Eight Refreshing Queen City Cocktails to Try This Summer

These locally crafted boozy beverages taste great and cool you down.

What better way to beat the summer heat than with a few refreshing, frozen drinks? Enjoy eight of our favorite boozy beverages from hot spots around the city.

Shaved Spiked Ice, Pins Mechanical Co.

Photograph courtesy of Pins Mechanical Co. Cincinnati

Spiked Shaved Ice at Pins Mechanical Co.
Feel like a kid again with Pins Mechanical Co.’s new flavorful shaved ice. This nostalgic treat gets a boozy upgrade, which you can enjoy on Pins’ sunny rooftop patio. Try a variety of flavors, like cherry and Fireball, orange and mango rum, lemon-lime and coconut rum, and blue raspberry and berry rum. Plus, in honor of Pride Month, you can combine all the flavors (with one type of liquor) for an Instagram-worthy rainbow cone. Enjoy these icy treats Thursday through Sunday.
1124 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 964-7746, pinsbar.com/cincy

Kombucha Cocktails at Metropole
This summer, Metropole at 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati is introducing light, refreshing cocktails crafted with homemade Kombucha. The Where’s Barb combines rhubarb root, vermouth, and beet Kombucha for a Negroni-inspired tangy refreshment. The Cross & Mixup, made with strawberry thyme Kombucha, rum, and lime juice, makes for a deliciously tart summer beverage. Sip their new Kombucha cocktails and a Pride Month special, the raspberry and vodka Razz Queen, on the rooftop terrace or while you peruse the hotel’s art gallery.
609 Walnut St., downtown, (513) 578-6660, metropoleonwalnut.com

Pink Pride Frozen Margarita, Condados Tacos

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Pink Pride Frozen Margarita at Condado Tacos
For the month of June, Condado Tacos is partnering with the Trevor Project to donate $1 from every Pink Pride Frozen Margarita to the LGBTQ nonprofit organization. The frosty margarita is flavored with cherry, banana, and strawberry, and is made even sweeter with a candied lemon rim.
195 E. Freedom Way, The Banks, (513) 263-1172, condadotacos.com

A Moscow Mule Twist at Rosedale OTR
On a hot and humid Cincinnati summer day, you can’t beat a frozen drink. The Chi Chi Rodriguez, made with tequila, iced tea, and lemon, and the Nancy Lopez, crafted with vodka and FroséBlanc, are the tastiest way to cool off. And for the month of June, Rosedale is offering the Proud Mule—a Jim Beam bourbon cocktail mixed with peach schnapps, lime juice, and ginger beer.
208 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 864-5400, rosedaleotr.com

The Starman, 16-Bit Bar + Arcade

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David Bowie–Inspired Starman at 16-Bit Bar + Arcade
For a limited time, 16-Bit Bar + Arcade is introducing The Starman, a summery cocktail infused with vodka, Sprite, and pink lemonade, and garnished with a rainbow twist lollipop. After one—or two—you can move onto their famous alcohol-infused slush puppies, which come in flavors like blue raspberry and cherry.
1331 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 381-1616, 16-bitbar.com/cincy

Bourbon Slush at Second Place
For a sports bar atmosphere and boozy slushies, you can’t beat Second Place bar in Northside. On Tuesdays they offer $4 featured slushies, like the lightly spiced bourbon-and-orange special. Cheer for your favorite team, play some outdoor ping-pong, enjoy free popcorn, and crush some slush on the sunny patio.
3936 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, (513) 417-8468, facebook.com/secondplacebar

Sweet Heat of Ohio Margarita, Tano Bistro

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Sweet Heat of Ohio Margaritas at Tano Bistro
Chill out on one of Loveland’s rooftop bars at Tano Bistro and sample their spiced margarita, the Sweet Heat of Ohio. This chilled drink gets a little heat with jalapeño-infused tequila, lime, cucumber, agave nectar, and a splash of Tabasco, sweetened with a sugar-lime rim.
204 W. Loveland Ave., Loveland, (513) 683-8266, foodbytano.com

Frosé at Queen City Radio
For the best variety of adult slushies, look no further than Queen City Radio. Whether you’re into frozen margaritas, frosé, or sangria—they’ve got you covered. Try the watermelon-and-cucumber Briny Melon Margarita if you’re in the mood for something sweet and tangy, or indulge in the strawberry-and-apple Orchard Frozéor Italian Sangria for a fruity summer treat.
222 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 381-0918, qcrbar.com

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