Cool summer drinks are a must-have during the desert's hot summer days and nights and many of the local restaurants have devised some delicious and colorful alternatives.
At dish Creative Cuisine, the restaurant's contemporary, modern American cuisine is complemented by summer cocktails such as their Grapefruit Chipotle Margarita made with tequila, lime cordial, chipotle syrup, and grapefruit juice; and their crimson red Bon Vivant with vodka, cranberry juice, pomegranate juice, lime juice, lime cordial, and tonic.
Down the block at Eight4Nine, the restaurant's colorful, eclectic lounge/bar area is the perfect spot to enjoy a drink of the same name. The Eight4Nine contains Crater Lake Vodka, limoncello, Mandarine Napoléon, and Mionetto Prosecco float muddled with a strawberry and a lemon wedge. Or if you're in the mood for something non-alcoholic, but nonetheless festive, order a Blueberry Mockjito—soda water and Monin premium blueberry syrup muddled with fresh blueberries and mint and served in a tall glass with a mint and lime garnish.
“Forever Marilyn,” a 26-foot-tall statue of Marilyn Monroe that was created by Seward Johnson, spent almost two years on display in downtown Palm Springs from 2012 to 2014 and we're all anxiously awaiting her return. Until then, you can enjoy a colorful Forever Marilyn cocktail at Trio restaurant. (Three Olives Marilyn Monroe strawberry vodka, strawberry purée, fresh lemon juice)
If you're strolling through downtown, drop in to Lulu and relax and enjoy the mountain view while you sip The Ultimate Cosmo—Crater Lake Vodka, Grand Marnier, and cranberry juice.
At The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge you won't want to miss their sparkling Blue Hawaiian Martini: Muddled pineapple with orange. Cruzan Coconut rum, orange curaçao, a splash of pineapple juice, a splash of orange juice, and a splash of coco Lopez coconut purée.
dish Creative Cuisine, 1107 North Palm Canyon Drive, 760-322-7171
Eight4Nine, 849 North Palm Canyon Drive, 760-325-8490
Lulu, 200 South Palm Canyon Drive, 760-327-5858
The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge, 330 East Amado Road, 760-866-1952
Trio, 707 North Palm Canyon Drive, 760-864-8746
Captions (top to bottom): dish Creative Cuisine's Grapefruit Chipotle Margarita; Eight4Nine's Blueberry Mockjito (left) and The Eight4Nine; Tropicale's Blue Hawaiian Martini; dish Creative Cuisine's Bon Vivant.
Photography by Neil Huvasar (dish); Courtesy of Eight4Nine; Courtesy of The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge