Whether or not you’re the kind to dust off your white shoes just in time for summer, it still may be time to shake up your cocktail habits. Enjoy the reinvention of the mule, the rita, and the tini here at Trinity Groves, even as you revel in the season’s finer traditions — like finding your spot on the patio and raising your glass.
Some Like It Hot
Chino Chinatown’s cocktails aren’t afraid of a little heat. Take the La Chinita, a hot spot where tequila and triple sec mingle with jalapeño oleo and pink peppercorn. Whether it’s a spicy end to your day or the jumpstart to your evening, open your eyes to this shortcut to feeling warm and fuzzy.
Comfort Food, But For Drinks
Look in Fat Chicken’s menu under “Hooch” and you might detect a hint of nostalgia in the mix. But don’t be fooled. Creations like Papaw’s Pocket Flask and Granny’s “Special” Lemonade offer thoroughly modern takes on your old favorites. So set a spell with a Front Porch Swing and take your time enjoying the mixed company of Ruby Red Vodka, Seersucker Gin, Grapefruit & Elderflower Barmalade, Sprite and soda water.
Tradition with A Twist
The signature cocktails of Saint Rocco’s include a zesty Limoncello Martini and a Bellini complete with fresh peach puree. However, if you take your hint of fruit on the rocks… let’s just say I know a guy. The Negroni Sbagliato is “The Secret Handshake of Cocktails among Italian Bartenders.” Beyond the hallmark push-pull of sweet vermouth, orange bitters and Campari, Saint Rocco’s invention sparkles with a splash of Brut champagne and a slice of fresh orange. Grazie e prego!
The Mediterranean Diet
Souk Mediterranean Bistro & Bar knows how to keep it cool as a cucumber with their hand-crafted cocktails. Their marketplace of a drink menu also tantalizes with the possibility of extraordinary flavors like roasted fig, rose water, cardamom and charred orange peel. Refresh yourself at the oasis of their Blackberry Seduction and its enchanting blend of coconut rum, muddled blackberries, mint, all accented with a twist of lime. And there’s no need to haggle — Souk’s House Cocktails are priced for Social Hour every day of the week.
Stepping up the Old Stand-By
If summer to you simply means “sangria,” then make a bee line to Casa Rubia for your choice of their Classic or Sparkling Sangria. Mixed fruit soaks up the savor of cava, Licor 43, brandy, and vanilla bean while you soak in the fresh air, lazy days and long nights