When the heat is on in New England, it’s really on. Take advantage of the blistering sun as a chance to cool down with a creative cocktail. Local bars and restaurants have revamped their beverage lists with hot summer days in mind and below are some of the chilly concoctions, featuring fruity flavors like kumquat, strawberry, pineapple and more. Read on for what to reach for when refreshment calls.
Area Four Cambridge
500 Technology Square Cambridge, MA 02139 617-758-4444
The 1979 cocktail at Area Four blends Italian bitter liqueurs Aperol and Averna for the ultimate summer aperitif. Grapefruit juice rounds out the palate and a sprig of rosemary acts as a fragrant herbal garnish.
Bistro du Midi's house-made Rose Vermouth comes from the mind of head sommelier Todd Lipman. The aperitif mixes rose wine with strawberry- and cranberry-infused brandy, Wormwood, Gentian, spices and herbs for a pre-dinner pick-me-up after a day in the sun.
Davio’s – Lynnfield
1250 Market Street Lynnfield, MA 01940 781-944-4810
Pasty chef Michelle Boland took inspiration from a summer favorite for her spiked semi-frozen Sicilian granita. The icy treat comes in three flavors, including the Belvedere Berries & Cream, available through the end of August.
Grill 23's Pomegranate Lemonade reinvents the classic sweet-tart sipper with Mandarin and Valencia orange notes from Ketel One Oranje, a housemade pomegranate grenadine and good old-fashioned homemade lemonade.
Henrietta's Table shows the seasonal bounty's best side with the Rhubarb Fizz. The effervescent drink matches herbaceous gin with rhubarb syrup and lemon juice and gets its name (and bubbles) from sparkling wine.
1 Charles Street South Boston, MA 02116 617-421-1200
Ostra's Strawberry Hustle is a fruity cool-down that combines Ketel One vodka with a housemade strawberry puree from executive pastry chef Jennifer Luna. Domaine de Canton adds a touch of class to the thirst-quenching cocktail.
Russell House Tavern's Escape to the Milano takes a page from the Tiki book for a rummy, summertime refresher. Tropical pineapple and lime blend with banana liqueur and three kinds of rum: dark Bacardi Maestro de Ron, coconut-infused Rhum Clement Mahina Coco and Hamilton Demerara 151.
Bar manager Scott Shoer pays homage to a classic beach-weather cocktail (and local summer produce) with the shaken Strawberry Daiquiri, made with strawberry-infused Privateer rum and housemade strawberry syrup.