If you didn’t share it on Instagram, did it even happen? Take a look around the bar the next time you go out—seemingly every guest will have a spritzer in one hand and a phone in the other. To help you decide which mixer deserves a snap shot, I compiled a list of the top summer cocktails that taste as great as they look.
Watermelon Mimosa: Toast, Patchogue/Port Jefferson
A wait for a table comes with the territory when dining at super-popular Toast. To avoid the hassle, snag a spot at the bar and start with a watermelon mimosa. Nothing says summer like watermelon, and there are no seeds to spit when sipping this light and fruity beverage.
Låundress: Salt and Barrel, Bay Shore
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Time to upgrade from those homemade lemonade stands and get to Bay Shore’s first oyster bar. The cocktail Låundress, made of vodka, chamomile syrup, an egg white, St. Germain and fresh lemon juice, is a grown-up version of lemonade. Bonus: it pairs well with briny shellfish.
Calypso: South Shore Dive, Sayville
Skip dessert—this frozen cocktail lets imbibers have their cake and drink it too. The Crème De Violette, fresh lime and shaved chocolate provide the perfect creamy blend to satiate sweet tooths.
Negroni: The Crow’s Nest, Montauk
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Let your taste buds erupt with this refreshing mix of Portobello road gin, Campari and Carpano Vermouths. It’s bitter, it’s boozy, but has been around since 1919 and is clearly the evergreen option.
Pepino Sour: Nick and Toni’s, East Hampton
Spicy, yet cool as a cucumber. Nick & Toni’s pungent spritzer is infused with fresh lime, cucumber, Cimarron Blanco tequila and Cholula hot sauce. Its salted Chile rim is just as blazing as the wood burning oven that has stars like Gayle King and Alec Baldwin coming back for more grub every summer.