The fairways are green, the A/C is blasting, and women everywhere are wearing sundresses. Yes, it’s late summer, and Mother Nature is begging us to relax and drink it all in. To do so, we need to arm ourselves with appropriate seasonal libations, like these five great late summer cocktails. Bonus: we guarantee the women in sundresses will love them too.



What it is: The Southside originated in Chicago during Prohibition. The main purpose of the drink was to mask the famously awful taste of the bootleg gin being produced at the time. Later co-opted by preppy New Englanders, it’s now considered very WASPish. Think a hybrid of a mint julep and G & T with a slight dash of organized crime.

Where to drink it: Even if you’re not busy killing rival gangsters or sailing your yacht, you can order this at upscale bars or as a post-dinner drink. The mint will refresh your palate and the lime will wake you up. Just don’t use the word “palate,” unless you enjoy being mocked.

How to make it:
2 shots of gin
¾ ounce lime juice
¾ ounce simple syrup
Two sprigs of mint
A few drops of Angostura bitters

Fill a shaker a quarter full of ice and add the gin, lime juice and syrup, one of the sprigs of mint and the bitters. Shake for about a minute, then pour the mixture into a cocktail glass. Garnish with the other sprig and sip while cheating on your taxes.



What it is: An easy-to-make pitcher that tastes like a margarita minus the bite of tequila, plus a nice carbonation.

Where to drink it: On the porch or at the beach, when you want to impress everyone with your deceptively simple mixology skills.

How to make it:
12 oz can of limeade concentrate
4 light beers

Empty the limeade concentrate into a pitcher. Fill the empty concentrate can with vodka and add that to the pitcher as well. Depending on your taste and circumstances, another half can of vodka is acceptable. Add the beers and stir with a long spoon until the concentrate has broken up. Drop in some ice and take it out to the backyard with your croquet mallet.



What it is: A gamebird native to forests in mountainous areas of western China. Also a staple of bridge groups and other elderly lady activities. But it’s too good to be restricted. Remember those orange creamsicles you’d chase the ice cream truck for? It’s like that, except alcoholic, letting you relive your childhood whilst getting tipsy.

Where to drink it: Unless you’re one of the 3.5 men in America who knows how to play Canasta, you’ll need to bring the Golden Pheasant into uncharted territory. It’s perfect for extended family gatherings with eccentric relatives.

How to make it:
12 oz can of orange juice concentrate
Coconut rum
12 oz bottle of cream soda
1 egg

With a few handfuls of ice, pour the orange juice concentrate and cream soda into a blender. Fill the empty concentrate can with the vodka (see a trend here?), and top off with just a splash of the rum. Turn on the blender and beat the egg in a bowl while the blender does its thing. Add the egg and give the blender another 20 seconds. Pour into glasses and serve with orange slices.



What it is: In the hot months, it’s OK to deviate from the traditional Manhattan and add some fresh ingredients. The whiskey still comes through nicely, but cherry limeade adds a sweet tang. Switch back to the traditional recipe around October.

Where to drink it: Most bartenders will probably reach for the shotgun if you suggest changing something as old and respected as the Manhattan. Instead, be your own mixologist and whip this up for guests at the more formal sort of events you throw at your place.

How to make it:
2 oz whiskey
½ oz sweet vermouth
1 oz cherry limeade
A few drops of Angostura bitters
Strawberry slices

Pour everything but the strawberries into a mixing glass. Stir and strain into a cocktail glass and float a few of the strawberry slices on top. If your buddy Mike the firefighter comes over, maybe skip the strawberries…or just give him a beer.



What it is: Named for one of our favorite golf personalities, it’s an alcoholic Arnold Palmer; the flavor is familiar, but the kick may not be. While the John Daly probably won’t improve your game much, it’ll help you cope with all the stroke penalties you rack up.

Where to drink it: Any outdoor sport can be complemented with this drink, and you’re sure to make a lot of new buddies if you bring a jug to share with everyone on the links.

How to make it:
12 oz bottle Mike’s Hard Lemonade
6 oz Deep Eddy sweet tea vodka

This is the simplest drink to mix on the list. Simply combine the ingredients in a glass with ice and stir. Or multiply the amounts according to how many drinkers are around, and mix in a pitcher or cooler with a pour spout. Serve with cigars and tall tales of long drives, bad haircuts and bloated excess.