February 22, 2024

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Newport, Rhode Island’s best summer cocktails and mocktails

Andrea E. McHugh

Newport shares an inextricable bond with American cocktail tradition. In 1673, the White Horse Tavern opened at the corner of Farewell and Marlborough streets (where it still stands), offering our Colonial forebearers fermented beverages that have been possibly a safer selection than the drinking water that was readily available at the time. 

By the late 1800s, intoxicants with a little additional creativity have been generating their way onto menus coast to coastline. As recurring overindulgence became aspect of the countrywide discussion and the temperance movement gripped the state, Rhode Island was 1 of only two states that turned down the Eighteenth Amendment ushering in Prohibition. (The other was Connecticut.) In the 13 decades that followed, Narragansett Bay grew to become a haven for “rum runner” boats that bootleggers utilised to stock America’s speakeasies.

Today, our corner of the coastline is loaded to the brim with basic and inventive cocktail and mocktail menus. We have highlighted some not-to-pass up concoctions, just in time for your summer use.