Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a few seasonal drinks, whether it’s an order of frosty cold ones for the entire family or a round of adult cocktails or cold pints for the big kids. Check out these establishments for some cool beverage ideas.
Use a little mixology magic to create a signature soda at Sodalicious. Choose a base soda—7-up, Dr. Pepper or Coke, to name a few—and then select from a list of inventive flavors and ingredients to make your specialty beverage. Dr. Pepper and horchata anyone? Customers also can blend energy drinks and flavored waters as part of the soda experiment.
80 W. Warner Road, Chandler, AZ 85225 or (480) 791-3002
If you want to beat the heat, bite into a crunchy snow cone at Bahama Bucks, where you pick from 100 gourmet flavors and toppings for a light and airy shaved ice treat. The lineup at Bahama Bucks includes smoothies, specialty sodas and frozen coffees to offset the temps.
4040 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85248 or (480) 219-5899
American Way Smokehouse
Quench your thirst the old-fashion way at American Way Market, which features 150-plus vintage and specialty bottled sodas that harken back to simpler times. The fizzy flavors run the gamut from A&W root beer to Red Rock cola and Zuberfizz key lime with more choices being added to the menu.
1509 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225 or (480) 772-1877
Fresh fruit is the main ingredient for shaved ice and drinks at Fruit Daddy, where sweet and savory profiles provide the cooldown with such options as the Mango Loco, an Italian shaved ice with mango, chamoy, tajin, peanuts and tamarindo candy; or the Mazapan Rasapado with infused raspado and vanilla ice cream.
920 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225 or (480) 465-8029
Take a mercury break with the mango-infused smoothies, sorbets, aguas frescas, and other chill drinks and summertime concoctions filled with fresh fruit and spices such as tajin, chamoy, lime juice and hot sauce that bring the heat, but not the temperature.
1005 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225 or (480) 590-6082
How would you like your boba? At Boba Cutea, you can order the popular Taiwanese cold beverage many ways. The tea house serves an array of milk teas, fruit teas, bubble milk, brown sugar drinks, galaxy boba drinks and smoothies in a variety of combinations and flavors that provide a tasty cooldown.
3400 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85226 or (480) 306-6847
The Hidden House
The 1939 repurposed cottage features classic cocktails with a refreshing twist such as its take on the mint julep, made the old-fashioned derby way with Old Forester, bourbon sugar, and mint over pebble ice. Or the pisco sour, the national drink of Peru, featuring La Caravedo Pisco, a Peruvian brandy, paired with lemon, sugar and an egg white for a frothy touch.
159 W. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225 or (480) 275-5525
The Parlay Kitchen + Cocktails
The American gastropub might be a causal neighborhood hang, but it takes its adult beverage selections seriously, pouring classic and crafted cocktails, international wines and local draft, domestic and imported beers. Plus, the modern eatery offers happy hour seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m.
1245 S. Price Road, Chandler, AZ 85286 or (480) 500-5247
St. Amand Kitchen & Cocktails
Upgrade your summer beverage itinerary at St. Amand with signature cocktails such as a raspberry mojito or Mexican mule. The elevated chill vibe also comes with a cooled patio, wine, craft beer and even a Bucket of Fun—five High Noon Hard Seltzers of your choice: grapefruit, black cherry, pineapple or watermelon.
3990 S. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ 85248 or (480) 782-5550
What better place to sip a cold drink than in a dark speakeasy? Located in a basement, the craft cocktail lounge is inspired by the illegal drinking establishments of the Prohibition Era. But don’t worry, you can legally order a whisky, gin, scotch and assortment of spirited drinks, as well as wine, draft and handheld beer while you escape the rising temps.
10 N. San Marcos Place, Chandler, AZ 85225 or (480) 917-4903
The Brickyard Downtown
It’s easy to cool down at the locally-owned stylish bar and restaurant in downtown Chandler, especially with is Library of Libations, a 15-page ledger of the innovative cocktails and spirits made with premium liquor, house-made scrubs and syrups and garnishes. Plus, there’s curated wine and draft beer to help take the edge off the elements.
85 W. Boston St., Chandler AZ, 85225 or (480) 963-1373