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Nine Summer Cocktails to Try in Houston Right Now

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The calendar might be creeping toward fall, but the weather still says summer in H-Town. Here, some of the best summer cocktails to help you cool off, feel refreshed and show you're an adventurous consumer of spirited beverages. The list below offers something for every palate, from the sweet-toothed to connoisseurs of the classics. Drink up!


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1. Etoile Cuisine et Bar: The Can-Can

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1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd
Houston, TX 77056
(832) 668-5808
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You can almost hear that iconic dance hall music as you sip this creation from Etoile Cuisine et Bar. A blend of Nolet gin, Lilet Blanc, fresh lemon juice and a raspberry shrub served over ice and topped with Geisweiler Blanc de Blanc Champange. “Nolet gin and Lillet are great together, an herbal freshness with candied fruit notes,” says Bar Manager Kimberly Paul. “The lemon and red wine vinegar (from the shrub) cut through the sugars for balance. Add in the raspberries and champagne and you have a festive summer cocktail.”

2. Eleven XI: Dippin Dots

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607 W Gray St
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 529-5881
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It doesn’t get more summery than this concoction , Eleven XI’s flash-frozen (thank you, liquid nitrogen), amped up take on the traditional Mudslide. Vanilla vodka, Kahlua and Bailey’s Irish Cream ice cream are served in a martini glass with a spoon, making this adult confection the perfect cocktail to end your summer meal.

3. Prego: Italian Sparkler

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2520 Amherst St
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 529-2420
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What better way to enjoy the last days of summer than with a sparkling drink that smacks of sunshine? “This is one of our signature cocktails on the menu now and we really love it as an aperitif,” says Prego General Manager David Cook. It's a blend of Cocchi Americano, Dolin Dry Vermouth and filled with good Prosecco, then garnished with a grapefruit twist. You’re welcome.

4. Kuu: Kuu Breeze

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947 Gessner Rd Ste A180
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 461-1688
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Beat the heat with this stunner from KUU. Pink Lady apple chunks are muddled, then blended with rum, grenadine, ginger syrup, lime juice, agave nectar and splashes of cranberry and pineapple juice and Sprite, then garnished with a cherry and lime wedge. It’s sweetly tropical and endlessly shippable – either to start the meal or alongside KUU’s Asian-inspired dishes

5. Reserve 101: Pro Bono

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1201 Caroline St
Houston, TX 77002
This one’s proving popular at Reserve 101, and is one of the featured $5 cocktails on the new happy hour menu. Bartender Andrew Grala came up with this one, showcasing the sherry-like tones to the Cutty Sark Prohibition, blended with St. Germain, Aporol and lemon juice, served over an ice sphere. "We were all very excited to get our hands on the new Cutty Sark Prohibition, part of a new trend of non-aged statement scotches made specifically with bartenders and cocktails in mind,” says Reserve 101 co-owner Mike Raymond. “Andrew hit a home run with this one.”

6. Adair Kitchen: Rhubarb Collins

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5161 San Felipe St Ste 390
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 623-6100
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Adair Kitchen’s summer cocktail selections are a sunny addition to a comfort food menu. This one blends gin, lemon juice and house-made rhubarb simple syrup, before topping it offer with sparkling rose and a splash of Campari. It’s a beautifully fragrant, lightly sweet libation that is an excellent partner to the Farrao salmon plate.

7. Holley's: Sir Lancelot

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3201 Louisiana St Ste 101
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 907-6001
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The signature drink at Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, it’s named for Mark Holley’s grandfather, who hailed from Kentucky. You’ll love the sassy combination of cherry-infused bourbon, rye whiskey and lime juice. It’s one of several homages to Holley’s family in the new spot (the wine room is named for his stepmom, the semiprivate dining room for his dad). The drink offers just a hint of the cherry’s tart tang, but isn’t sweet.

8. Straits: Saigon 75

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800 Sorella Court, Suite 940, Houston, TX 77024
Houston, TX 77042
(713) 695-9922
This take on the classic French 75 at Straits will make you ditch the typical Bloody Mary or Mimosa as a brunch option. Tanqueray Rangpur, Fluer elderflower liqueur, fresh lime juice, and a splash of strawberry liqueur, topped with Champagne make for a supple sipper with just a hint of sweet. Pair it with the restaurant’s Asian crab cake benedict at brunch or linger over it on the patio as the sun sinks over CityCentre.

9. Caracol: Zihuatanejo

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2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 622-9996
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Yes. Yes, it is purple; there’s nothing wrong with your eyes. It’s meant to evoke the calming view of ocean waves lapping gently at a Mexican shore. This offering from Caracol is a blend of Mezcal, Crème de Violet, lime and a little salted margarita foam. The result is a richly textured drink with fragrant, subtle notes of smoke.

1. Etoile Cuisine et Bar: The Can-Can

1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
You can almost hear that iconic dance hall music as you sip this creation from Etoile Cuisine et Bar. A blend of Nolet gin, Lilet Blanc, fresh lemon juice and a raspberry shrub served over ice and topped with Geisweiler Blanc de Blanc Champange. “Nolet gin and Lillet are great together, an herbal freshness with candied fruit notes,” says Bar Manager Kimberly Paul. “The lemon and red wine vinegar (from the shrub) cut through the sugars for balance. Add in the raspberries and champagne and you have a festive summer cocktail.”
1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd
Houston, TX 77056

2. Eleven XI: Dippin Dots

607 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019
It doesn’t get more summery than this concoction , Eleven XI’s flash-frozen (thank you, liquid nitrogen), amped up take on the traditional Mudslide. Vanilla vodka, Kahlua and Bailey’s Irish Cream ice cream are served in a martini glass with a spoon, making this adult confection the perfect cocktail to end your summer meal.
607 W Gray St
Houston, TX 77019

3. Prego: Italian Sparkler

2520 Amherst St, Houston, TX 77005
What better way to enjoy the last days of summer than with a sparkling drink that smacks of sunshine? “This is one of our signature cocktails on the menu now and we really love it as an aperitif,” says Prego General Manager David Cook. It's a blend of Cocchi Americano, Dolin Dry Vermouth and filled with good Prosecco, then garnished with a grapefruit twist. You’re welcome.
2520 Amherst St
Houston, TX 77005

4. Kuu: Kuu Breeze

947 Gessner Rd Ste A180, Houston, TX 77024
Beat the heat with this stunner from KUU. Pink Lady apple chunks are muddled, then blended with rum, grenadine, ginger syrup, lime juice, agave nectar and splashes of cranberry and pineapple juice and Sprite, then garnished with a cherry and lime wedge. It’s sweetly tropical and endlessly shippable – either to start the meal or alongside KUU’s Asian-inspired dishes
947 Gessner Rd Ste A180
Houston, TX 77024

5. Reserve 101: Pro Bono

1201 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77002
This one’s proving popular at Reserve 101, and is one of the featured $5 cocktails on the new happy hour menu. Bartender Andrew Grala came up with this one, showcasing the sherry-like tones to the Cutty Sark Prohibition, blended with St. Germain, Aporol and lemon juice, served over an ice sphere. "We were all very excited to get our hands on the new Cutty Sark Prohibition, part of a new trend of non-aged statement scotches made specifically with bartenders and cocktails in mind,” says Reserve 101 co-owner Mike Raymond. “Andrew hit a home run with this one.”
1201 Caroline St
Houston, TX 77002

6. Adair Kitchen: Rhubarb Collins

5161 San Felipe St Ste 390, Houston, TX 77056
Adair Kitchen’s summer cocktail selections are a sunny addition to a comfort food menu. This one blends gin, lemon juice and house-made rhubarb simple syrup, before topping it offer with sparkling rose and a splash of Campari. It’s a beautifully fragrant, lightly sweet libation that is an excellent partner to the Farrao salmon plate.
5161 San Felipe St Ste 390
Houston, TX 77056

7. Holley's: Sir Lancelot

3201 Louisiana St Ste 101, Houston, TX 77006
The signature drink at Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, it’s named for Mark Holley’s grandfather, who hailed from Kentucky. You’ll love the sassy combination of cherry-infused bourbon, rye whiskey and lime juice. It’s one of several homages to Holley’s family in the new spot (the wine room is named for his stepmom, the semiprivate dining room for his dad). The drink offers just a hint of the cherry’s tart tang, but isn’t sweet.
3201 Louisiana St Ste 101
Houston, TX 77006

8. Straits: Saigon 75

800 Sorella Court, Suite 940, Houston, TX 77024, Houston, TX 77042
This take on the classic French 75 at Straits will make you ditch the typical Bloody Mary or Mimosa as a brunch option. Tanqueray Rangpur, Fluer elderflower liqueur, fresh lime juice, and a splash of strawberry liqueur, topped with Champagne make for a supple sipper with just a hint of sweet. Pair it with the restaurant’s Asian crab cake benedict at brunch or linger over it on the patio as the sun sinks over CityCentre.
800 Sorella Court, Suite 940, Houston, TX 77024
Houston, TX 77042

9. Caracol: Zihuatanejo

2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160, Houston, TX 77056
Yes. Yes, it is purple; there’s nothing wrong with your eyes. It’s meant to evoke the calming view of ocean waves lapping gently at a Mexican shore. This offering from Caracol is a blend of Mezcal, Crème de Violet, lime and a little salted margarita foam. The result is a richly textured drink with fragrant, subtle notes of smoke.
2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160
Houston, TX 77056

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