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Summer Cocktails In Newport Beach

June 21, 2018

Welcome to summer in beautiful, sunny SoCal! With that said, doesn’t a refreshing cocktail in an alluring place with good company sound like the absolute perfect summer day? Of course it does, which is why we’re highlighting the best places to grab a libation and really enjoy the best season of the year in Orange County!

Topside at Lido House

As Newport Beach’s only rooftop bar, this is the place to watch the sunset, gather with friends and cheers to a beautiful summer night. Order a bottle of champagne to pair with oysters from the downstairs restaurant, The Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub + Kitchen. Make an ordinary day into an extraordinary one!

Topside

Free Range Cafe

Offering a wide range of beers and an extensive list of wines from California, France, Italy and New Zealand, Free Range Cafe is the place to grab a beer or wine, along with a decadent meal made with fresh ingredients. Come for Sunday Brunch for bottomless mimosas and an delicious list of breakfast and lunch options for the ultimate Sunday Funday.

Cruisers Pizza Bar Grill

The ideal spot to ‘Build Your Own Chicago Style Pizza’ and order up some cocktails, need we say more? This is the place to be this summer as they offer a long list of cocktails to quench your palette while indulging in pizza. Cruisers has an extensive list of Mules depending on where you feel like being in the world. Try their American or Tennessee Mule made with Tito’s Vodka from Texas or Jack Daniels from Tennessee. Want to travel south if the border? Their Mexican Mule will get you going with some Peligroso Anejo Tequila and fresh lime and ginger beer. Or, if you want to be Irish or German for the day, try their Irish Mule made with Jameson or the German Mule made with Jagermeister. All mules are made with fresh lime juice and ginger beer.  Cruisers also offers different cocktails like a Spiced Cucumber Margaritas or a Strawberry Delight, a nice wine and champagne list, as well as rotating craft beers. Honestly, whatever you’re in the mood to drink, Cruisers has it!

Gratitude Newport Beach

With cocktails with names like Master Cleanse, Detoxed Martini or Green Juice, you’ll feel good about drinking a few of these. Intrigued in what goes in these boozy ‘cleansers’? The Master Cleanse is concocted with mezcal, ancho chile, lemon and maple syrup to give your body a reset. Or, the Detoxed Martini is served straight up with an olive oil washed terrior gin, vermouth and escabeche-the perfect cocktail to end a summer’s day.

Lido Bottle Works

Lido Bottle Works believes people, food, and drinks should be ‘Genuinely Good Together’, why not gather all your best buds and have some fun? They pride themselves on really fresh cocktails such as the LBW Negroni made with cardamaro, vermouth and torches orange, or the Rose Quartz concocted with dry vermouth, lillet and bubbles, and then pair it with fresh burrata or cold smoked salmon? Oh yeah, that’s genuinely good together!

Billy’s at the Beach

Aloha! In the heart of Newport Beach is Billy’s at the Beach! Billy’s offers beverages that will make you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation, even if you’ve just bee-lined straight from the office for a much needed drink. Sip on their classic Billy’s Mai Tai with a delicious combination of Bacardi Superior Rum, Bol’s Orange Curacao, Billy’s secret Mai Tai mix and a generous float of Diamond Head Dark Rum and then served over crushed ice in their Billy’s glass. Or, bring all your friends and sip on the Scorpion Bowl packed with flavor and booze of rum and brandy “because nobody goes in alone returns our alive!”

Farmhouse

Are you aching for a place that takes you away from it all and transports you to the beautiful countryside? Farmhouse offers a unique field to fork experience, set on over seven acres of land in the middle of Newport Beach. Now that you’ve found your place to be all summer, let’s talk about these cocktails! From fresh and reinvigorating, to stiff and aged cocktails, you’ll find the libation just right for you. If you’re looking for lighter and fresh, the Nut Up Pina is their take on a Pina Colada made with macadamia nut, banana tincture, lime, chartreuse and mezcal. Or, if you’re looking for that spirit-forward sipper, The Answer is your answer, featuring benedectine, chartreuse, sweet vermouth and rye whiskey.

Provenance

Take your tastebuds for a trip to Napa Valley while indulging on the coast of Newport Beach. With options so fresh and flavorful, you’ll have to go during each season to try the new menu. And, did we mention they have their own garden? Fresh raspberries and mint are muddled into crisp cocktails from their garden to really drive the home farm-to-table experience. Try their Jala-Perro, a really exquisite cocktail make with Three Olives Vodka, fresh grapefruit juice, jalapenos and soda water topped with a salt rim. Or their house made sangria, with red and white wine varietals, featuring fruit and spices, and finished off with a nice wine shine.

Juliette Kitchen and Bar

Looking for a kiss of freshness and crispness in your cocktails? Oh, yes you do! It’s summer! Juliette Kitchen and Bar is unique in that they constantly change their cocktail menu, so whatever you may have had last season, will be different this season. With only the freshest ingredients, their cocktails are sure to put a cherry on top of your summer. Try their Rosé 75, (like the classic French 75 but topped with sparkling rosé brut) – refreshing, light and absolutely perfect for any summer day or night.

Written by Bobby Navarro

Bobby Navarro left a decade of work in the hospitality industry to fully commit to his own event planning and culinary promotions company, 100eats.com . His passion for branding and business keeps him visiting hundreds of restaurants across the country, stemming from his original feat of dining at 100 restaurants in 100 consecutive days. Bobby's love for the hospitality community and similar industries led him to create inspireartisticminds.org , an organization that has given thousands of dollars annually to connecting passionately driven individuals to the things that inspire them.

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