As spring approached, local mixologists were working behind-the-scenes to create new cocktails using spring-inspired tastes and ingredients. Now that the season is here, the new libation lists are out—and tempting taste buds! From fruity to refreshing, and hot to chilled, toast to spring with one of these creative drink creations.
Nolet Blueberry Collins at Drexyl Modern American
Balanced and refreshing, this drink ($10) is made with Nolet gin, Blueberry Limoncello, blueberry concentrate and rosemary simple syrup. Served over ice, it’s garnished with lemon wheels and fresh blueberries—making it enticing for both your eyes and your taste buds! The food menu here offers seasonal, handcrafted modern American cuisine dishes such as the Heritage Pork Chop, Cola Braised Pork and Jade Pesto Halibut. Stop by during the daily happy hour and score an Ahi tuna taco trio, fried ravioli or soft pretzel sticks.
Cilantro Ginger Tonic at The Market by Jennifer’s Restaurant + Bar
An unusual yet very tasty combination, this drink ($6) is made with gin, fresh lime juice, candied ginger, cilantro, and Wild Tonic Kombucha (made by Sedona-based Wild Tonic). Savor and sip it while enjoying the casual yet elegant restaurant space, and pair it with one of the Nosh Boards or an entrée such as the Ricotta Gnocci or salmon.
Pom Advocate at Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar at The Camby Hotel
The Pom Advocate ($14) melds the flavors of Arizona into a balanced and refreshing cocktial. Made with Patron Silver Tequila, vida mexcal, PAMA pomegranate liqueur, simple syrup, lime and prickly pear chutney. Modern American dishes are what's on the menu, from the Brisket "Which" to the Swiss Chard Tacos to the Duck Tagliatelle. The Camby itself is one of the area's newest luxury lifestyle hotels—with a fun, quirky, vibrant atmosphere, you'll be able to drink in style.
Grapefuit & Basil Martini at Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill
The combination of Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka, St. Germain liqueur, Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh basil, fresh lime juice and simple syrup provides a fruity, refreshing option ($9.50). For eats, choose from an eclectic variety of multi-cultural dishes. There’s everything from the I.P.A. Beer Battered Fish & Chips to a classic Reuben to a grilled sirloin steak.
Two Birds with One Stone at Four Season’s Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
This drink’s name alludes to its versatility—it can be served on ice (a perfect way to cool down after 18 holes of golf!) or served hot (sip while watching the sun set over Pinnacle Peak from the patio). Offered at both Onyx Bar & Lounge and Talavera at Four Season's Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, it is made with Dewars White Label whiskey and Rishi loose leaf chamomile tea, and paired with local Sonoran honey, house-made orange marmalade and locally grown Meyer lemons. The drink ($16) is poured tableside and served with candied citrus rinds. Food choices at Onyx Bar & Lounge include sophisticated small plates, while Talavera’s modern take on a classic steakhouse showcases prime cuts of meat, poultry and game.
Lemon Ginger Punch at Paul Martin's American Grill
Mt. Gay Black Barrel Rum, Domaine de Canton, fresh lemon juice, cane syrup and Angostura bitters served on the rocks, combine to make the Lemon Ginger Punch at Paul Martin's. The menu at this nice-but-casual locale includes selections that range from BBQ pork ribs to Prime New York steak to the Three Mushroom Burger.
Vegan Pina Colada at True Food Kitchen
Vegan? No worries. This one is for you. Its ingredients are pineapple-infused white rum, lime, pineapple and coconut cream. The drink ($11) is then topped with cocunut whip cream. For food bites, choose from such good-for-you-fare as pizzas made with spelt and flax dough, sandwiches such as the Shaved Turkey Wrap, and entrées the include the Spaghetti Squash Casserole.
Hot Mango at Modern Margarita
Feelin' sweet and spicy? This cocktail has you covered. It's made with Espolon Blanco Tequila, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, mango puree and fresh lime juice ($13/12 oz.; $19/16 oz.; $65/60 oz. pitcher). Modern Margarita is known not only for its margaritas (and an extensive tequila list) but also for its tacos. Of course there are salads, burgers and other noshes too, but a margarita and taco just pair perfectly.