Six Cocktails to Keep You Cool this Summer

Summer’s here and the time is right for some sweet summer cocktails. Luckily, San Diego’s got you covered with the coolest drinks to help you beat the heat.

Fireside Old Fashioned

It’s summer, so take advantage of the beautiful San Diego weather, and enjoy some outdoor dining at Fireside by the Patio. Located in historic Liberty Station, Fireside focuses on wood-fired and charcoal cooking that will have you recalling your favorite hometown barbeques. Just as the food is an update on backyard favorites, Fireside offers modern takes on some classic cocktails as well, and nothing goes with perfectly grilled meat quite like whiskey. The Fireside Old Fashioned takes the traditional ingredients and brings them into the twenty-first century with Henebery spiced rye whiskey, demerara sugar from Guyana, black walnut bitters, and flamed orange zest. Definitely not your grandpa’s old fashioned!

Change Up

Another staple of summer has to be a trip to the ballpark. And what would watching the boys of summer round the bases be like without a cocktail? That’s why Harvest by the Patio offers a special game day menu available all day during Padres home games. If you want to try something new, go for the Change Up, a shot of tequila mixed with blood orange juice and a fresh squeeze of lime. Come in on game day, and this drink could definitely be the change you were looking for – just remember to make it to the game!

Moonage Daydream

Ready to get your weekend started? Then head to The Patio on Goldfinch. Located right in Mission Hills, the neighborhood feel of Goldfinch is the right setting to cool off before heading out. As the sun goes down, take in all of the sights and sounds while you sip on your own Moonage Daydream. Made of Hangar 1 vodka and a bright mix of lemon, apricot, strawberry and mint, this drink is perfect for savoring as your new summer romance stares dreamily into your eyes – or as you plan a hot night out with friends.

Irish Elixir

Ok, I get it – you don’t need any frills. All you need is a steak cooked just right and a stiff drink, and if the spot has a little history, all the better. San Diego’s got you covered with Saska’s, the classic American steakhouse that’s been serving quality, signature cocktails since 1951. For the perfect, simple signature cocktail, order the Irish Elixir, made with a shot of house made Irish cream and a stout. It’s the ideal way to end the working day – or take you back to your college days.

Bacon Bloody

If the summer heat’s got everyone feeling a little hangry and you need a spot to make them all happy, then head to The Patio on 101, located in North County, where you’ll find steak, burgers, seafood, and more on their menu, all locally sourced. Plus they have just the drinks you need to cool down those hotheads. Grab a Bacon Bloody, made with bacon-washed vodka, bloody, and bacon. Vodka and bacon? That will cure even the worst of the summertime blues. Stop by and try one today!


If you’re looking for a place that is pet-friendly and offers a little hair of the dog, then The Patio on Lamont has you covered. Stop by for brunch on Sunday morning, and try the Bloodhound, a fun and refreshing take on the traditional Greyhound. Featuring Green Mark vodka, some compari, and summer grapefruit juice, this drink will cool your Sunday down after a hot Saturday night. Plus, all dog-tail drinks are 50% off when you bring your pup!

So no matter if you like your cocktails fancy or classic, straight-up or on the rocks, San Diego has a drink to help you cool down your days – and fire up your nights.

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