With a Twist: Firebirds pours the unexpected this summer

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Firebirds is known for its steaks and chicken, but it has an extensive bar with creative mixologists. For the summer, it has a slate of refreshing drinks to help us cool down in the summer.

The restaurant, which has locations Gilbert, Chandler, Peoria and Tucson, shared the secrets behind their blackberry margarita and summer sparkler.

Blackberry Margarita


• 1 ounce Blackberry Puree Syrup

• 4 ounces sour mix (Firebirds makes its own fresh in house, but sour mix is available at local grocery stores)

• 1/2 ounce nonalcoholic triple sec

• 1-1/2 ounces Espolon Blanco tequila

• Lime for garnish

• Ice


Measure all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and add a generous scoop of ice. Cover and shake 25 times. Fill a frosted mixing glass with fresh ice. Using a strainer, strain the shaken mix over the fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel. Cheers!

Summer Sparkler


• 1-1/2 ounces Bedlam Vodka

• 1 ounce Cointreau

• 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

• 1 ounce cranberry juice

• 2 ounces La Marca prosecco

• Ice

• Orange peel as a garnish


Measure and pour all ingredients into a mixing glass, except for the prosecco. Fill glass half full of ice, cap with a mixing tin and shake 25 times. Strain into a champagne flute, top with 2 ounces LaMarca prosecco. Garnish with orange peel twist.