Unlike seasonal beers or wine, it’s never a bad time of year to enjoy a good cocktail, although as anyone who enjoys spirits knows, mixologists’ skills vary from one establishment to another.

Those thirsty for the region’s namesake adult beverage should head over to Mercato Kitchen & Cocktails, which won Best Long Island Ice Tea on Long Island in the 2017 Best of Long Island competition. That’s no small feat on the island where the beverage was born! 

Prefer a mojito? There’s none better than Maria’s Mexican & Latin Cuisine, which was voted Best Mojito on Long Island in that contest. At this authentic Mexican eatery, they know this rum-based drink with fresh mint and sugar is more than just the sum of its ingredients. 

Of course, some would rather saddle up to the bar with a martini or margarita. In either case, check out Spiro’s Restaurant & Lounge, which earned the title of both Best Margarita on Long Island and Best Martini on Long Island. In both cases, they won two years in a row for their wide variety of styles of margaritas and martinis, so you know they’re good! 

For all the other nightlife and spirits-related Best of Long Island contest winners, visit https://bestof.longislandpress.com/winners/nightlife-spirits/ Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Best of Long Island program here.

Mercato Kitchen & Cocktails is located at 4958 Merrick Rd. in Massapequa Park. They can be reached at 516-308-3582 or mercatokitchen.com 

Maria’s Mexican & Latin Cuisine is located at 211 Smithtown Blvd. in Nesconset. They can be reached at 631-979-7724 or marias211.com 

Spiro’s Restaurant & Lounge is located at 4 Patchogue Dr. in Rocky Point. They can be reached at 631-744-4100 or spiroslounge.com

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