Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy a refreshing cocktail. The warm weather and long days make it the ideal opportunity to gather with friends and relax with a drink in hand. But with so many options, it can be tough to know where to find the best summer cocktails. If you’re looking for the perfect summer drink, look no further. Whether you’re looking for something refreshing or fruity, here is your guide to the best summer cocktails in South Florida. Cheers!
Blue Dog Cookhouse & Bar
New York City’s The Blue Dog Cookhouse & Bar opened in Boca Raton’s Town Center in April 2022, bringing guests the same meticulously crafted cuisine and polished service to South Florida. The elevated casual eatery’s sophisticated cocktail program has the perfect beverage on the menu for summer. The Summer Crush ($17) is made with watermelon-infused gin, Italicus, fresh lemon juice, and prosecco. The Blue Dog Cookhouse & Bar Boca Raton is located at 6000 Glades Road, Suite 1008C, immediately adjacent to the valet stand at the Boca Raton Town Center. http://www.bluedogboca.com.
Located in the historic MiMo – short for “Miami Modern” – arts district, at the Selina Gold Dust Motel, Café Kush transports guests to their very own Miami-meets-French Riviera. They are boasting tasteful Art Deco vibes and a serene water view, this funky, French-inspired café dishes up bistro classics and craft cocktails perfect for the season. The Gold Dust Employee of the Month ($13) craft cocktail, made with Montelobos mezcal, grapefruit, and jalapeño, is the perfect combination of tropical and heat that Miami’s summer is known for. Cafe Kush is located at 7700 Biscayne Blvd in Miami. kushhospitality.com.
Opened in January 2022, LM Restaurant’s newest concept Moréa is a Mediterranean oceanfront dining oasis in Fort Lauderdale Beach. The restaurant’s menu features fresh, simply prepared small plates, mezze and wood-grilled meats and seafood, handcrafted cocktails, and great wines on tap. This summer, guests have the opportunity to cool off and relax right along the water with Morèa’s cocktail special. During the summer, Morèa will offer their signature ($13) Cucumber Ginger Mojito prepared with Plantation 3 Star, Cucumber Ginger Shrub, Lime Juice, Blue Agave Nectar, and Mint. Moréa is located at 701 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard at the Paramount Condominiums. Valet and street parking are available. www.MoreaDining.com
This summer at R House Wynwood, make sure to order the refreshing La Pina Loca ($100), a frozen pina colada served in a whole pineapple with sparklers, flamingo straws, tiki umbrellas, and five shots of the customer’s choice. This cocktail is presented to the table on a bamboo tray. Perfect for sharing, the La Pina Loca is available for only those “in the know,” as this extravagant cocktail is a secret item that isn’t mentioned on R House’s menu. Offered during brunch, lunch, or dinner service, guests can pre-order the Pina Loca on the R House website before your visit. R House is located at 2727 NW 2nd Avenue in Wynwood. www.rhousewynwood.com.
The Setai Miami Beach
Add a little spice with a Frozen Chili Passion Martini ($18) at The Setai. Available at Jaya and Ocean Grill, it features Chili & Ginger ALB Vodka, orange juice, passion fruit rum & purée, cranberry juice & chili flakes. Jaya & Ocean Grill are located at The Setai Miami Beach, 2001 Collins Avenue. Jaya is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday Jazz Brunch. Ocean Grill is open daily for lunch. For reservations, please visit OpenTable. www.thesetaihotels.com
Sip and celebrate the summer days at Richard Sandoval’s Pan-Latin steakhouse Toro Toro with its new Summer Latin Lite Cocktails. Enjoy the meticulously crafted cocktails, El Jardin, featuring Scottish gin, lime juice, cucumber juice, simple syrup, and mint, and Sol de Verano with white rum, lime juice, honey syrup and topped with fresh mint leaves and raspberries. Toro Toro is located at 100 Chopin Plaza inside the InterContinental in Downtown Miami. www.torotoromiami.com.