The Last Word: 7 Late Summer Cocktails

Though hot weather, streetfests and beach days may be on their last legs - say it ain't so! - one way to banish those late-summer blues is to get out and enjoy the 11th hour with a quick and easy cocktail in hand. We culled the pages of Pinterest for inspiration and found 7 just-right options for those who enjoy sweet and sour, tart or smooth, and even a mocktail recipe to boot. With something for everyone, these cocktails are sure to make the most of those last BBQs and rooftop get-togethers.

1. Cucumber Lime Mojito

Photo via The Daily Squeeze  A twist on the summery classic, this mojito recipe from The Daily Squeeze calls for cucumber and lime along with the usual mojito standards: white rum, sugar and mint. You can't beat this refreshing green cocktail treat!

Photo via The Daily Squeeze 

A twist on the summery classic, this mojito recipe from The Daily Squeeze calls for cucumber and lime along with the usual mojito standards: white rum, sugar and mint. You can't beat this refreshing green cocktail treat!

2. French 75 Jello Shots

Photo via The Jelly Shot Test Kitchen  Though technically not a cocktail, we could not resist featuring these homemade jello shots from The Jelly Shot Test Kitchen. The French 75 is a light sipper with a gin base and sparkling wine topper. Throw a lemon peel in there and you are ready to go. We have no doubt these jellies will be the talk of your next get-together.

Photo via The Jelly Shot Test Kitchen 

Though technically not a cocktail, we could not resist featuring these homemade jello shots from The Jelly Shot Test Kitchen. The French 75 is a light sipper with a gin base and sparkling wine topper. Throw a lemon peel in there and you are ready to go. We have no doubt these jellies will be the talk of your next get-together.

3. Watermelon Mint Cocktail

Photo via M Loves M  Level up your at-home cocktail game with this delightful creation from M Loves M. The St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur - one of France's best kept secrets - really sings alongside the always invigorating watermelon and mint combination. With a nonalcoholic version listed as well, this quaffable refreshment is the ultimate crowd pleaser.

Photo via M Loves M 

Level up your at-home cocktail game with this delightful creation from M Loves M. The St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur - one of France's best kept secrets - really sings alongside the always invigorating watermelon and mint combination. With a nonalcoholic version listed as well, this quaffable refreshment is the ultimate crowd pleaser.

4. Sherry & Ginger Cobbler 

Photo via The Bartenderess  For the adventurous drinker, try this Sherry and Ginger Cobbler to spice up your summer twilight. Amontillado Sherry's bold flavors - think warm, nutty overtones and baking spices with a hint of salinity - alongside fresh ginger, lemon and orange slices, this cocktail is not only unique and downright tasty but just right to help ease yourself into a new season.

Photo via The Bartenderess 

For the adventurous drinker, try this Sherry and Ginger Cobbler to spice up your summer twilight. Amontillado Sherry's bold flavors - think warm, nutty overtones and baking spices with a hint of salinity - alongside fresh ginger, lemon and orange slices, this cocktail is not only unique and downright tasty but just right to help ease yourself into a new season.

5. Amaretto Southern

Photo via Southern Fatty  For fans of the sweet and sour, Southern Fatty's Amaretto Sour is a no-brainer. While amaretto may not be for everyone - an Italian liqueur with an almond or apricot base - when combined with bourbon's soothing richness, a balance is struck between the sweet amaretto, citrus and sour notes. Add a dash of egg white and this cocktail is sure to be a hit on any back deck.

Photo via Southern Fatty 

For fans of the sweet and sour, Southern Fatty's Amaretto Sour is a no-brainer. While amaretto may not be for everyone - an Italian liqueur with an almond or apricot base - when combined with bourbon's soothing richness, a balance is struck between the sweet amaretto, citrus and sour notes. Add a dash of egg white and this cocktail is sure to be a hit on any back deck.

6. Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco

Photo via Damn Delicious  Described as the 5 minute cocktail, Damn Delicious highlights a few of our favorite things with their Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco sipper. Just combine and go!  Frozen raspberries act as ice cubes and the light sparkle of Prosecco gives this beverage a Bellini-esque playful vibe. Top with a few sprigs of mint - summer's unofficial herb - and you are ready to sit back, relax and chill out.

Photo via Damn Delicious 

Described as the 5 minute cocktail, Damn Delicious highlights a few of our favorite things with their Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco sipper. Just combine and go!  Frozen raspberries act as ice cubes and the light sparkle of Prosecco gives this beverage a Bellini-esque playful vibe. Top with a few sprigs of mint - summer's unofficial herb - and you are ready to sit back, relax and chill out.

7. The Last Word

Photo via Fine Cooking  One of the classics dating back to the Prohibition era, we imagine quite a few end of summer parties featured this simple drink known as The Last Word. Equal parts gin, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino Liqueur and lime juice, this cocktail has quite a kick but sneaks up on you similar to Labor Day's impending arrival. Easy to make and easy to sip, The Last Word has several variations but sometimes the original is all you need.

Photo via Fine Cooking 

One of the classics dating back to the Prohibition era, we imagine quite a few end of summer parties featured this simple drink known as The Last Word. Equal parts gin, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino Liqueur and lime juice, this cocktail has quite a kick but sneaks up on you similar to Labor Day's impending arrival. Easy to make and easy to sip, The Last Word has several variations but sometimes the original is all you need.

Have you crafted any noteworthy cocktails this past summer? Let us know your favorite recipes in the comments below.

As always, please drink responsibly and enjoy. Cheers!

- KCH