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Meet Truluck’s Must-Try Summer Cocktails

Meet Truluck’s Must-Try Summer Cocktails

Beverage Director Dave Mattern Breaks Down Your New Favorite Drinks

Summertime, and the sipping’s easy. At least, that’s the goal of Truluck’s Beverage Director Dave Mattern.

For this year’s Truluck’s summer cocktail lineup, Mattern drew inspiration from the beach—the setting for the new beachfront Truluck’s location in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“Whether you’re from Florida or just visiting, you’re checking out the scene and wanting something fun,” he says. “So, we wanted to give people escape-like, vacation-feeling cocktails that they can enjoy wherever they are.”

The only question: Which will you choose?

photo of the Rum Fashioned cocktail topped with a dried lime wheel with a jigger and strainer and citrus wheels in the background

Get to Know the Truluck’s Summer Cocktails

High Flier

This bourbon cocktail is a twist on a Paper Plane. This cocktail showcases how bourbon can be light, summery and refreshing.

High flier cocktail with an orange wheel garnish and a shrimp campechana appetizer in a glass bowl with chips and lime in the background


The return of a Truluck’s classic. Fresh and fun, this Sangria uses a gorgeous Rosé, fresh fruit and spices along with a splash of ruby Port to create a bright, easy drinking summer sipper.

Sangria wine in a wine glass garnished with an orchid and fresh mint with fresh red roses in the background

Rum Fashioned

“Old Fashioneds are the hottest cocktail in the world right now,” Mattern says. “The Rum Fashioned is a twist on the classic, but we made it a little more tropical.”

Served with lime and mandarin orange, Rum Fashioned is served over an ice block to put the focus on the rum. It’s best enjoyed as a slow sipper, as the flavor evolves over time.

“The first sip you get intense notes of spice from the rum,” Mattern says. “And then in 15 minutes, that’s going to be the best Rum Old Fashioned you’ve ever tasted. Because of the ice block, it’s slowly diluting and changing as it goes.”

picture of the Rum Fashioned cocktail surrounded by dried citrus wheels in a ridged rocks glass

First Crush

A citrusy vodka cocktail that will remind you of Springtime love. So delightful… this drink is hard not to order just one.

First crush cocktail in a coup glass with a lemon wrapped rose garnish

Smoke in the Garden

Mezcal is trending in a big way all around the country, and Smoke in the Garden is Truluck’s answer to that.

“We’re taking a beautiful joven (young) mezcal and combining it with a hibiscus syrup that we’re making in house that has elements of red licorice, spice and floral notes. Then, we add a botanical liqueur that plays really well with the smokiness of the Mezcal,” Mattern says. “You put those three things together, and it’s pretty magical.”

picture of the Smoke in the Garden cocktail with a dried lime wheel and tahin rim with a strainer, jigger and muddler in the background

Lake Como Cooler

Here we are using an Italian Amaro to create a low ABV long drink. This one is a sipper that, when ordered, will transport you and allow you to relax… setting you up for what is next.

TRU Story

Who knew tequila plays so well with Licor 43? This Spanish liqueur, made from 43 ingredients, has plenty of delightful and complicated citrus and vanilla notes making it a perfect replacement for Triple Sec. With a splash of guava this twist on a margarita will be your new favorite way to enjoy this classic cocktail.

TRU Story cocktail with fresh peppercorns, orange and mint over crushed ice

Make a reservation to sip and savor every delicious minute this summer at a Truluck’s near you. Your table is waiting.