What to Drink

Kiddie cocktails with a kick

Just add alcohol and watch as timeless childhood treats become very adult, and adults turn into kids again! But definitely not like the drinks your mommy made you!

In addition to a dizzying array of frozen and traditional cocktails, margaritas and mojitos served by the glass or pitcher (frozen Captain and Coke!), you can stay cool with Wet Republic Ultrapool’s house-made push-up popsicles, available in three distinctly over-21 flavors: Tequila Lime, Strawberry Margarita and White Russian (a full shot of alcohol in each; $15 for three).

Venus Pool Club has resurrected for this season the fabled, elusive Mojito Cart that debuted along with the adults-only pool five summers ago and then disappeared. After the complimentary frozen grapes and orange slices, enjoy handmade mojitos prepped chaise-side by Venus’ attractive staff. At the bar, also try the flavored mojitos in mango and raspberry ($12, $45 by the pitcher) or the grown-up snow cones laced with Skyy Infusions Vodka in pineapple, grape and cherry ($10).

Remember standing on the corner hawking Country Time lemonade for 5 cents a Dixie cup? The frozen pink lemonade at Daydream Pool Club will take you back, way back—especially after you’ve supersized from 12 ounces ($12) to 20 ounces ($15) or a pitcher ($50).

Arguably one of the most popular poolside sippers is the Miami Vice (a frozen blend of strawberry daiquiri and piña colada mixes with rum). Not one to follow the pack, Bare Pool Lounge prefers to upgrade theirs to real strawberry puree topped with a blend of Captain Morgan Rum, banana and coconut purees ($15, $60 for a pitcher). And it’s perfectly acceptable not to share.

Who says you can’t do food and wine pairings poolside? Too hot for champagne? Rubbish. Skybar, the HRH Beach Club and the Rehab pool bars all offer chilled fruit skewers for two, served with organic açai and berry yogurt dip ($22) as well as ice-cold seedless grapes and strawberries ($8.50). Pair with any of the offered sparklers. Of course, you could always ditch the bubbles and make it a healthful treat, but my God, why?!