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Beat the heat with refreshing summer drinks and cocktails

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.

Summer Drinks

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. They even serve Pup Sno, which is unflavored SnoBall with whipped cream for our furry friends!
1006 E. Warner Rd. #101, Tempe, AZ  85284 | (480) 777-9482

Bahama Bucks in Tempe

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. Cool down from the  summer heat, with the Cool Down summer drink! This drink keeps it light with watermelon, pineapple, apple, lime and ginger. I also recommend trying the Hydrator, as it will keep you hydrated through the summer months. 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

Original Chop Shop Tempe

Mango Rabbit
With tons of cool and unique summer drinks like smoothies, slushes, teas and Boba drinks, Mango Rabbit should be at the top of your list. All items are over the top, made-to-order, and are fully customizable. Before placing your order, we suggest you pick out your summer drink solely based on their Instagram feed, as their menu items are something you just have to see to believe.
1250 E. Apache Blvd. #112, Tempe, AZ | (480) 912-6283

Zero Degrees
Located in Tempe Marketplace, Zero Degrees is an Asian-Hispanic fusion that features bold and refreshing drinks. Their most popular signature drink is the Mangonada, which is a mango slush, made with real fruit chunks, topped with chamoy and Tajin seasoning. They also have fruit teas, pina colada, boba milk teas, name it and it’s there!
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1069, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 247-7540

You may also want to check out our 5 Frozen Treats on Summer Day in Tempe blog for more inspo.

Adult Libations

Bar Louie
Known for its contemporary casual dining bar experience and signature martinis, Bar Louie in Tempe Marketplace is a must for summertime cocktails. The Diva 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

Ghost Ranch
Hands down the best summer drink has to go to the Prickly Pear Frozé ‘Rita from Ghost Ranch! As the staff would describe it, “it’s a frozen margarita that fell in love with a glass of cold rosé and had the most perfect, well-balanced, cocktail baby”. I mean, after that description, how could you not try it?!
1006 E. Warner Rd. #102-103, Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 474-4328

Ghost-Ranch Tempe
Prickly Pear Frozé ‘Rita from Ghost Ranch

The Golden Pineapple Craft Lounge
Cool down and relax under their shaded patio while sippin’ on their House Pineapple Daquiri or a Paloma. They offer a ton more options on their cocktail bar menu, not to mention, there’s a new cocktail of the week every week, just ask the bartender!
2700 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 590-5703

Alter Ego
Alter Ego offers inventive hand-crafted summer cocktails like the Alter Mi-Tai and the Copper City Crush, both are refreshing and give you all of the summer feels. Sip on your cocktail and enjoy on their gorgeous interior space, on their outdoor patio, or order from their rooftop lounge, Alibi.
108 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (602) 612-7871

Alibi in Canopy Hotel Tempe

For more information about places to grab great summer drinks and cocktails, visit our Signature Crafted Cocktails Blog.

Written Alicia Griffith

Alicia is an ASU Alumna and Tucson native who is unapologetically herself. When she is not sharing her passion for Tempe, she is a devoted dog mom and reality TV enthusiast who has a weakness for charcuterie boards and wine!