If you have never had a Dark N' Stormy while watching the sunset over the Newport Bridge, you haven't lived.
Summer in Newport is synonymous for rooftop bars, al fresco patios, and dockside dining paired perfectly with a fresh seasonal cocktail. From the most perfect mudslide on a sunlit patio, to a Newport Water served on the rocks, or a mocktail to hydrate after a day at the beach, there is something for everyone to sip on here in Newport.
These inspired cocktails and mocktails from our local bars and restaurants are sure to scream summer.
Newport WaterBack to Top of List
Signs of Summer: A round of Newport Water's from Clarke Cooke House, a plate of freshly shucked oysters, and a sunset overlooking the harbor. Classic.
The iconic Newport Water is made with Taittinger Champagne, Grand Marnier, St. Germain, served on the rocks.
Pro-tip: You know its summer when Clarke Cooke House brings back their Sushi Menu. Grab a seat at the Sushi Bar and pair your Newport Water with made-to-order Maki, Sashmi or a seaweed salad for the perfect summer meal.
WHERE TO SIP A NEWPORT WATER
Clarke Cooke House
26 Bannister's Wharf
Mimosa TowerBack to Top of List
From a bar meets grill to an outdoor beer garden, you can find some of the best food, and even better drinks crafted at the Fifth Element. With over 18 years under their belt, all cocktails have been carefully crafted and some enlarged. You heard that right, some of your Fifth Element favorites now come in the form of a tower—like the thorn in the heart, a perfect paloma, draft beer, and our favorite, the element mimosa. This Mimosa tower is made with 88 oz of champagne and orange juice, simple, tasty, and towering.
WHERE TO GET THE MIMOSA TOWER
Popsicle SeltzersBack to Top of List
Cannon & Anchor hard seltzers, made by our friends at Twelve Guns Brewing Co. in Bristol, just got that much sweeter—with the return of their Popsicle Seltzer.
Add a classic rocket pop to any of their three must-try hard seltzers, Pineapple, Strawberry Lime, and Blueberry Pomegranate for the perfect summer sip.
WHERE TO SIP A POPSICLE SELTZER
Twelve Guns Brewing Co
549 Metacom Ave
Photo Credit: Twelve Guns Brewing
Chanler DaiquiriBack to Top of List
The salty sea breeze meets an escape from reality at the Cafe at the Chanler. With an enclosed patio overlooking the famed Newport Cliff Walk and Easton's Beach, enjoy a Chanler Daiquiri exactly like William Chanler used to make.
This delightful cocktail is made with Eclipse Rum, lime juice, powdered sugar, and crushed ice. Sweeping oceans views and al fresco perfection included.
WHERE TO GET THE CHANLER DAIQUIRI
Cafe at the Chanler
117 Memorial Boulevard
O'Brien's MudslideBack to Top of List
Name a better duo; a frozen O'Briens Mudslide and a sunny patio on historic Thames street to sip it on. Oh? Did we mention this summer oasis is pet friendly? Your fur friend will love it just as much as you.
Taste the famous O'Briens Mudslide, made with Vanilla vodka, Irish cream and coffee liqueur, served with a chocolate swirl, on their patio all summer long. Keep in mind, phone's drink first here, this frozen slice of heaven is the perfect instagramable moment.
WHERE TO SIP AN O'BRIENS MUDSLIDE
501 Thames Street
Photo Credit: O'Brien's Pub
Mansion Gin & TonicBack to Top of List
This seaside lawn spotted with Adirondack chairs overlooking the bay at Castle Hill Inn is a Newport icon. Offering panoramic seaside views, classic New England fare and warm-weather cocktails, you might find it hard to leave.
Try their Mansion Gin & Tonic for a classic taste of summer, made with Castle Hill bespoke Gin and house made tonic.
WHERE TO GET THE MANSION GIN & TONIC
Castle Hill Inn
590 Ocean Drive
Dante's InfernoBack to Top of List
From the owners of Stoneacre Brasserie in Newport's Washington Square comes Stoneacre Garden located in Swineburne Row (the old Barking Crab if you remember the days). The design is inspired by the gardens and grounds of the Stoneacre Estate, with a cheerful yellow and red awning reminiscent of a circus tent from days gone by.
Try their Dante's Inferno, available in large format for four or a single cocktail, for a drink with a kick, made with Chili Infused Tequila, Blood Orange, and Strawberry.
WHERE TO GET THE DANTE'S INFERNO
151 Swinburne Row
RI Reef CBD-MimosaBack to Top of List
Pub style comfort food meets an award winning drink menu at Brick Alley Pub. With almost 40 years under their belt, they sure know how to craft the perfect cocktail. Their menu may be vast, but we have picked your perfect drink for summer, the RI Reef CBD-Mimosa.
This hyperlocal cocktail is made with Ketel One Peach & Orange Blossom Botanicals, sparkling wine, Grand Marnier and orange juice, served on the rocks with a Rhode Island Reef Peach CBD gummy garnish.
WHERE TO DRINK THE RI REEF CBD-MIMOSA
Brick Alley Pub
140 Thames Street
Dark N' StormyBack to Top of List
A favorite of Sailors and locals alike, the Dark N' Stormy just may be the perfect summer cocktail. Despite being available at many local bars and restaurants, this cocktail is famously prepared both on the rocks and frozen at The Black Pearl.
This highball is made with ginger beer, Goslings rum (of course), and a lime, served on the rocks or frozen.
Bartender-tip: you know it is made right when you can see the layers.
WHERE TO GET A DARK N' STORMY
The Black Pearl
151 Swinburne Row
Photo Credit: The Black Pearl
22 DoliBack to Top of List
Portside at 22 Bowen's, an open-air, harbor-side bar located next to 22 Bowen's serves seasonal cocktails and culinary noshes overlooking the harbor on Bowen's Wharf. Snag a seat at the bar or a stool overlooking the water and enjoy the salt air while sipping on a 22 Doli, Portside's take on a Stoli Doli.
The 22 Doli is as simple as its name, a cocktail made with house infused pineapple vodka.
WHERE TO GET A 22 DOLI
Portside at 22 Bowen's
22 Bowen's Wharf
Pear PressureBack to Top of List
Newport Craft has more than brews and spirit tastings, they now have an array of classic cocktails to sip on in their tasting room or outdoor pavilion. From rum, gin, and vodka cocktails, to flights of spirts, our favorite of the bunch is the Pear Pressure.
This vodka cocktail is made with Newport Craft Vodka, lime, pear, and soda water.
WHERE TO SIP A PEAR PRESSURE
293 JT Connell Road
KombuchanistBack to Top of List
Eclectic vibes meets locally sourced menus at Bar and Board Bistro in Newport. This best kept secret for cocktails and cuisine has an ever changing cocktail menu with drinks that will sure to wow. From faux pasta straws, to crushed ice, and the most perfect garnishes, these drinks almost look too good to drink. Almost.
Try their Kombuchanist cocktail, made with Gin, kombucha, pomegranate, raspberry, lemon, and Cremant.
WHERE TO GET THE KOMBUCHANIST
Bar and Board Bistro
282 Thames Street
Toes In The SandBack to Top of List
When the sweet smell of BBQ hits, you know you're close to Smoke House. This casual, rustic, open-air joint boasting backyard barbecue flavors is only opened seasonally, and their slow-cooked brisket and handcrafted cocktails are always worth the wait.
The Toes In The Sand cocktail is made with raspberry vodka, blueberry-honey, and lemonade, served in Smokehouse's signature mason jar and topped with a lemon, this light and refreshing cocktail is a warm summer day must.
WHERE TO DRINK THE TOES IN THE SAND
America's Cup Avenue
Photo Credit: Smoke House
Lemongrass SpritzBack to Top of List
Another fire drink, this time without the heat, from Stoneacre Garden, your whimsical al fresco experience comes adorned in lush greenery hung from the outdoor awning. Sip on one of their many mocktail options, our favorite is the Lemongrass Spritz, complete with Citrus, Oleo, and tonic.
WHERE TO SIP A LEMONGRASS SPRITZ
151 Swinburne Row
Son of a BeatyBack to Top of List
Another great option from Bar and Board Bistro on Thames is on their Spiritless menu, the Son of a Beaty is sure to quench your thirst and curb your cocktail craving.
This beautiful and tasty mocktail is with Beet shrub, cucumber, lime, ginger, and seltzer.
WHERE TO GET THE SON OF A BEATY
Bar and Board Bistro
282 Thames Street
*Pictured here is sample of the many great mocktails offered by Bar and Board Bistro
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