While Temecula Valley is known for its award-winning wineries, the region is also home to a wealth of world-class restaurants, a vibrant bar scene, fun distilleries, and hip speakeasies where talented mixologists curate and create delicious libations. And now that the weather is warming up, it’s the perfect time to stay cool while tipping back umbrella-topped summer cocktails.
Popular summertime drinks often include fresh locally sourced ingredients such as herbs, botanicals, fruit juices, fruits, and vegetables. Sought-after warm-weather options include Mojitos, Daiquiris, Margaritas, Mai Tais, Punch Bowls, and other seasonal cocktails. If you prefer non-alcoholic drinks, there are plenty of creative and delicious mocktails available to sip. 1909 Fluid & Fare offers “I Beg Your Garden,” or try the “High Fashion” at Corbeaux Wine & Tea House made with a rum alternative.
“The key to summertime cocktails is to keep them nice, refreshing, and sweet,” said Thompson & Twain Prospecting Co. mixologist, Justin Wright. “Delicious, fresh, and fruity ice-cold cocktails in the summer really pop off and are fun to drink!”
Relax and enjoy poolside cocktails at BOTTAIA Winery or the swim-up bar at the Cove at Pechanga Resort Casino, take in the alluring atmosphere at speakeasies such as Thompson & Twain and Apparition Room, or hang out with friends at Be Good Restaurant & Experience or 1909 in Old Town Temecula. There really is no shortage of summer-inspired drinks offered throughout the beautiful region.
Here are several examples of tantalizing summertime cocktails that can be found at locations in and around the Temecula Valley.
Rhubarb’s Kiss --Apparition Room
Flower Child -- Corbeaux Wine & Tea House
Lavender Elderflower Mojito -- Fazeli Cellars
Sunset Rose – Crush and Brew/Thompson & Twain
Matcha Martini – Bottega Italia
River Rose -- 36522 The Distillery
Gin Drift -- 36522 The Distillery
Butterfly Tea – The Cove at Pechanga Resort Casino
Tiki Tok -- 1909
Besame Peartini – Bolero at Europa Village