These Summer Drinks Are Perfect for Warm Days in Delaware

Quench your thirst and conquer the heat with these seasonal sips throughout the First State this summer.

When the temperature climbs higher, the drinks get colder, but it takes more than ice to make the perfect hot-weather libation. A memorable beverage is a complementary mix of refreshing ingredients. These 17 spots have you covered.

Lemon up

The essential summer drink, lemonade, is renowned for taking the heat off. It originated in Egypt in the 13th and 14th centuries but wasn’t fashionable until Parisian street vendors served it from carts. However, leave it to the Italians to create the grown-up version, limoncello, a chilled lemon liqueur popular on the Amalfi Coast.

In Talleyville, Corner Bistro combines limoncello, prosecco and club soda for the Limoncello Spritz, served over ice with mint.

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3604 Silverside Road, Wilmington; 477-1778; mybistro.com

The refreshing Limoncello Spritz at Corner Bistro in Talleyville sparkles with prosecco and club soda.
The refreshing Limoncello Spritz at Corner Bistro in Talleyville sparkles with prosecco and club soda.

At nearby V&M Bistro, the Limoncello Martini is a star cocktail. Bartenders pour the liqueur and vodka over lemon water ice instead of cubes.

1717 Marsh Road, Wilmington; 479-7999; vmbistro.com

Spill the tea

Like lemonade, tea is a beverage of choice in summer, and savvy bartenders have added a fun spin to the standard. For instance, Del Pez Mexican Gastro Pub on the Wilmington Riverfront features Tea Thyme, a mix of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, chamomile tea simple syrup and Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer. The cocktail is garnished with thyme and candied ginger for a drink with a bite.

400 Justison St., Wilmington; 691-7974: delpezmexicanpub.com

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Pro golfer Arnold Palmer often ordered iced tea mixed with lemonade, which became popular among ladies who lunch. Drip Café in Hockessin, however, has added Tito’s Handmade Vodka to freshly brewed iced tea and lemonade for a version with a potent swing.

144 Lantana Drive, Hockessin; 234-4430; dripcafede.com

Crushing it

Palmer’s namesake gets around. At The Starboard in Dewey Beach, the Arnold Palmer Crush contains Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka and Starry lemon-lime soda. Fresh-squeezed lemon juice is the finishing touch.

2009 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach; 227-4600; thestarboard.com

In Rehoboth Beach, the newly opened Crushers, which specializes in crabs, offers the Crusher’s Crush, which contains Old Bay Vodka, limoncello, Sprite and fresh lemon juice.

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251 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 212-2245; crushersbar.com

Playing nice with ice

For a time, hot chocolate and bath bombs were all the rage. Patty Cullen, the beverage manager at Victoria’s in the Boardwalk Hotel, makes ice “bombs” with fruit and vodka. At the table, servers pour prosecco over the bomb for an effervescent experience.

2 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-0615; boardwalkplaza.com/dining

Victoria’s Restaurant on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk specializes in fruit-and-vodka bombs. Just add prosecco for a fun show by the sea.
Victoria’s Restaurant on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk specializes in fruit-and-vodka bombs. Just add prosecco for a fun show by the sea.

Island vibes

Leave it to tropical flavors to take the heat off, and the Lime in the Coconut at Bluecoast Seafood Grill & Raw Bar in Rehoboth is a prime example. The cocktail contains coconut rum, Key lime juice, cream of coconut and pineapple juice.

30115 Veterans Way, Rehoboth Beach; 278-7395; bluecoastrehoboth.com

Zogg’s Raw Bar & Grill has no shortage of classic tropical cocktails, including the Caipirinha, Mai Tai and Dark & Stormy. But co-owner Chris Jacona says the top seller is Jamaican Rum Punch, made with pineapple and banana rum, as well as Calico Jack Coconut Rum. Keep your Uber app handy.

1 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-7660; zoggsbar.com

Spanish flair

Originating in Spain and Portugal, sangria is essentially a punch made with red wine, fruit and often other spirits, such as brandy. (Technically, only the two Iberian nations have the right to use the name sangria.) Ole Tapas in Newark features red sangria and a flavor of the day.

1126 Capitol Trail, Newark; 224-9378; oletapaslounge.com

While you’d expect to find sangria at Ole, which specializes in Spanish cuisine, you might be surprised to learn that Mrs. Robino’s in Wilmington’s Little Italy is known for house-made sangria made with white or red wine.

520 N. Union St., Wilmington; 652-9223; mrsrobinos.com

Meanwhile, the Rail’s version is made with red wine, caramel vodka, apple cider and sparkling water—a true sip of creative license.

879 Delaware Park Blvd., Newark; 994-6700; whiteclaycreek.com

Getting crafty

Delaware’s distillers and craft brewers typically embrace the season with specialty creations. Take, for example, Painted Stave’s bottled Hot Girl Summer, made with Painted Stave Vodka, Aperol, pineapple, passion fruit and lime.

106 W. Commerce St., Smyrna; 653-6834; paintedstave.com

Painted Stave Distilling in Smyrna is known for inventive cocktails, including the Hot Girl Summer, made with its own vodka, Aperol and citrus fruits.
Painted Stave Distilling in Smyrna is known for inventive cocktails, including the Hot Girl Summer, made with its own vodka, Aperol and citrus fruits.

Aston, Pennsylvania-based 2SP, part of the Two Stones Pub family, has two beers that are light and thirst-quenching. Strawberry Switchblade is a hefeweizen fermented at high temps to bring out banana flavors. Strawberries lend a sweet touch. Voluptuous Fuzz American Wheat Ale boasts big helpings of peach and apricot. A touch of herby sheep sorrel gives the beer a lemon kiss at the end. The beers, which are under 5% ABV, are available at area retailers.

120 Concord Road, Units 101–103, Aston, Pennsylvania; 2spbrewing.com

Milton-based Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is proud of its top-selling SeaQuench Ale, and understandably so. It’s brewed with black limes, sour lime juice and sea salt—three ingredients that scream summer. dogfish.com/brewery

This summer, Crooked Hammock Brewery debuted Hammock of Light. With a 4.2% ABV, the lager is designed for extended porch swing sessions, daylong beach picnics and backyard barbecues that last into the August night.

316 Auto Park Drive, Middletown, 601-7837, and 36707 Crooked Hammock Way, Lewes, 644-7837; crookedhammockbrewery.com

Nothing says summer like a backyard nap. Complete the theme with Crooked Hammock’s “Hammock of Light,” and bring a cooler. The low ABV means you can swing for hours.
Nothing says summer like a backyard nap. Complete the theme with Crooked Hammock’s “Hammock of Light,” and bring a cooler. The low ABV means you can swing for hours.

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