What will they think of next? (September edition)

Few among us likes to let go of summer. And the calendar is on our side until Sept. 21 when we experience the autumnal equinox and it's officially fall. So, in the waning days of the Summer of '08, enjoy these refreshing drinks I've collected from a variety of sources.

Blood & Sand

It sounds like old Hemingway, but it actually is one of the cocktail recipes available on the Apple OS X iPhone. You can purchase "Cocktails" from the iTunes Store or the App Store (search on “cocktails”) on your device. The program costs $9.99.

1 part Scotch whisky
1 part orange juice
1 part sweet vermouth
1 part cherry flavored liqueur

Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with fresh ice. Shake vigorously and pour over new ice in a cocktail glass.

• Blushing Dragon

The XXIX Olympics are over, but you still can't get enough of things Chinese? Then try this cocktail from the famous Lobby Bar of the Intercontinental Hong Kong hotel which overlooks Victoria Harbor.

1½ jiggers vodka
¼ jigger Cointreau
⅓ jigger lemon Juice
½ jigger simple syrup
4 strawberries
6 raspberries
6 blueberries
½ a fresh mango

Blend the liquor and fruit with ice then pour into a tall glass. Garnish glass with half a strawberry with its leaf and float a chopped strawberry, blueberry and raspberry in the drink.

A Day at the Beach

This one comes from the recipe collection of DrinksMixer.com.

1 ounce coconut rum
½ ounce amaretto almond liqueur
4 ounces orange juice
½ ounce grenadine syrup

Shake rum, amaretto, and orange juice in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a highball glass over ice. Add grenadine and garnish with a pineapple wedge and a strawberry.

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