The cocktail glass is getting beach-ready (hair combed back and sunglasses on) at Boston restaurants this season. Area bartenders are shaking up concoctions to beat the heat and the chilly, fruity and frothy bevs are making their way to the bar top. Swing by one of the spots below after an afternoon of shining in the sun, but hurry, before the booze of summer has gone.
Alden & Harlow
40 Brattle Street Cambridge, MA 02138 617-864-2100
Step into the season with the Costa Verde, a bright little sipper from the Alden & Harlow team. Housemade English pea and tarragon shrub melds with manzanilla sherry, Suze bitters and lemon for a light and verdant summery beverage.
Area Four Cambridge
500 Technology Square Cambridge, MA 02139 617-758-4444
Davio's joins the ranks of city spots serving icy adult beverages this summer with a flirty take on the classic granita. On offer are the Prickly Pear Granita, Passion Fruit Granita and, our favorite, the Espresso Granita made with lime juice, a shot of espresso and a good helping of chocolate liqueur.
East Somerville's La Brasa brings Brazil stateside with its funky take on the classic Caipirinha swapping the traditional lime for zesty Meyer lemons. A bit of Avuá Cachaça to taste and rosemary for aesthetic, and you've got a new summer go-to.
86 Cambridge Street Burlington, MA 01803 781-270-0100
There's nothing better in warm weather than an ice-cold margarita. Made with a base of El Mayor Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, garden basil, watermelon and fresh lime - on the rocks, of course - this fruity Mexican drink feels like a cool breeze in a cup.
Hudson-based Less Than Greater Than Speakeasy takes full advantage of its ice cream connections with New City Microcreamery to create a heavenly summer sip. The boozy offering combines coffee-flavored ice cream, blanco tequila, homemade hot fudge and - get this - a gluten-free crumble topping.
Rail Trail Flatbread has come up with a unique blend that'll turn even the most devout brew buff into a cocktail convert. The gin-based refresher, known as The Paloma's Demise, contains equal parts lemon, Cold River Gin, Combier Creme de Pamplemousse Rose and a spritz of St. Elder.
If you're in a sharing kind of mood, opt for one of the fishbowls at Tamo. The rum-based tropical drinks come in three varieties: the Boomerang Bowl, Aquarium Bowl and the Tamo Tiki Bowl - featured here, with a blend of Bacardi Oakheart rum, Bacardi coconut rum, mango puree and pineapple juice.