5 Sun-sational Cocktails to Sip this Summer

These spots are shaking up some refreshingly unique cocktails that just beg to be sipped in the summertime.

Pool Party Swizzle [Manchester]

The Sip: Run, don’t walk to The Birch on Elm and order yourself this summer pool party inspired cocktail – just don’t get caught by the lifeguard!  This tall order is made from a mix of tequila, Dolin Blanc, lime juice, simple syrup, watermelon juice, mint, angostura, and a green peppercorn tincture.
The Spot: Manchester-based Birch on Elm focuses on tapas-style dining, combining seasonal dishes and homemade cocktails. They offer outdoor seating and brunch from 11-3 every weekend where you can enjoy their flavorful summer menu with items like breakfast tacos, the Plain Jane breakfast plate, and a “Man-mosa” (beer & fresh squeezed OJ).

Elysian Fields [Keene]

The Sip: This one is just like your favorite childhood ice cream truck treat but without the sticky finger aftermath. The Elysian Fields is Machina’s own creamsicle-turned-cocktail, made with whiskey, cold brew, and orange cream. You can pass on the alcohol and opt for the virgin version of this handcrafted drink while still getting a little energy buzz thanks to the cold brew kick.
The Spot: Machina Kitchen & ArtBar prides itself on offering its guests a variety of handcrafted cocktails and mocktails for everyone to enjoy. Machina embraces local flavors by incorporating wild harvests into their food and drinks as well as decorate their stylish space with the work of artists in the community.

Sophisticated Lady [Jackson]

The Sip: Elegantly shaken, stirred, and poured into a martini glass, this bold red beverage is as classic as a red stiletto. The Sophisticated Lady is a mix of Tamworth garden gin, pink grapefruit, lime, Meletti, agave, and egg white, garnished with a lime wheel.
The Spot: Nestled up North on a classic New England farmland, The Thompson House Eatery treats every guest as if they were family. They focus on fresh, local ingredients and carefully curate every meal they serve. Bring your pup and stop by their farmer’s market every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. starting July 9th.

 Cucumber Margarita [Rochester]

The Sip: La Corona likes to put fresh spins on classic cocktails, evidenced in the refreshing Cucumber Margarita – where cucumber puree, fresh squeezed lime juice, orange liqueur, and Hornitos tequila are shaken, served on the rocks, and topped with spicy Chile powder. If you’re a lover of margaritas, this is the place to head. The Rochester restaurant won first place in WMUR’s Viewers’ Choice 2019 for Best Margaritas – and if you’re still not sold, there’s the additional bonus of a never-ending supply of chips & guac. Case closed.
The Spot: La Corona Mexican Restaurant offers a big menu of classic dishes like fully stuffed burritos, flash fried chimichangas, and hearty tacos. Pull up a seat at the bar on Thursday for Ladies’ Night and snag a marg for under $5.

Rosemary Gin Fizz [West Lebanon]

The Sip: A classic gin & tonic with an herbaceous upgrade, the Rosemary Gin Fizz gets a kick of sour lemon and sweet rosemary syrup to spice up the core ingredients of Empress 1908 Gin and tonic. Topped with a lemon wedge, this drink tastes like something hand-picked straight from the garden.
The Spot: The 110 Grill creates a warm and open vibe throughout each of its locations with ample outdoor patio seating, a roaring fire pit, couches, and tiki torches. Plus, the menu is known for its allergy-friendly offerings, so there truly is something for everyone to enjoy.