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Jul 7, 2008 10:02 AM

Favorite warm weather drinks (alcoholic and otherwise)?

There have been a few recent topics that have touched on pieces of this, but I thought it might be interesting to have a dedicated thread.

In this warm, muggy weather, what drinks around town are hitting the spot for you? I'm curious about leaded and unleaded, chains and chowish. If it's deliciously refreshing, I'd love to hear about it.

To get the ball rolling, a few I've been tending towards of late:


* Mojito from Chez Henri
* Sangria from Dali
* Vinho verde on the patio at Atasca


* Jasmine limeade cooler from Peet's (essentially a fancy Arnold Palmer, half jasmine iced tea, half fresh limeade)
* Lime rickey from Good Food Cafe
* Thai iced tea from Floating Rock (that and an order of tiger tears is my idea of a great summer dinner)
* Green tea milkshake with bubbles from 163 Vietnamese Sandwich
* [Don't hurl your farmshare tomatoes at me for my guilty pleasure] Strawberry milkshake from McDonald's

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  1. -Fresh ginger martini at the Blue Room in Cambridge.
    -Rose petal lemonade at Cafe Baraka in Cambridge.

    1. I had an excellent coconut mojito at Pops a week or so ago. Uses coconut rum with just a splash of pineapple juice...delish!

      Pimm's Cup at No. 9.

      1. Campari and soda with a twist of lime. Cool, refreshing, not at all sweet, and you can adjust the amount of alcohol to suit your mood.

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        1. re: BobB

          ditto... such a great pre-dinner drink, really cleanses the palate.

          Also suitable for this time of year:
          -any decent cold, cloudy wheat beer
          -a Southampton (tonic, lime, and bitters)
          -avocado smoothie from Flamepoeira in the north end

        2. Americano highball, which any idiot can make (Campari, sweet vermouth, seltzer, lime wedge), on any of several worthwhile patios in town. Rocca has a nice one, sheltered from the street, though the food doesn't slay me.

          Malted chocolate frappe from Picco, which can also be enjoyed on a pretty decent patio.

          The $24 300ml sake at Myers+Chang, which goes great with their various dumplings and small plates.

          Frozen Bellini at 28 Degrees, which also has an okay patio. I hear blender drinks are making a comeback.

          Cazadores Gimlet up at Tremont 647, also on the passable patio.

          Sangria at Estragon, which is dispensed from the weirdest beverage bubbler ever, and is pretty simple, mostly just vino tinto and citrus juices, I think. They have a little patio, too, but I haven't tried that yet.

          The thin but tasty licuados (I like mine con leche) at Taqueria El Amigo.

          The chocolate milkshake (not a frappe) at Four Burgers, spun up on a DrinkMaster-style blender.

          Tinto de verano (red wine and Sprite) at Toro.

          Draft Narragansett at Jack's Family Restaurant (Warren, RI).

          Iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk at Xinh Xinh.

          Tom and Jerry from the bar at No. 9 Park. Nothing say July like a hot, steaming mug of boozy eggnog.

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          1. re: MC Slim JB

            MC, you got me with the Tom and Jerry. With that said, I just last week purchased from eBay a gorgeous Tom and Jerry set, so I don't know why I am laughing, as clearly I have it on the brain as well!

            Already looking forward to John's fall and winter cocktails...!

            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Above you say (not a frappe) about the four burgers milkshake. I always thought frappe was just the Boston way of saying milkshake. What's the diff?

              1. re: okello

                At least in many parts of New England, the significant difference is that a "milkshake" is made by shaking/blending milk and syrup, and usually comes out in whatever flavor the syrup is. A "frappe" however is just a much much thicker milkshake that is always made with ice cream and can be made in any flavor the ice cream comes in. I think the difference is more of a New England thing...this has been my assumption for the last 20 years at least...kind of like the "jimmies" versus "sprinkles" debate

            2. Cantina Zaccagnini has a rose out now that is wonderful. You can find it at Brix in the South End.

              Plus one on the Pimms cup. I got a similar drink at ESK recently that was made with ginger beer. So refreshing.

              And although I don't care for their hot coffee, I drink gallons of Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee in the summer.