7 cold drinks in Birmingham to beat the summer heat

Mayawell Chef's Kiss mocktail
A drink as refreshing as it is picturesque. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Temps in the 80s and 90s call for staying hydrated—and trying out fun cold drinks from local spots. Check out these seven cold drinks in Birmingham, from refreshing cocktails to cool non-alcoholic options.


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Cold alcoholic drinks in Birmingham 🍹

1. Frozen Kentucky Coffee | Neon Moon

Neon Moon frozen Kentucky coffee
Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Does anything scream summer like a frozen drink? Neon Moon’s frozen Kentucky Coffee is a creamy blend of bourbon, coffee and vanilla.

2. Chef’s Kiss | Mayawell Bar

Mayawell Chef's Kiss
Cheers! Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The Chef’s Kiss from Mayawell includes Blanco tequila, mango, strawberry, guava, lemon and ginger beer. You can also remove the tequila for a mocktail that will cool off even the hottest Birmingham days.

  • Location: 2900 4th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 4-11PM, Friday-Saturday 4PM-12AM
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3. Aperol Spritz | Paper Doll

Paper Doll aperol spritz
This drink screams summer. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

An aperol spritz is the *perfect* summer drink if you ask me. Prosecco, aperol and soda create a bubbly and sweet cocktail that feels like a warm summer afternoon.

  • Location: 2320 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 4-11PM, Friday-Saturday 4PM-1AM
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Cold non-alcoholic drinks in Birmingham 🍧

4. Kombucha | Harvest Roots Ferments

Harvest Roots kombucha
The perfect blend of tangy and refreshing. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Kombucha may be an acquired taste, but the tangy flavors make it a great option for poolside sipping. Pro tip: if you’re new to kombucha, add some sparkling water to dilute it and create an awesome mocktail.

  • Location: 4420 4th Ave S, Ste B, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Hours: Thursday Noon-6PM, Friday-Saturday 10AM-6PM
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5. Mango Lassi | Bay Leaf Modern Indian Cuisine & Bar

Bay Leaf mango lassi
Bay Leaf’s mango lassi is basically the smoothie of your dreams. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

If you haven’t tried a mango lassi before, head to Bay Leaf to order one for the summer. Mango lassis contain yogurt and mango to make a creamy smoothie-like drink that kids and adults will love.

  • Location: (5 Points) 1024 20th St S, Unit 101, Birmingham, AL 35205 | (280) 5426 US-280 Ste #14, Birmingham, AL 35242
  • Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11AM-2:30PM, 5-9:30PM; Friday-Saturday 11AM-2:30PM; 5-10PM
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6. Bubble tea | Wild Roast Café

Wild Roast bubble teas
So many options, so little time. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Wild Roast Café has plenty of drinks you can enjoy on a warm summer day, from frozen lemonades and smoothies to iced coffees and frappes. Try out a sparkler, a blend of fruit puree and seltzer.

  • Location: 585 Shades Crest Rd, Hoover, AL 35226
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 7AM-6PM, Saturday 8AM-6PM, Sunday 10AM-5PM
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7. Dragon Fruit Lemonade | Red Cat Café

Dragonfruit lemonade from Red Cat Cafe
Beautiful *and* delicious. Photo via Cecilia Wood for Bham Now

Red Cat’s dragon fruit lemonade is one of the best things I drank in July. Order a lemonade with flavors like dragon fruit, peach or raspberry, then go for a stroll around Railroad Park.

  • Location: (Railroad Park) 1701 1st Ave S, #101, Birmingham, AL 35233 | (Pepper Place) 2901 2nd Ave S, #120, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Hours: (Railroad Park) Monday-Sunday 6:30AM-8PM | (Pepper Place) Monday-Saturday 7AM-6PM
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Which cold drinks in Birmingham are we missing? Tag us @BhamNow to let us know.

Cecilia Wood
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