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Game, Set, Sip: Top 6 Summer Cocktails for Racquet Sports

Nothing quite compares to the pleasure of savoring a chilled drink after a mid-summer match. With summer in full swing, we asked our tennis, pickleball and padel professionals to reveal their favorite refreshing beverages and cocktails. From fruity concoctions to fizzy delights and citrus-infused blends, these recommendations are guaranteed to refresh and revitalize after a hot afternoon on the courts!

Sex on the Beach

"After a great tennis session, my favorite drink to unwind with is a refreshing Sex on the Beach. Pair that with a Taylor Swift playlist on repeat, and you've got the perfect summertime combo! Can you think of anything better?"

Recommended by: Jay Smith, Racquets Professional, Omni Amelia Island Resort

Spicy Jalapeño Ginger Moscow Mule

"After a match, nothing beats my favorite cocktail, a Spicy Jalapeño Ginger Moscow Mule. It's refreshing blend of flavors, with a spicy kick, is the perfect pick-me-up to cool down after stepping off the courts!"

Recommended by: Galina Bykova, Director of Tennis, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Aperol Spritz

"After a lively session on the pickleball courts, my go-to choice is an Aperol Spritz! Its fruity essence combined with the bubbles make it incredibly refreshing. In fact, it was so inspiring that it led to the creation of a new clinic at my home club called 'Pickles & Prosecco!'"

Recommended by: Luana Stanciu, Pickleball Program Director, John Newcombe Country Club

Frozen Margarita with a Sugar Rim

"For those in the know, my go-to drink after a round of pickleball is a frozen margarita, complete with a sugar rim and a top-shelf floater for that extra kick. Just remember, the floaters are meant for the margs, not the courts!"

Recommended by: Robe Lowe, General Manager & Senior Director, Tyler Athletic & Swim Club

Estrella Damm

"After a game of padel, nothing quite hits the spot like a cold beer. There's no better way to round off the full padel experience than with a refreshing Estrella Damm after stepping off the courts."

Recommended by: Ximena Trujillo, Padel Manager, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami

Spicy Passionfruit Margarita

"After stepping off the padel courts, my go-to drink is definitely a Spicy Passionfruit Margarita. The sweet passionfruit with the kick of jalapeños and a Tajin rim create the perfect summertime combination. Just remember, the longer your shake it, the spicier it gets, so be prepared for a flavorful kick!"

Recommended by: Albert Fernandez, Senior Director, Weston Racquet Club


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