Kitschy pool toys and house tunes usually crank up the fun meter at backyard barbecues. Something new to add to the list: introducing guests to their desired state of being — in a glass. Yep — with the right ingredients, optimism, strength and the like are now just a few sips away, thanks to a new mixology trend. Here, five places to get some tips on how to pour on the vanguard, and a recipe to get your party started.


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American Seasons, Nantucket, Mass.
Mood: Optimism
A bubbly pink bright outlook, fueled with lychee puree, fresh raspberries and gin by Nantucket mixer Alyssa Billings. (See recipe below.)80 Center St., (508) 228-7111, www.americanseasons.com


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Woodfire Kirby’s, Dallas
Mood: Passion
Egg whites, lavender syrup, raspberries and red chili ignite the libido in Sly Cosmopoulos’ love-connection vodka concoction. 3525 Greenville Ave., (214) 821-2122, www.woodfirekirbys.com


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Buddakan, Atlantic City, N.J.
Mood: Strength
Josh Levine’s bourbon-spiked cocktail has the added muscle of whiskey-barrel–aged bitters and kaffir-?infused lemonade (kaffir lime, lemon juice, simple syrup and water). The Pier Shops at Caesars, One Atlantic Ocean, (609) 674-0100, www.buddakanac.com


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Mise en Place, Tampa, Fla.
Mood: Surprise
A classic Russian martini, says Nate DeWitt, with a spicy surprise — habanero pepper. 442 W. Kennedy Blvd., (813) 254-5373, www.miseonline.com


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D Bar, New York CITY
Mood: Trust
Duane Fernandez Jr. builds simpatico with Russian vodka and assorted zakuski (Russian for “starters”) on a skewer atop the glass: one cornichon, one caper berry and one large Spanish olive stuffed with ?Parmigiano-Reggiano. 263 W. 19th St., (212) 493-5171, www.dbarnyc.com




Optimism Recipe:
1 ½ ounces gin
1 ½ ounces lychee puree
3 fresh raspberries
½ ounce rose syrup
Shake and pour into a flute or glass and top off with prosecco.