6 Cool Drinks to Survive the Summer Heat

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

There’s no doubt that summers in Scottsdale are hot. To survive the dry heat, it’s important to find a way to stay cool, whether that’s a shady spot or some cool summer drinks. Here are some of my favorite bevvies that will help you chill out all summer long!

 


KOMBUCHA COCKTAIL

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Kombucha has become one of the “coolest” and trendiest drinks today. Not only does kombucha have great health benefits but, it also makes for a great cocktail mixer. Scoot your “bucha” on over to ​Farm & Craft and try one of these flavorful options: Kombucha & Tequila, Kombucha & Cucumber, Kombucha & Habanero. There are six different combos to choose from, and you can’t go wrong with any of them!

 


Spiked Coffee

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Daily Dose is my go-to for some of the most refreshing spiked summer coffee beverages that include enhancements like Baily's Irish Cream and whipped cream flavored vodka. Choose from four different drinks, including The Classic, Smooth Irish, Cinnamon Chata and the Nutty Chai, and order them on ice. There's no better way to start a hot summer day! 

 


THE RUZE

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Ruze Cake House is a cute Scottsdale bakery that serves delicious sweet treats as well as coffee and Boba teas. The Ruze (shown on the left) is one of the shop’s most popular drinks. It’s made with cold-brewed prickly pear tea, prickly pear puree, house-made rose syrup, locally sourced milk, and tapioca pearls, then topped with their own house-spun cotton candy. Not only will it cool you down in the summer heat, but it makes for an adorable Instagram.

 


ICED HONEY LAVENDER LATTE

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I spend a lot of my free time in local coffee shops, so trust me when I say that Berdena's is one of the best on the block. Not only is it one of the most aesthetically pleasing shops, but the coffee and food are delicious, particularly their decadent avocado toast. Pair it with an iced Honey Lavender Latte, a blend of espresso, honey, organic lavender and steamed milk, for a combo that never disappoints.

 


SUNDOWNER COCKTAIL

SUNDOWNER COCKTAIL

Post up at a patio table at Mountain Shadows' Hearth ’61 restaurant and watch the colors change on Camelback Mountain as you savor a delicious Sundowner cocktail. Hearth '61 offers a special menu of sunset-inspired pours every Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the "golden hour," which starts one hour before sunset and ends one hour after the sun sinks below the horizon. 

 


Mango Tango

HVH Mango Tango Cocktail

Old Town's Hotel Valley Ho is known for its mid-century modern vibes and decadent cocktails. Characterized as spicy, refreshing and complex, the whimsical Mango Tango at ZuZu is made with Patron Silver, jalapeño, Agavero liqueur, mango puree and fresh lime juice. Take our word for it - it's just as delicious as it looks!