Amada’s I’m So Excited cocktail is sure to arouse your taste buds.
“We love incorporating different herbs into our cocktails,” says Amada owner Jose Garces, “because they add a nice brightness to the drink while also creating a depth of flavor that can only be achieved by adding a layer of something fresh.” One favorite is the I’m So Excited cocktail, made with rum, cantaloupe, mint, and chile. 217–219 Chestnut St., 215-625- 2450
Famed for its alluring brightgreen color, Strength, Buddakan’s long-standing signature drink, is a delightful mélange of Ketel One, cilantro, lime, Lillet, and Luxardo maraschino liqueur. Served in a martini glass, the tart tipple has an earthy flavor profile and pairs perfectly with many of the restaurant’s best bites. 325 Chestnut St., 215-574-9440
The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.
A mint julep may bring to mind the Kentucky Derby, but the Southern specialty is also a preferred pour at the classic-cocktail haunt Franklin Mortgage. Says head bartender Mike Treffehn, “While many people think of the julep as a cloyingly sweet drink, it has the perfect balance of refreshing mint, sugar, and, at its core, a bracing shot of whiskey.” 112 S. 18th St., 267-467-3277
Established in 1924, Queen Village’s Kennett Restaurant offers modern appeal with a creative selection of flavorful drinks, like The Star-Breathed. VeeV Açaí Spirit and Theia jasmine liqueur are topped with lemon juice, honey, fresh thyme, and bitters to produce an exotic pick-me-up. 848 S. Second St., 267-687-1426
An herbaceous blend of cucumber vodka, lemon, and dill, Opa’s Antho is one of the most popular drinks at this Midtown Village restaurant and bar. At a window seat in the main dining room or in the open-air beer garden, savor this light, sweet aperitif with spring-ready fare like grilled octopus and crispy flatbreads made with seasonal ingredients. 1311 Sansom St., 215-545-0170
Red Owl Tavern
Not in the mood for a spiked sip? Stop by Red Owl Tavern, across from Independence Hall, for a taste of its nonalcoholic options, including the L&T (lavender syrup, lime juice, and tonic water) and Them Apples, a shaken mix of apple juice, spiced berry pepper syrup, and mint. 433 Chestnut St., 215-923-2267
Inspired by the traditional Gin Martinez cocktail, this South Street staple’s Sage Advice sipper is popular with the locals for its classic and fresh ingredients. Art in the Age sage liqueur, Carpano Antica, cranberry juice, and ginger beer are garnished with variegated sage from the restaurant’s garden. 1516 South St., 267-319-1366
The Saint James
A springtime favorite at Michael Schulson’s suburban spot, the Greyhound combines rosemaryinfused vodka, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, and a dash of Champagne. A perfect cocktail for brunch or happy hour, it pairs nicely with the Saint James’s comforting American dishes. 30 St. James Plaza, Ardmore, 610-649-6200
From classics to creative new potions, this Mediterraneanand Latin-inspired eatery has a cocktail to suit every palate. Try the basil lime gimlet (Absolut vodka, Thai basil, simple syrup, and fresh lime juice), whose tangy notes make it the perfect beverage for spring. 1229 Spruce St., 215-790-9494