With 80- and 90-degree temperatures dominating summer weather forecasts, a cold drink might sound pretty good.
But with the hot weather, solid, cream-based cocktails don’t hold the same appeal they held in wintertime.
To mimic the tones of the season, you’re looking for something light. Something fruity. Something that goes down easily.
And it doesn’t hurt that our summer drink picks come in vibrant hues. Polish off a technicolor drink and you’ll feel like you’re truly sipping a splash of summertime.
Here are some of downtown’s freshest summer drinks to quench your thirst.
Watermelon Cider Mojito
This drink features Bacardi Grand Melon rum, watermelon, mint and Angry Orchard Hard Cider garnished with fresh lime and mint. “We look for light, slightly sweet drinks — and what’s in season,” 4th Street Bar & Grill owner Kurt Schwarze said.
4th Street Bar & Grill
Address: 433 4th St.
This drink is made with muddled mint, lime, rum, sugar and a club soda, just like a regular mojito. But the Taku Mojito also has the added twist of sake, bartender Roselle Hornaday said.
Address: 305 4th St.
This drink gets its vibrant sea-foam green color from a mixture of Captain Morgan’s rum, lime juice, blue curacao, piña colada mix, pineapple juice and triple sec. “In the summer, I always make light and fruity drinks,” bartender Buddy Lane said.
Address: 310 Washington St.
This drink is made with vodka, limoncello, simple syrup and fresh lemons. For summertime, Tre Bicchieri manager Ike DeClue said, the Tuscan Lemonade is a top seller.
Address: 425 Washington St.
Blood Orange Margarita
This drink, made with house tequila, Solerno Blood Orange Liquor, blood orange flavored syrup, margarita mix and triple sec, is served with either a salt or sugar rim. “The bright color really makes you want to have it,” manager Cathy Schooler said.
The Garage Pub & Grill
Address: 308 Fourth St.