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HAPPY HOUR What and Where to Sip this Season Picture this: It’s finally Friday and you’re on your way out to the Hamptons for the weekend. Once you’ve battled the traffic and survived the crowds at the grocery store, it’s finally time to start the weekend off right—with you favorite group of people, and a much-needed cocktail. Check out our picks for summer’s hottest cocktails, and where in the Hamptons they’re being poured.

If wine bars are your preferred sipping spot, then the wine-centric bar at Fresno in East Hampton is the place for you. But staying with our cocktail theme, we recommend The Upside Down Martini, offering the best of both worlds, with Channing Daughter’s VerVino Vermouth and Farmer’s organic gin.

Stick with the tropical island vibe at LITTLE|RED in Southampton, and enjoy the Red Rum Punch, made up of Blue Chair Banana Rum, Clement Coconut Liqueur, orange, pineapple, lemon, and lime. If you’re lucky, you may be able to snag a seat al fresco on the garden patio.

At The Beacon in Sag Harbor, the staff believes that the hardest decision you make all day should be the drink you’re going to order. While that may be wishful thinking, we’re going to make that one decision even easier: Go for the Ruby Rita, a blood orange margarita with Sauza Gold.

Seasoned Hamptonites who love their seafood know to head to Bostwick’s Chowder House. But did you know creative concoctions are also part of the mix? Get excited for the Watermelon Margarita, featuring watermelon infusion with Milagro Premium Silver Tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, and a splash of simple syrup.

Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett is also on the watermelon bandwagon this summer; the pubstyle tavern is rolling out a Watermelon Sangria with Wolffer rosé, fresh watermelon, Cointreau, and a splash of vodka that will leave you feeling quenched and ready for the weekend.

Settle down in the garden at the Backyard Restaurant at Sole East in Montauk. What to sip, you ask? The signature Myles of course, made with Cruzan Silver Rum, peach, strawberries, mint, and lime.

If you like BBQ, your best bet is Townline BBQ in Sagaponack. Some pulled pork paired with Texas Tea on tap will have you screaming “yee-haw.” Townline’s Texas Tea is a combination of Old Overholt rye whiskey, passion fruit, peppermint tea, fresh lemon juice, and organic agave nectar, and is just what the doctor ordered.

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Head on down to 668 The Gig Shack in Montauk, and ask for the Shack Signature Margarita made with Herradura Silver, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, a splash of OJ, and a splash of bubble water.

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