16 Unique Cocktails You Must Drink This Summer in Rochester

What makes the perfect summer cocktail? Most like their libations refreshing with a sweet and tart balance during the balmy weather. To help in the quest for the perfect summer cocktail, we spoke with several Rochester restaurants about their current most popular drinks. The result is our lengthy list of 16 unique cocktails with something for everyone who is a fan of tasty mixed drinks.

 

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Avvino – 50 Shades of Green
2541 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618
[wp-svg-icons icon=”globe” wrap=”i”] avvinorochester.com [wp-svg-icons icon=”phone” wrap=”i”] (585) 270-5229

Summer Cocktail: 50 Shades of Green made with vodka, fresh honey dew juice, bell pepper oil, chartreuse and mint.
Best Days to Visit: Tuesday through Friday for $5 sushi rolls and $5 punch from 5pm – 6:30pm.
Menu Highlights: Octopus, Reuben sliders and homemade pastas.


 

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Blu Wolf – Jameson Green Tea
657 Park Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
[wp-svg-icons icon=”globe” wrap=”i”] bluwolfbistro.com [wp-svg-icons icon=”phone” wrap=”i”] (585) 270-4467

Summer Cocktail: Jameson Green Tea made with….you guessed it, Jameson and green tea.
Best Days to Visit: Monday through Friday from 3 – 6pm with $5 cosmos, $5 mules, $3 domestic beers and buy one get one on 20 ounce drafts, $1 off all other beer and wine.
Menu Highlights: Burgers such as the royal with cheese, mac daddy burger and park avenue. Excellent craft beer selection.


 

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ButaPub – R.B.F.
315 Gregory St, Rochester, NY 14620
[wp-svg-icons icon=”globe” wrap=”i”] butapub.com [wp-svg-icons icon=”phone” wrap=”i”] (585) 563-6241

Summer Cocktail: R.B.F. made with brugal rum, sage leaves, simple syrup, pineapple juice and topped with a splash of soda.
Best Day to Visit: Wednesday for $1 off wings and $1 off all whiskeys.
Menu Highlights: Korean chicken wings, pork belly buns, and ramen bowls.


 

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The Cub Room – The Bardot
739 S Clinton Ave, Rochester, NY 14620
[wp-svg-icons icon=”globe” wrap=”i”] thecubroomroc.com [wp-svg-icons icon=”phone” wrap=”i”] (585) 363-5694

Summer Cocktail: The Bardot made with lemon, St. Germain Tito’s Vodka, fresh strawberries and prosecco.
Best Days to Visit: Happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 – 7pm with $2 off beer/wine and $8 featured cocktails.
Menu Highlights: Pork chop, Amish chicken and pastas. Excellent cocktail bar.


 

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Grappa – Firecracker
30 Celebration Dr, Rochester, NY 14620
[wp-svg-icons icon=”globe” wrap=”i”] grapparoc.com [wp-svg-icons icon=”phone” wrap=”i”] (585) 445-5770

Summer Cocktail: Firecracker made with tequila, Sriracha infused simple syrup, lime, mango puree and muddled cilantro.
Best Days to Go: Everyday from 4 – 6pm for happy hour.
Menu Highlights: Spicy meatball, linguini and clams, chicken cutlet and gnocchi. Remarkable wine selection.


 

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Edibles – Blueberry Mojito Magic
704 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
[wp-svg-icons icon=”globe” wrap=”i”] ediblesrochester.com [wp-svg-icons icon=”phone” wrap=”i”] (585) 271-4910

Summer Cocktail: Blueberry Mojito Magic made with fresh blueberry simmered down to a compote.
Best Day to Visit: Thursday happy hour from 5 – 10pm.
Menu Highlights: Truffle tots, steak and pierogi dinner.


 

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Erie Grill – Raspberry Pisco
41 N Main St, Pittsford, NY 14534
[wp-svg-icons icon=”globe” wrap=”i”] eriegrill.com [wp-svg-icons icon=”phone” wrap=”i”] (585) 419-3032

Summer Cocktail: Raspberry Pisco made with raspberries, lemon juice, simple syrup, barsol pisco and ginger beer.
Best Day to Visit: Monday for $1 oysters.
Menu Highlights: Duck meatballs, bison sliders and Erie Grill salad.


 

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Dorado – Classic Mojito
690 Park Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
[wp-svg-icons icon=”globe” wrap=”i”] doradoparkave.com [wp-svg-icons icon=”phone” wrap=”i”] (585) 244-8560

Summer Cocktail: Classic Mojito made with rum, fresh mint, lime, sugar and soda.
Best Days to Visit: Monday through Friday from 3 – 6pm with $5 margaritas and $5 premium tequila shots.
Menu Highlights: Fish tacos, chorizo con queso, original enchilada and seared salmon. Remarkable tequila collection with a focus on margaritas.


 

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Good Luck – Buggin’ Out
50 Anderson Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
[wp-svg-icons icon=”globe” wrap=”i”] restaurantgoodluck.com [wp-svg-icons icon=”phone” wrap=”i”] (585) 340-6161

Summer Cocktail: Buggin’ Out made with Reposed Tequila, watermelon, mint, falernum and lime.
Best Days to Visit: Wednesday through Friday for a dealers choice cocktail for $7 until 7pm.
Menu Highlights: Good Luck burger, fried chicken and pastas like gnocchi.


 

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Havana Cabana – Monkey Business Martini
289 Alexander St, Rochester, NY 14607
[wp-svg-icons icon=”globe” wrap=”i”] havanacabanaroc.com [wp-svg-icons icon=”phone” wrap=”i”] (585) 232-1333

Summer Cocktail: Monkey Business Martini with coconut rum, white barbados rum, banana liqueur and fresh coconut milk.
Best Day to Visit: Thursday for half priced rum flights.
Menu Highlights: Paella, conch fritters and blue crab stuffed avocado.


 

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Label 7 – Cosmo
50 State St, Pittsford, NY 14534
[wp-svg-icons icon=”globe” wrap=”i”] labelseven.com [wp-svg-icons icon=”phone” wrap=”i”] (585) 267-7500

Summer Cocktail: Cosmo made with grapefruit vodka cointreau, pink lemonade, cranberry juice and sparkling brut.
Best Day to Visit: Everyday from 4 – 7pm for their happy hour (Napa Hour).
Menu Highlights: Chicken and waffles, grilled chicken wings, burger and angry ceasar salad.


 

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Next Door by Wegmans – Bourbon Smash
3220 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618
[wp-svg-icons icon=”globe” wrap=”i”] wegmansnextdoor.com [wp-svg-icons icon=”phone” wrap=”i”] (585) 249-4575

Summer Cocktail: Bourbon Smash made with fresh basil leaf, fresh mint leaves, charred grapefruit wedge, agave nectar, fresh lemon juice, Knob Creek, garnish charred grapefruit and blackberry.
Best Day to Visit: Every day at the bar from 4 – 7pm for 2 for 1 signature cocktails, $3 select beer drafts, $6 select wine. Monday through Friday they offer $6 select sushi rolls at the bar.
Menu Highlights: Sushi, filet of beef, and salads.


 

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Orbs – R Rated Gimlet
758 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620
[wp-svg-icons icon=”globe” wrap=”i”] orbsrestaurant.com [wp-svg-icons icon=”phone” wrap=”i”] (585) 471-8569

Summer Cocktail: R Rated Gimlet made with double rye whiskey, basil, raspberry, lemon and bitters.
Best Days to Visit: Wednesday through Saturday from 4 – 7pm for $7 house specialty cocktails.
Menu Highlights: Buffalo balls starter, entre sliders and house burger.


 

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Ox and Stone – The Verdita
282 Alexander St, Rochester, NY 14607
[wp-svg-icons icon=”globe” wrap=”i”] oxandstone.com [wp-svg-icons icon=”phone” wrap=”i”] (585) 287-6933

Summer Cocktail: The Verdita made with gin, mezcal, gomme syrup, verdita (juiced pineapple, mint, cilantro and jalapeño).
Best Day to Visit: Weekdays for happy hour from 4-7 PM featuring $3 & $5 Tapas plates, $3 pints and $7 margaritas.
Menu Highlights: Paella, tacos and chips/salsa.


 

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Tapas 177 – Caipirinha
177 Saint Paul St, Rochester, NY 14604
[wp-svg-icons icon=”globe” wrap=”i”] tapas177.com [wp-svg-icons icon=”phone” wrap=”i”] (585) 262-2090

Summer Cocktail: Caipirinha made with Cachaca, fresh lime and sugar.
Best Day to Visit: Friday for free appetizers during happy hour.
Menu Highlights: Fried calamari, flattened gnocchi and chicken egg rolls. Extensive martini list and a delicious sangria recipe.


 

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West Edge – Patio’s Open
284 Exchange Blvd, Rochester, NY 14608
[wp-svg-icons icon=”globe” wrap=”i”] westedgerestaurant.com [wp-svg-icons icon=”phone” wrap=”i”] (585) 319-3388

Cocktail to Consume: Patio’s Open made with orange liqueur, premium orange juice and ginger beer.
Best Day to Visit: Everyday happy hour from 3pm – 7pm with $1 off drinks and half price social plates.
Menu Highlights: Flank steak and truffle mac & cheese.

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