36 Below has the Best Craft Cocktails in Phoenix

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The phrase “craft cocktail” conjures up images of Instagramable glasses and fancy ice cubes. However, you should expect more than just a pretty drink from a bar boasting the best craft cocktails in Phoenix. 

Authentic craft artisan cocktails use the freshest ingredients with the most creative combinations to unleash a unique and clever array of flavors. 

Whether they go big or subtle, a craft cocktail should be a real treat, worth the time it took to create, and worthy of your choice in a bar.

36 Below has the best craft cocktails in Phoenix because we know the meaning of the term. We mix all of these things and more to give you a real bespoke speakeasy experience.  

Artisan Drinks Defined

A craft cocktail is a unique product, an indulgence. Only fresh, intense ingredients are used in the making of a proper craft cocktail. No preservatives, mixes, or powders are found here. 

At 36 Below, we’re dedicated to using mixology to create a sensory experience. Every visit here should be unique. That’s what makes us the best place for cocktails in Phoenix. 

If your drink has juice in it, it was squeezed directly from the fruit. If it has a syrup, it’s our own concoction. In a craft cocktail, the flavor is everything. Every ingredient is chosen with care. We’re committed to leaving you fully satisfied.  

Peruse our menu breakdown and decide for yourself which of 36 Below’s handcrafted cocktails is the most tempting to you. You’ll find one that you just have to try.

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The Genesis

How to make this drink: 

  • Figenza Fig infused Vodka
  • Lychee
  • Peach
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Matcha

Genesis is also known as the beginning of everything. Where did it all start? The garden. That’s what you’ll taste here. With a melody of fresh fruits tempered by the earthy bite of Matcha, you’ll be sipping on a veritable Garden of Eden. 

Castle in the Sky

How to make this drink: 

  • Naran Mezcal 
  • Ramazzotti Aperitivo 
  • Rose
  • Lime 
  • Grapefruit
  • AquaFaba

As the name implies, this cocktail will make you float. Ride to the castle in the sky on floral notes mixed with hints of smoke and just a bit of citrus. The heavier texture of this drink makes it almost like a glassful of the most refreshing honey you’ve ever had.  

Purity & Grace

How to make this drink: 

  • Lunazul Anejo Tequila 
  • El Silencio Mezcal 
  • Sweet Vermouth
  • Agave Orange & Rhubarb Bitters

The pure flavors of the spirits come through in this cocktail with very little interference from mixers. Tequila and Mezcal both require agave in their production, and the Agave-based bitters only help amplify rather than obscure their flavors. The sweet vermouth offers graceful notes of vanilla and caramel to complete a complex flavor. 


How to make this drink:

  • Bourbon
  • Toasted Marshmallow 
  • Cinnamon Bitters
  • Oak Smoked

A drink to warm you up, Utopia is a cocktail to relax with and sip until you’re flooded with contentment. The sweetness of marshmallow and cinnamon add fun and spice to the Bourbon’s flavor profile. 

The more fun cousin of the Old Fashioned, Utopia will fill you up with campfire memories and alluring, smoky flavors. 

Garden of Gypsies

How to make this drink:

  • Butterfly Pea Flower Infused Tanqueray 10 Gin 
  • Genepy Mushroom Reduction 
  • Jicama 
  • Celery Root 
  • Lemon

If you went foraging in the forest for the finest ingredients to tip into your glass, you would taste the Garden of Gypsies. 

This earthy drink has notes that will make you think of fresh morning dew and moss-covered trees. This array is broken up with surprise tastes of freshly squeezed lemon, nutty jicama, and floral gin. 

Coco Arcadian

How to make this drink:

  • Rum 
  • Coconut Cream
  • Pineapple
  • Velvet Falernum 
  • Lime
  • Cinnamon
  • Fermented Turmeric Air

A complex rum punch is what you should expect when you order the Coco Arcadian. The combined flavors of the Velvet Falernum and Fermented Turmeric mixed with the known entities of coconut and pineapple makes for an intricate flavor experience. You’ll be in a festive mood just a few sips into this artisan cocktail. 

Roku Nomu

How to make this drink: 

  • Roku Gin 
  • Plum Verjus 
  • Coconut
  • Mediterranean Tonic

This subtle yet diverse array of flavors is made for those who want to savor every last sip. This is an herbal drink that will make you feel ready for an evening out. 

Leaves and citrus flavors abound from the Roku Gin. Mixed with the herbal flavoring from the Mediterranean tonic and full fruitiness from the plum and coconut, you’ll be left wanting more. 

Gate to Eden

How to make this drink: 

  • Rittenhouse Rye
  • Rhubarb Amaro
  • Pineapple Amaro
  • Orgeat Grapefruit, Lemon

The fruity treats of the garden are laid out before you in the Gate to Eden. You’ll be invigorated by the citrus fruit flavors as they play with the smoky, molasses notes of the Rhubarb Amaro. All of this serves to heighten the tangy and soft spices of the Rye. 

Seed of Innocence

How to make this drink: 

  • Horchata Vodka
  • Licor 43 
  • Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur 
  • Oat Milk 
  • Oreo Cookie Soil

Milk-and-cookies at their most enjoyable, this grown-up version of a childhood classic is sure to delight and surprise.  

The vodka horchata combined with oat milk gives this cocktail a creamy and milky flavor without going off the rails into a white Russian. The sweetness from the alcohol-infused liquors and cookie crumble gives just enough sugar to make this drink decadent yet not overbearing. 

Notes of coffee, cream, and cookie crumble make this drink an excellent nightcap. Who doesn’t want to retire the night after milk and cookies?

The Grove

How to make this drink: 

  • Seedlip “Grove” non-alcoholic Spirit
  • Pineapple
  • Ginger 
  • Peach 
  • Vanilla 
  • Lemon
  • Mint

For those non-drinkers and designated drivers, 36 Below prepares equally thoughtful non-alcoholic cocktails. Instead of simply ordering a virgin version of an alcoholic drink, have something made to be tasted as it is. 

The Grove is a refreshing array of sweet and zesty flavors designed to perk you up and delight your taste buds. 

Craft Cocktails Are a Pleasurable Experience

At 36 Below, our specialty craft cocktails in Phoenix are crafted from the elements. We use smoke, fire, foam and more, to create a transportive experience. 

Each cocktail we create contains ingredients selected with care that is mixed with thought and enthusiasm by dedicated mixologists. At 36 Below, we’ll continue to add to our menu with creativity and passion for providing you a meaningful evening.