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Cool Off This Summer with These Memphis Cocktails

Photo: Babalu Tapas & Tacos - Overton Square Facebook

When it is nearing 100 degrees, nothing sounds better than a refreshing cocktail. Read on to find out where you can enjoy deliciously crafted mixed drinks in Memphis.

Photo: Maciel’s

Whether you’re a fan of something basic, like a Martini, or you’re in the mood for something different, Memphis has you covered during these hot summer months.

Strawberry Avocado Daiquiri: Maciel’s, Downtown and East Memphis

Maciel’s may be known for their delicious food, but you definitely shouldn’t overlook their bar. In fact, their Strawberry Avocado Daiquiri served was my first drink on my 21st birthday. If you haven’t tried avocados in your cocktails yet, head over to Maciel’s during happy hour to give it a try. Also, did we mention that their Highland location has a killer porch for you to kick it on?

White Negroni: Hog and Hominy, East Memphis

Hog and Hominy is another Memphis staple which delicious food. Next time you’re out in East Memphis, try their White Negroni while consuming one of their incredible pizzas. Not only will you love this cocktail, but you’ll dig the restaurants unique vibe.

Memphis Jam: Alchemy, Midtown

Located in the heart of Cooper-Young, Alchemy has been serving up delicious drinks since 2011. Stop by and enjoy this Memphis-named drink. Made with Old Dominick Honeybell, fresh lime, cane sugar and varying local jellies/jams, you’ll feel particularly local after consuming this cocktail.

River Oaks Manhattan: River Oaks, East Memphis

This River Oak’s self-named cocktail boasts Buffalo Trace Bourbon, St. Elizabeth all-spice dram and Luxardo maraschino cherry – which sounds perfect for any summer evening. When you’re looking for an upscale night out, remember River Oaks and try this cocktail with one of their many menu items.

Island Fever Rita: Babalu, East Memphis and Midtown

Photo: Island Fever Rita (Front), Babalu

With two locations, it is hard to avoid this Memphis staple. In addition to their plentiful menu, they also offer a wide variety of cocktails. The Island Fever Rita, in particular, is my favorite from their margarita & mojitos menu. Pair it with a couple of their tacos, and for an added bonus, check out their indoor and outdoor bar!

Penicillin: Pontotoc Lounge, Downtown

This polished location is a fan favorite for cocktail enthusiasts. Stop by and enjoy their interestingly named cocktail, Penicillin. Complete with Monkey Shoulder, lemon, ginger syrup and Laphroaig Spritz, this cocktail will leave you refreshed. While you’re there, don’t forget to try some of their delicious appetizers.

Cuban Sour: Bar DKDC, Midtown

In the mood for drinks and a show? Well look no further because Bar DKDC has you covered. Also known as Hemingway’s Daiquiri, the Cuban Sour is a refreshing mix of Cruzan Rum, lime juice, Luxardo Liqueur and simple syrups. Between sets, be sure to step outside on their patio for a great view of the Cooper-Young area.

Georgia On My Mind: Carolina Watershed, Downtown

If you haven’t gone to Carolina Watershed yet, now is your time. My favorite cocktail is a Southern drink made with sweet tea, Titos, peach juice and Diama Prosecco. However, their menu contains so many delicious drinks it is almost impossible to choose. My advice is to try out a couple of your favorites over brunch on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 10am to 3pm.

Cloud Surfer: Catherine and Mary’s, Downtown

Photo: Cloud Surfer, Catherine & Mary’s

Catherine and Mary’s first got me hooked with their incredible dishes, then I realized their even more incredible rotating cocktail menu. A changing menu may sound intimidating, but that just means there are more cocktails to try. Stop by this summer and try their Cloud Surfer cocktail.

Singapore Sling: The Cove, Broad Arts District

A nautical-themed bar? and restaurant Count me in. Known for their fresh oysters and cocktails, this bar is located in the heart of the Broad Avenue area. My favorite drink is their Singapore Sling, which mixes Gin, cherry brandy, orange liqueur, lemon juice, sugar, Benedictine and soda water. Be sure to try it with some of those fresh oysters for an added bonus.

Photo: Belle Tavern Facebook

Barbed Tongue, Belle Tavern, Downtown

The Belle Tavern coins themselves “the bar your friends haven’t told you about,” but once you try their Barbed Tongue, you’ll be telling everyone. This drink is a delicious mix of Drumshambo Gunpowder Gin, chatreuse, campari, luxardo and prickly pear juice. Bring your drinking buddy and get ready to try some new cocktails!

This is What’s Good, Loflin Yard, Downtown

If you’re in the mood for a cocktail in a great outdoor location, Loflin is your place. Their This is What’s Good comes complete with Tito’s Vodka, Strawberry-Vanilla-Black Pepper Syrup, Lemon Curd, Soda and Mint. This refreshing summer cocktail will pair perfectly with Loflin’s laid back, outdoor space.

Mexican Standoff, Second Line, Midtown

Photo: Mexican Standoff, Second Line Facebook

Looking for a margarita, but sick of the typical lime juice pairing? Second Line has the perfect Mexican Standoff to curb your craving. The cocktail is a perfect combination of vida mezcal, canton ginger, st germaine, amaro, lime, simple and chili powder. While you’re there, you can also try some delicious food from their dinner menu.

Peruvian Sour, Dodici, Midtown

We’re sure you’ve been to Bari Ristorante, but have you visited their intimate, upstairs cocktail lounge? This elegant bar offers a wide variety of upscale cocktails. My personal favorite is the Peruvian Sour, which contains Pisco, cinnamon, chestnut orgeat, Cocchi Americano, lime and orange bitters. Next time you’re in the Overton Square neighborhood, give Dodici and their drinks a try.

Jalisco Harvest, Bounty on Broad, East Memphis

Photo: Wiseacre Brewing Company Tiny Bomb Michelada + Espolòn Tequila, The Liquor Store

You may want to share your meal at Bounty, but you definitely won’t want to share this delicious, summer cocktail. Watermelon is a summer staple and this cocktail puts it to good use. The Jalisco Harvest combines vodka, Tres Agaves nectar, lime, watermelon and mint for a refreshing summer treat.

Wiseacre Brewing Company Tiny Bomb Michelada + Espolòn TequilaThe Liquor Store, East Memphis

This drink combines my two favorite things: local beer and tequila. It is a beautiful mix of the two beverages and also features tomato, lime and seasoning. This drink will pair perfectly with their brunch menu. Not to mention, its beautiful presentation will look great against this restaurant’s picturesque environment.

Jameson Slushie, Slider Inn, Midtown

This renowned Memphis drink is a perfect late night indulgence. The slushie consists of Barritt’s Ginger Beer, house-made lemonade, delicious Jameson Irish Whiskey and bitters. It will couple perfectly with their mouthwatering sliders, and it will take away some of that summer heat.

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