Chilly Drinks and Cool Eats in Scottsdale
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When it’s summer in the city, cold drinks can look quite pretty in Scottsdale. Check out these hot spots for the best warm-weather food and libations.
At AZ88, select from the extensive list of cool cocktails, from classic martinis and sparkling cosmos to the cucumber-flavored Pimm’s Cup, which is served in a chilled brass mug. Be sure to start with the tasty St. Petersburg Potatoes — house chips topped with cool Scottish smoked salmon, sour cream, radishes, and cucumber — or dive into the Picnic Chicken sandwich’s cold sliced chicken breast, pears, pecans, and gorgonzola.
Thanks to its Latin roots, you’re sure to find a cool meal from a sultry climate at Deseo. Order the Ceviche Trio and a threesome of chef Douglas Rodriguez’s 10 seafood appetizers, including the lobster escabeche with baby avocado or the ahi tuna with candied citrus, lime sorbet, and mustard oil. And don’t forget to sidle up to the Muddle Bar to concoct a frosty blend of fresh fruits, herbs, and your favorite spirit.
The flavorful sashimi and nigiri at Stingray Sushi are always refreshing, but it’s the hip restaurant’s “cold dish” menu that serves as the perfect remedy to triple-digit temperatures. Try the indulgent lobster ceviche or the seared hamachi drizzled with white truffle oil. Either dish can be exquisitely paired with an icy Japanese beer, chilled sake, or the Summer Sumo, a blend of lemongrass-infused Grey Goose vodka, vanilla syrup, ginger beer, and the citrus-flavored Licor 43. For dessert, top off the evening with green-tea or red-bean ice cream.
Praise to the tiki gods for this tropical oasis of cool. Polynesian-themed Drift serves up ice-cold treats with a kick, from pitchers of Hawaiian beer and minty mojitos to tropical mai tais, hurricanes, and piña coladas. And though there are plenty of psychedelic-colored punches to distract you, be sure to sample the chilled vegetarian spring rolls, crisp salads, and fresh tuna poke with mango, avocado, and cucumber.
© Jeff Ficker from Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona, 1st edition