Beat the heat with refreshing summer drinks and cocktails

Author: Alicia Kentz

Posted on: June 20, 2016
Last updated on: June 4th, 2018 at 10:21 am


Oh, sweet summertime. Or more commonly known as the time of year in the Valley where you can fry an egg on a sidewalk, seat belt burns can almost send you to the hospital and phones can’t function because they go into cool down mode. Those local to the Tempe area know how important it is to find ways to beat the heat during the summer, including finding the best summer drinks and cocktails that transport you into a blissful retreat. Check out these Tempe locations for refreshing Tempe summer drinks and cocktails.

Rita’s Italian Ice
Rita’s Italian Ice, located on Mill Ave. and Seventh St., is perfect for all ages. Choose between freshly made Italian Ice, custards, or one of their many mixed frozen drink concoctions. I personally enjoy the Blendini, which is a perfect blend of Italian Ice and creamy frozen custard, included with your favorite toppings.

740 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 966-0787

Bahama Bucks
Head on over to Bahama Buck’s where you can relax and connect with friends while you experience a little piece of paradise. Bahama Buck’s, located on the northeast corner of South Rural Rd. and Warner Rd., knows the exact science to creating irresistible frozen treats. From their “Sno” creations to their Island Smoothies, they have their flavors down pat. Try their Pina Colda Sno, it’s out of this world and makes you feel like you’re on a real island vacation.

1006 E. Warner Rd., #101 Tempe, AZ  85284
(480) 777-9482

Joe’s Italian Ice
Joe’s Italian Ice brings Philly-style frozen treats all the way to Tempe. Each specialty treat is crafted to perfection with real fruit from California farms and ice cream straight from a dairy in Philadelphia. They offer nearly 100 different unique Italian ice flavors, from Strawberries ‘n Cream to Peanut Butter Cup, you can even combine your choice of soft serve ice cream with it!

2019 S. McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282
(480) 907-7077

Tropical Smoothie Café
Tropical Smoothie Café, located on Priest Dr. and Warner Rd., offers fresh, natural quality smoothies that are perfect for summertime. Made with bold, flavorful food, Tropical Smoothie Café only makes their smoothies with real fruit and vegetables. Ask for a superfood or supercharged smoothie to stay on track with your diet or if it’s the weekend and you are looking to let your hair down, choose one of their Indulgent Smoothies. All options can be paired with supplements or add-ins for an added benefit.

8707 S. Priest Dr., #108 Tempe, AZ 85284
(480) 496-4200

Original ChopShop Co.
Along with their healthy cuisine, Original ChopShop Co. also offers some of the best pressed juices in the Valley that will be sure to quench your summer thirst.  For a real summer treat, try the Tropicale pressed juice, which includes watermelon, pineapple, apple, lime, and ginger. I also recommend trying the Hydrator, one of their lighter pressed juices. It’s made up of cucumber, pineapple, lemon coconut water and aloe vera juice into one refreshing drink.

222 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 307-9336

D’Lite, formerly known as D’Lish, is an alternative to your fast food favorites, without compromising taste and quality. Known for their organic and all natural fresh ingredients, D’Lite offers D’Lightful fresh summer drinks, from 100% crushed fruit smoothies, to signature shakes, teas, and pressed juices. My personal go to is the Breakfast Buzz as it is packed full with vitamins, protein, and espresso shots, all blended up with ice for a perfect summer morning pick me up.

1135 Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 517-1111

Bar Louie
Known for their contemporary casual dining bar experience and signature martinis, Bar Louie in Tempe Marketplace is a must for summertime cocktails. Tickled Pink and Louie’s Cosmo are among the house favorites, while their margaritas, sangrias, and mojitos are nothing short of exceptional.

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1220, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 658-1660

Dave & Buster’s
Eat, Drink, and escape the heat at Tempe’s very own big kid’s playground, Dave & Buster’s, located in Tempe Marketplace. Try one of the new drinks from their in house mixologist at their premium bar, like the Original Coronarita, Backwoods Blueberry lemonade, or the D&B TNTea. Enjoy your drink all while kicking some butt at old school arcade games such as Pop-A-Shot, Pac-Man and skeeball. Also, enjoy a childhood treat with a little grownup twist, like one of their snow cones infused with your favorite liquors.

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 281-8456

Step into Margaritaville at Tapacubo, which is located in the Graduate Hotel, and features fresh free flowing margs pumped through their leaded or unleaded margarita gas pumps. They also have many Cocteles Especiales, such as the Mexican Mule and Cali Honda, as well as a trunk full of tequila to choose from. Enjoy your cool drink poolside or take it up to the 4th floor rooftop for incredible views of ASU Tempe campus.

225 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 967-9431

For information about places to grab some great summer drinks and cocktails, visit our website or call us at (480) 894-8158.

Ritas on Mill Ave.

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