Gazedibles: Summer sips

It is time once again to pull out last year’s bathing suit and grimace at the thought of being seen in it. Just like our wardrobes, so too go our drinks. A new season of deliciously cool and intoxicating drinks are rolling in at our favorite bars and restaurants. Try a couple and you might even be willing to wear that swimsuit in public!

By Greg Elwell 

Photos by Garett Fisbeck

To Curry Favor at Savings & Loan Co. (Garett Fisbeck)

To Curry Favor at Savings & Loan Co. (Garett Fisbeck)

Savings & Loan Co.

423 NW 23rd St.

facebook.com/savingsandloan

405-492-7753

There is an art to making weird cocktails that are deeply delicious, and there’s no better place in Oklahoma City to find them than Savings & Loan Co. Despite changes in management, the staff at S&L remains the same, which means they can still create a tasty beverage, like creamy, spicy To Curry Favor.

¡Adios Felicitas! at Revolución Taqueria & Cantina (Garett Fisbeck)

¡Adios Felicitas! at Revolución Taqueria & Cantina (Garett Fisbeck)

Revolución Taqueria & Cantina

916 NW Sixth St.

revolucionokc.com

405-606-6184

Hola, Revolución! This cool downtown restaurant is the place to find a fine assortment of tacos, but it’s also one heck of a bar thanks to owner and cocktail connoisseur Rachel Cope. This season, Revolución is ready to start a party in your mouth with ¡Adios Felicitas!, a cool, crisp burst of summer flavors with a sturdy punch of alcohol. Order another round of tacos — it’s going to be a fun night.

Cucumber Cosmo, Straberry Jalapeño Margarita, and Creole Club Special at Brent’s Cajun Seafood & Oyster Bar (Garett Fisbeck)

Cucumber Cosmo, Straberry Jalapeño Margarita, and Creole Club Special at Brent’s Cajun Seafood & Oyster Bar (Garett Fisbeck)

Brent’s Cajun Seafood & Oyster Bar

3005 S. Broadway, Edmond

brentscajunseafood.com

405-285-0911

However you choose to treat the bon temps, you’ll want to rouler into Brent’s Cajun Seafood & Oyster Bar in Edmond. In addition to Cajun and Creole favorites, Brent’s also has a wonderful bar. Seasonal cocktails include a crispy, cool Cucumber Cosmo, a sweet-and-spicy strawberry-jalapeño Margarita and Brent’s sparkling Creole Club Special.

Thai Fighter at The R&J Lounge and Supper Club (Garett Fisbeck)

Thai Fighter at The R&J Lounge and Supper Club (Garett Fisbeck)

The R&J Lounge and Supper Club

320 NW 10th St.

rjsupperclub.com

405-602-5066

Rebel scum and Empire loyalists alike will find much to love when they order the Thai Fighter. You won’t have to Force (get it?) down this flavorful cocktail, infused with herbal notes of basil and sweet-and-sour lime. Blast through hyperspace over to The R&J Lounge and Supper Clup for a drink and a plate of coq au vin. If it’s too crowded inside, grab a seat on the patio and enjoy your cold drink on a warm, sunny day.

Blackberry Club Special and Ginger Mojito at Cafe 501 (Garett Fisbeck)

Blackberry Club Special and Ginger Mojito at Cafe 501 (Garett Fisbeck)

Cafe 501

5825 NW Grand Blvd.

cafe501.com

405-844-1501

There must be a surplus of talent at Cafe 501. How else does one explain its always-satisfying lunch, brunch and dinner menus, its monthly cocktail dinners and its innovative bar? It’s an embarrassment of riches all around, but one you’ll definitely enjoy swimming in, Scrooge McDuck-style. New for the warmer weather are the blackberry club special and ginger mojito, using high-end liquors and housemade syrups to tantalize your taste buds.

3 Mile Island Iced Tea at Bunker Club (Garett Fisbeck)

3 Mile Island Iced Tea at Bunker Club (Garett Fisbeck)

Bunker Club

433 NW 23rd St.

bunkerclubokc.com

405-702-8898

Sound the alarm! Every OKC summer is a meltdown, but new Uptown 23rd hotspot Bunker Club offers nuclear-powered fun to cool you down. Its twist on a Long Island iced tea, the 3 Mile Island Iced Tea, uses vodka infused with Urban Teahouse tea and Meyer lemon mixed with gin, rum, cola syrup and Dust Cutter lemonade. Order one and enjoy Cold War nostalgia from the safety of the Bunker.

Jam Session at Whiskey Cake (Garett Fisbeck)

Jam Session at Whiskey Cake (Garett Fisbeck)

Whiskey Cake

1845 Northwest Expressway

whiskeycakeokc.com

405-582-2253

The word “whiskey” didn’t end up in its name by accident. Whiskey Cake is equal parts bar and restaurant. While it’s easy to get focused on the food — try the wood-grilled pork brisket steak if you haven’t already — ignoring the seasonal cocktail menu is to your detriment. Look for summer-friendly cocktails, including sweet-and-boozy Jam Session. This blend of gin, lemon juice and spiced agave syrup is a lovely way to while away a warm May afternoon.

Greg is the Gazette's full-time food writer and reviewer. He goes to restaurants a lot. He orders three entrees and gets funny looks and then takes out his camera and people are like, "Ugh. This guy." Greg is writing this right now and it feels weird to keep referring to myself in the third person. On Twitter and Instagram: @Elwelleats

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