11 Summer Cocktails In Sacramento You Have to Try

Jul 25, 2016

On a hot summer day, there is nothing more refreshing than a light and sweet handcrafted cocktail from a local restaurant or bar. While you can certainly stumble upon one by accident during your next outdoor patio adventure, we thought we would assist you by steering you in the direction of some fruity, fresh and downright delicious summer cocktails available in Sacramento.

Get your senses stirring with a preview of these gorgeous drinks and make plans to taste test our finds for yourself in the near future!

 

Ella Dining Room and Bar

Cucumber Lavender Collins

Ingredients: Vodka, lavender syrup, fresh cucumber, lemon juice and sparkling water

Ella Dining Room and Bar

Photos courtesy of Ella Dining Room and Bar

Ella Dining Room and Bar is serving up this clean, light and fresh drink named Cucumber Lavender Collins, comprised of vodka, lavender syrup, fresh cucumber, lemon juice and sparkling water. And there is no better atmosphere for enjoying such a sophisticated cocktail than Ella Dining Room and Bar, with its romantic and elegant interior.

 

Ten22

Rio Punch

Ingredients: Cachaça, red wine falernum, citrus and pineapple juice

Ten22 Sacramento

Photos courtesy of Ten22

Ten22’s tantalizing Rio Punch is made with cachaça, red wine falernum, citrus and pineapple juice. Satisfy your sweet tooth with this summer drink topped with whipped cream, which tends to make everything taste better.

 

Hock Farm Craft & Provisions

Lavender Sidecar

Ingredients: Lavender and butterfly blue pea tea-infused eau de vie, triple sec, fresh lemon juice and maraschino liqueur

Hock Farm Craft & Provisions Sacramento

Photos courtesy of Hock Farm Craft & Provisions

Hock Farm Craft & Provisions is mixing up this gorgeous and striking cocktail called Lavender Sidecar. It is comprised of lavender and butterfly blue pea tea-infused eau de vie, triple sec, fresh lemon juice and maraschino liqueur, served in a vanilla-sugar rimmed cocktail glass. This sophisticated and bright drink is sure to satisfy your senses this summer.

 

The Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar

Sweet Caroline

Ingredients: Bourbon, Cynar 70, apricot liqueur, Peychauds’ bitters and absinthe

The Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar Sacramento

Photos courtesy of The Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar

The Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar’s Sweet Caroline would work well all year long, but gets you outside of your typical summer drink routine. This beauty is made with bourbon, Cynar 70, apricot liqueur, Peychauds’ bitters and absinthe.

 

Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Co.

Diplomatic Relations

Ingredients: Diplomatico Rum, red wine falernum, lime, angostura bitters and ginger beer.

Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Co. Sacramento

Photos courtesy of Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Co.

Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Co. is proving that ginger beer is not only reserved for the Moscow Mule we all know and love. Their Diplomatic Relations cocktail features Diplomatico Rum, red wine falernum, lime, angostura bitters and ginger beer, the perfect refreshing mixture to enjoy on their outdoor patio.

 

The Firehouse Restaurant

The Firehouse Restaurant has plenty of specialty cocktails that caught our attention. Our favorites to sip on during the summer include…

The Firehouse Restaurant Sacramento

(Left to Right: Whiskey A-Peel + Italian Surfer) Photos courtesy of The Firehouse Restaurant

Whiskey A-Peel

Ingredients: Whiskey, Southern Comfort, triple sec, honey simple syrup, lemon juice and a peel of flamed orange

The Whiskey A-Peel is a balanced whiskey cocktail with notes of citrus, evident in both the taste and the drink’s aroma. The bright yellow color of this drink will perfectly complement your bright and fresh meal at The Firehouse.

Italian Surfer

Ingredients: Spiced gold rum, amaretto, lime juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice and a floating peel of lime

This refreshing rum cocktail is both balanced in flavor and rich in taste, featuring a summery lineup of spiced gold rum, amaretto, lime juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice and a floating peel of lime.

 

Skool

Tiki #2

Ingredients: Yokaichi shochu, Byrrh Quinquina, passion fruit syrup, fresh lime and Jamaican bitters

Skool Sacramento

Photo courtesy of Skool

has several cocktails that are popular during the summer, one of which is brand new. Their tiki-style summer drink includes yokaichi shochu, Byrrh Quinquina, passion fruit syrup, fresh lime and Jamaican bitters. This tropical cocktail is shaken and served over ice with a lime wedge and a cocktail umbrella!

 

Paragary’s

Paragary’s ‘83

Ingredients: Peach-infused gin, lemon juice, black tea syrup and sparkling wine

Paragary’s Sacramento

Photos courtesy of Paragary’s

When you’re relaxing on Paragary’s dreamy outdoor patio, you must order their famous Paragary’s ‘83 featuring peach-infused gin, lemon juice and black tea syrup, topped with sparkling wine. This fizzy and refreshing drink is sure to cool you off as you bask in the warm summer sun.

 

Tower Cafe

Pair your late brunch or lunch at the Tower Cafe located in Land Park with either of these delicious summer drinks!

Tower Cafe Sacramento

(Top to Bottom: Hibiscus-Coconut Mojito + Raspberry Jalapeño Lemondrop) Photos courtesy of Tower Cafe

Hibiscus-Coconut Mojito

Ingredients: House-made hibiscus syrup, Malibu Rum, fresh mint and 7-Up

The vibrant look of the Tower Cafe’s Hibiscus-Coconut Mojito will draw you in but the tantalizing taste will have you ordering it again during your next visit. House-made hibiscus syrup and Malibu rum are the base of this bright and refreshing Tower take on a classic mojito with fresh mint and a splash of 7-Up.

Raspberry Jalapeño Lemondrop

Ingredients: Vodka, lemon juice, house-made raspberry puree and jalapeño

The Tower Cafe’s Raspberry Jalapeño Lemondrop is equally as gorgeous and refreshing, and is made with vodka, lemon juice, house-made raspberry puree and jalapeño with a sugar rim.

 

Cheers, Sacramento!

Let us know what you think of these drinks after a taste test or submit your favorite summer cocktail in the city!

Holly Ragsdale

Holly Ragsdale

Holly is a content specialist for Lyon Real Estate, the leading independent real estate company in the greater Sacramento region. The Lyon blog focuses on community news + local events, as well as home inspiration + design trends. Enjoy!

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