Thursday, September 12, 2013

Palm Springs Summer Cocktails

Palm Springs California

Sadly summer is drawing to a close.  If you aren't ready to give up the sun, a seat by the pool, and a frosty beverage, head to Palm Springs where the warm temperatures continue far into autumn and the cocktails always flow.  On a recent girls’ trip to Palm Springs, I had a chance to sample a number of signature cocktails perfect for a hot day, no matter the season.  While Palm Springs does not lack for variety in the alcoholic beverage department, or places to enjoy them, the following were some of our favorites.

We stayed at the lovely Viceroy Palm Springs, which is ideally located in downtown Palm Springs.  The hotel is gorgeous and has two important components, a fully stocked bar with a large and varied cocktail menu, and drink service by the pool.  Our favorite frozen beverage was the Chill Out Limeade, made with Citron Vodka, lemonade, and fresh mint.  Since it was a steamy 120 degrees, this cocktail was a welcome refreshment both day and night.  We also enjoyed the Pomelo Italiano, made with grapefruit vodka, Campari, and a splash of grapefruit juice, with a sugared rim, and the St. Germain Champagne, made with St. Germain Elder Flower Liqueur and champagne.

Viceroy Palm Springs California
The Viceroy Palm Springs' Citron Bar and Chill Out Limeade
We ate dinner one night at Trio, a fun restaurant decorated all in orange.  They have many standard cocktails as well as some more inventive ones.  Their best offering was the Spatini, made with Pearl Cucumber Vodka, agave, and a splash of lime juice. It truly tasted like a day at the spa in a glass.  One sip and all muscles in the body relax.  Some other interesting concoctions on Trio’s menu include the Some Like It Hot, with Stoli Jalapeno Vodka, Triple Sec, agave, lime juice, green Tabasco, and a splash of orange juice, and the Rootbeer Float, with organic root beer liqueur, Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka, and whipped cream.

Trio Palm Springs California
Trio's bar and the star of the show, the Spatini
Our last visited location for fun cocktails was SpurLine Video Lounge, a fabulous gay bar with nights set aside strictly for show tunes.  Sure you could order any regular cocktail here, but why would you, when they offer Frozen Bacardi Cherry Bombs, straight from the machine?  Perhaps not the classiest cocktail, but it’s like a slushy for grownups, and if that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.

SpurLine Video Lounge Palm Springs California
Frozen Bacardi Cherry Bombs
(goes great with sunburn)
I can’t wait to visit Palm Springs again to try more, but I’m afraid it’s going to be hard to beat these excellent combinations.  Luckily Palm Springs has so many months of warm weather there will be ample opportunities to return.

Katherine Belarmino has been traveling for over ten years on a quest to see as much of the world as possible, experience new cultures, and sample other cuisines and libations. She also writes the travel blog Travel the World, which journals her world travels with her husband Romeo and seeks to encourage others to take the time to travel.