Photo courtesy of Culinary Dropout

By Claire Spinner and Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | April 15, 2021

The Valley boasts some of the most stylish cocktails this spring in nontraditional colors, brightening the bars around town.

Owned by Scott and Melissa McIntire, The Lola (thelolaaz.com) at the Westgate Entertainment District even has a “cocktail lab,” where the staff makes all of their drinks in-house — from handmade bitters and simples syrups to freshly made purees.

“We’re trying to break the norm of what it means to be a normal bar or restaurant and really just take it up a notch,” says Melissa Idler, general manager of The Lola.

Drinks are served in pineapples, watermelons and coconuts, and some are even lit on fire with rosemary garnishes.

Here are some of the Valley’s coolest spring cocktails.

 

The Arrogant Butcher: The Polish Fix

Like an adult spin on a slushie, The Polish Fix at The Arrogant Butcher in Downtown Phoenix is made with Belvedere vodka, lemon juice and crushed ice and is topped with a colorful medley of muddled seasonal fruits.

Info: thearrogantbutcher.com

 

Belle’s Nashville Kitchen: The Neon Moon

Housemade pea flower tea simple syrup, Tanqueray, 10 gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice and club soda.

Info: bellsnashvillekitchen.com

 

Blanco Tacos + Tequila: Aces & Eights

Blanco Tacos & Tequila’s Aces & Eights is made with blanco tequila, Patron Citronge and a red sangria float, giving it a deep red hue.

Info: blancotacostequila.com

 

Blue Clover Distillery: The Lucky Lady

Blue Clover’s premium distilled gin, blood orange, rose, peach, lemon juice, crème de violette and wildflower honey liquor.

Info: bluecloverdistillery.com

 

Copper & Logs: Mojito

This mojito blends rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water and mint.

Info: copperandlogs.com

 

Cuisine & Wine Bistro: Bijou

Plymouth gin, sweet vermouth and green chartreuse.

Info: cuisineandwinebistro.com

 

Culinary Dropout: Pistols at Dawn

Pistols at Dawn, one of Culinary Dropout’s signature cocktails, is made with Bulleit bourbon, Ancho Reyes liqueur and ginger agave and is topped with a splash of red cabernet wine.

Info: culinarydropout.com

 

CRUjiente Tacos: The Swipe Right

The AZ Distilling Co. Mission vodka-infused drink is mixed with elderflower, passion fruit, freshly squeezed lemon and strawberry and topped with freshly squeezed lemon, a well-balanced sweet and tart combination.

Info: crutacos.com

 

Francine: Norma Jean and The Matador

Norma Jean is hibiscus tea-infused Ketel One grapefruit rosé vodka, cocchi rosso aperitivo, lemon and honey, finished with Francine’s Santone Prosecco. One of Francine’s signature cocktails,  it is made with Mezcal Naran Espadin along with coconut-infused Cointreau, fig, Thai basil and lime.

Info: francinerestaurant.com

 

Grill Kitchen & Bar at the Boulders Resort: Violet Voyeur

Liquor de Violette, lavender water, vodka, lemon, blueberries, sugar and egg white.

Info: theboulders.com

 

The Henry: Devil’s in the Details

The Henry’s eye-catching cocktail, Devil’s in the Details, is made with Tito’s vodka, Ancho Reyes Verde, strawberry and mandarin and is topped with small shishito peppers.

Info: thehenryrestaurant.com

 

Lon’s Last Drop at The Hermosa: Pineapple Simurai

For something sweet, try this: pineapple-infused Casamigos blanco tequila, Sayuri sake, agave and burlesque bitters.

Botanical Spring

Strawberry and basil-infused Botanist gin, agave, lemon juice and Prosecco.

Oaxacan Eclipse

Mezcal Naran, mango puree, lime juice, agave, Habañero bitters and Aleppo chili salt rim.

Miss Peacock

Butterfly pea flower-infused Mission vodka, St. Germain and blueberry lemonade.

Cowboy Campfire

Whistlepig Piggy Back rye, Fernet Branca, amaretto, housemade marshmallow syrup, cold brew and Aztec chocolate bitters.

Info: hermosainn.com

 

Marcellino Ristorante: Wild Fragola

Fresh mint is muddled and shaken with housemade strawberry syrup, lemon juice, Grey Goose vodka and Lillet. It’s served over ice and garnished with fresh basil and mint grown in Chef Marcellino’s garden.

Info: marcellinoristorante.com

 

Nobu: Pedal to the Metal

Rosa Codigo tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, orange curacao, rosemary fresno chili and garnish with rosemary/fresno chili.

Info: noburestaurants.com

 

OfrendA: Ready, Aim, Higher

A housemade hibiscus-pomegranate-serrano syrup is shaken with ice, Source One Vodka, serrano chilis and lime juice. It’s strained into a coupe glass and topped with Centr, a CBD-infused sparkling water.

Info: theofrenda.com

 

The Sicilian Butcher: The Violette

Cocchi Americano, apricot liqueur, hibiscus and acai bitters infused with butterfly pea flower Italicus.

Info: thesicilianbutcher.com

 

Los Sombreros: Mango Mezcarita

Sweet mango with dry Spanish Fino sherry, Los Vecinos mezcal and lime juice.

Info: lossombrers.com

 

STK: Strawberry Cobbler

STK’s signature spring drink is Belvedere vodka, muddled strawberry, and a graham cracker crust around the rim. We’re here to say the graham cracker crust around the rim makes this drink.

Info: stksteakhouse.com

 

Taco Guild: Osborn

This smokey-sweet margarita features Rayu mezcal, Pajarote grapefruit liqueur and fresh lime, shaken and served over ice in a black lava salt-rimmed glass.

Info: tacoguild.com

 

Tarbell’s: Aye Chihuahua

Mezcal by Coyote Chihuahua Sotol, carbonated pineapple water, fresh lime and luxardo cherry.

Info: tarbells.com

 

Toca Madera: Caza Fortuna and Ghost Rider

Caza Fortunas is a blend of Don Julio 1942, habanero-infused el silencio joven, mango agave, lime and tajin. Meanwhile, mix altos plata, fresh mint, lime juice and agave for the Ghost Rider.

Info: tocamadera.com

 

True Food Kitchen: The Monarch

Debuting on True Food Kitchen’s spring menu in April, The Monarch cocktail is made with organic gin, elderflower, tonic water and butterfly pea flower, from which it gets its bright, purple coloring.

Info: truefoodkitchen.com

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