Drunken Palmer

Cool off with a Drunk’n Palmer at McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links.

With the hot sun, the hot sand and the even hotter nightlife, it’s easy to work up a serious sweat in South Jersey during the summer months. And while there are plenty of ways to cool down, few things hit the spot in a more perfect way than an expertly mixed, ice cold cocktail. Here are a few of the best spots to grab one from this summer.

The Georgia Peach

Back Bay Ale House makes for a great spot to sip a drink in the warmer months with its large outdoor bar which overlooks the beauty of Gardner’s Basin. But if you are going to make the trip out here, you really need to order yourself one of their signature Basin Masons. Though mason jar cocktails are fairly common these days, the ones at Back Bay are not, as you can get them in either 16 or 32 ounces and in an incredible variety of flavors. And while it’s nearly impossible to go wrong with any of their tasty options, our pick is the Georgia Peach — it starts with fresh muddled peaches and mint, then comes Tito’s Vodka, peach schnapps, Sprite and club soda. Pure summer bliss. Back Bay Ale House is located at 800 N. New Hampshire Ave. in Atlantic City. Go to Back BayAleHouse.com.

The Rip Tip

Perhaps no casino on the boardwalk embraces its beachfront location quite like Ocean Casino Resort. From the massive walls of windows, one can watch the waves crash and the seagulls steal food from distracted sunbathers under the warmth of the summer sun. The perfect drink to complement this scene is the Rip Tip, which can be found at Lobby Bar. It blends Cruzan Estate Light Rum, Blue Curacao, pineapple, lime juice and coconut water. It all adds up to a taste of paradise. Ocean Casino Resort is located at 500 Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Go to TheOceanAC.com.

Watermelon Mojito

Brigantine doesn’t offer a ton in the way of bars, but Laguna Grill is so good, you might not really need any other options anyway. Set directly on the sand, one can sip drinks while lounging in Adirondack chairs and listening to the sounds of any one of the amazing list of live bands they have each week throughout the season. And what better way to put you in the mood to groove than with a tasty summer sipper such as their watermelon mojito, a heavenly mix of Bayou Silver Rum, Watermelon Pucker, fresh mint, fresh-squeezed lime juice and a splash of soda. Laguna Grill and Rum Bar is located at 1400 Ocean Ave. in Brigantine. Go to LagunaGrill AndRumBar.com.

Orange Crush

Although Ocean City may not be the best host for those who love a cocktail, the good news is that Somers Point is right on the other side of the bridge, where you can indulge as much as you like without issue (just don’t drive home afterwards of course). Those looking for a fun outdoor spot may want to head over to Crabby Jack’s, the outdoor deck bar located just behind The Crab Trap. Crabby Jack’s offers a nice mix of tasty summer libations, but our favorite is the classic Orange Crush, a combination of Stoli O, fresh-squeezed orange juice, triple sec and a splash of Sprite which their website declares to be “the official Crabby Jack’s summer drink.” Crabby Jacks is located at 2 Broadway, Somers Point. Go to CrabbyJacks.com.

The Drunk’n Palmer

Golf is as much a social activity as it is a sport. And when sharing a day on the links with friends, the rolling green hills and serene vibe at McCullough’s combine to produce the picture perfect atmosphere in which to indulge in their delicious summer cocktail, the Drunk’n Palmer. The Drunk’n Palmer starts with Stoli O and adds triple sec, sweet iced tea and lemonade. It’s a perfect hole in one. McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links is located at 3016 Ocean Heights Ave in Egg Harbor Township. Go to McCulloughsGolf.com.

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