818 S. Water St.
not only offers one of the hottest dance floors in Milwaukee
(regardless of the season), with its tango/salsa/rock nights, but it
also has a spacious river frontage backyard for sipping a Summer
Paradise. Prepared by mixologist Betty Vasquez, this soothing delight
features a standard rum (or flavored Malibu if ratcheting up the
fruitiness), with peach schnapps, triple sec and splashes of colorful
orange, pineapple and cranberry juices for sweetness. Swirled over ice
in a pint glass, Vasquez’s romantic beverage is garnished with an
orange wedge and topped with a cherry. "Perfect," sighs
every Adam to his Eve, as yachts cruise along the fringes of Walker’s
229 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha
supper clubbing, Waukesha residents flock to Eric’s for porterhouse,
ribeye, filet mignon and strip steak. No carnivore forgets to add bleu
cheese or cracked peppercorns as deluxe complements to all that juicy
tenderness. Neither does owner Eric Holm hold back on his summer drink
specialties. His Moscow Mule has a punch delivered by a liberal
serving of Svedka vodka (or any other label requested from the backbar),
7-Up, and fresh lime. The Mule is served in a chilly copper cup,
excellent for cooling down on a steamy night. As for nonalcoholic
beverages, Holm can amazingly reverse a traditional Cuban style
daiquiri into a strawberry virgin merely by sans the rum. Blended with
cracked ice and whipped cream, this smoothie becomes a drink of choice
to turn wild into mild.
346 N. Broadway
Lolling atop the
Benelux upper deck on a soft summer morn is what the word
"kickback" truly symbolizes. Hearty coffee, a hefty weekend
newspaper to peruse, friendly chat, invigorating juice and a monster
Dutch-style crepe called a pannenkocken are well suited to a marvelous
Sunday brunch. Rounding out the perfection is a Mo-Mosa concocted by
bar manager Stacy Bemowski. She mingles Trocadero Brut Blanc de Blancs,
that renowned fizzy champagne from the Savoie region of the French
Alps, with Cuvee des Jacobins. The latter is a sour Belgian beer with
a tart cherry kick. This sparkly wake-up resolves any lingering
morning-after regrets. Served in a champagne glass, the bubbly comes
garnished with a crimson, sweet maraschino.
Le R ve
Patisserie & Café
7610 Harwood Ave.
manager Julie Gostisha has just the thing for a hot afternoon in Tosa.
Her Amour Rouge martini is sure to make life bearable when the heat
melts asphalt. Included in this frosty wonder are muddled raspberries,
passion fruit, lime juice, cranberry juice and Absolut Mandarin vodka.
But let’s say it’s a rainy, cool p.m., when thoughts turn more
cozy despite the midyear month. Le R ve’s own hot chocolate saves
the day, concocted with award-winning, supremely smooth Valrhona
chocolate from France’s Rhone Valley, plus milk and luxurious fresh
cream. All dolled atop with additional whipped cream for even more
2265 S. Howell Ave.
A funky Lulu
sangria by bar manager Chuy Contreras takes the intense flavor of a
quality lambrusco, swirls it with triple sec, brandy and secret fruit
juices. He then adds an avalanche of ice rocks in a flourish
guaranteed to make summer bearable. His trad hand-muddled mojito fixin’s
are also worth walking through the seasonal fire to quaff. Have two.
After all, you’re so hot and they’re so cool.