By Carl Hanson
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Who cancelled autumn this year? It's true, parts of the country are enjoying an unusually warm fall. "Hotumn," as Reggie Ugwu coined it. If it's still unseasonably balmy by you, we have a few classic elixirs to share. These cocktails will keep you chill, carrying your through the shank of the season, until the crisp, cool evenings finally arrive. Cheers!

This twist on the classic margarita brings its own heat. "Nothing tastes better than tequila and jalapeno," says Dillon McGill. "The cucumber adds a freshness that helps to mute the jalapeno's bite. The longer it chills, the more jalapeno and cucumber infuses into the tequila. Serve over ice in a salt-rimmed glass, garnished with cucumber slices."

Photo by Sherri

It's the next best thing to actually being beachside. "Refreshing tiki flavors mingle in this delicious reinterpretation of the classic daiquiri," says MattAlan.

Beachside Daiquiri | Photo by Matt Alan

Don't winterize the grill just yet. While hotumn hangs around, there are grilled-fruit cocktails to consume. Matt Wencl explains the wisdom of grilling fruit for this mai tai. "Grilling the citrus brings the natural flavors to the front. Grill up an entire pineapple and a few more limes to make easy beach cocktails for a crowd. Garnish with grilled orange wheels and Bing cherries."

Seasonal and very refreshing, this old-timey, apple-ginger-infused drinking vinegar is also a great base for cocktails (try a healthy splash of bourbon and some soda water). With or without the bourbon, shrubs and switchels will help defeat even the doggiest days of Indian summer.

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