14 new summer cocktails

Slushies, shaved ice, sorbet drinks...it's finally time to set aside your Manhattan and pick up an ice-cold summer cocktail

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    La Rusa at Tanta

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    Vesper at Terrace at Trump

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    Grapefruit and Mint Gintonic at Sable

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    Poolside at Berkshire Room

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    Unexpected Vacation at Drumbar

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    Yuzu Martini at Lush

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    Milk Maid at The Whistler

  • Photograph: Courtesy La Sirena Clandestina

    Daiquiris at La Sirena Clandestina

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    Shaved Ice Cocktails at Mott St.

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    Golden Glove at Three Dots and a Dash.

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    Ma La Colada at Violet Hour

  • Photograph: Courtesy Scofflaw

    Swizzle Seven at Scofflaw

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    Eretto at Nico

  • Photograph: Courtesy Parts & Labor

    Jalisco Collins at Parts & Labor

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La Rusa at Tanta

Summer in Chicago is a glorious time, and the drinks are no exception—boozy shaved ice, frozen drinks and brightly colored cocktails have hit menus, and they're the perfect way to cool down on a hot day. So pull up a seat on a patio, head to a rooftop bar and order one of these 14 summer cocktails.


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Poolside at Berkshire Room

  • Price band: 2/4

Made with mezcal, spiced strawberry syrup and lime, the cocktail is served over crushed ice with a sprig of mint and a frosty glass.

  1. 15 E Ohio St
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Unexpected Vacation at Drumbar

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Take a trip to Drumbar's killer rooftop and order the Unexpected Vacation—with toasted coconut–infused Bols Genever, orange curacao, peanut orgeat and lemon, it's a nutty, tropical concoction.

  1. 201 E Delaware Pl
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Yuzu martini at Lush Wine & Spirits

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Lush's ice-cold yuzu martini starts with vodka, vermouth and yuzu juice, then adds a scoop of yuzu ice cream and a garnish of shaved wild tonka beans.

  1. 1412 W Chicago Ave
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Shaved ice at Mott St.

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Mott St. is making four shaved-ice cocktails this summer: Rhum JM, passionfruit, Yakult and boba; Jamaica, Letherbee Gin, basil seeds and curacao; guava, hibiscus, cachaca and lemon; and Brachetto, Fernet and mint.

  1. 1401 N Ashland Ave
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Eretto at Nico Osteria

  • Price band: 3/4
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Death's Door gin, Cardamaro, fresh fennel and honey are turned into a vibrant cocktail served with a mountain of crushed ice.

  1. 1015 N Rush St
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Jalisco Collins at Parts & Labor

  • Price band: 1/4

The burger joint makes soda cocktails like this colorful collins with Ranchero silver tequila, lime and Sioux City Prickly Pear soda.

  1. 2700 N Milwaukee Ave
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Grapefruit & Mint Gintonic at Sable Kitchen & Bar

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Sable's menu of giant Spanish-style gin and tonics is back this summer, with four new concoctions. Our pick is the grapefruit and mint, made with Citadelle gin and Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic, a citrusy, herbal, cooling cocktail.

  1. 505 N State St
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Swizzle Seven at Scofflaw

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There's always a swizzle on the menu at Scofflaw, and the latest version, made with Four Roses bourbon, Coruba rum, passionfruit, orange, lime, grenadine and Angostura, is exactly what we want to drink on a sweltering day.

  1. 3201 W Armitage Ave
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Daiquiris at La Sirena Clandestina

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La Sirena's icy daiquiri is available in a classic version, and with the addition of seasonal preserves.

  1. 954 W Fulton Mkt
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La Rusa at Tanta

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Head up to Tanta's rooftop and order La Rusa, made with pisco, St. Germain, orange and lemon, served with a cube of Campari ice, which changes the flavor of the drink as it melts. It's garnished with fresh thyme.

  1. 118 W Grand Ave
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Vesper at the Terrace at Trump

  • Price band: 3/4

Head up to the Terrace and take in the view over a cocktail made with gin, vodka, lemon, Cocchi Rosa and a scoop of lemon sorbet.

  1. 401 N Wabash Ave
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Golden Glove at Three Dots and a Dash

  • Price band: 2/4
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The first frozen cocktail on the tiki bar's menu features aged Jamaican rum, curacao and lime. It's tart, strong and served in the pretty new metallic gold tiki mug.

  1. 435 N Clark St
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Ma La Colada at the Violet Hour

  • Price band: 3/4
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The spin on a classic pina colada takes the drink to a spicy level with Szechuan peppercorn–infused Banks 7, lime, Coco Lopez and pineapple.

  1. 1520 N Damen Ave
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Milk Maid at the Whistler

  • Price band: 2/4
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The very simple mix of Agave de Oro Blanco tequila, coconut, lime, cucumber and salt is light, fresh and frothy.

  1. 2421 N Milwaukee Ave
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