Nothing screams summer in Delaware like a refreshing cocktail, made even better if enjoyed while sitting on the water. We’ve rounded up some of the top drinks that are sure to cool you off after a day of fun in the sun.
Orange Crush – This is it. No drink says summer in Delaware better than the Orange Crush. The Starboard in Dewey Beach is the place to get one. If you’re in Bethany Beach, try Mango’s. And if you’re trying to keep your bikini bod, make yours “skinny” by trading out lemon-lime soda for seltzer. Mix it up and try a grapefruit crush or the Lemon crush at Bethany Blues.
Dewey Devil – This drink is a staple at some of the Delaware Beaches’ most popular nightspots, like Northbeach. The frozen mixture includes ingredients like strawberries and cream. And it is best sipped slowly to avoid brain freeze. Want to cool off with wine instead of liquor? Try Northbeach’s frozen Rose wine, F’rose.
Beach Buckets – A bucket of drinks usually involves bottles of beer, but not at Big Chill Beach Club at Delaware Seashore State Park. This beach hot spot serves up four delicious, rum-based concoctions in a 32 oz Beach Bucket. Enjoy one by yourself, or share, as you watch the sun set over the Indian River Inlet Bridge.
Swamp Water – Normally swamp water isn’t the kind of thing you’d want to drink. But at Boondocks near Smyrna, it’s a must-try. Served in a mason jar and colored a distinct shade of green, this beverage is a perfect complement to the restaurant’s famous crabs.
If you visit Agave in the summer time, you are likely to have a little wait, so we suggest using that time to decide which of their many delicious tequila cocktails you are going to try. The Avocado Cilantro and the Sweet Heat are guaranteed not to disappoint. And you can’t go wrong with the Original Agave margarita.
Bloody Mary Bar- need a little hair of the dog, stop by the Starboard to experience “The Best Bloody Mary Bar at the Beach”. Start with their signature gourmet Bloody Mary mix and then choose from the countless options to make your perfect drink.
Mango’s Jumbo Punch – Made to be shared, Mango’s in Bethany Beach serves their signature rum punch cocktail in a giant glass to share amongst friends! Or try one of their other specialty cocktails served in fun souvenir glasses.
Can’t decide between a margarita or a glass of sangria? You don’t have to at Santa Fe Mexican Grill in Newark. Just ask for a Sangrita, a frozen margarita/sangria blend, or one of their many other frozen margarita’s will be sure to help cool you off on a hot summer day.
Vin-O-Slush – Combine the crisp wine of a Delaware on Tap mainstay, Salted Vines with the feeling of drinking a Slurpee from 7-11, and you have the Vin-O-Slush. Make sure to come back each month as they introduce a new Vino-O-Slush monthly.
Trying to look good in the bathing suite but still want to enjoy a summer beverage? Try Dogfish Head’s SeaQuench Ale, a super-refreshing hybrid sour beer that tastes like lime, and is only 140 calories and 9 carbs per 12 oz. serving.