Perfect drinks for a hot summer night, we’ve rounded up the top 3 local drinks of each category: Cocktails, Beer, and Wine. If you go out to try one of these delightful drinks, make sure to mention this blog! After trying one, let us know what you think in the comments below, or share your own local favorites!
ST. Pimm’s Tea – Frogs Leap Public House | Waynesville, NC
A sweeter take on the traditional drink of Wimbledon, this lightly sweetened drink with strong notes of lemon will be sure to quench your thirst. Certainly a good choice for a midday indulgence when you’re in the need of something refreshing. Frogs Leap is a short walk from the main drag of downtown Waynesville and has a cozy bar separate from their dining area. The warm rustic decor creates a relaxed environment and especially romantic date night spot. This restaurant has been a staple in Waynesville since 2011, owned by a husband and wife duo, Toni and Kaighn Raymond. If St. Pimm’s Tea isn’t your cup of tea, ask the bartender, Ashley, what she may recommend from their 10 additional specialty cocktails including a Mystic’s Julep, Ginger Remedy, and a Spring Sangria. When your tummy starts a rumblin’ be sure to order from their fresh farm to table menu items of which 30-40% of the main dishes are prepared in their wood burning stove!
Taste: Light, slightly sweet, refreshing
Vibe: Dressy, romantic, rustic, cozy
Mint Julep – Southern Porch | Canton, NC
Classic summer drink and longtime staple of derby races and women with large floppy hats for nearly a century now. Made with fresh mint that is grown on location at Southern Porch.
Take your drink to their large, dog friendly, outdoor patio or any one of the 3 balconies accompanied with rocking chairs overlooking the patio. Southern Porch has made an impressive name for themselves in downtown Canton having just celebrated their one year anniversary of being open this past April. This summer’s cocktail list boasts 13 available cocktails.
Taste: Minty, bourbon aftertaste
Vibe: Casual to dressy, relaxed
Passion Fruit Mojito – Sweet Onion | Waynesville, NC
Prepare your tastebuds for a delightful tropical adventure, experiencing a flavor that is not overly sweet complimented by refreshing carbonation. Made with mint grown on the property!
Sweet Onion will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary this July and has become a favorite date night spot among locals and visitors alike. There is a small separate bar that can accompany 8 people if you do not wish to dine in, and an open air kitchen if you decide to grab dinner or lunch. If you come in for the Mojito, be sure to check out all 7 of their summer cocktails including a Strawberry Basil Margarita, French Ginger Snap, and Kentucky Mule. Manager Virginia Weaver proudly states that Dan Elliot, Co-owner/GM, and Doug Weaver, Co-Owner/Head Chef, have a record for making it 2 years before they’ve to run a repeat special of the day on the menu. Virginia also recommends the shrimp tacos or the sesame seared ahi tuna appetizers to compliment your Mojito.
Taste: tropical, fruity, lightly sweet, bubbly
Vibe: Casual, date night spot
Blouberg Vin Blanc – Classic Wineseller | Waynesville, NC
“Made in South Africa to drink on the beach.” – Richard Millar, Owner. This wine is his best selling summer drink, and you can trust his advice, he’s owned the Classic Wineseller for 20 years now. For the best flavor experience, chill, then let sit out of refrigerator for 5-10 minutes before consuming. If you’d like to taste other wines you can purchase a flight from their menu. Catch some live music on Friday and Saturday with dinner starting at 6pm.
Vibe: Intimate, romantic, lively
Ostatu Rosado – Bosu’s Wine Shop | Waynesville, NC
“Close your eyes and you won’t believe it’s pink, open them, and drink the rest of the bottle.” – Maleah Pusz, Co-Owner. This Spanish wine is as far away from a white zinfandel as you can get. Bosu’s is known as the “secret wine company” as most of their advertising is done through word of mouth. Bosu, pronounced “bow-sue” was named after the original owners Bob & Sue. Maleah and Tony Gaddis have now owned the store for 4 years and enjoy the community environment it provides. Currently the Rosado is available by the glass for $5 but they constantly keep wines in the rotation, if the Rosado is not available these wine connoisseurs will recommend a similar tasting wine. Every friday you can come in for the wine bar from 5-8pm or enjoy their retail space from 10-6 Tuesday-Saturday. Check out their website for events or schedule yourself a tasting.
Cost: $5/glass $14/bottle
Taste: Crisp, dry, light
Vibe: Warm, funky, community driven
Rapid Rocks Chardonnay – B & C Winery | Maggie Valley, NC
Smooth taste with balanced notes of vanilla oak and spices, this wine will win you over with the first drop. Owners Bob and Chris Choinski have been making wine in house for 5 years, outsourcing overstocked ingredients from vineyards all over the county. Now offering 40, yes, FORTY different types of wine, Chris said winemaking came naturally to them since they both have a chemist background. Bob and Chris used to own their own pharmacy that eventually led them into the wine industry, which they say compliments the skill of blending, fermenting, and creating flavors of wine. Have a crowd? You can place a reservation (maximum of 20 participants) for a wine tasting, $20/person, and includes 5 wines with their food pairings. You can alternatively taste any 3 wines for $9.
Cost: $7/glass $16/bottle
Taste: Smooth, buttery
Vibe: Bright, cheery
Kettle soured beer that takes just a few short weeks to reach it’s ideal flavor, this California treat is for the sour beer lovers and currently on tap. “Gose” is pronounced “go-za”, not “goose.” Tom Anastasia opened his shop in October 2016 in the up and coming area of Hazelwood. Not only did he want to provide the best beer and wine options to his community, he also wanted to give them a chance to brew their own beer. In his shop you can buy ingredients for your home brew kits or a full starter pack if you’re new to the brewing world. Currently there are 10 beers on draft that change as soon as the keg is tapped. Stop by on a Thursday evening for acoustic jam sessions, either bringing your own instrument or simply enjoying the tunes and draft specials.
Cost: Price varies for pour sizes
Taste: Tart, crisp, tangy
Vibe: Industrial, cozy
Hounds of Helles Lager – Boojum Taproom | Waynesville, NC
Munich style lager that presents a light flavor perfect for a first drink of the day, and very easy to consume. Boojum Taproom is located on Waynesville’s Main Street and has been making waves in the beer-obsessed community of North Carolina. They just recently opened their dog friendly back deck complete with a fire pit, making this the perfect summer go-to spot. The Taproom has 16 beers on tap, of which Chris Lowe, Taproom Manager, also recommends their Jalapeno IPA and Hop Fiend IPA for summer sippin’.
Taste: Light, malty, crisp & refreshing
Vibe: Modern, casual, loud
Orange Sun American Wheat – Tipping Point Brewery | Waynesville, NC
A mid range beer with a hoppy nip to your tongue, it is neither too heavy or too light but perfectly in the middle; we’re looking at you, Goldilocks. Slight notes of citrus that do not overpower the flavor by any means, you can up the citrus dosage by adding a fresh orange slice if you prefer. Brewer and owner John Bowman and assistant Brent Frank keep the secrets of their great beers in the basement of the 6 year old establishment where the beer is brewed. Now boasting 10 beers on draft, there’s sure to be one for every beer lover in the crowd.
Taste: Hoppy, smooth
Vibe: Pub, fun, casual
Don’t just take our word for it, go taste for yourself! Summer won’t last forever and neither will these drinks. Don’t forget to mention this blog when you stop in, tell them Brindley sent you. Like what you’ve read and want even more? Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for more local news, hot spots, and pictures of beautiful Haywood County.