7/23/2013 10:15:00 AM

Special Summer Cocktails at Le Castagne, Davio’s and McGillin's

Special summer drinks? Twist our arm. Le Castagne in Rittenhouse has come up with a fruity twist on the house limoncello, and made a batch with Stoli blueberry vodka. After infusing the vodka with lemon zest for a week, it’s boiled down with sugar to make the classic Southern Italian liqueur, and then shaken over ice and served as a martini. A mini trip to the Amalfi coast in a glass ($12; 215-751-9913).

At Davio’s around the corner, limoncello is starring in a new spiked lemonade. Muddled with fresh basil, lemon wedges and bitters, the liqueur is cut with club soda for a tall, refreshing sip. The drink is $11 and is available through August 31 (215-563-4810).

McGillin’s Olde Ale House is having fun with the “Summer Reading List” cocktail menu, on which each drink is named after a famous novel. The Grape Gatsby, for example, pairs champagne with red grapefruit juice and Campari, and the Tequila Mockingbird mixes tequila and creme de menthe with houses sour mix for a minty margarita. Best of all, no drink costs more than $8 (215-735-5562).


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