Cool off this summer with easy breezy cocktails throughout Orlando (HAVEN at Lake Nona Wave Hotel pictured).
Sip back and relax with cool summertime cocktails from some of Orlando’s hottest restaurants, bars and poolside getaways. These refreshing libations embody everything you love about summer, featuring bright, fresh flavors infused with fruit, herbs and maybe even a little spice. From downtown Orlando to our tourism districts and beyond, here are some of the best places to enjoy a cool summer cocktail in Orlando.
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Cool Summer Cocktails in Downtown Orlando & Beyond
Tori Tori Orlando
In Orlando’s Mills 50 district, MICHELIN Recommended Tori Tori puts a modern twist on the classic Japanese izakaya, offering bar bites, yakitori and creative cocktails. Try one of their specialty highballs, like the Floral blend of Japanese vodka, lavender, rose and soda, or explore the signature cocktail menu, with classic flavors like ube, melon, ginger and lime — perfect for summer sipping.
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Escape to the Mediterranean with aromatic cocktails and bar bites at MICHELIN Recommended AVA MediterrAegean, one the newest dining hotspots in Winter Park. Their classic cucumber Gin & Tonic is a popular choice, as is the spice and citrus enhanced Margarita Verde. For a slightly more rugged summer getaway, order A Toast to Amalfi (gin, campari, vermouth, cynar, limoncello and pistachio) or the Onassis Old Fashion, with unique notes of fig, brown butter and apricot.
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The Courtesy Bar
Recently relocated to Winter Park, The Courtesy Bar is a longstanding local favorite, boasting an ever-evolving craft cocktail list paired with savory small plates from the culinary dream team behind Swine & Sons. In addition to standard cocktails like Tourist Season on the rocks, you can try eclectic limited-time concoctions like Mustard’s Last Stand, a rye-based drink with thyme, honey and pineapple mustard. Come back for more during the holiday season, when The Courtesy transforms into a Christmas-themed lounge complete with festive cocktails and collectible glasses.
Otto’s High Dive
Sample the flavors of Cuba with a fun local twist at Otto’s High Dive, a new MICHELIN Bib Gourmand restaurant and rum bar in The Milk District. Try the classic Cuba Libre with house-made cola, or get lost in dreamy summer cocktails like the Guava Pastelito (rum, guava, marscapone, vanilla and marzipan), Floridian Slip (tequila, coconut, orange blossom and lime) or Chancleta (mezcal, pineberry, hibiscus, watermelon and salted coconut).
Snag drinks with a heavy dose of nostalgia at 1-Up Orlando, an arcade bar and retro-themed lounge in the heart of downtown Orlando. Pay homage to your favorite pop culture icons with drinks like the Malibu Barbie (rum, peach, citrus and glitter), Flux Incapacitator (scotch, agave, passion fruit and citrus) or Flaming Moe, along with themed craft brews and pizza inspired by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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Fall down the rabbit hole at High T, an Alice in Wonderland-themed lounge with whimsical cocktails like the Flora Persona, a unique bouquet of gin, tea, St. Germain and floral elements served in a teacup. You can also Travel by Hat, play an absinthe-laced tasting game of croquette, and sip on the Knave’s Gambit, a blend of gin, Aperol, raspberry and hibiscus tea made for summer lounging. If you’re dining like royalty, order Off With Their Heads, a rich blood-red blend of Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac, strawberry, balsamic and flamed chartreuse.
Experience Orlando like the locals do at The Neighbors, a laid-back cocktail bar in Orlando’s Audubon Park Garden District. Located on the second floor of East End Market, this lively lounge pays homage to Orlando’s distinct neighborhoods and cultural hotspots, with drinks inspired by the Ivanhoe Village District, Baldwin Park, Lake Eola (pictured) and even Orlando International Airport (MCO).
Mathers Social Gathering
Sip on lavender-honey bathtub gin, absinthe and more prohibition-inspired libations at Mathers Social Gathering, a speakeasy-style lounge in downtown Orlando. The building is over 130 years old, having survived the great fire of 1884, and you can drink to that with The Phoenix, a blend of tequila, jalapeño, mango and lime. Plus, enjoy live adult entertainment in the evenings and half-off house cocktails during their daily social hour.
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Savor a Mediterranean twist on traditional Florida flavors at HAVEN, a dreamlike tropical eatery inside the Lake Nona Wave Hotel. Get a taste of paradise through botanical-inspired cocktails like the Iris 75 (gin, lemon, butterfly tea and brut rosé) or Mix and Match (mezcal, green chartreuse, lime, ginger and matcha topped with fee foam). Lake Nona is located near Orlando International Airport, about 30 minutes south of downtown Orlando.
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One of the newest tiki bars in the Orlando area, Permanent Vacation in Maitland invites you to relax over a selection of fun tropical concoctions with laid-back vacay vibes. Trigger special effects throughout the bar with certain drink orders, like the mezcal-based Volcan de Colima or the smoke-infused Powder Keg. Be sure to make a reservation, as this cozy spot fills up quickly.
Immerse yourself in an Italian cocktail garden at Mangoni, a traditional Italian eatery in historic Winter Garden. Inspired by Italy’s rich flavors and heritage, the cocktail menu features colorful showstoppers like the Limoncello Mojito, amaretto-infused Italian Mule, and toasted marshmallow Espresso Martini. You can also branch out with The Berry Rio, a vodka, raspberry, basil and agave creation inspired by the beaches of Copacabana in Brazil.
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Cool Summer Cocktails in Orlando’s Tourism Districts
Head up to illume on the top floor of the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa near Walt Disney World® Resort for contemporary Japanese cuisine and creative cocktails with fireworks views. We love the Firebird, a delicate drink crafted with Suntory Haku vodka, Tozai sake, cantaloupe, green tea syrup and local ginger jam. If you’re looking for something a little bolder, try the Japanese Manhattan, enhanced with plum wine and yuzu.
Four Flamingos, A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen
For vintage Florida vibes, head to Four Flamingos, A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. Sip on refreshing creations like the Rum Burner, an intoxicating blend of tropical flavors topped with a ginger smoke bubble. Pop it with some fresh citrus to unleash a bright, smoky flavor bomb and engage all your senses.
The Hampton Social
If summer days sipping rosé are your vibe, then soak up the sunshine at The Hampton Social, part of Pointe Orlando in our International Drive Entertainment District. This breezy eatery features coastal-inspired cuisine, drafts, wine and cocktails, from classic peach frosé and oyster shooters to a sparkling blend of strawberry gin, rosé, passion fruit liqueur, lemon and glitter balls named I Glitterally Can’t. Get any signature cocktail served in a giant seashell, perfect for sharing and celebrating The Hampton Social’s signature rosé all day style.
Chill out at ICEBAR Orlando, adjacent to Pointe Orlando, where the bar is kept a constant 22 degrees and the seats, shot glasses and even the walls are made out of ice. Sip on signature cocktails like the Polar Mojito, Flaming Hurricane or Eskimo Rum Punch, then head to the attached Fire Lounge to warm up in style. Rental coats and gloves are provided with admission.
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Known for their delicious fresh seafood and divine waterfront views, The Boathouse at Disney Springs® is the perfect spot for cocktails on the dock. Start with the Duck Duck Razz, a classic blend of raspberry vodka, peach schnapps, blue curacao, simple syrup and lemon. Afterwards, take a page of ducky’s book and head out on the water on a guided amphicar tour around the Disney Springs area.
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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
Escape to Old Havana with hand-crafted mojitos, margaritas, caipirinhas and other vibrant cocktails at Pointe Orlando’s Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar. Fire things up with the new Corazón de Matanzas, made with rum, blackberry, bitters and smoked rosemary, or try the Snow Bird, a chilled drink with tropical flavors of coconut, blood orange and pineapple. Along with live entertainment and dancing on the weekends, this immersive Pointe Orlando eatery offers a fantastic weekday happy hour, with some of their most popular drinks and small plates priced between $4 – $7.
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Margaritaville Resort Orlando
Frozen or on the rocks? That’s the hardest choice you’ll have to make when ordering a frosty treat from Margaritaville Resort Orlando. Enjoy classic rum runners, margaritas and hurricanes by the pool, or head up to Euphoria Bar & Grill for signature drinks and flights with paradise views. You’ll find even more frozen fun a few steps away at Promenade at Sunset Walk, featuring cocktails from Fat Tuesday, El Jefe Tequilas, Estefan Kitchen Orlando and more.
JoJo’s ShakeBAR Orlando serves nostalgic vibes all year long at Pointe Orlando, with playful cocktails, elevated comfort food and a vibrant atmosphere that reminds us of simpler days. Relive treasured summer days at the fair with their Cotton Candy Martini, crafted with vanilla vodka, cream and coconut and topped with a generous helping of cotton candy. You can also score boozy shakes, margarita flights and popsicles inspired by classic summer cocktail flavors like pineapple and watermelon.
Caribe Royale Orlando
For true summer vibes, you really can’t top cocktails served in a coconut. With two kinds of coconut rum, piña colada mix, brown simple syrup and cinnamon, the Coco Loco at AAA Four Diamond resort Caribe Royale Orlando is a summer treat that can’t be beat. Soak up the sun poolside, then head indoors for Cuban-inspired tapas and cocktails at the new Rum Bar.
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