As another week at work drags on and your eyes drift from your laptop, out the window of your home office, and into the sunny summer sky, we know what’s on your mind. You need a drink. Once the proverbial clock is punched out and you’re back among the living, ICON Park is home to some of the top watering holes in town.
Whether you like your libations sweet and fruity or strong and tart, Orlando’s Hometown Playground has tons of truly buzzworthy options to take off the edge and get you into the spirit of summer. So, minimize that work tab for a second, and get thirsty for ICON Park’s top five summer cocktails.
Redneck Mai Tai at Ole Red
There ain’t no party like a Nashville party, and nobody knows how to whoop it up Southern style quite like Ole Red. In addition to foot-stomping live tunes and finger licking entrées, this high-class honkey tonk boasts a menu of killer cocktails with a little backwoods spin. The Redneck Mai Tai gives the classic rum concoction a little Southern sweetness with an infusion of Melon Liqueur and a little Mountain Dew. If your ideal summer getaway lies somewhere between Maui and Memphis, this mason jar masterpiece will take you there!
Red Sangria at Tapa Toro
Nothing says “summer” quite like a nice tall pitcher of sangria. Unlike a lot of the sugary knockoffs you’ll find at other bars, Tapa Toro Spanish Restaurant serves up genuine sangria prepared in strictest Iberian tradition. Personally, our favorite is the classic red, but whether you prefer white, Rosada, or even a tangy passionfruit mango, this mellow medley of fruit is the summertime escape you’ve been craving.
The Watermelon Patch at Sugar Factory
If that long day at work has you wanting to drink your desserts along with your dinner, then let us introduce you to Sugar Factory’s Watermelon Patch. Made with Voli Vodka, citrus soda, lemon, and fresh watermelon, this bubbling bowl drink was made to cool off a hot summer night. But don’t let its candy-coated cheeriness fool you. This liquid confection packs a surprising wallop that will give a nice buzz on top of that sugar high!
Fresh Grapefruit Margarita at Uncle Julio’s
For a summer drink that will truly quench your thirst, there’s no better option than Uncle Julio’s Fresh Grapefruit Margarita. Made with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and muddled in agave Lunazul and St Germain, this tart treat is a testament to the elegance of simplicity. Enjoyed with hot tortilla chips and a bowl of tableside guacamole, it’s a summer fiesta of flavor that just can’t be beat.
Pineapple Express at Yard House
Yard House’s Pineapple Express is everything you’d want in poolside cocktail that can be enjoyed any time. Made with New Amsterdam Pineapple Vodka and Cruzan Pineapple Rum, mixed with mojito, and brimming with chunks of fresh pineapple, this drink goes down with a relaxing subtlety and finishes with a slight, playful tang. It’s nothing short of Florida sunshine in a glass!
Of course, in addition ICON Park’s top five summer cocktails, there’s an endless spate of great wines, cold brews, and potent potables on tap, bottled, and canned for your enjoyment. With all of these simply sip-worthy sensations for the choosing, there’s no excuse for you not to get your summer celebration on TONIGHT (provided you’re 21 and older). So once you dot that last “i,” and send that final email, close that laptop and come on down for a hot night of cold drinks at Orlando’s Hometown Playground.