The 10 Best Summer Cocktails in Nashville

Here is the Sounds Like Nashville's list of the top ten best summer cocktails in Nashville.

Written by Kelly Brickey
The 10 Best Summer Cocktails in Nashville
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It’s time to raise a glass and toast to the sweetness of summertime! Cheers all around for the warm sundress weather and carefree nights filled with fireflies and good times. What better way to celebrate the season than with an ice cold cocktail in hand?

Nashville is becoming quite the hot spot for trendy bars and socials, with cocktails that infuse all of the finest ingredients to make for fun flavor explosions. With the warmer months in mind, we’ve done our research to find the ten best summer cocktails in Music City to help you readers pick your poison to cool off.

Check out the list of the top ten summer cocktails in Nashville:

12 South Lemonade – Burger Up

The grown-up version of the classic summer staple drink. The makers of this tart beverage use house-infused lemon vodka for a right kick of sunshine in the glass. Topped off with a little white wine, this alcoholic lemonade hits the spot on a sunny summer day.

2901 12th Ave S /

Mouth Full of Gold – Pinewood Social

White rum, grapefruit and a little bit of pilsner? Yes, please! This refreshing fruity beverage is the coolest way to, well, cool you down! Take it outside to sip on by the pool patio for the full summer effect in the middle of this Nashville heat.

33 Peabody Street /

Tangarang – Old Glory

Want the inside scoop for Nashville hangs? Head straight to Old Glory, a secret spot in town that opened in March 2016. While its location in Edgehill is still on the down-low, we can’t keep the hush-hush down about the delicious drink that is Tangarang.

1200 Villa Place #103 /

Toy Soldier – Bastion If you wish to be like the cool kids, Bastion is the place to be. With quirky décor on the walls and funky, mismatched seating, it’s no wonder that this social bar fills up night after night. Their ‘Toy Soldier’ cocktail mixes the simple margarita elements of tequila, lime and salt with hints of pineapple, ginger and cardamom. Yummy, to say the least. 434 Houston Street /

Cooper’s Cooler – The Patterson House

Champagne is always a good idea. Everyone needs a little bubbly in their life from time to time to make the night pop. Mixing it together with some gin, lemon and grapefruit calls for The Patterson House’s ‘Cooper’s Cooler,’ which refreshes one’s happiness like none other.

1711 Division Street /

Sangria Pera – Bartaco

Bartaco has quickly become one of the most popular Mexican-inspired restaurants in Nashville with famous faces showing up on a weekly basis. We would like to think that besides the food, they all keep coming back for the ‘Sangria Pera,’ a traditional Spanish cocktail that packs quite the punch. Olé!

2526 12th Ave S /

AVOcado Margarita – AVO

Question: Who would have ever thought to put avocado, the fruit of the moment, into a classic margarita? Answer: Avo! The healthy-alternative restaurant serves up a variety of natural and organic dishes, but what they are really known for are their signature margaritas that feature cilantro, lime, agave and of course, avocado.

3001 Charlotte Ave #200 /

Sicilian Iced Tea – Holland House and Refuge

Ah, iced tea. Another beloved summer beverage. It’s even more adored when it’s spiked with some orange liqueur and Averna. Sipping this Sicilian cocktail slowly will make anyone feel like they’ve gone on vacation to the Italian island.

935 W Eastland Ave /

Pimm’s Cup – Merchants Restaurant

For those who aren’t aware, Wimbledon is coming. And what that means is it’s time to break out the all-white tennis outfits and order yourself a Pimm’s Cup. As the traditional drink of the tournament, a Pimm’s Cup is a classy staple that can revive anyone from the heat of summer. This gin-based cocktail from Merchants is sure to ace anyone’s expectations.

401 Broadway /

Spike –Adele’s

At Adele’s, you can treat yourself to this vodka cocktail with a twist of watermelon and mint out front on the gorgeous little patio. Nothing screams summer quite like a brick monochrome seating area with vintage lights and window-lining shrubbery.

1210 McGavock Street /