Admit it: You’re a little embarrassed to order a piña colada. Which you should be. This isn't spring break 1995. It’s Chicago summer 2015, it’s eighty degrees out and it’s cocktail hour. So step up your game and order one of these 12 fresh summer drinks tonight instead.

Drinks 9 Bottlefork

Best Snow Cone

Bottlefork’s Smoke of the Day snow cone is a sweet and savory treat with pork-washed rum, coconut liqueur and huckleberry-flavored ice. ($14)

441 N. Clark St.; 312-955-1900 or bottlefork.com

Drinks 6 Three Dots

Best Daiquiri

Bunny’s Banana Daiquiri at Three Dots and a Dash is almost too cute to drink, but with three different rums, coconut liqueur, lime juice and a sprinkling of nutmeg, you’re gonna give in eventually. ($13)

435 N. Clark St.; 312-610-4220 or threedotschicago.com

Drinks 2 Chicago Cut

Best Fruity Cocktail

The Barrymore at Chicago Cut steakhouse hits all of our summer sweet spots. It has muddled strawberries, a splash of fizzy Prosecco, vodka and a lemon twist. ($13)

300 N. LaSalle St.; 312-329-1800 or chicagocutsteakhouse.com

Drinks 3 Cochon

Best Shaved Ice

At Cochon Volant, mounds of feathery ice from a manual Japanese Hatsuyuki machine are used to make the bar’s daily shaves--treats like the Button Rose, made with white rum, peach brandy, Crème de Framboise and lemon juice. ($14)

100 W. Monroe St.; 312-754-6560 or cochonvolantchicago.com

Drinks 1 Fountainhead

Best Summer Beer

Fountainhead in Ravenswood just launched local brewery Maplewood’s Lemon Drop Wheat, a refreshingly light ale full of citrus flavor. ($6)

1970 W. Montrose Ave.; 773-697-8204 or fountainheadchicago.com

Drinks 4 LYFE
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Best Nutritious Twist

LYFE Kitchen had your health (and alcohol) in mind when it created this vodka drink with house-made ginger-pomegranate lemonade and chia seeds. ($8)


419 N. Clark St.; 312-836-5933 or lyfekitchen.com

Drinks 5 Lost Lake

Best Tiki Drink

The Tic-Tac-Taxi at Lost Lake is basically an island getaway for your taste buds: two kinds of rum plus coconut, passion-fruit and lime juices. ($12)

3154 W. Diversey Ave.; 773-961-7475 or lostlaketiki.com

Drinks 7 Mas

Best Margarita

Más?s watermelon margarita has sun gold tomatoes, Aperol and agave to set it apart from the pack, but in the privacy of our own home, we might just be inspired to soak a big slice of watermelon in tequila and eat it with a spoon. ($11)

800 W. Washington Blvd.; 312-243-1995 or barmaschicago.com

Drinks 8 Rockit

Best Float

This beauty is technically a dessert, but Rockit’s Ginger Float, made with lime sorbetto, ginger beer and mint, can become an adult beverage when you ask for a shot of dark rum. ($8; $13 with rum)

22 W. Hubbard St.; 312-645-6000 or rockitbarandgrill.com

Drinks Maude s

Best Smash

Perfect little crunchy balls of ice make the Maude’s Liquor Bar Smash sing. We love the citrusy Smokey Violet version with Crème de Violette, Ransom gin and mint leaves. ($14)

840 W. Randolph St.; 312-243-9712 or maudesliquorbar.com

Drinks 11 Parson s

Best Slushie

We know: It’s almost too obvious to mention. But you have to order a Parson’s Negroni slushie before fall. Start drinking daily on the patio at 11 a.m.

2952 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-384-3333 or parsonschickenandfish.com

Drinks 12 ENO

Best Wine Cooler

ENO's Summer Crush is a mix of Prosecco, Riesling and Cocchi Americano (an aperitif infused with herbs and spices) with a lemon twist. ($20)

505 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-321-8738 or enowinerooms.com 

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