FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Summer means long weekends and alfresco meals, so why not enjoy them with a breezy, refreshing cocktail?
We've rounded up a few served in Fairfield County, but feel free to add your own favorites in our comments area below.
Sashito! bartaco , Stamford and Westport: Like watermelon? Then you'll enjoy this cocktail which features the chopped fruit along with simple syrup, Campari, Combier, lemon juice and three dashes of Angostura. Sip Summer: 222 Summer St., Stamford, (203) 323-8226; 20 Wilton Rd., Westport, (203) 222-8226
Breaking & Entering, Artisan, Southport : All cocktails at Artisan feature a little something fresh from their garden, offering you -- literally -- a taste of the season. This libation is a play on a New York sour and includes St. George B&E bourbon, lemon juice, thyme infused simple syrup, dry red wine and homegrown thyme sprigs for garnish. Sip Summer: 275 Old Post Rd., (203) 307-4222,
Espolon Breeze, Char , Greenwich: Add some spice to your summer with this tequila cocktail, a combination of jalapeño infused syrup mixed with a pineapple puree and fresh lime juice. It's shaken and strained into a rocks glass full of ice and garnished with candied jalapeño. Sip Summer: 2 S. Water St., (203) 900-1100.
Cucumber Moscow Mule, Lugano , Old Greenwich: Belvedere vodka, cucumber, lime, agave and ginger beer make for a winning combination that goes down easy on a hot day. Sip Summer: 1392 E Putnam Ave., (203) 990-0955.
White Negroni, Match , Norwalk: This restaurant is all about mixing interesting flavors and that extends to its wide cocktail list. Among the winners: the White Negroni with Greenhook Old Tom Gin, Cocchi Americano, Suze Liqueur, and Peychauds Bitters for a fun taste sensation sure to keep you in a summer mood. Sip Summer: 98 Washington St., (203) 852-1088.