By Alison Bailin Batz
There is a laundry list of ways you can give back. But, did you know one of the easiest ways is to simply meet up with friends, family or co-workers and enjoy happy hour? Here is a handy dandy list of drinks that give back to the community and the places to find them.
Brickyard Grill at Octane Raceway
Two dollars from each citrus-forward cocktail, which is made with vodka, orange juice, Peach Schnapps and Grenadine, benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Arizona Chapter. $10 www.octaneraceway.com.
Citrus Skinny Margarita
True Food Kitchen
Crafted with organic Ixa Tequila, muddled citrus, cucumber and mint, this cocktail not only pleases your palate, but also scores you major karma points. Ixa Tequila’s maker, Greenbar Distillery, plants a tree for every bottle of tequila sold. $11. www.truefoodkitchen.com.
The Vig McDowell Mountain
Exclusively available at The Vig McDowell Mountain, this classic rum and Coke-inspired cocktail is named in honor of the area’s Bitty Cycling Club. For each one sold, the restaurant donates 50 cents to the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. $6. www.thevig.us.
Bar Six40 at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
During July, 5 percent of all sales from this combination of Coconut Malibu Rum, Prosecco and simple syrup will benefit Scottsdale Heritage Connection. $13. www.thescottsdaleresort.com.
Genuine Concepts venues
All local Genuine Concepts eateries and bars are donating $1 from the sale of each Barrio Brewing Company Barrio Blonde to the Valley of the Sun YMCA in July. These include The Little Woody, The Womack, Linger Longer Lounge, Cobra Arcade Bar, The Vig, Ladera, and Deli Tavern. $6. www.genuineconcepts.us.
The Pressed Ice Ball
This popular local haunt invites guests to add an artisan ice ball, which is pressed tableside, to any scotch, whiskey or craft cocktail of their choice for $3, with $1 from each ball benefiting the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center. www.thegladly.com.
Kohi Imperial Coffee Stout/Blue Line Blonde
Helio Basin Brewing Co.
This beer destination donates a portion of proceeds from its award-winning Kohi Imperial Coffee Stout ($8) to the Semper Fi Fund and a portion of proceeds from its Blue Line Blonde ($6) go to the 100 Club of Arizona. www.heliobasinbrewing.com.
Ale for the Animals
OK, that’s not the official name, but this month OHSO is partnering with the Arizona Animal Welfare League to develop a custom brew. The soon-to-be-named (and priced) beer will be available beginning the first week of July through the end of the month with $1 from every sale benefiting the animal-loving organization. www.ohsobrewery.com.
The Nancy Boy
Crafted with Bacardi Rum, Absolute Lime Vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, this cocktail benefits the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Arizona in honor of the passing of bar manager Mike Moreno’s grandmother. $12. www.dakotabar.com.
Tickle Me PNPK Punch
This effervescent punch is made with Arizona-grown prickly pear, ginger ale and sparkling wine. One dollar from each cocktail benefits the Friends of Pinnacle Peak Park. $9. www.pnpkaz.com.