Where to Get the Best Summer Cocktails in Pittsburgh

This summer, beat the heat with crisp, icy cocktails. These boozy blends are proof of paradise in a glass — and will have you thirsty for more

By Andrea Bosco
Photographs by Michael Fornataro

best summer cocktails in Pittsburgh, Eddie Merlot's, Downtown

Eddie Merlot’s Hendrick’s Punch features Hendrick’s gin, Pimm’s #1 Cup, ginger beer, cucumber, and lemon. The party in a glass can energize a hot afternoon.

best summer cocktails in Pittsburgh, Shady Grove, Shadyside

You can never go wrong with the combination of strawberry and basil. Shady Grove’s blend is a nectarous Strawberry Basil Martini, with lemon juice and simple syrup, key for a stroll stop on Walnut.

best summer cocktails in Pittsburgh, Pines Tavern, Gibsonia

Taste a fresh sip of summer with The Pines Tavern’s Tavern Garden Gimlet, made with Farmer’s organic small batch gin, St. Germain, and lime juice. A slice of cucumber and jalapeño make this drink even more special.

best summer cocktails in Pittsburgh, Grit & Grace, Downtown

Up the ante on your drink game with Grit & Grace’s Jambie the Genie cocktail, mixed with Metaxa, “the smoothest amber spirit under the Sun,” Shochu, St. Germain, Benedictine, and guava.

best summer cocktails in Pittsburgh, Kaya, Strip District

This pop of deep pink over ice is certainly a talking point at Kaya. Order The Hummingbird, made with Old Overholdt rye, cardamom, hibiscus, white pepper, and pineapple.

best summer cocktails in Pittsburgh, BRGR, East Liberty

Add the Rum Runner at BRGR to your bucket list. Made with orange juice, blackberry brandy, and rum, this fruity libation transports you to the islands.

best summer cocktails in Pittsburgh, Il Pizzaiolo, Downtown

Pretend you’re in Positano amidst the lemon groves and silky, sapphire-hued water with Il Pizzaiolo’s Bellini — made with with Prosecco and white peach nectar — at your fingertips.

best summer cocktails in Pittsburgh, Andrew's Steak & Seafood, North Shore

Enjoy the Strawberry Shortcake — vanilla vodka, Strawberry Pucker, Sierra Mist — and/or the Green Star — Malibu rum, Midori, pineapple juice, Sierra Mist — with a dynamic date at Andrew’s Steak & Seafood.

best summer cocktails in Pittsburgh, SAVOY, Strip District

Cool off with SAVOY’s Cucumber Melon Martini. This light cocktail is made with muddled cucumber, EFFEN cucumber vodka, Thatcher’s organic cucumber liqueur, Marie Brizard watermelon liqueur, and a fresh cucumber slice.

best summer cocktails in Pittsburgh, Seviche, Downtown

Made with Pisco Portón and topped with frothy whites, Seviche’s Peruvian Grapefruit Martini tastes as pretty as it looks.

best summer cocktails in Pittsburgh, Rumfish Grille, Bridgeville

The Rumfish Punch at Rumfish Grille is a signature of the Bridgeville restaurant. The cocktail is comprised of vodka, gin, rum, Blue Curaçao, Sierra Mist, and sours.

It’s only summertime happiness here. Erica’s Famous Frojito at Walnut Grill features muddled strawberries, fresh mint, and lime wedges with Cruzan strawberry rum, simple syrup, soda water, and a splash of Sprite.

It’s only summertime happiness here. Erica’s Famous Frojito at Walnut Grill features muddled strawberries, fresh mint, and lime wedges with Cruzan strawberry rum, simple syrup, soda water, and a splash of Sprite.

best summer cocktails in Pittsburgh, Sonoma, Downtown

The Flora, comprised of Boyd & Blair Vodka, St. Germain, Crème de Violette, squeezed lime, and agave at Sonoma has an indigo hue and an earthy, lush taste.

best summer cocktails in Pittsburgh, Social at Bakery Square, East Liberty

You’ll certainly be having a second round of the Paloma cocktail at Social at Bakery Square. The tequila, grapefruit, and lime concoction is perfectly frosty in its glass.

best summer cocktails in Pittsburgh, Six Penn Kitchen, Downtown

It’s all about refreshment when it comes to rosé. Try the Château de Campuget at Six Penn Kitchen — one glass blushes with elegance.

best summer cocktails in Pittsburgh, The Porch at Schenley, Oakland

The Porch at Schenley is all about supporting local and being environmentally conscious, so it’s no surprise its bartender poured us one brew after the next from North Country, Full Pint, East End, and Great Lakes brewing companies.

best summer cocktails in Pittsburgh, Casbah, Shadyside

Rock the Tequila Mockingbird at Casbah. The drink, made with Hornitos Reposado tequila, rhubarb syrup, Combier, and lime, is a fresh choice. Atticus Finch approves.

best summer cocktails in Pittsburgh, Eleven, Strip District

The Margarita at Eleven is a seasonally inspired cocktail. This delicious interpretation has a kick, made with jalapeño tequila, Campari, Combier Pamplemousse, grapefruit, and lime.

best summer cocktails in Pittsburgh, Bistro 19, Mt. Lebanon

Catch the breeze at Bistro 19 with the White Wine Spritzer. The contemporary corner restaurant in Mt. Lebanon serves a glass with a tasty berry skewer for snacking.

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