6 summer sips packed with fruits and veggies
Get your daily dose with these local drinks
The summer harvest is upon us and several of our favorite drinking establishments are getting in on the action. In other words, now you can have your booze and drink it, too. Here is a list of several vegetable- and fruit-forward summer cocktails — and a few non-alcoholic drinks for good measure — to sip on now while the days are still long.
Something delightful is always popping up at the Robin Room, a cozy bar on East Johnson Street with the neon pineapple in the window. This summer, the slushie machine has been working overtime pumping out everything from frose (frozen Rose wine) to slushie Negronis to frozen Dark and Stormys made with rum and ginger beer. (Check Robin Room’s Instagram page for summer drink specials.) But don’t miss the (unfrozen) mainstay on the summer menu, the Meadowlark. A real stunner, the Meadowlark features strawberry-infused Malfy Gin, beet and snap pea syrup, a pinch of salt and pea micros from Vitruvian Farms.
Next door to Robin Room is Macha Tea Co. where you can choose from a large selection of beverages including hot teas, house-made tea sodas, sake and special brunch cocktails. On a hot day, nothing beats the Watermelon Cooler, a refreshing and non-alcoholic drink made with fresh watermelons and garnished with mint, (but adding a shot of sake is always an option.)
While you’re in the neighborhood, mosey down the road to Forequarter where beverage director Mark Bystrom and company like to keep you guessing with a seasonal cocktail menu. Look for the Sunny D, new to the mid-summer menu, made with fresh-squeezed carrot, turmeric and lime juices, house-made black pepper bitters and gin. Bright orange and served neat, it looks just like something you could have ordered at the juice bar.
There is also the Bulrush, a mint green-colored drink made with unaged pear brandy, mezcal, cucumber juice and Mastiha, an evergreen shrub liquor that hails from the Mediterranean (“It tastes like you are climbing a tree,” Bystrom says.) For a non-alcoholic fizzy and flavorful drink, order a house made tonic; recent flavors have included blackberry and blueberry.
Nearby north side neighborhood restaurant Bear & Bottle, 601 N. Sherman Ave., features an original cocktail menu including a popular strawberry jalapeño margarita served on the rocks.
For something a little different, try the Celery Tonic at Bear & Bottle. It’s a refreshing drink made with Tito’s Vodka, cucumber, Fever Tree bitter lemon tonic and celery syrup. It’s the epitome of easy drinking — something to enjoy while we hold on to summer.
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