When the sun reaches its highest elevation in the Northern Hemisphere on Friday, June 21, day drinkers all around the world will rejoice. Kick back, relax and celebrate the Summer Solstice with one of these Southern California cocktails. Because let’s be honest: what else are you planning to do with 17 hours of sunlight?
Summer Solstice Spritz at Double Take, LA
Stretch out the day at Double Take, the cool film-inspired restaurant and bar in Westwood. Their Summer Solstice Spritz is made with Jardesca White Aperitif, Koval Rosehip Liqueur, prosecco and soda water.
10740 Wilshire Blvd., #101, Los Angeles, doubletakela.com, @doubletakela
Drinking and Thinking at Puesto, La Jolla
Seventeen hours of sunlight can certainly have one “Drinking & Knowing Things.” At Mexican hotpot Puesto, discover this cheeky named summer cocktail made with Vida Mezcal, fresh orange and lemon juices, ancho chile liqueur, a dash of orange bitters and frothy egg white foam.
1026 Wall St., La Jolla, eatpuesto.com, @eatpuesto
The Red Tide at The Deck on Laguna, Laguna Beach
Celebrate the Summer Solstice by the sea at The Deck On Laguna. This picturesque spot in Orange County pours The Red Tide cocktail made with Reyka Vodka, watermelon cranberry-lime sour and mint.
627 Sleepy Hollow Ln., Laguna Beach deckonlaguna.com, @deckonlaguna
Golden Julep at High Bar Kimpton The Rowan, Palm Springs
Beat the desert heat at High Bar at Kimpton The Rowan in Palm Springs with the Golden Julep cocktail. It’s made with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, dry curacao, ginger, turmeric, agave and fresh lemon.
100 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, rowanpalmsprings.com, @highbarpalmsprings
Brooklyn Bond at O Bar, Orange
Orange you glad it’s summer? Luckily the cocktails at O Bar at the sophisticated Orange Hill restaurant, by cocktail mastermind Allan Camarena, are better than our puns. The Brooklyn Bond, made with Sacred Bond Brandy, Crème De Cacao A La Vanilla, cream and espresso, for that extra kick to keep you going through the long day.
6410 E Chapman Ave., Orange, theorangehillrestaurant.com, @OrangeHillEats
Lover’s Cup at Viviane, Beverly Hills
Soak up the solstice sun at Viviane, the Avalon Beverly Hills’ stylish poolside restaurant. The Lover’s Cup, made with gin, fino sherry, bay leaf, kiwi, cucumber, grapefruit will have you catching all the feels.
9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, vivianerestaurant.com, @VivianeRestaurant
Den After Dark at Sycamore, San Diego
Sycamore Den is a hip San Diego cocktail den with retro 1970s vibes. As you stretch out the long day into the night, get lit with the “Den After Dark” cocktail made with vodka, Jagermeister, tangerine, lime and clove. Order it individually or split it between four friends in a custom lamp bowl.
3391 Adams Ave., San Diego, Sycamoreden.com, @sycamoreden
Girl Next Door at Neighbor, Venice
Take a seat on the breezy back patio at Neighbor with The Girl Next Door. Made with gin, lemon, honey and blackberries, the drink will have you puckering up like a first date.
1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, neighborla.com, @neighborla
Frozen Coconut Mojito at Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, Palm Desert
While getting some Summer Solstice shopping on at Tommy Bahama, head into the store’s restaurant and bar and cool off with a Frozen Coconut Mojito. Made with Cruzan Citrus, lime, muddled mint, sugar Cane Syrup and soda, this sweet weekend treat will transport you right to the islands.
73595 El Paseo, Palm Desert, tommybahama.com, @tbahama
Draper Deal at Ynk, Irvine
Tucked inside the Irvine Marriott is YNK, the cozy cocktail bar with new Mad Men-esque décor. The 200+ cocktail menu, you’ll find the Draper Deal, a drink that you can sip in honor of the Solstice in style. This standout cocktail is made with gin, pear brandy, vermouth and orange bitters.
18000 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, Ynk-irvine.com, @ynklounge
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