Spring brings a breezy feeling around The Bend, where blossoms start to pop and patios begin to open as temperatures climb. Unwinding with a refreshing cocktail goes hand-in-hand with this time of year, and The Bend’s top drink spots update their menus to reflect warmer days.
Few things are better than relaxing during your visit with a cocktail in hand. Here are some of the best you can find during your stay.
Rohr’s at the Morris Inn
Nolet’s Silver Gin, one of the Notre Dame Family Spirits, brings a nice floral component to this drink with a touch of spice at the end. Bubbles add a lightness that will have you feeling “the night is young” while sipping it down at Rohr’s, the welcoming bar inside the Morris Inn on Notre Dame’s campus.
Havana Ooh Na-Na
Located at the Embassy Suites near Notre Dame, Traditions has crafted an unforgettable cocktail inspired by tropical Caribbean nights. Mango and habanero peppers infused into vodka combine with the classic, white oak-aged taste of Reposado tequila for a drink that’s just as extraordinary as whatever moment it recalls.
It Tastes Purple?
Get your camera ready for this one. Downtown South Bend’s casual cocktail bar is serving up this fun twist on a margarita (pictured). Tequila, fresh lime juice, butterfly pea flower tea and a splash of ginger beer makes for one Instagrammable drink.
LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern
360 Sorrento lemon vodka serves as the base for a drink that tastes like the warmer vibes. Toss in lime juice, Giffard Fruit De La Passion, raspberry purée and a couple more ingredients for a classic spring concoction at one of downtown South Bend’s staple drink spots.
The Exchange Whiskey Bar
Don’t be intimidated by a spring cocktail at The Exchange, inside a former downtown South Bend bank. Its main ingredients include curry and cantaloupe. Aloe, Suze liqueur, lemon, yellow chartreuse and mezcal blend beautifully with the curry and cantaloupe for a complex but not overly boozy treat.
Ordering this cocktail inside downtown South Bend’s Aloft hotel is likely to make you wander out to the patio. New Amsterdam gin and St. Germain elderflower liqueur combine with bitters, lemon juice and mint leaves for a fruity and refreshing taste.