Melbourne’s must-try summer drinks

From freezling and frozen Aperol spritz to the Sharknado cocktail, we’ve found the cold drinks that are so hot right now.

Bubble tea cocktails at Twenty Pho Seven

Vietnamese food gets a cool makeover at Twenty Pho Seven Restaurant, where you can slurp pho round the clock with Bruce Lee. Well, a mural of the kung-fu master at least. And choose your own bubble tea cocktail adventure too, starting with the flavour, like lychee or mango. Then pick a tea (green, black or milky), a topping (rainbow jelly, please!) and an alcohol, such as sake or white rum. Their frappes, including matcha, young coconut and Oreo flavours, are summertime winners too!

Freezling at The Boatbuilders Yard

Frosé is so last summer! The super-chilled wine-based drink soon to be on everyone’s lips is freezling: frozen Riesling, citrus and white peach. Get it at The Boatbuilders Yard, the South Wharf cafe-bar that’s also doing great summer-casual food like fish burgers. Plus they’re hosting a pop-up Aperol Tennis Club during the Australian Open – because Aperol spritz is still a summer essential in 2019.

A woman sitting down holding a cocktail in front of her lap

Freezling at the Boatbuilders Yard

Frozen pina colada at Arbory Afloat

On warm days and balmy nights, any drink tastes good with prosciutto and melon or a cold seafood platter at Arbory Afloat. But if you’ve nabbed seats at Melbourne’s ultimate in alfresco riverside wining and dining, why not make it a frozen pina colada? Pampero Añejo rum, fresh pineapple and coconut cream, all chilled to a pleasant Antarctic temperature and served in a fun pineapple-shaped glass. We also love Arbory’s watermelon sangria and frozen jalapeno margarita.

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Frozen treats at Arbory Afloat

Frozen Aperol spritz at The Moat Bar & Cafe

Always a chill haven under the State Library, The Moat Bar & Cafe is currently bringing things down a few more notches. In a Melbourne first, the ultimate summer drink is taking a dip in the freezer – but only until 31 January. So hot-foot it if you want to sip a frozen Aperol spritz with some canapes among the ferns.

Spritz and cicchetti at Brunetti

Drop by Brunetti City in Flinders Lane for Brunetti Aperitivo Italiano. $20 gets you a drink, cicchetti all night and live entertainment. The cicchetti menu includes arancini, olive ascolane, crostini misti, prosciutto e melone and pizza e focaccia con prosciutto. Drinks include multiple spritz flavours, Negroni, Americano, Bellini, and rosé, with extra drinks just $10. Fridays 25 January and 1 February (also on offer at Brunetti Carlton on 1 February).

Twelve drinks lined up on top of a bar, each a different colour

The Spritz lineup at Brunetti

Watermelon margarita punch at Hello Jose

West Melbourne’s Hello Jose has peeled back their Cerveza Garden marquee roof and gone loco with Mexican bunting and fairy lights. Boosting the summer fiesta mood is the ceviche totopos special: hand-made tortilla corn chips, topped with guacamole, fresh lime and chilli ceviche. It gets better, amigos, because they’re also doing watermelon margarita punch jugs. Like summer itself, you’ll never want this tropical mix of Herradura Plata tequila, watermelon, pineapple and mint to end.

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Margaritas at Hello Jose

Summer cocktails at Akachochin

South Wharf’s modern izakaya serves delicious little Japanese dishes perfect for nibbling with drinks by the water as the sun goes down. And team Akachochin are as serious about cocktails as they are about crab croquettes, with a refreshing selection made just for summer. Will you go the Nippon sour, a pretty in pink mix of raspberry, amaretto, lemon and egg white, topped with strawberry? The Momoshu Champagne cocktail, whose key ingredient is Japanese peach liqueur? Or a strawberry gin mojito? Kanpai!

Caipirinha at B Churrasco

Shake up the summer barbecue experience at B Churrasco, which does Brazilian-style barbecue complete with sword-sized skewers cooked over an open fire. That’s going to make you thirsty, so carry on the theme with Brazil’s favourite cocktail, the caipirinha. It’s made with cachaça (fermented sugar-cane spirit), fresh lime, sugar and ice, but you can switch the lime for another summer fruit. Make it a Friday or Saturday night, when there’s live-and-relaxed Portuguese music.

Honolua Bay Sharknado at Hana

Named after a winding coastal highway in Hawaii, Hana is the CBD’s tropical escape specialising in beachy bar snacks and tiki cocktails. Which drinky will you get with those crispy prawns or Maui sushi? From Koki Beach daiquiris to Hana coladas, they all refresh like Waikiki waves, but who can resist the audacious Honolua Bay Sharknado? Dark rum, Cointreau, orgeat syrup, passionfruit, lime and orange, served in a big shark’s head cup. Yes, it’s Jaws-dropping …

A glass shaped like a sharks head, it's mouth open with a paper umbrella in it

The Sharknado

Please drink responsibly.