In the Coastal Bend, where sunshine abounds, any summer day is an ideal time to sip on a refreshing fruit-infused cocktail. Whether enjoyed near the waterfront or in a laid-back bar, these innovative concoctions are how mixologists around town are serving up summer in a glass.
A pineapple margarita is perfect for summertime sipping. Head to House of Rock and order the Sexy Mexy, a pineapple pleasure with a burst of heat. Made with specially infused spicy tequila, fresh jalapeño and sweet pineapple, this margarita is perfect for seasonal sipping downtown. 511 Starr St.
The Islander Highball
Made with Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum and coconut liqueur, this signature highball cocktail is given a coastal spin. The addition of coconut and distilled water creates a clean, refreshing flavor, while the clarified pineapple juice gives it the signature transparency of a highball topped with a lime wedge and parasol (because summer). 411 Doddridge St. #102
Piña La Corpus
The flavors of the Piña La Corpus will transport you to island time. This tropical delight comes together with Flor de Caña rum, RumChata cream liqueur, pineapple and coconut, then is topped with a splash of Kraken dark spiced rum for an extra layer of exotic flavor. 6326 Yorktown Blvd. Ste 2
Inspired by the Japanese watermelon-smashing tradition of Suikawari, the mixologists at Dokyo created a new summer drink with its namesake. Made with a cachaca base, an influence of aloe liquor, a touch of Le Blanc and smashed watermelon pulp, this drink is a sublime summertime punch. 424 N. Chaparral St.
Flamboyance is the term for a grouping of flamingos, and also the latest summer concoction at BUS. This vodka-based drink gets its pink hue and sweetness from Luxardo Maraschino and tart, fresh grapefruit. Served in a coupe glass, the presentation is elegant, fun and flavorful too. 702 N. Chaparral St.
Head to The Gold Fish for a seasonal cocktail featuring bold, fruity and spicy flavors. Made with watermelon vodka, citrus, cucumber and jalapeño, La Paletera’s profile is sweet and tangy with a subtle kick, making it both delicious and adventurous. 724 N. Mesquite St.
Escape to a summer paradise with a sip of the Thai-lada cocktail. This sweet and sour beverage is made with a flavorful blend of rum, sweet lychee liqueur, cream of coconut and pineapple juice, then topped with a lychee fruit and purple orchid, making a cocktail that’s as beautiful as it is flavorful. 3850 S. Alameda St. Ste 27
This refreshing, tropical Coconut Mojito from Costa Sur will transport you to the beach. Made with a blend of Bacardi White Rum, Cointreau, muddled mint and limes, agave nectar and coconut purée, this drink is a surprising take on a classic mojito. 15113 S Padre Island Dr Ste 101