Break out the shaker and your shades: Local restaurants and resorts are sharing their go-to refreshing summer cocktail recipes below.

Blood Orange Sparkling Vodka from ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho

  • 1.5 oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • 2.5 oz blood orange puree
  • 1 raspberry, muddled
  • .5 oz ginger root syrup
  • 2 oz Voss Sparkling Water

Combine ingredients in a shaker. Shake, serve over ice in a mason jar. Garnish with a half orange slice and a raspberry on a pick.

ZuZu Summer 2016 Cocktail - Blood Orange Sparkling Vodka

Blood Orange Sparkling Vodka

Garden-to-Glass Strawberry Jalapeno Margarita from Rico’s American Grill

  • 1.5 oz Strawberry jalapeno home-infused silver tequila
  • 1 oz Agave syrup
  • 1.5 oz Fresh lime juice

Infuse silver tequila with fresh cut strawberries and sliced jalapenos overnight. Combine ingredients in a shaker filled 2/3 with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain over ice. Salt rim and garnish with a strawberry wheel and slapped jalapeno rings.


Garden-to-Glass Strawberry Jalapeno Margarita

Cantaloupe Martini from Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

  • 1.5 oz Titos Vodka
  • 2 oz Watermelon liqueur
  • Splash orange juice (fresh)
  • Splash lime juice (fresh)

Combine all ingredients with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a cantaloupe ball.

Sanctuary - Cantaloupe 5

Cantaloupe Martini

Oasis Cocktail from Cabana Grille at Royal Palms Resort & Spa

  • 1.5 oz rum
  • .75 oz Blue Curacao
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz coconut puree
  • Garnish with Swedish Fish candy
oasis cocktail

Oasis Cocktail


Vitamin W Cocktail from W Scottsdale

  • 1.5 oz Ketel One Oranje
  • .5 oz Chambord
  • 2.5 oz cranberry juice
  • 1.5 oz fresh orange juice
  • 5-6 fresh raspberries
  • 1 orange wedge
  • 1 lime wedge

Muddle the raspberries, orange wedge, and lime wedge with the Chambord in a pint glass. Fill the glass with ice. Add the Ketel One Oranje, cranberry juice, and the orange juice. Cover and shake to mix the ingredients. Pour everything into a stylish lowball glass and enjoy.

Vitamin W cocktail

Vitamin W Cocktail


Disappearing Mexican Mango! from The Bees Knees at The Camby Hotel

  • 2 oz blanco tequila
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • .5 oz Ancho Reyes
  • .5 oz mango puree

Combine ingredients in tall glass over ice and stir.

mexican mango

Disappearing Mexican Mango!

El Corazon from Tanzy Restaurant

  • 2 oz 100% de Agave Tequila
  • .5 oz lime juice, fresh squeezed
  • .5 oz passionfruit puree
  • .75 oz pomegranate juice
  • .5 oz blood orange juice
  • .5 oz agave nectar

Build in a pint glass and shake vigorously with fresh ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass with a Kosher Salt and Tellicherry Peppercorn Rim. (Dampen the rim with a lime wedge, then set upside down in a bowl with equal parts Kosher salt and freshly ground Tellicherry).

El Corazon drink

El Corazon

Lounge Chair Lizard from The Wigwam

1.5 oz Bacardi light rum
2 oz OJ
2 oz pineapple juice
Splash grenadine
.25 oz Meyers Dark Rum

Combine Bacardi light rum, OJ, & pineapple in a mixing glass with ice, shake for 5-10 seconds.  Pour over ice in pint glass.  Splash of grenadine.  Float the Meyers Dark Rum on top.

loung chair lizard

Lounge Chair Lizard

Peach Whiskey Smash from the Boulders Resort & Spa

  • .25 cup fresh peaches
  • 3 mint leaves
  • 2 lemon wedges
  • 1 oz water
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • 2 oz whiskey (Woodford Reserve)
  • .75 oz egg whites

Muddle all ingredients except for the whiskey and egg whites. Add whiskey and egg whites. Shake with ice. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of peach and mint.

Whiskey Smash

Whiskey Smash


Coconut Pineapple Margarita from We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center

  • 1.5 oz 1800 Coconut
  • 1 oz pina colada puree
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz margarita mix

Shake ingredients over ice  serve in margarita glass garnish with pineapple wedge

Coconut Pineapple Margarita

Coconut Pineapple Margarita

Hibiscus Paloma from Rita’s Kitchen at JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

  • 1.5 oz Don Julio Blanco
  • 1 oz fresh lime sour (equal parts fresh squeezed lime juice and simple syrup)
  • 1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • .75 oz Domain Canton Ginger Liqueur
  • Garnish: Candied Ginger

Shake vigorously and strain over ice. Strain the House-Made Hibiscus Syrup through a straw to layer on the bottom of the cocktail.

Hibiscus Paloma

Hibiscus Paloma

Desert Punch from JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

  • 1 oz mango vodka
  • 1 oz Bacardi light rum
  • Equal parts orange juice and pineapple juice
  • Splash of grenadine

Served mixed on ice and float of Bacardi 151 on top.

Desert Punch2

Desert Punch

Creole Lemonade from Southern Rail

  • 2 oz Rogue Dark Rum
  • 1 oz Hangar Citron Vodka
  • 1 oz Tapatio Reposado Tequila
  • 1 oz Pimm’s
  • .25 oz honey simple syrup
  • Splash fresh lemon juice
  • 5 oz House-made honey lemonade

Shaken and strained over ice in a mason jar. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a couple dashes of Crystal’s Hot Sauce.

creole lemonade

Creole Lemonade

Gin Blossom from Kai at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

  • 1.25 oz Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1 oz Cointreau Orange Liqueur
  • .75 oz lemon juice

Shake Hendrick’s, Cointreau and lemon juice in a shaker with ice.  Pour in glass, then top with Papago’s Orange Blossom Wheat Ale.


Gin Blossom

Strawberry Birch Margarita from CENTRO at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

  • 2 oz Herradura Reposado
  • 1 oz Amber maple syrup
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • .75 oz RE’AL Strawberry puree
  • Garnish: Strawberry slice and lime wedge

In a cocktail shaker, combine all the ingredients with ice.  Shake vigorously and strain into iced plastic cup. Garnish.


Strawberry Birch Margarita