Sippin’ in the City

Cool down with the summer’s hottest drinks.

Text and photography by Brittany Murdock


Popcorn and a movie, ice cream and sprinkles, a warm summer day and a cold cocktail—they all go hand in hand. As summer brings new energy, a surplus of events, and high temperatures, it also brings creative menus to the restaurant scene. 

Bartenders and chefs alike stretch their imaginations to bring the community something unique and fun to enjoy this summer. While the number of cocktails in town go far beyond this list, we hope you get out and enjoy some of the ones here that have our mouths watering. Whether you try them all or stick to one, be sure to tell us which cocktail is your favorite! 

Frozen Daiquelletti

Crawford & Son
618 North Person Street, Raleigh

With just three ingredients, this summer cocktail is easy on the eyes while offering a surprising amount of depth in its flavor profile. Using Cappelletti Aperitivo (a wine-based Italian aperitif), lime juice, and simple syrup, you can expect to find herbal flavors, a hint of citrus peel, and a bit of sweetness. Bartender Zach Thomas found the trick to creating the perfect balance is adding simple syrup to firm up the ice and create a consistency that’s a bit stronger than a slush. 

Elderflower Sour


4242 Six Forks Road, North Hills

You’ll be dreaming of this cocktail the minute you finish it. Don’t tell us we didn’t warn you! The subtle sweetness of a flower coupled with vodka and the crisp, dry sweetness of cucumber makes this drink a favorite. STIR uses vodka, St. Germaine Elderflower, Monin Lime, house-made ginger syrup, and cucumber to complete this cocktail. They also add a bit of sour from preserved lime syrup and fresh ginger to top it off.



Vita Vite
313 West Hargett Street, Raleigh
200 Park, North Hills

If you’re a fan of rosé wines,
you’ll want to try this cool, summer drink. Vita Vite, with locations in downtown Raleigh and North Hills, is serving their highly anticipated Frosé. Made with rosé, house-made simple syrup, and puréed strawberries, this frozen drink is the perfect way to beat the heat. Lucky for you, they’ll be serving it all summer long!

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Conniption Gin Rosé Spritz 

Durham Distillery
711 Washington Street, Durham

What’s better than a perfectly crafted cocktail? One you can enjoy on the go! Durham Distillery has just introduced its third canned cocktail, and this one has summer written all over it. The pink-hued cocktail combines award-winning Conniption American Dry Gin with rosé wine, natural strawberry and lemon, house-made simple syrup, and club soda. Be sure to pick up a four-pack before heading to the pool or your next barbecue. 


The Creamsicle 

1000 Brookside Drive, Raleigh

Think of your favorite childhood ice cream treat in cocktail form. The Creamsicle marries Suttlers Gin (locally made in Winston-Salem), Grand Marnier, vanilla extract/syrup, fresh orange juice, and cream poured over a king cube. Bartenders Kyle Newcomer and Louis Montgomery are the brains behind Fig’s summer cocktail menu; a Ginger Mojito and a Tequila Aperol Spritz are quickly becoming fan favorites alongside The Creamsicle.


Boozy Popsicles

10th & Terrace
616 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh 

Popsicles + cava + a killer view = the perfect summer concoction. Located at the Residence Inn in downtown Raleigh, this rooftop terrace and bar is providing guests with the ultimate summer cocktail experience. Pair one of their house-made popsicles with a glass of Champagne, or twist things up and opt for a White Street Kolsch. Flavors include strawberry,

peaches and cream, green tea, and guava.