By Alison Bailin Batz
Wondering what you should sip while sitting poolside during your summer staycation? Here are some of the best thirst-quenching cocktails available at local resort pools through Labor Day.
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
This frozen treat brings a refreshing splash of sweet and sour to the palate, one swirl at a time. It features Pinnacle Cherry Vodka blended with fresh lemonade, a splash of lime and a swirl of cherry syrup made in house. Served with a cherry and lime wedge, it is best paired with a pink flamingo floaty. $7.50. www.tapatiocliffshilton.com.
LUSTRE Rooftop Bar at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix
Fusing the decadent flavors of a classic pina colada with the rich, flamed-caramel aspects of a bananas Foster, the King Kong frozen cocktail has become a signature at the Downtown Phoenix rooftop bar. With Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, fresh-cut bananas and Coco Lopez, the King Kong is the Valley’s quintessential treat to beat the summer heat. $15. www.lustrerooftopbar.com.
Indigenous to Arizona, the prickly pear is one of the coolest ways to add a little desert to any drink. The Cactus Cooler makes perfect use of the natural sweetener by using its nectar as the base of this cocktail. It’s combined with Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka and lemon and served over ice, giving it the perfect balance of sweetness and refreshment in every sip. $15. www.royalpalmshotel.com.
Match Restaurant & Lounge
This summer sipper is the perfect combination of spicy and sweet. Mango, lime and agave give it the juicy notes and jalapeno-infused tequila adds an extra punch at the finish. Shaken and chilled perfectly, this libation is tailor-made for summer by the pool in Arizona. $12. www.matchphx.com.
Cabana Club at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
The Original Sunrise, or tequila sunrise to most, is arguably the Arizona Biltmore’s most iconic cocktail, and rightfully so as the refreshing tequila-based drink was first created at the resort in the late 1930s by a local bartender. It is made today just as it was back then, blending tequila, fresh lime juice and crème de cassis liqueur with a splash of soda water. $14. www.arizonabiltmore.com.
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
This fruity cocktail starts with lime juice and Myers’s Platinum Rum, known for its rich caramel flavor. Guests then have the option of combining the spirit and lime with fresh strawberry or mango puree, or even pina colada mix. Served frozen or on the rocks, the summertime sipper is perfect for a hot day in the desert or even a poolside dessert. $11.50. www.squawpeakhilton.com.
Parisian Rosé Crushed Cocktail
Designed to beat the heat while packing tons of flavor in every sip, this cheeky cocktail features an intoxicating blend of rosé wine, Luxardo maraschino cherry liqueur, pomegranate syrup and fresh lemon juice. The kicker: it is mixed with crushed ice and served in an actual pouch a la a Capri Sun. $12. www.hermosainn.com.