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Make 12 signature restaurant cocktails at home

The Italian Margarita, made by beverage director Anthony

The Italian Margarita, made by beverage director Anthony Muscarnera, Massapequa, is the new drink for the summer at The Refuge Food and Spirits in Melville. Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Take an ounce of sunshine and a splash of beach, add a dash of breeze and finish with a little umbrella. Now, all your summer recipe needs is a cool drink.

On Long Island, this is the season of lemonade and iced tea -- sometimes with a kick. It's the moment of the Margarita, the night of the Negroni. Order a daiquiri. Be nostalgic with a  pina colada. Say hello to your fair-weather friends.

Bartenders and mixologists in Nassau and Suffolk are tweaking classics, remaking mainstays and concocting their own toasts to summer.

In Long Beach, bartender Vicki Cavanagh created the "Long Beach Sunset." In Merrick, William Carlo and Dan Igneri came up with "UtterFIZZbelief."  And in Stony Brook, David Marzano decided that a mojito could get more summer mojo with an invitation to watermelon.

They're among the snappy cocktails heralding the opening of swimming pools, the setting of picnic tables and the formal unveiling of the new backyard barbecue. 

The goal: "to be summery and bright.. simple and refreshing," said Christy Cober, director of operations for the Honest Man Group, which includes Nick & Toni's in East Hampton and Townline BBQ in Sagaponack.

Some cocktails complement food, some work better on their own. But they all salute summer. Here are 12 to toast sunny days from restaurants across Long Island.

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