Cool Your Desert Thirst in Rancho Mirage
When it’s hotter than a match head, and you feel like you’re seven inches from the midday sun, you want a way to beat the heat. Rancho Mirage has 10 super chill drinks to quench your desert thirst. Here’s just the thing to cool you down. Come on, raise a glass!
Flavored Teas – Haus of Poké (42500 Bob Hope Dr. #3, 760-636-1892): Find a taste of Hawaii right here in SoCal. In addition to poké bowls, poké burritos, Spam musubi, and handrolls, you’ll find refreshment on the menu with ice-cold flavored teas: green tea, jasmine green tea, and black tea. Select from different add-ons such as aloe vera jelly, boba, or lychee coconut jelly, or sweeten it up with eight different syrups.
Sandía Loca Smoothie – Juice It Up! (72877 Dinah Shore Dr., 760-202-7713): Cold, refreshing, and healthy, it’s a win-win-win! Available for a limited time, this smoothie is a delicious blend of strawberries, watermelon juice, lime sherbet, and Tajín. It will cool you down and is also an excellent source of Vitamin C.
Yogurt Teas – Dragon Lili Boba Bar (42452 Bob Hope Dr. #2, 760-895-4188): Newly opened in March, Dragon Lili Boba Bar has 50 different tea variations. Head in for the yogurt tea made with green tea and Yakult yogurt. Select from 14 different flavors, including mango, hibiscus, peach, watermelon, and more. Other menu options include fruit milk teas, fruit teas, frozen teas, and flavored coffee. Each is made exactly as you want it. They customize to your liking, including the sweetness level.
Halo Halo – Apong’s Philly Steak (71800 Highway 111 Ste. A-1222, 760-565-6773): Don’t let the name throw you; it’s not all about sandwiches here. This family-owned and operated restaurant boasts several Filipino dishes and drinks. Cool off with a Halo Halo, a very popular summertime treat in the Philippines. It’s made with shaved ice, ice cream, evaporated milk, ube, beans, bananas, and other fruits.
Toffee Milkshake – Brandini Toffee (42560 Bob Hope Dr., 760-200-1598): If you’re looking for a bit of heaven on earth, find it in a 12-ounce cup at this family-owned candy shop. Owner Brandon Weimer started making shakes for himself with leftover pieces of toffee. Now you can indulge in a chocolate or vanilla toffee shake topped with a scoop of toffee crumbles.
Margarita – Maracas Cantina (72775 Dinah Shore Dr., 760-321-1001): Whether you like them shaken or blended, this is one of the best places to find your favorite margarita. With more than 100 different tequilas, it may be a tough decision on what to select. Get the classic if you love the classic, but here’s a summertime suggestion: watermelon basil margarita. Be sure to take advantage of great plates, too. Happy Hour is all day long at the bar (4-7 p.m. in other parts of the restaurant).
Craft Beer – Babe’s Bar-b-que & Brewhouse (71800 CA-111 Ste. A-176, 760-346-8738): A frosty cold beer always seems to hit the spot on a hot summer’s day. But why settle for just any beer when you could get your hands on an award-winning craft brew? Sit in the shade (or the air-conditioning) at the Coachella Valley’s oldest and most awarded brewery. Try the Belgian Vanilla Blonde, winner of a bronze medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival, or the BlackFin Lager, which took home the first-place prize at the California State Fair in 2015.
Sangria – Las Casuelas Nuevas (70050 CA-111, 760-328-8844): Since 1973, the Delgado family has been serving traditional, home-style recipes and a fantastic array of beverages. Cool down with Sangria, a refreshing blend of red wine, juices, cordials, and soda, and garnished with fresh fruit.
Martini – Shame on the Moon (69950 Frank Sinatra Dr., 760-324-5515): When you’re on Frank Sinatra Drive, why not have a drink ol’ blue eyes would have enjoyed here in the desert. Sinatra reportedly preferred Beefeater Gin martini with just a splash of vermouth and served on the rocks ice cold. You can order up a gin martini if you prefer the Rat Pack ways, but Shame on the Moon specializes in dirty vodka martinis made with top-shelf vodka offerings like Grey Goose or Tito’s. Start your weekend early with Thirsty Thursdays and raise a glass with Racquet Club Spirits.
Mango Creamsicle – Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa (41-000 Bob Hope Dr., 760-568-2727): The ultimate way to cool down in 100-degree heat has to be poolside. Hotel guests who enjoy the meandering lazy river, sandy beach pool, or the adults-only Azure Pool can tap the bartender at the Splash Bar for this refreshing cocktail that blends Pinnacle vodka with mango and tops a glass with a frozen strawberry puree.
Find other great beverages as well as spectacular eats all across town at Rancho Mirage restaurants and resorts.