Beat the Alabama heat this summer in Auburn-Opelika with these refreshing, one-of-a-kind drinks. Whether you're looking for a classic cocktail or a local creation, don't miss out on these beverages that capture the spirit of summer in Auburn-Opelika.

1. Toomer's Lemonade

Fresh-squeezed lemonade on a hot day is a summer staple, especially in Auburn. Visit Toomer's Lemonade, the heartbeat of downtown Auburn, and sip their world-famous lemonade. Try the classic or frozen lemonade, or opt for one of 13 mouth-watering flavors such as strawberry or vanilla. Aside from hand-made to order lemonade, Toomer's also offers soda specialties, snacks, and Auburn gear.


Toomers corner during sunset


2. Frose at Lucy's + Wine on Tap

Indulge in the good vibes this summer at Lucy's with wine on tap or the famous frose. Lucy's unique wine-on-tap selection and picture-perfect cocktails make for a personalized beverage experience like no other. Whether you're unwinding after a long day or celebrating with friends, Lucy's provides the ideal setting for memorable summer moments.

lucy's cocktail

3. The Patio Bar at Botanic

There's no better way to ring in the summer than on Botanic's patio with a cold drink in hand. The Patio Bar features signature cocktails such as the Blackberry Bramble, wine, and craft beer. Pair a chilled cocktail with their small plates and live music, and have yourself a perfect summer evening!




4. Lavender Mule at The Wittle Rooftop Bar

This summer, discover a lilac twist on The Wittle Rooftop Bar's classic mule. The Lavender Mule combines floral notes of lavender with zesty lime and ginger beer, creating a refreshing cocktail. Located a few blocks from downtown with a breathtaking view of Samford Hall, this rooftop is the place to be this season. Come for drinks, stay for the scenery, and enjoy the unparalleled experience that makes the Wittle Rooftop Bar a must-visit destination in Auburn.

collegiate hotel rooftop seats and people

5. Milkshake at O-Town Ice Cream

Shake up a yummy summer with a milkshake from O-Town Ice Cream. O-Town is a family-owned and operated establishment in Opelika and is a true East Alabama gem. Fun Fact: all of their ice cream flavors are named after Opelika staples, so grab a sample of your favorite spot. Since 2015, they have been scooping up irresistible ice cream flavors and exceptional service.

O Town Ice Cream inside

6. Iced Coffee at Sidetrack Coffee

Sidetrack Coffee is a trendy, casual spot whipping up coffee and treats since 2016. Sidetrack's mission is caring for others through service. They offer everything from coffee and tea to toast and pastries. They operate with a "pay what you can" mindset in an effort to serve everyone well. Come experience their extraordinary hospitality and visit with friends in this unique environment.

sidetrack coffee

7. Italian Summer Cocktail at Zazu

The Italian Summer Cocktail at Zazu Gastropub spotlights citrus flavors that pair perfectly with an Alabama summer day. Lime, grapefruit, Aperol, and gin unite to create a refreshing cocktail. Quench your thirst in Opelika with the classic flavors of the Italian Summer Cocktail at Zazu. If this cocktail doesn't float your boat, maybe their massive bar and extensive craft beer selection will.

zazu summer drink

8. Red Clay Brewing, Resting Pulse Brewing, and John Emerald Distillery

At Red Clay, John Emerald, and Resting Pulse, you're in for the best drinks and experiences in downtown Opelika. Just a block from each other, these three spots make for the perfect summer night out. Enjoy small bites and craft beer in great outdoor seating at Red Clay and Resting Pulse Brewing Companies. Check out John Emerald distillery's small-batch spirits and creative cocktails, or purchase a ticket here for a behind the scenes tour of the facility.

From the Barrel to Your Glass: Get to Know the Distillers at John Emerald

9. The Auburn Plaza Bar and Lounge

The Auburn Plaza Bar and Lounge, located in Midtown, is a must-visit summer hangout. Delight in great food and even better cocktails in this upbeat environment. Choose from any of their classic appetizers or indulge in their famous Warburger. Grab your favorite people and come visit The Plaza for a night out, a patio cornhole tournament, or brunch on Saturdays and Sundays

plaza food + drinks

10. A Spritz at Piccolo 241 Jazz and Cocktails

Sip on a spritz in this authentic jazz lounge and enjoy the elevated ambiance. This one-of-a-kind hideaway, located in The Hotel at Auburn University, is known for their Hugo and Aperol Spritzes. Auburn's one and only jazz lounge is the best place to relax and unwind this summer, with a drink in hand!

piccolo spritz