by Kate

Are you bored with drinking bottom-of-the-line well liquors and buckets of Coors Light?  We are too, so we thought we’d share some FTLC secrets as to where to score the tastiest libations around Fort Lauderdale.  Our picks are not the cheapest concoctions, nor will they be found at a local dive bar, but they make up for breaking your wallet by stimulating your taste buds and giving you a much-welcomed buzz.  We are thirsty just writing about it!  Here they are (in no particular order):

The Cubeltini – Trina Restaurant & Lounge at the Atlantic Hotel

This signature drink at Trina on Fort Lauderdale’s beachfront is both crisp and refreshing.  Served in a martini glass, the cucumber mint beverage is more like a mojito than a martini.  The energizing coolness of the cucumber as it hits your palate makes this cocktail perfect for a hot summer day.  The Cubeltini is comprised of Belvedere vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, cucumber slices, and refreshing mint. The Cubeltini will set you back $11.

601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.

YOLO, Fort Lauderdale restaurants, specialty drinksThe Devil’s Hammer – YOLO

As the satanic name suggests, you may be ‘praying’ to the porcelain god if you consume too many Devil’s Hammers.  YOLO sets a limit of three of the ever-so-popular cocktails per customer and we can vouch for why you should follow this rule.  The Devil’s Hammer is made with tequila, cherry-infused bourbon, agave nectar, orange and lime juice, and a sprig of mint.  Until recently you were able to order this cocktail extra spicy but YOLO has since replaced the hot red peppers with a much more mild and dull green pepper – but still worth a shot.  The Devil’s Hammer costs $12, and never mind the limit of three, after $36 you’ll probably want to switch to something less pricey.

333 E. Las Olas Blvd.

Cucumber Watermelon Martini – Himmarshee Side Bar

One of the most frequently ordered cocktails at Himmarshee Side Bar is the Cucumber Watermelon Martini.  This martini is a mix of tequila, sweet & sour mix, simple syrup, fresh watermelon (giving it a thick consistency), and cucumber.  It is difficult to have only one of these martinis, so go during happy hour when they are 2-4-1!  The Cucumber Watermelon Martini will cost you $12.

210 S.W. 2nd St.

Prickly Pear Margarita – Canyon

Canyon is a quaint and dimly lit southwestern restaurant that serves up one of the finest cocktails in town, the Prickly Pear Margarita.  The restaurant is very secretive about divulging the ingredients but we can guess it is made up of tequila, Cointreau, prickly pear-infused simple syrup, lime juice, and sugar or salt for a garnish.  Whether you are waiting at the bar for a table or enjoying one of these famous margaritas with your dinner, the Prickly Pear Margarita is always a crowd-pleaser and a drink that will keep you coming back.  The price tag on Canyon’s delicious cocktail: $10.

1818 E. Sunrise Blvd.

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