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10 Things: Summer Cocktails From Local Bars And Restaurants

August 11, 2016 GMT

Lists serve as great reminders of what is right at your fingertips.

Here in the Lifestyles department, we’ve come up with a few lists of our own.

Our occasional feature, “Ten Things,” highlights some of Northeast Pennsylvania’s best offerings and provides helpful tidbits. Today we feature 10 refreshing summer cocktails crafted by local bars and restaurants.

Mint Magnolia

Ale Mary’s Mint Magnolia, created by bartender Caitlin McGrath, keeps cool in the hot summer months. Stop by the restaurant housed in the historic Bittenbender building at 126 Franklin Ave. in Scranton to experience this minty- cool drink, as well as an extensive selection of craft beers and unique pub cuisine.

Recipe: Muddle 3 slices cucumber and 6 fresh mint leaves, then shake together with 1 and-a-half ounces Hendricks Gin and 1 ounce St. Germaine elderflower liquer. Strain into a glass over ice. Top with club soda and cracked pepper.

Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays, 4 p.m. to midnight; Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m to midnight; Fridays, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m; Saturdays, noon to 2 a.m; Sundays, noon to midnight.

The Big Ugly

A no-frills watering hole in downtown Scranton, The Bog is where to find a truly unique drink for the tastebuds like The Big Ugly. Stop by the dimly lit digs at 341 Adams Ave. on a hot summer night for an experience not found anywhere else.

Recipe: The Big Ugly is a specialty drink that is 2 parts Jameson mixed with ginger beer and fresh lemons and limes. Mix it in a Mason jar for a look that matches the rich taste.

Hours: Mondays through Fridays, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m; Saturdays and Sundays, 8 p.m to 2 a.m.

Lime Tears

Bar Pazzo, a newly unveiled restaurant at 131 N. Washington Ave. featuring authentic, Old World-style Italian dishes, offers a sweet twist on a citrus drink with the guest favorite Lime Tears. Stop by the emerging hot spot found within the Connell Building to test it out, and don’t forget to try the housemade gelato before leaving.

Recipe: Combine 1 ounce Hendricks Gin with 1 ounce Contratto Bianco Vermouth. Finish with a half-portion of mint-infused simple syrup for sweetness, a splash of fresh lime juice and then top with club soda.

Hours: Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; Fridays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m; Saturdays, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Happy Hour at the bar is held Tuesdays through Fridays, 4 to 6 p.m. Strawberry Nectar Yucca

Strawberry Nectar Yucca, created by The Backyard Ale House, is the perfect sweet drink to quench summer thirsts. Visit the restaurant at 523 Linden St. to try this unique creation, as well as to experience two full bars and eccentric, yet familiar, gastropub-style food.

Recipe: The drink bursts with flavor by mixing 1 ounce vodka, 1 ounce Sweet Revenge, 1 ounce Art in the Age: Rhubarb, 2 ounces of honey tincture (dissolved honey in hot water and cooled; 30 percent honey, 70 percent water) and 2 ounces of sour mix. Add squeezes of two lime wedges and a handful (approximately 1/4 cup) of diced strawberries.

Hours: Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to close Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita

Carl Von Luger Steak & Seafood in downtown Scranton matches the summer heat with its Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita. This out-of-the-ordinary cocktail, paired with the extensive menu found at 301 N. Washington Ave., is a can’t-miss stop this summer.

Recipe: Add 1.75 ounces of infused Sauza Blanco Tequila with fresh sliced jalapeños, a half ounce of Cointreau, splashes of simple syrup and orange juice and 3 ounces of pineapple juice. Shake well and pour into a salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with a lime and pineapple wedge.

Hours: Mondays through Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m; Fridays and Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m; Sunday brunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Watermelon Lime Sangria

Located inside the historic Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel and carved out of the original loading platform of the Lackawanna Train Station, Trax Platform Lounge helps vistors stay refreshed this summer with a Watermelon Lime Sangria. Stop by 700 Lackawanna Ave. to try this sangria with a special twist on the pet-friendly patio or inside the nightly hot spot lounge.

Recipe: Mix 4 ounces of Chardonnay, half an ounce of watermelon schnapps, 3 and-a-half ounces of white cranberry juice, fresh watermelon chunks and lime zest. Garnish with lime wheel and a cherry and watermelon slice.

Hours: Open every day at 11:30 a.m; Sundays through Thursdays, closes at midnight; Fridays and Saturdays, closes at 2 a.m. Sex with Amanda Bynes

At 906 Providence Road in North Scranton, The V-Spot spices up summer with a sweet and sassy cocktail that’s hard to refuse. Sex with Amanda Bynes, mixed by the self-proclaimed “funnest group of bartenders you’ll find,” serves as a refreshing treat for guests as they enjoy entertainment seven days a week, including karaoke on Sundays.

Recipe: Mix equal parts mango rum and wild strawberry vodka. Fill with pink lemonade, add some sour mix, club soda and a splash of grenadine to complete.

Hours: The bar is open every day from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Kitchen hours are Sundays through Thursdays, 5 p.m. to midnight; Fridays and Saturdays, 5 to 11 p.m. Mojito

Authentic Japanese cuisine is not the only exciting thing Osaka serves this summer. Stick with a classic and chill out with their Mojito. This drink is sure to soothe thirsts as diners indulge in the unique experience provided by the sushi bar and hibachi tables at 244 Adams Ave. in downtown Scranton.

Recipe: Mix 3 ounces of rum, 1 and-a-half ounces of sour mix, 2 and-a-half ounces of simple syrup, 3 wedges of fresh lime and 10 pieces of fresh mint leaves.

Hours: Lunch served Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner served Mondays through Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m; Fridays, 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m; Saturdays, noon to 10:30 p.m; Sundays, noon to 9 p.m. Electric City Lemonade

POSH at The Scranton Club lights up the summer bar scene with a beautifully blue twist on classic lemonade, its Electric City Lemonade. Try this improved version of a summer standby while indulging in American-style cuisine in POSH’s refined, yet casual atmosphere at 404 N. Washington Ave.

Recipe: Fill a glass with ice and pour 2 parts vodka and 1 part Blue Curacao, plus half-portions each of simple syrup and fresh lemon juice. Top with Sprite and garnish with a lemon ring.

Hours: Open for lunch Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. and dinner at 5 p.m.; Sunday brunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Happy Hour is held Wednesdays through Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. Summer Blues

On the corner of North Main Avenue and Lafayette Street in West Scranton, The Vault Tap and Kitchen provides a variety of fresh fruit Mason jar drinks, including the berry-licious cocktail Summer Blues. This drink keeps guests cool while they listen to live music on The Vault’s outdoor patio.

Recipe: Combine fresh blueberries, 2 lemon slices and simple syrup (muddled) with 2 ounces of blueberry vodka, a splash of sour mix and water. Shake and serve.

Hours: Mondays through Wednesdays, 4 p.m. to midnight; Thursdays and Fridays, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m; Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 2 a.m.