By Alison Bailin Batz
Summer’s got us feeling a little punchy – rum punchy, that is! The only cure? A vacation in a glass, of course! Try these 10 beach- and pool-friendly cocktails for a distinct taste of the tropics.
Twice the fun, this boozy, nutty and tart drink is made for for two and features El Dorado Dark Rum, Fords Dry Gin, brandy, lime, orange juice, and orgeat and passion fruit syrups.
4236 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.222.3474; www.thecleverkoi.com.
Hawaiian Julep, $13
This tropical twist on the quintessential Southern cocktail combines Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, passion fruit puree, a ginger chili shrub, fresh mint leaves, orange bitters, made-from-scratch simple syrup and muddled pineapple.
3961 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.687.7777; www.crutacos.com.
El Panzon y Frida
Piña Picante, $11
El Panzon’s house-infused Chile Cachaça adds a kick to this creamy, refreshing cocktail. Shaken with lime, pineapple juice and basil, the addition of cream balances the spice and leaves you with a smooth sipper for those summer nights.
7323 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale; 480.659.1544; www.elpanzonyfrida.com.
Geordie’s Steak at Wrigley Mansion
Prickly Pear Paloma, $13
As bright as it is delicious, this drink mixes Milagro Blanco Tequila, grapefruit soda and lime juice with prickly pear puree, resulting in a drink that pops!
2501 E. Telawa Trail, Phoenix; 602.955.4079; www.wrigleymansion.com.
Honor Amongst Thieves
Tai Chi Chi, $13
This refresher features vodka, fresh pineapple juice, coconut and tai syrup, which is a mixture of Thai basil leaves, honey and sugar.
5538 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.313.1001; www.honoraz.com.
Hula’s Modern Tiki
Pele’s Punch, $11
Made with Don Q Cristal White Rum, Skipper Dark Rum, Velvet Falernum, X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, pineapple juice and Firewater Bitters, this cocktail is the most complex and unique of Hula’s six all-new Uku Nui premium tropical cocktails.
Two locations; www.hulasmoderntiki.com.
Market Street Kitchen
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, $11
Tequila with a touch of fruity hibiscus is rounded out by a bright citrus flavor that finishes with a cleansing herbal note from the Bruto Americano.
20825 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale; 480.278.7044; www.marketstreetkitchen.com.
Rosé Snow Cone, $11
Enjoy rosé all day! In addition to the trendy wine varietal in this frosty cocktail, the recipe boasts grapefruit and pink peppercorn tincture, and it is beautifully served over shaved ice.
5651 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.795.9943; www.moraitalian.com.
Ticoz Latin Kitchen
Pineapple Mango Spicy Margarita, $10
Fresh-pressed pineapple and mango, house-infused jalapeno tequila, triple sec and fresh lime are combined in a glass rimmed with a chile-lime salt.
5114 N. 7th St., Phoenix; 602.200.0160; www.ticozaz.com.
Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar
Swizzle In & Swagger Out, $14
Fit for a day at the beach, this cocktail combines Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum and Bacardi 8 rum with fresh lime, bananas, strawberries and a touch of orgeat.
17020 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.585.4848; www.scottsdaleprincess.com.