The Honda Classic descends on our shores this weekend, Feb. 28 to March 3, which means lots of famous golfers, lots of crazed golf fans, and local restaurants’ creative cocktails. The event is held at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens.
I’m a huge fan of mixology and those who practice it, within guidelines that support using ingredients that are actually OK to drink. There’s been a lot of publicity lately about some bartenders going over the line and serving drinks that are actually injuring their patrons (nothing local!), all for Instagram notoriety.
Here are some creative area restaurants putting forth cocktails with a golfing twist. They sound delicious, they look refreshing and will help you get into your (golf) swing.
The Cooper hits the long ball here with the most creative presentation. The Pin High cocktail ($11) has Tito’s vodka, lemon juice, black cherry soda and house syrup—over a golf ball-shaped ice cube and a Luxardo cherry speared on a golf tee. Score! The Cooper, 4610 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561/622-0032; thecooperrestaurant.com
Kabuki offers The Palmer Punch ($12), with Bacardi rum to the Arnold Palmer combo of lemonade and iced tea (if you’ve never tried an Arnold Palmer, you should!). Also on the menu are The Floridian and the PGA Spritz for vodka and gin-based drinks; both $12. Kabuki Sushi Thai Tapas, 308 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561/833-6349; kabukiwpb.com
Prosecco Café has a Cran Mulligan Mule ($9) with cranberry-infused vodka, spicy ginger beer, cranberry and lime juices, muddled cranberries and mint leaves. Prosecco Café, 4580 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561/622-3222; proseccocafe.com
Spoto’s Oyster Bar created The 19th Hole ($12), a margarita with Don Julio Añejo tequila, Cointreau and sour mix, with a salted rim, of course. It’s as green as a well-tended golf course. Spotos Oyster Bar, 4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561/776-9448; spotos.com