Cool down with these local summer sippers
“Sacramento: City of Thirst.”
That’s what the Freeport Water Tower should read when the weather hits triple-digits. The good news is Sacramento has no shortage of beverages to keep you refreshed when the heat otherwise feels like hell. Reach for these five summer sippers:
Lava flow ($8)
Hide from Sacramento’s sweltering humanity at Jungle Bird. Settle into this tiki oasis and nurse a Lava Flow, the tropical classic that blends strawberry daiquiri and piña colada for a righteous brain freeze. 2516 J St.; (916) 476-3280.
Sacramento Treat ($5)
Fifty Midtown points if you cooled off with Sacramento Treat during the 1990s while debating The Loft vs. Old Ironsides. Those days might be long gone, but the Sacramento Treat and its janky take on a Hefeweizen (cheap beer, lemon wedge and ice) gets a proper homage at Mother as a classic 916 outdoor beverage. Yah Mos vinyl not included. 1023 K St.; (916) 594-9812.
Sidework Lager ($4-$6)
Save those IPAs for another day. The furnace blast of Sacramento summers call for something less bombastic on the taste buds when it comes to beer. So, pass on the Pliny and opt for a Sidework Lager at Urban Roots Brewing ($4-$6) that’ll quench your thirst with a moderate 4.2% alcohol level. 1322 V St.; (916) 706-3741.
River City Root Beer ($1.99)
Speaking of (non-alcoholic) beer, River City Root Beer ($1.99) hangs with the best of them given its foamy head, spicy kick and fizzy carbonation. For a hella local root beer float, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream—Gunther’s, of course—and cool down while satiating your sweet tooth. Available at Nugget Markets.
St. Rey Petillant Naturel Chenin Blanc ($35)
Summer in Sacramento just about screams for chenin blanc, the white wine grape that grows especially well in the Delta. The 2017 St. Rey Petillant Naturel Chenin Blanc ($35) comes with a touch of fizz and citrus flavors that’ll refresh your palate like a dip at Clunie Pool. 610 Harbor Boulevard in West Sacramento.