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The Big List of Summer Drinks

Posted on Monday, July 25 2016 in Nightlife

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When the temperatures soar in Detroit, there's nothing more refreshing than an expertly crafted summer drink served up in a memorable setting. From the Detroit River views to hidden tiki patios, we've compiled the big list of summer drinks to cool off as the mercury rises.

Andiamo Detroit Riverfront: 400 Renaissance Center A-403, Detroit
Get the Chantellini, a refreshing mix of gin, St. Germaine, fresh lime and cranberry juices. It's all shaken up and served with a slice of orange peel. Be sure to grab a patio table at Andiamo Detroit Riverfront.


Andiamo is serving up the citrus in The Chantellini this summer. Image courtesy of Pulp Detroit.

Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails:
15 E. Kirby, Ste. D, Detroit
There's a reason Negroni's have their own week. At Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails the fantastic staff makes a Summer Negroni that's as celebratory as it is summery. Balancing Burnt Orange Death's Door gin, Campari, yellow chartreuse and Bonal Gentiane Quina, an aromatized apertif wine, this beauty is best served ice cold.

Try the Summer Negroni on a hot day at Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails.

The Fountain Detroit: 800 Woodward Avenue, in Campus Martius Park, Detroit.
Summer may be the best time to adopt a new vice. Your safest bet? Try a Detroit Vice in Campus Martius Park. It's a sweet, icy blend of this brand new bar's signature strawberry margarita and mango madness. Think sweetness that packs a punch.

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The Detroit Vice at The Fountain Detroit served up Poke Tacos. Photo courtesy of The Fountain Detroit.

Grey Ghost:
47 E. Watson, Detroit
Get ready to belly up to this highly anticipated summer newcomer. Grey Ghost’s Will Lee suggests you try the Pink Cadillac, a light, refreshing summer ode to the Motor City itself. No average pink drink here, it’s made with El Jimador Reposado tequila, Aperol, fresh watermelon, grapefruit, chamomile, lemon and peychaud bitters.

Pink Cadillac
 Pink Cadillac is a perfect summer sip at newcomer Grey Ghost in Detroit.

Honi Honi:
201 W. 9 Mile Road, Ferndale
There’s something magical about the friendly patios of Ferndale. Add a top-notch tiki bar like Honi Honi, tucked just behind The Oakland Art Novelty Co. and you’re in for a perfect summer night. Order up a Zombie, a powerful blend of White and dark rum, Cruzan blackstrap rum, cinnamon syrup, tropical blueberry syrup, orange Curacao, absinthe, grapefruit and lime juices – served over crushed ice. It’s garnished with fresh mint and pineapple leaves – and yes, it comes with an umbrella.

Honi Honi’s Zombie is a must-try tiki drink for cocktail fans. Photo courtesy of Honi Honi.
La Dulce: 115 S. Main Street, Royal Oak.
Say it with me summer lovers: Gin & Tonic. La Dulce re-envisions this classic with house made seasonal tonics and imports Peruvian cinchona bark pieces to create a fresh syrup. The friendly staff serves this up Ala Madrileña, so we can expect a generously sized glass filled with ice and fresh citrus fruit, just like we would find in Madrid.

La Dulce
La Dulce’s Gin and Tonic might be the perfect patio sipper. Photo courtesy of La Dulce.
The Peterboro: 420 Peterboro Street, Detroit
Ask Christian Stachel, beverage director at The Peterboro, and he’ll tell you all you need to know about hard-to find sake. “These should really be served chilled,” he advises, serving up a host of options by the glass. The Peterboro is offering Friday pop-ups, happy hour tasting events and more – all to extol the virtues of a summer beverage that perfectly compliments even the most complex dishes. Order up Nanbu-Binjin Tojkubutsu Junmai “Southern Beauty,” the coarsely-filtered Sayuri Nigori, or other sake options you won’t find elsewhere in the state, and uncover your new favorite summer drink.


Dave Kwiatkowski, owner of The Peterboro, pours on the sake at a recent tasting. Photo by Jason Leinart, The Peterboro.

Punch Bowl Social: 1331 Broadway, Detroit
Get a dose of vitamins with a stop at Punch Bowl Social for fresh-squeezed drinks like the Jessica Rabbit made with fresh ginger, apple and carrot juices and feel completely recharged. If that doesn’t work, might we suggest the Fernet & Coffee combination?

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Patrick Williams mixes up a drink at Punch Bowl Social Detroit. Photo courtesy of Punch Bowl Social Detroit.

Selden Standard: 3921 2nd Ave, Detroit
When Evan Hansen, partner at Selden Standard, suggested we try Minister of a Mind we were taken by the name of this cocktail. Then came its ingredients. The new summer option includes mezcal, rhubarb-peppercorn syrup, Cocchi Americano Rosa, fino sherry, lime juice, club soda and a mint garnish. “The rhubarb-peppercorn syrup is a unique seasonal component,” said Hansen, “and we use an awful lot of black pepper to create a long, peppery finish.” Add mezcal and lime, he added, and “it ends up being a spicy, tart, smoky drink that’s both interesting and refreshing.” What else can you possibly need?

Selden Standard
Selden Standard’s Minister of a Mind offers up a spicy, smoky, tart flavor for summer. Photo courtesy of Selden Standard.
The Skip: 1234 Library Street, Detroit
Don’t let summer pass by without a stop at this al fresco spot in The Belt. The frozen drinks will call you by name. Irish Coffee is the one we crave with it’s a decadent mix of Intelligentsia cold brew, Old Forrester Whiskey, cream and sugar. Simple, icy and delicious.

The Skip
 The Skip serves up an array of cool drinks. Photo courtesy of The Skip.
Wright & Company: 1500 Woodward Ave., Floor 2, Detroit
Among the most fragrant summery scents, lavender, makes it straight into a cocktail form at this beautiful bar. Lavender & Smoke is a summer cocktail for those with an adventurous spirit. It combines lavender syrup and petals with lime juice and the smoke of single malt Laphroiag as well a wine-based apertif called Byrrh. This is one to try.


Lavender & Smoke will blow you away this summer at Wright & Company. Photo by Jason Leinart, Wright & Company.

What's in your glass? Be it Faygo or a favorite local beer, share your refreshing choice in our comments section.

By: Stephanie Angelyn Casola

Photo credit: Punch Bowl Social