On a hot summer day, there is nothing more refreshing than a light and sweet handcrafted cocktail from a local restaurant or bar. While you can certainly stumble upon one by accident during your next outdoor patio adventure, we thought we would assist you by steering you in the direction of some fruity, fresh and downright delicious summer cocktails available in Sacramento.
Get your senses stirring with a preview of these gorgeous drinks and make plans to taste test our finds for yourself in the near future!
Ella Dining Room and Bar
Cucumber Lavender Collins
Ingredients: Vodka, lavender syrup, fresh cucumber, lemon juice and sparkling water
Ella Dining Room and Bar is serving up this clean, light and fresh drink named Cucumber Lavender Collins, comprised of vodka, lavender syrup, fresh cucumber, lemon juice and sparkling water. And there is no better atmosphere for enjoying such a sophisticated cocktail than Ella Dining Room and Bar, with its romantic and elegant interior.
Ingredients: Cachaça, red wine falernum, citrus and pineapple juice
Ten22’s tantalizing Rio Punch is made with cachaça, red wine falernum, citrus and pineapple juice. Satisfy your sweet tooth with this summer drink topped with whipped cream, which tends to make everything taste better.
Photos courtesy of Hock Farm Craft & Provisions
Hock Farm Craft & Provisions
Ingredients: Lavender and butterfly blue pea tea-infused eau de vie, triple sec, fresh lemon juice and maraschino liqueur
Hock Farm Craft & Provisions is mixing up this gorgeous and striking cocktail called Lavender Sidecar. It is comprised of lavender and butterfly blue pea tea-infused eau de vie, triple sec, fresh lemon juice and maraschino liqueur, served in a vanilla-sugar rimmed cocktail glass. This sophisticated and bright drink is sure to satisfy your senses this summer.
The Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar
Ingredients: Bourbon, Cynar 70, apricot liqueur, Peychauds’ bitters and absinthe
The Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar’s Sweet Caroline would work well all year long, but gets you outside of your typical summer drink routine. This beauty is made with bourbon, Cynar 70, apricot liqueur, Peychauds’ bitters and absinthe.
Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Co.
Ingredients: Diplomatico Rum, red wine falernum, lime, angostura bitters and ginger beer.
Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Co. is proving that ginger beer is not only reserved for the Moscow Mule we all know and love. Their Diplomatic Relations cocktail features Diplomatico Rum, red wine falernum, lime, angostura bitters and ginger beer, the perfect refreshing mixture to enjoy on their outdoor patio.
The Firehouse Restaurant
The Firehouse Restaurant has plenty of specialty cocktails that caught our attention. Our favorites to sip on during the summer include…
Ingredients: Whiskey, Southern Comfort, triple sec, honey simple syrup, lemon juice and a peel of flamed orange
The Whiskey A-Peel is a balanced whiskey cocktail with notes of citrus, evident in both the taste and the drink’s aroma. The bright yellow color of this drink will perfectly complement your bright and fresh meal at The Firehouse.
Ingredients: Spiced gold rum, amaretto, lime juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice and a floating peel of lime
This refreshing rum cocktail is both balanced in flavor and rich in taste, featuring a summery lineup of spiced gold rum, amaretto, lime juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice and a floating peel of lime.
Ingredients: Yokaichi shochu, Byrrh Quinquina, passion fruit syrup, fresh lime and Jamaican bitters
Skool has several cocktails that are popular during the summer, one of which is brand new. Their tiki-style summer drink includes yokaichi shochu, Byrrh Quinquina, passion fruit syrup, fresh lime and Jamaican bitters. This tropical cocktail is shaken and served over ice with a lime wedge and a cocktail umbrella!
Ingredients: Peach-infused gin, lemon juice, black tea syrup and sparkling wine
When you’re relaxing on Paragary’s dreamy outdoor patio, you must order their famous Paragary’s ‘83 featuring peach-infused gin, lemon juice and black tea syrup, topped with sparkling wine. This fizzy and refreshing drink is sure to cool you off as you bask in the warm summer sun.
(Top to Bottom: Hibiscus-Coconut Mojito + Raspberry Jalapeño Lemondrop) Photos courtesy of Tower Cafe
Pair your late brunch or lunch at the Tower Cafe with either of these delicious summer drinks!
Ingredients: House-made hibiscus syrup, Malibu Rum, fresh mint and 7-Up
The vibrant look of the Tower Cafe’s Hibiscus-Coconut Mojito will draw you in but the tantalizing taste will have you ordering it again during your next visit. House-made hibiscus syrup and Malibu rum are the base of this bright and refreshing Tower take on a classic mojito with fresh mint and a splash of 7-Up.
Raspberry Jalapeño Lemondrop
Ingredients: Vodka, lemon juice, house-made raspberry puree and jalapeño
The Tower Cafe’s Raspberry Jalapeño Lemondrop is equally as gorgeous and refreshing, and is made with vodka, lemon juice, house-made raspberry puree and jalapeño with a sugar rim.
Featured photo: Paragary’s ‘83. Courtesy of Paragary’s.