Gimme S'mores with whipped cream vodka, Mozart chocolate cream and...

Gimme S'mores with whipped cream vodka, Mozart chocolate cream and a graham cracker rim at Husk & Vine in St. James. Credit: Newsday/Scott Vogel

If it's too late for margaritas and too early for hot toddies--what are we supposed to drink now? We posed that very question to five bartenders at some of the Island’s most popular cocktail spots. Here are their answers. 

Pumpkin Spice Martini at Birdie Bar

688 Fort Salonga Rd., Northport, 631-686-3713

There’s no avoiding the gourd this time of year, and that includes at the bar. Why not make the most of it with this silky yet potent concoction? Take Stoli Vanilla, Kahlua Salted Caramel, Baileys Pumpkin Spice, grated fresh nutmeg and cinnamon, add a dash of swank from this newish haunt, and you’ve got the perfect antidote to the season’s pick-your-own frenzy. ($18)

Manhattan at WhiskeyNeat 

124 E. Main St., Patchogue, 631-600-3434,

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat nor gloomy drinking companions can keep us from this most weatherproof of whiskey drinks. Which is to say, no self-respecting cocktail lover should dare face the vagaries of the season without it, or this Patchogue permutation, composed of Rittenhouse rye, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters. ($15)

Godfather at Gatsby’s Landing

1362 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, 516-277-2318,

If there’s anything that straddles summer and fall it’s amaretto, which is how the liqueur finds its way into rocket fuels during the dog days and fine autumnal-leaning beverages like this one. The cocktail’s name (and chief ingredient), John Barr blended Scotch, suggests brutal and menacing days to come, but also the tempering power of almondy sweetness, at least for the present. ($17)

Black Manhattan at One10 

569 Broadhollow Rd., Melville, 631-694-3333,

What, another Manhattan? Quiet, this one’s special. It starts with Henry McKenna sour mash bourbon and Amaro Averna, but then adds lemon peel and black walnut bitters, an effect that’s both sunny and rainy at once. Call it the perfect choice whatever the weather, September in a glass. ($14)

Gimme S’mores at Husk & Vine 

655 Middle Country Rd., St. James, 631-250-9616,

Can’t wait for full-on fall, wherein roaring campfires, sticky masses of melted chocolate and over-charred marshmallows make you long for a cleaner, more efficient alternative? This St. James bar’s got you. Their cocktail version combines whipped cream vodka, Mozart chocolate cream, chocolate syrup and crushed graham crackers with the verisimilitude of a marshmallow floater. Ghost stories optional. ($16)

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