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Your Summer Bucket List of Fun Cocktails in Westchester

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Looking for the best cocktails for your Instagram feed? Check out this list of refreshing cocktails in Westchester.

With additional reporting by Samantha Richter

What’s better after a long day at the office than a cool cocktail with colleagues or friends? And, on sultry summer nights, there’s nothing more welcoming than an icy, thirst-quenching cocktail at your favorite bar. Here are some of our favorites!

Birdsall Sour at Birdsall House

970 Main St, Peekskill
914.930.1880

Looking for a fun drink on a Tuesday night? Stop by Birdsall House in Peekskill for a signature, but classic sour made with bourbon, simple syrup, lemon, vermouth, bitters, and some magic. You might be out of luck for this one on other days of the week, but don’t fret; Lisa always has some cool cocktails on hand.

 

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Aperol Spritz at Boro6 Wine Bar

549 Warburton Ave, Hastings-On-Hudson
914.231.9200

Feeling on-trend, simple, and classic all at once? Feel no further than the Aperol Spritz at this hip Rivertown spot. Fashioned from Aperol, Prosecco, and seltzer, it packs a cool, yummy punch.

 

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Purple Panties at The Blind Pig of Westchester

174 Martine Ave
914.607.2686

We wouldn’t be doing our readers justice if we did not include a drink from The Blind Pig. This speakeasy-themed cocktail bar is known for its unique concoctions, but this signature definitely stands out. Sweet, bubbly, and citrusy, this sparkly gin drink is made with elderflower, citrus, and prosecco. This violet masterpiece is sure to wow you and the peering eyes from surrounding tables.

Salted Bourbon at Bona Bona Ice Cream

10 Westchester Ave, Port Chester
914.481.5712

This unconventional ice cream shop adds a spiked twist to everyone’s favorite summer treat: the milkshake. The salty and sweet contrast is key in this creamy cocktail with salted caramel ice cream, bourbon, and caramel and chocolate sauce. And with more spiked milkshake options to choose from, Bona Bona is the perfect place to cool down with friends or cool off with the whole family!

The Spicy Scorpion at Tre Dici North

578 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase
914.997.4113

Starting off with some spice, this pretty cocktail has a bit of bite to it. Made with classic Casamigos tequila, these might be too easy to down for tequila lovers. The fresh-squeezed lime, grapefruit juice, and agave syrup balance out the muddled jalapeno and orange, making for the perfect summer drink.

Sticky fingers at Greca Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar

189 Main St, White Plains
914.448.880

Frankie Rodriguez, beverage director at Greca, was declared the victor of Westchester Magazine’s 4th Annual Bartender Shake-Off. This chief mixologist ruled the city’s cocktail scene, and has brought his expertise right here to White Plains. Sticky fingers, a tribute to the Rolling Stones album, is the ultimate creative triumph with hints of brown sugar, cinnamon, lemon, roots diktamo, and a base of bourbon. This spicy and tangy drink will have you eagerly scouring the rest of Greca’s imaginatively named cocktail list for more.

Related: Your Comprehensive Guide to Westchester County’s Distilleries

Strawberry Limoncello at Via Forno Wood Fired Pizza & Vinoteca 

2 Garth Rd, Scarsdale
914.556.6464

Cool down on a hot summer day with this refreshing frosé. Via Forno in Scarsdale has perfected the classic cocktail with a blend of frozen limoncello and fresh strawberry purée. You can enjoy this getaway-in-a-cup at one of Via Forno’s jazz brunches, which feature live jazz music on the outdoor patio every Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

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Tequila ‘tails at Casa Tequila

465 Main St Armonk
914.219.5777

If tequila is your spirit of choice, there’s no shortage of options here. If you’re in the mood for something fruity, try the Sandia shaker made with Casamigos tequila reposado, St. Germain, fresh lime, and watermelon. A spicier option with tequila blanco is the Pepinada margarita with lime, cucumber, and jalapeno. But if you’re really looking to go all out, the colorful Venenosa margarita with lime, pineapple, hibiscus juice, and spicy shishito pepper might have your name all over it.

 

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Tiki-tails at Salsa Verde

325 NY-100, Somers
914.556.6626

Warm weather equals tiki bar weather, and Salsa Verde has a lot to offer in that department. El Diablo fills the bill handily with a tanteo habanero infused tequila, Ancho Reyes liqueur, blood orange and lime juice, and a habanero garnish. Or, mentally transport yourself to the islands with the Coqueñojito fashioned from Bacardi coconut rum, lime juice, coconut cream, and a topping of mint, jalapeño, and sugar. For something completely different, consider a mezcal specialty like the Felicidad Ahumada featuring smoked pineapple syrup.

 

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Tiramisu Martini at The Parlor

14 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry
914.478.8200

There’s no better way to end off a summer night than with a creamy and decadent tiramisu martini. This delicious drink pairs the espresso, Godiva, and cream flavors of the classic Italian dessert with vanilla vodka, giving it just the right amount of kick. The Tiramisu Martini is a fun drink for a fun place as The Parlor provides lively music and energetic vibes that can be your escape from the summer sun while marveling at wall art made possible through contributions from local artists. And, before you go, don’t forget to try one of the unique pizza flavors, such as That Everything Bagel Pizza or the Queen Margherita.

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