Cocktails To Try Before the End of Summer Around The Country, From NYC to LA

The upcoming Labor Day holiday marks the beginning of autumn – and fall sports.  But, there are plenty of dog days left, and best cooled down with refreshing summer cocktails.

From spots on the East Coast, West Coast and in between, we have the scoop on where to sip on delish fruit-forward or cool and creamy cocktails – garnished with paper umbrellas or flamingo sizzle sticks.


My Friend Duke – New York

From the team behind Attaboy, this upscale hotspot in Manhattan’s Kips Bay has a wraparound bar, bi-level seating, plus,  a skylight – all great spots to enjoy their craft cocktails and bites

Five and Dime

Bombay Dry Gin, Giffard Apricot Liqueur, Orgeat Syrup, Lemon, Peychaud’s and Angostura Bitters.

383 3rd Avenue, New York, NY;  @myfriendduke

Peppi’s Cellar – New York

Enter this basement speakeasy, in NYC’s NoLita neighborhood, through the Gran Tivoli Restaurant.

Clover Club

Gin, Egg White, Raspberry Syrup and Lemon Juice.

406 Broome Street, New York, NY;  @Peppiscellar

The Ledge – Brooklyn

The Ledge, a 1970s California-style rooftop bar and restaurant in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood, serves small plates and craft cocktails.

Watermelon Tonic

Hendricks Gin, Chareau Aloe Liqueur and fresh Watermelon Juice, topped with Cucumber Tonic.

321 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY;;  @theledgebk


Kaido – Miami

James Beard-nominated chef and restauranteur Brad Kilgore’s cozy Tokyo-style drinking den, located in Miami’s Design District, features innovative cocktails by in-house mixologist Nico de Soto.

Blue Okinawan

Banks 7 Golden Age Rum, Plantation OFTD Overproof Rum, Batavia Arrack, Pineapple, Tamarind, Ceylan Black Tea, Coconut Water, Milk Washed and Blue Magic.

151 NE 41st Street, Unit 217, Miami, FL; @kaidomiami

Sweet Liberty – Miami Beach

Sweet Liberty Drinks and Supply Co., honored as one of the World’s 50 Best Bars, offers world-class cocktails and creative American food.

Pimm’s Cup

A refreshing summer classic made with Pimm’s Liqueur, fresh Cucumber, Mint, and Ginger Beer.

237-B 20th Street, Miami Beach, FL; @mysweetliberty; @sweetlibertymia

BLT Prime – Doral

BLT Prime, the famed New American steakhouse -and  Doral’s premier dining destination, features a welcoming bar that overlooks the famed Blue Monster golf course.

Monkey on the Shoulder

Monkey Shoulder Scotch, Pear Liquor, Key Lime Juice and Orange Bitters.

4400 NW 87th Avenue, Doral, FL; @bltrestaurants

Sparrow at Dalmar  – Fort Lauderdale

Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s newest and best rooftop cocktail destination, Sparrow Lounge and Patio, has a unique style and cocktail menu created by the team behind cocktail institution, Death & Co.

Pale Emperor

Saint Louise Brandy, Avua Amburana Cachaca, Coconut Cream, Salted Macadamia, Pineapple Juice and Cacao.

299 North Federal Highway (rooftop of The Dalmar), Downtown Fort Lauderdale, FL; @SparrowRooftop

L.A. Jackson – Nashville

This swanky indoor-outdoor rooftop bar and restaurant, located on the top floor of the Thompson Nashville, offers craft cocktails and small plates with incredible views of downtown Nashville’s skyline.

Tropic Like It’s Hot

Blended with Vodka, Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut, Aperol, Passion Fruit Puree, Lime Juice, Lemongrass Syrup and Ice Cubes.

401 11th Avenue S, Nashville, TN;; @LAJacksonBar


District – Los Angeles


A rose bouquet in a glass; prepared with Bombay East Gin, Grapefruit, Rose Water, Lemon, Campari, Lillet Rose, Riesling, and garnished with Fresh Rose Petals.

700 W 7th Street (Plaza Level in The Bloc), Los Angeles, CA; @DistrictDTLA

Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen – San Francisco

A local favorite, Jasper’s creates a lively scene for indulging in upscale gastropub fare, handcrafted cocktails and over 18 locally brewed beers.

Avocado Dream

Smoky and creamy; made with Fidencio Mezcal, House-Made Avocado Puree, Orange and Angostura Bitters, with a rim of Tajin and a twist of Lime and Serrano Pepper.

401 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA; @JaspersCornerTap

Momofuku – Las Vegas

David Chang first West Coast outpost of Momofuku offers inventive Asian fare and impressive cocktails at the Cosmopolitan.

Peaches for Me

Old Forester Bourbon, Giffard Crème de Pêche de Vigne, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, and Aquafaba; topped with Bearded Iris Homestyle Hazy IPA and garnished with fresh Peach Slices.

3708  Las Vegas Blvd S, (on Level 2 of Boulevard Tower in the Cosmopolitan), Las Vegas, NV; @momofukulasvegas;

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