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Stay Hydrated With These 7 Summer Cocktails

Posted 06.17.16 by Miranda

It’s officially that time of year here in the Valley – our pools turn into lukewarm baths, we keep oven mitts in our vehicles and cook things with nothing more than sunshine and triple digit heat. To be frank, it’s just really freakin' hot! If there’s one thing we could all agree on, it’s that we need to stay hydrated. From some of the classics to a few crafted seasonals, here’s a list of 7 refreshing cocktails you can enjoy all summer long right here in #DowntownTempe.  

1. CALI HONDA | Tapacubo

This might be the perfect summer cocktail to sip on while soaking up the sun at The Graduate and enjoying poolside Jenga. With a base of house pineapple infused gin, how could you go wrong with this crafted cocktail?

2. GIN & TONIC | AC Marriott 

Gin and tonic…a classic summer drink – it’s refreshing, simple and cool. Some people think this cocktail smells like pine trees, but honestly, who doesn’t love the smell of fresh pine? When ordering this drink, ask for a different garnish each time – some fancy a fresh slice of lime while others like a cucumber or a piece of fresh mint. 

3. THE DUKE MULE | American Mule 

A twist on the American Mule, the Duke Mule is something you can craft at home and have a go-to cocktail for summer pool parties and BBQs. You’ll need the following ingredients, according to this recipe from American Mule:

2 oz Bourbon

Fresh Squeezed Juice of Lime

½ Bottle of Ginger Beer

Follow the 5 simple steps:

1 – Chill your copper mug (we recommend purchasing from American Mule – LOCAL LOVE for one of our Tempe Young Professionals)

2 – Fill chilled mug with crushed ice cubes

3 – Stir ingredients in mug

4 – Add lime slice and/or mint leaf garnish

5 – Cheers and enjoy with another hard working mule

4. SEA BREEZE | Yours Truly 

This is my go-to summer cocktail. I was researching low calorie cocktails for Memorial Day Weekend and came across the Sea Breeze. I modified some of the ingredients to make it EXTRA fresh and less sugary. To some it might be a little tart, but that’s right up my alley. Here’s what you’ll need:

1 oz Vodka | I like Tito’s Handmade Vodka – American made in one of my favorite cities – Austin, TX.

2 oz Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice | I get my grapefruits from a tree in my apartment complex ; )

4 oz Cranberry Juice | This is where most folks go wrong by grabbing a cheap cranberry juice off the shelf that’s full of artificial flavors and sugar. Step your juice game up just a bit, especially for quality cocktails. I recommend R.W. Knudsen’s “Just Cranberry” – it’s organic and contains just 2 ingredients – filtered water and organic cranberry juice concentrate.

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and go to town. If you’re feeling fancy, garnish with a little lemon zest or twist. 


Kudos to RA Sushi for coming thru with this summertime trio. What better way to relish in this HOT summer than with refreshing seasonal flavors. They had me at Watermelon Blueberry Martini – Blueberry Vodka, Elderflower, Fresh Muddled Watermelon, Mint AND Homemade Lemon Sour…STAAHHHP! 


7. NINJA PUNCH | RA Sushi 



Cali Honda - Tapacubo 

Gin & Tonic - AC Marriott 

Duke Mule - American Mule

Watermelon & Blueberry Martini, Shanghai Sling, Ninja Punch - RA Sushi