Sip Your Way Through Summer With These 8 Refreshing Cocktails
Summer days bring about a flurry of activity in Newport Beach. From boating on the bay to wining and dining al fresco, the opportunities to enjoy our sunny-and-75 climate are infinite! But perhaps one of the most popular summer activities is bellying up to the bar for a refreshing libation. This season, Newport Beach restaurants and bars are bringing their “A” game with crafty cocktails that’ll quench your thirst. Whether you prefer your beverage blended, on the rocks or neat, these eight concoctions are sure to set your watch to summertime.
Where to Sip: Mutt’s Eastbluff
When it comes to cocktailing, nobody does it quite like Mutt Lynch’s on the Balboa Peninsula. And now, this iconic watering hole has expanded with a second location, Mutt’s Eastbluff, near the Back Bay! Snag a seat in this refined, family-friendly venue and treat yourself to a refreshing Coronarita made with tequila, agave, lime, a mini Corona bottle and a chamoy and tajin rim.
Where to Sip: Malibu Farm
The perfect post-beach beverage, Malibu Farm‘s Frosé features a crafty blend of vodka, rosé and berry lemonade agave. Bring your sandy toes to this farm-to-table restaurant and sip the afternoon away as you relish sweeping views of Newport Harbor. This frozen cocktail is summer in a glass!
Drink: Tavern Mary
Where to Sip: Tavern House Kitchen + Bar
According to “extensive research,” brunch is always a good idea. And whether you’re craving something savory or sweet, Tavern House Kitchen + Bar knows how to chef it up. Order one of their signature Tavern Marys crafted with Tito’s vodka, sweet and smokey housemade Mary mix, jack cheese, pepperoncini, pepperoni and served with a house beer chaser.
Drink: Navy Grog
Where to Sip: Billy’s at the Beach
Embark on a tropical getaway this summer and head to Billy’s at the Beach for a thirst-quenching cocktail! Try the Navy Grog made with Bacardi and Myers Rum, orgeat, a splash of mai tai mix, mint, lime and a Bacardi 151 float. Time flies when you’re having rum!
Drink: The Vaccine
Where to Sip: A+O Restaurant | Bar
Famous for its waterfront views and hand-smoked cocktails, A+O Restaurant | Bar at Balboa Bay Resort offers its guests dinner and a show. The Vaccine, one of the restaurant’s signature smoked creations, comes in a beaker glass and is made with Herradura Ultra Tequila, blue curacao, pineapple juice, lime juice and coconut syrup. Smoked with dry ice tableside, this tropical libation truly is the cure-all.
Drink: Aloha Beaches
Where to Sip: Olea
Olea‘s cocktail of the month this July is the Aloha Beaches– a potent blend of Papa’s Pilar Blonde, Maui Splash pineapple wine, guava juice, orange bitters and a dash of ginger. Sip back and relax on the restaurant’s expanded patio, and cheers to a splendid summer evening. Be sure to pair your cocktail with a dozen of Olea‘s fresh-shucked oysters!
Drink: Pimm’s Cup
Where to Sip: The Beachcomber Cafe
After a few hours on the beach in Crystal Cove, please your palate with an ice-cold Pimm’s Cup from The Beachcomber Cafe. This full-service restaurant and bar sits on the sand and serves up a variety of refreshing cocktails in addition to brunch, lunch and dinner. If you’re in the mood for something light and sweet, the Pimm’s Cup features a refreshing blend of Nolet’s Gin, Pimm’s No. 1 Cup, lemonade, sparkling soda lemon, strawberries, cucumber, and orange.
Drink: Heat of the Dragon
Where to Sip: Sushi Roku
Tucked in Fashion Island, this premier sushi destination not only serves up some seriously fresh fish but also crafts some seriously amazing cocktails. Order the Heat of the Dragon and sip a spicy mix or tequila, Cointreau, lime, kumquat and serrano pepper. Pair this nifty concoction with the eight-piece Gensai roll made with cucumber, jalepeno and avocado, all topped with salmon and kizami wasabi. Now, that’ll have you feelin’ the burn!
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger