2. The British favor the shandy, which is quite refreshing. It is a mixture, usually half-and-half, of beer and carbonated lemonade. A variant, the shandygaff, mixes beer and ginger ale or ginger beer. In Australia, the black shandy is made with stout rather than lager. Experiment.
3. If you are willing to fool with a blender, the mangorita, or mango margarita, is a tasty variant of the traditional recipe. Put an ounce and a quarter of tequila, an ounce of triple sec, an ounce and a half of freshly squeezed lemon juice, two ounces of simple syrup (I suppose you could substitute sweet-and-sour mix), and three-quarters of a cup of partially frozen, unsweetened mango into a blender. Blend it till the mixture is smooth and pour into a glass. It goes down with lethal ease.
If you have not tried prosecco, the dry, sparkling white Italian wine, you will find few things better at the end of the day than to share a couple of glasses while you and another discuss the most crucial of questions: where and what for dinner.
5. If you are a traditionalist, particularly a Southerner, you will put a few ice cubes into a good squat glass with a heavy bottom, pour some good-quality bourbon over them—Maker’s Mark or better—and sip slowly as you watch the sun go down. Repeat.