Summer is synonymous with sipping on delightful beverages that quench your thirst and ignite your taste buds. The Erie region has a vibrant drink scene with an array of summer libations from refreshing cocktails with tropically-inspired vibes to indulgent creations bursting with local flavors. Check out this list of highly recommended summer libations that will keep you cool, hydrated, and blissfully content on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie.
Watermelon Slush Float - Port Farms
The beginning of Port Farms Summer Days (August 5) includes the arrival of the watermelon slush float, a decadent blend of watermelon-flavored slushie and locally made Pot O’ Gold vanilla ice cream, topped with whipped cream, sprinkles and rock candy. (Pictured)
Vanilla Coke Shake - Romolo Chocolates
The newest signature shake creation from one of Erie’s chocolate experts is a creamy blend of Madagascar vanilla ice cream mixed with cola syrup, sprinkled with sugar cone pieces and fresh whipped cream.
Let the Mango - The Bean Coffee House
This refreshingly bright boba lota slushie is just one of many fun summertime flavors now available at The Bean in North East. It is made with plant-based caffeine with slush, mango fruit fusion, cold foam, and popping mango boba, topped with three peach candy fruit rings. (Pictured)
The Sparkle Pop-Tini - Oliver’s Rooftop
Put some sparkle into your summer with this dazzling summer cocktail. The Sparkle Pop-Tini contains vanilla vodka, passion fruit liqueur, blue curacao, cranberry juice, sprite, and edible glitter!
Snorkel Sauce – Erie Ale Works
This drink is an imaginative mix of coconut rum, vodka, triple sec, peach schnapps, house-made lemon lime sours mix, pineapple juice, and club soda. It’s served in a quirky tiki glass and garnished with slices of lime, lemon, orange, and Swedish fish and a tropical cocktail umbrella. (Pictured)
The Hula Mula Mule – Luminary Distilling, Eatery, Fuhrman’s Cider
Available only at their Peach Street location, the whimsically named mule concoction is created with house-made Just Rum, coconut, pineapple juice, and lime and is garnished with a pineapple slice and a cherry.
The Beach 6 – Pressed Books & Coffee
The Beach 6 is a playful nod to Presque Isle’s beaches. Served hot or as an iced latte, it’s a creamy blend of velvety white chocolate, salted caramel, and hints of coconut topped with raw sugar, lending a visually captivating sand-like texture to this delectable concoction. (Pictured)
Milkshakes – Sara’s
Sara’s is renowned for crafting the creamiest and thickest milkshakes in town. Take your pick from classic vanilla and chocolate or expand your milkshake repertoire and try a salted caramel or black raspberry shake.
Pina Colada Spiked Cider - Arundel Cellars
Experience a fresh taste of summer with this iconic pineapple and coconut drink in hard cider form. It’s a refreshingly bright tropical delight!
The Sloppy Duck – The Sloppy Duck Saloon/JR’s on the Bay
The signature drink at “The Duck” is their creative twist on a Long Island Iced Tea. It’s a flawlessly fruity cocktail made with a mix of pineapple and orange juices, vodka, rum, gin, and tequila, crowned with a touch of amaretto.
The Altered State Mai Tai – Altered State Distillery
Altered State put its own twist on a famous Tiki drink, the Mai Tai. Altered State’s version is vegan and gluten-free, made with their Mystic Fox rum, spiced rum, orange and pineapple juices, and orgeat syrup which is a mix of almonds, sugar, and orange flower water. (Pictured)
The Rum Runner – Rum Runners Bayside Bar & Grill
The signature summer drink is a frozen concoction packed with generous pours of light, dark, and spiced rums, blackberry brandy, banana liqueur, and tropical juices topped with overproof rum.
Summertime Adult Slushies – Nostrovia Brewing Company
A frozen hand-crafted pina colada or strawberry lemonade adult slushie is a great way to cool off on a hot summer’s day. Adult slushies blend the refreshing qualities of this traditional frozen treat with an added alcohol kick. (Pictured)
Five Alive - The Brewerie at Union Station
Inspired by the popular 1970s Minute-Maid line of fruit juice blends, this hazy citrus IPA is a bright combination of lemon/lime zest, grapefruit, orange and tangerine flavors with an ABV of 5.5%.