Summer, like the other three seasons, is the perfect time to throw back a few cocktails with friends. However, we at Scottsdale Living prefer to keep summer drink choices light and refreshing to combat the sweaty birdbaths we’ve become on the walk from our cars to a restaurant’s entrance.

Green_Blue (2) (2)This week, our favorite drink is Paul Martin’s new seasonal drink: The Blue & Green. (Bonus: Paul Martin’s valet).

The Green & Blue is a semi-sweet herby drink crafted with a lime base, St. Germain liqueur, Bombay Sapphire Gin and garnished with cucumber and basil. It’s vaguely reminiscent of a carbonated limeade. It’s a nice drink for the kind of person who doesn’t like the heavy juniper flavors of a gin-and-tonic or corpse reviver.

The farm-to-table freshness of the cocktail speaks to the higher purpose of Paul Martin’s American Grill, which sources its ingredients from local farms, such as Pitman Family Farms and Petaluma Poultry Farms. Paul Martin opened its doors this past spring — its first Arizona location — at the Borgata Shopping Center ( 6186 N. Scottsdale Rd.).