OKG Eat: Seasonal Cocktails 

We know. It’s hot. It’s summer in Oklahoma. Cool down by sampling cocktails that local bars and restaurants have concocted just for you. Find a nice, air conditioned space or a shaded patio and while away the hours drinking the flavors of summer. You might decide it’s not that bad after all.

— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock, Shannon Cornman and Lauren Hamilton

click to enlarge The Blues Berry Ale at Bricktown Brewery (Mark Hancock)
  • Mark Hancock
  • The Blues Berry Ale at Bricktown Brewery

Bricktown Brewery 1 N. Oklahoma Ave. bricktownbrewery.com 232-2739

The local beer geniuses at Bricktown Brewery kicked the summer off right by tapping their newest contribution to the betterment of humanity. Blues Berry Ale is a light ale infused with real blueberries for a refreshing summer treat. The Brewery also has daily special cocktails to beat the heat, making it a great place to hide from the power of the sun.

click to enlarge Skinny Pina-Coco Club Special at RedPin. (Mark Hancock)
  • Mark Hancock
  • Skinny Pina-Coco Club Special at RedPin.

RedPin Restaurant & Bowling Lounge 200 S. Oklahoma Ave., Suite X bowlredpin.com 702-8880

If you are looking for a great place to cool off, you could do worse than this ultra-cool lounge and bowling alley right on the Bricktown canal. The seasonal drink menu has several chilly options, including the Skinny Pina-Coco Club Special: light pineapple coconut vodka, agave, club soda and lime. Yum.

click to enlarge Sooner Seasonal Cobbler at Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails, Norman. (Mark Hancock)
  • Mark Hancock
  • Sooner Seasonal Cobbler at Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails, Norman.

Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails 132 W. Main St., Norman scratchnorman.com 801-2900

The mix masters at Scratch know that some flavors just taste like summer. Sample some of your favorites with Scratch’s expertly crafted Oklahoma-themed cocktails. The Seasonal Sooner Cobbler offers a loving tribute to this summer’s blackberry harvest. It tastes like grandma’s cobbler all grown up.

click to enlarge The Gin Atomic at Deep For Grill. (Lauren Hamilton)
  • Lauren Hamilton
  • The Gin Atomic at Deep For Grill.

Deep Fork Grill 5418 N. Western Ave. deepforkgrill.com 848-7678

Deep Fork always has a bevy of sexy seasonal cocktails, and this summer is no exception. One that particularly caught our eye is the Gin Atomic, a combination of gin and elderflower liqueur with basil simple syrup. It’s light, fragrant and perfect for sultry summer nights. We have it on good authority that it’s a staff favorite, and we can understand why.

click to enlarge Hibiscus Margarit and Farmers Market Salad at LOCAL in Norman. (Mark Hancock)
  • Mark Hancock
  • Hibiscus Margarit and Farmers Market Salad at LOCAL in Norman.

Local 2262 W. Main St., Norman eatatlocal.com 928-5600

It seems like just yesterday, Local was new in the Norman restaurant scene. It has been a couple of years, and Local is now a fixture in its own right, known for its quality seasonal cuisine and vast selection of ever-changing cocktails. Cozy up to the bar and try something from the seasonal cocktail menu for a refreshing change of pace.

click to enlarge Bellini's take on the classic mojito. (Mark Hancock)
  • Mark Hancock
  • Bellini's take on the classic mojito.

Bellini’s Ristorante 6305 Waterford Blvd. #100 bellinis.net 848-1065

Tucked away in plain sight, Bellini’s is both casual and elegant. Surrounded by lush greenery, this Oklahoma institution is a dreamy place to pass an hour or two, especially with a glass of wine from its vast collection or one of its elegant cocktails. Make sure to try the cocktail that gave the restaurant its name, with peach nectar and sparkling Prosecco wine. It tastes like sweet sunlight.

click to enlarge Brandy Ice at Junior's (Shannon Cornman)
  • Shannon Cornman
  • Brandy Ice at Junior's

Junior’s 2601 Northwest Expressway juniorsokc.com 848-5597

When the blazing heat makes you want to take shelter immediately, hide out in one of the coolest joints in the metro. Junior’s celebrated its 30th birthday last year and shows no signs of slowing down. Make an evening out of it with dinner in the dining room followed by cocktails in the piano lounge. Performances start nightly at 8:30 p.m. Its large selection of cocktails, like the vintage brandy ice will make you feel like you’ve stepped into another era.

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