. This kind of weather calls for extra cool cocktails. Here are the hottest of cool drinks to try.
NOOK Kitchen Arcadia
Cruzan Estate Diamond, Sotol Coyote, Banana Giffard and Rosemary Cantaloupe Cordial are combined with pineapple shrub, lime and tiki bitters to create a Sonoran take on a classic daiquiri.
3623 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602.651.1390, nookkitchen
Wally’s American Gastropub
Pineapple Infusion, $9
A Wally’s classic featuring vodka and fresh pineapple, then fermented for 14 days and served on the rocks or as a martini.
7704 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale, 480.596.7978, wallysgastropub.com
Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails
Pineapple Propeller, $11
Don Q Rum, Monkey Shoulder scotch, Montenegro, cappelletti, pineapple and lemon pair together for a fruity and delicious concoction.
5813 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, 602.296.4147, okraaz.com
Bitter & Twisted
Ship Load a Rum, $12
Hamilton demerara and Overproof rum join forces with Averna, lime, pineapple, blackberry and banana to concoct a refreshing cocktail combination. Shipshape for any land island lover.
1 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.340.1924, bitterandtwistedaz.com
Kitchen West located at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
Jalapeño & Cucumber Margarita, $12
Jalapeño-infused Herradura Blanco tequila, served with cucumber-infused simple syrup, lime juice, with diced jalapeño and cucumber garnish for a summer twist.
7700 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, 480.596.7522, destinationhotels.com/kitchen-west
The Grill at the Boulders Resort & Spa
The Pink Caddie, $10
Milagro Silver Tequila, fresh lime, Grand Marnier and prickly pear puree combine for an authentic Arizona summer sipper.
34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, 480.488.9009, theboulders.com
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill
Fresh Fruit Sangria, $8.95
The fresh fruit sangria is made with cabernet wine, E&J Brandy, triple sec, soda, simple syrup and fresh orange and lime wedges.
Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.968.2920; 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 480.284.7292; SanTan Village, 2212 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert, 480.899.0119, thirstyliongastropub.com
Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend
First Mate, $11
A heavenly mix of Kraken rum, Torres orange, orgeat, lemon juice and dreamy cherry bitters, perfect to pair with a chilled seafood dish.
5632 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix, 602.680.4044, foxrc.com
Bluegrass Perfection, $15
The old-fashioned reimagined, this cocktail is served on the rocks, and combines the hard flavors of Woodford Reserve Bourbon, a dash of bitters and touch of honey- and orange-infused simple syrup.
7301 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, 480.361.1030, dakotabar.com
The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s
Watermelon-Mint Cooler, $9
Tito’s vodka, simple syrup and Wild Tonic Kombucha Rosemary Lemon are combined with mint and cubes of watermelon to form this refreshing cocktail.
3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602.626.5050, themarketphx.com
Flinn’s Dilemma, $10
Named after a man named Flinn who did things on his terms, this cocktail is a twist on the classic whiskey sour that uses Jameson and Bushmills with housemade honey lemonade, muddled fresh mint and a sugared rim.
3717 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 602.954.1700, beckettstable.com
12th and Barbados, $10
Dreaming of the beach and palm trees? Then, 12th and Barbados is like taking a trip to the islands. Made with Plantation five-year rum, Ancho Reyes, fresh lime juice and Mango Reàl, the refreshing and tangy drink is the next best thing to going to Barbados.
7100 N. 12th Street, Phoenix, 602.633.2600, pomelophx.com
Bar 1936 at Camelback Inn
Lady in Red, $12
This specialty martini is made with Palos Alto Blanco Tequila, Ancho Reyes Liqueur, lime juice and grenadine. Just like its namesake – a lady in red – it’s extremely hot and spicy, in the best way possible.
5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, 480.948.1700, camelbackinn.com
Geordie’s Steak at Wrigley Mansion
Prickly Pear Paloma, $10
As bright as it is delicious, this drink mixes Milagro Blanco Tequila, grapefruit soda and lime juice with prickly pear puree.
2501 E. Telawa Trail, Phoenix, 602.955.4079, wrigleymansion.com
Hula’s Modern Tiki
Pele’s Punch, $11
Made with Don Q Cristal white rum, Skipper dark rum, Velvet Falernum, X-Rated Fusion liqueur, pineapple juice and Firewater Bitters, this cocktail is the most complex and unique of Hula’s six new Uku Nui premium tropical cocktails.
4700 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.265.8454, hulasmoderntiki.com
Toro Latin Restaurant and Rum Bar at TPC Scottsdale
Swizzle In & Swagger Out, $14
An imbiber fit for a day at the beach, this cocktail combines Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum and Bacardi 8-year-old rum with fresh lime, bananas, strawberries and a touch of orgeat.
7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale, 480.585.4848, fairmont.com
Mastro’s Steakhouse, North Scottsdale
Escape with the sweet taste of Bacardi 8 Rum, Aperol, Monin mango purée, simple syrup, fresh lime and pineapple juice. It’s topped with a cherry and orange slice.
8852 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, 480.585.9500, mastrosrestaurants.com
Brooklyn Rum Punch, $10
Mount Gay Black Barrel (bourbon barrel-aged rum with hints of oaky vanilla and caramel) is created with fresh-squeezed lime juice, and orange and pineapple juices. It’s topped with a splash of grenadine, and garnished with a cherry and orange slice.
9788 W. Northern Avenue, Peoria, 623.486.4455; 20715 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 480.515.5588; 4000 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.994.1100; 2168 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert, 480.814.7722; 15147 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.596.5070; 7131 W. Ray Road, Chandler, 480.785.1600, grimaldispizzeria.com