But eventually, you're going to want to head back to land and relax. And why not relax with a glass of something fabulous in hand? From bars and breweries, to wineries and lakeside restaurants, we've got the #ADKCoastEats scoop on where to grab yourself a boozy beverage this summer!
1. Martinis from Irises, $7.50-8.75 each (+ tax)
20-22 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Wednesday is "Martini Night" at Irises Café & Wine Bar in downtown Plattsburgh, so you better get in formation. From 4 p.m. to midnight, get a $1 off any option on their Martini Menu, with over 40 different concoctions.
This extensive list goes beyond classic lemon drops and cosmos. Here, you’ll find adventurous options like “Willy-Wonka Tini” and “Citrus Blast Energy”. Whether you’re out for a fancy dinner or just drinks, you’re bound to find the perfect pour here. The most popular martini is the Dirty Martini, pictured below.
2. Margaritas from The Pepper, $7.00-7.50 (+ tax)
13 City Hall Pl, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Downtown Plattsburgh’s festive dine-in Mexican restaurant, The Pepper, boasts a margarita list with more than 13 unique flavors. Whether you’re craving something mellow like “Lavender” or something spicy and unexpected like “Jalapeno-Cucumber”, you’ll find the right marg here to colorfully celebrate any occasion!
Can't get enough these? You can purchase The Pepper's marg mix at the restaurant. Just add it to the tab!
3. ADK Hard Cider’s “Mac”, prices vary (available in 6-packs and on tap)
7411 U.S. 9, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Find it on tap at:
Grab a 6-pack from:
And, of course, you can always head to Elf’s Farm Winery, where ADK Hard Cider is produced, to try “Mac” (or any other flavor!) straight from the source. Fun fact: one of the Frey family's dogs is named Mac. Maybe you'll see him in person!
4. White Wine Sangria from Aleka's, $16.00 per pitcher (+ tax)
103 Margaret St, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Aleka’s fruity White Wine Sangria is the perfect addition to any group’s happy hour – especially when paired with any of the Greek restaurant’s authentic starters. Order a pitcher for 4 full glasses of summery sweetness!
Located right in the heart of downtown Plattsburgh, Aleka’s offers outdoor seating overlooking parks, local shops, pubs, and more – just a quick, scenic 15-minute walk from the Plattsburgh City Marina and the Plattsburgh Boat Basin via Bridge Street.
5. Rulfs Hard Cider brewed by Livingood’s Restaurant & Brewery, $25.50 for a growler ($19.50 for a refill); $7.00 per pint (+ tax)
697 Bear Swamp Rd, Peru, NY 12972
6. Plucky Rooster Ale from Plattsburgh Brewing Company, $25.00 for a growler ($15.00 for a refill); $5.50 per pint (+ tax)
411 NY-3, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
But what’s up with the name? Where'd this rooster come from? And what makes him so plucky?
I'll set the scene: it’s 1814 and the Battle of Plattsburgh is happening right in the middle of Lake Champlain during the War of 1812.
This rooster is like, “I think I’ll just chill in my coop on the U.S. ship Saratoga right now, nbd”. (I don't entirely undertstand why no one spoke up and said, "Excuse you, Mr. Rooster, there’s an epic battle occurring here – could you not?" but we'll roll with it.)
So, the British ship Linnet fires at the Saratoga, striking the coop (shocker). But to the American crew’s surprise, this feisty rooster jumps right up on a gun-slide and starts crowing like crazy – something they found both amusing and oddly inspirational. Right away, Commodore Macdonough fires another round of shots, one of which strikes the British ship Confiance, leading to an open fire and, ultimately, a British retreat and an American victory.
And now we have a tasty beer commemorating the battle.
So, long story short: if it’s liquid courage you’re after, PBCo.’s Plucky Rooster Ale has got your back.
7. Wine slushies from Vesco Ridge Vineyard, $5.00 (+ tax)
167 Stratton Hill Rd, West Chazy, NY 12992
Vesco Ridge Vineyard's original wine slushy is made using their vino and John Miller Gourmet Vino Slush mix. Nancy and the Dan love experimenting with different combinations of their wines and fresh fruits to create layered delicacies and unique flavor combinations!
If you're looking to cool off while trying something new, take a trip to Vesco's and relax on their deck overlooking the vineyard. Go on a Saturday afternoon, and you can even catch live music!
8. Strawberry Lemonade Sangria from Butcher Block, $7.00 each (+ tax)
15 Booth Dr, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
4016 U.S. 9, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
The most popular drink at Dana’s Rusty Anchor overlooking Valcour Island and Lake Champlain shares its name with the restaurant: the "Rusty Anchor". Once you glimpse this view, you'll never want to drop your anchor anywhere else. Can you spot Bluff Point Lighthouse?
The drink itself is a cocktail concoction Dana came up with himself: coconut rum, crème de cocoa and pineapple juice. It's the boozy tropical escape your palate has been longing for.
Dana's is open from mid-May to New Year's throughout the year!
10. Champlain Lifesaver from Naked Turtle, $8.25 (+ tax)
1 Dock Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Because our Twitter followers voted for the Naked Turtle as their fave summer happy hour hot spot, we decided to highlight not one but TWO drinks from this popular restaurant on Lake Champlain's western shores.
11. Turtlerita from Naked Turtle, $8.25 (+ tax)
1 Dock Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Do you have your own favorite Adirondack Coast summer drinks? Tell us about them!
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Cheers to you, Adirondack Coasters!