Did you hear about the record-breaking summer we’re having? It’s hot, in case you haven’t stepped outside recently.
Austin just finished one of its hottest Julys ever. The majority of Texas is in a drought. July had only two days with a high temperature below 100 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. No rain was recorded at Camp Mabry, Austin’s main weather station, in July.
As you can imagine, we’re feeling patched from all of the above, so we thought now would be the perfect time to round up some of our favorite, and most importantly cold, drinks in Austin.
Here is our list, presented in no particular order.
Aperol We’ve Been Through from Ani’s Day and Night
Some may find a spritz to be synonymous with summertime, and we are those people. Ani’s Day and Night, a hip Southeast Austin coffee and cocktail spot, makes their spritz with Deep Eddy Lime Vodka, coconut-infused Aperol, coconut, pineapple and orange. It’s a bright drink and a nice refresher after a long day at work or playing outside. ($10; anisdayandnight.com; 7107 E. Riverside Drive)
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The Last Countdown at De Nada Cantina
This drink will look cool in your hand and on your Instagram, and it will keep you from sweating more than you probably already are. Made with De Nada Cantina’s draft margarita, Fairweather cider and a chamoy straw, La Ultima Countdown is the right amount of spicy and sweet. Just be prepared to look like you’re eating a corn on the cob when it comes time to tackle the chamoy straw. ($11; denadacantina.com; 4715 E. Cesar Chavez St.)
Secret Garden from Sway
Sometimes it’s so hot that nothing sounds good. Alcohol is too much, but you don’t just want a water either. For that kind of mood, we suggest the Secret Garden at Sway. It’s got the right amount of flavor and is made with white and green teas, lychee and orange peel. ($4; swaythai.com; 3437 Bee Caves Road)
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Strawberry Piña Colada at Kinda Tropical
Man, doesn’t a pina colada just smell like summer? Kinda Tropical has taken their piña colada a step further and added strawberries to the iconic recipe. The drink comes with Flor de Cana silver and gold rums, coconut, pineapple, lime and strawberries. We reckon you’ll feel like you’re on a faraway beach instead of showering a couple of times a day to stay cool, and also not gross, in the Texas heat. ($8 for a small and $12 for a large; kindatropical.com; 3501 E. Seventh St.)
Mangonada from Hay Elotes
If we had one day left on Earth, we would make sure getting a mangonada was on our list of things to do before perishing. It’s not fully liquid, like many of these drinks, but you can definitely slurp it. It has the texture of a Slurpee or Icee, and it is made with frozen mango, chamoy, lime juice and chili powder. A mangonada is sweet and spicy, and it can have a creamy texture. It is the perfect treat to cool you down on a hot evening. (Starting at $5.75; information at Hay Elotes Facebook page; 2214 E. Seventh St.)
Flash Brew at Tomorrow
We suggest starting your morning with this coffee. “Flash brew” is just a style of brewing; at Mañana, they add ice to their coffee pots and brew a concentrate over it so it cools as it brews. The technique leads to a more tea-like drink, with less caffeine than a cold brew. Tomorrow is currently using the Heirloom Bloom Roast from Creature Coffee for their flash brew, and it has lemon candy and tangy orange blossom honey flavors. ($4; mananaaustin.com; 1603 S. Congress Ave.)
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Any snowball from Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs
OK, yes, we said this was a list of drink recommendations, and yes, we have not recommended a specific snowball in our heading here, and a snowball might not be a drink, but can you blame us? Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs has so, so many options. Any flavor you dream up is probably there — tiger’s blood (our favorite), blue bubblegum, strawberry daquiri, watermelon and wedding cake, to name a few. You can get sweetened condensed milk, chamoy, caramel and more as toppings, too. (Snowballs start at $4.25; caseys-snowballs.com; 808 E. 51st St.)
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Yard Bar mocktails
Looking for a mocktail? Yard Bar has four juicy ones available, including the Burnt Orange Blast and the Strawberry Fields. The blast is made with a nonalcoholic spirit in citrus flavor from Seedlip, vanilla syrup, orange juice and soda, and the Strawberry Fields is made with the Seedlip garden flavor, strawberry syrup, mint syrup and lime juice. On top of the delicious drinks, you can bring your dog to Yard Bar. Is that why we added Yard Bar to this list? We’ll never tell! (Mocktails are $8; yardbar.com; 6700 Burnet Road)
Margarita at La Condesa
We wouldn’t be able to call ourselves a Texas news outlet if we didn’t have at least one margarita on our list. So, we bring you this month’s margarita from La Condesa. It is made with Tromba Blanco tequila, watermelon, basil and lime. While we enjoy a watermelon in any form, it’s especially nice as a drink. (The seasonal frozen drinks at La Condesa are $15; lacondesa.com; 400A W. Second St.)
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Tepachelada from Kalimotxo
Talk about yum-alicious! (Sorry.) The tepachelada at Kalimotxo is made with Plantation Three Stars rum, house tepache, coconut, lime, pineapple and all spice. The drink is good, and so is the cute bar. It’s downtown, too, so you can get a tepachelada before or after your dinner plans. ($15; kalimotxoatx.com; 607 W. Third St., No. 105)