Classic Summertime Cocktails
Published: June 2009
By Charlotte Druckman
Toast the season with these updated standards at outposts from Miami to Seattle.
The Drink Sangria
The Spot Brosia , Miami
This stylish spot in the city’s Design District serves up pitchers of white sangria—made with apricot brandy, apples, oranges, and white and sparkling wine—on a mosaic-covered terrace shaded by oak trees. Pitchers $35.
The Drink Mojito
The Spot Rooftop Cantina , Santa Fe
At this outdoor bar, watermelon infused with Bacardi Limón puts a summer spin on the Cuban cocktail, and pairs well with the downtown plaza views. $8.
The Drink Negroni
The Spot Bar Nineteen12 , Beverly Hills
Ask for this Campari-laced Italian aperitif here and it will come garnished with an orange and lemon twist. The combination is enjoyed on a plush couch overlooking the secluded garden. $17.
The Drinks Raspberry Lemonade and Margarita
The Spot Healdsburg Bar & Grill , Sonoma County
At the Healdsburg, the lawn is the best place for a cold drink. The raspberry lemonade here is spiked with vodka and Chambord, while the margarita is a mix of tequila, Patrón Citrónge, simple syrup, and fresh lime juice. Both $8.
The Drink Americano
The Spot Oddfellows Café & Bar , Seattle
Twinkling lights line the courtyard here, in the city’s eternally hip Pike/Pine neighborhood. A thirst-quenching Americano, made with Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda, celebrates the city’s short—but memorable—sunny season. $8.