Toasting to the river with a "Cucumber Cooler" on the patio at Anthony's at the Spokane Falls.
We all know the attributes of a good summer cocktail: crisp, cool, refreshing. But what about the ingredients that get us there? The unique blend that makes you want to sip and savor and gratefully leave those younger days with a box of wine and a headache behind. I asked the pros around town and the answers couldn’t have been more eclectic. From huckleberry sauce to agave syrup, muddled basil to diced cucumber, there are many roads to the perfect summer drink and they’re all delicious. So without further ado, and in no particular order, here you go: five of Spokane’s best summer cocktails.
* Recipes listed as provided.
3/4 oz Milagro Reposado Tequila
3/4 oz Pechuga Mezcal
1 oz Grapefruit Juice
1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz Agave Syrup
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake 20 times. Pour in a margarita glass. Garnish with jalapeño pepper.
"It's a refreshing cool drink that packs a punch! Mezcal and agave syrup are not in every bar, which makes them not ordinary!" - Reema Shaver, Owner
1 Shot Gin
3/4 oz St. Germain
3/4 Lime Juice
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
2 Leaves Fresh Mint
1 Tablespoon Seeded and Diced Cucumber
Muddle mint, cucumber, simple syrup and lime. Pour over ice. Add gin and St. Germain. Top with soda water. Garnish with long cucumber slice.
Four Locations: Spokane Valley, Downtown, Wandermere and South Hill
Citrus Flavored Vodka
"It looks fresh and tastes fresh. Light with nice hints of summery produce. You can make multiple variations of this by swapping out the vodka for a different flavor." - Casey Curtis, Director of Operations
"Our most popular cocktail year-round, but even more delicious when it's above 80 degrees." - Connie Naccarato, Owner/Manager
1 Shot Heritage Huckleberry Vodka
3 oz Latah Creek Huckleberry Riesling
1 oz Huckleberry sauce
1 Splash Soda Water
1 Splash Sprite Soda
Fill glass 3/4 full with ice. Add vodka and huckleberry sauce. Top with splash of soda water and sprite. Garnish with a lemon twist.