Jun 5, 2024 - News

Try the Phoenix, the city's new official cocktail

Two women holding cocktails.

Santo Arcadia's Nicole Long and Mayor Kate Gallego sip The Phoenix. Photo: Courtesy of city of Phoenix

Phoenix officially has its own cocktail — a delightfully refreshing sipper that might make our summer heat a bit more tolerable.

The big picture: Mayor Kate Gallego, the Arizona Restaurant Association and Pour Form Consulting organized the Spirit of Phoenix contest to determine the best Phoenix-inspired cocktail.

  • Expert mixologists whittled down 70 entries to the top four, which have been available for sampling at bars across the city since April. The public was encouraged to cast a vote for their favorite.

Driving the news: The top vote-getter was revealed over the weekend on the inaugural 602 Day.

  • Nicole Long from Santo Arcadia designed the winning drink — now known as The Phoenix — which includes tequila and locally grown ingredients.

How to make it: Shake in tin with:

  • 2 oz. Milagro reposado tequila
  • 1 oz. chiltepín mesquite honey syrup
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz. prickly pear syrup
  • Garnish: dehydrated lemon and peppers

What they're saying: "The only (other) known city named cocktail would be the Manhattan. Other cocktails definitely are considered to represent states or to represent a city but not specifically named for it like that," Pour Form Consulting owner Jax Donahue told KJZZ.


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