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Guide imbibe Top of the Hub, Boston's most elevated cocktail destination next wave YOUR COCKTAILS COME WITH A VIEW AT THESE WATERSIDE DESTINATIONS. by brandy rand Castle Hill D rink in the breathtaking expanse of ocean from an Adirondack chair on the sweeping lawn of Castle Hill Inn, set on a private 40-acre peninsula in Newport. Its signature blueberry lemonade is made from blueberries soaked in St-Germain elderflower liqueur combined with vodka, lemonade, and ice. 590 Ocean Dr., Newport, RI, 401-849-3800; Cru S tep off the ferry and head to newly opened Cru for stunning views of Nantucket Harbor. Order a Rio Calling cocktail, made with Brazilian Leblon cachaça, fresh lime juice, lime wedges, raspber- ries, ginger simple syrup, and cloves—you'll practically feel the sand between your toes. One Straight Wharf, Nantucket, 508-228-9278; Henry's at Harbor View Hotel & Resort T his hidden gem in Edgartown hosts locals and in-the-know tourists who appreciate the selection of microbrews, wine, and cocktails. Golfers and "tea-totalers" will enjoy Stardust Memories, a boozed-up Arnold Palmer with tea- and lemon-infused vodkas, fresh-squeezed lemonade, chilled Darjeeling tea, and a mint garnish. 131 North Water St., Edgartown, 508-627-7000; Libaytion P icture yourself sipping a perfectly crafted cocktail at a beachfront bar, 138 sailboats bobbing by and a fire pit illuminating the night sky. Now make your escape to Libaytion at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club on Cape Cod, and partake in the Lemon Boo Berry Martini, made with Van Gogh Açai- Blueberry vodka, muddled lemon and blueberries, and agave nectar. 2173 Rte. 28, Harwich, 508-432- 5400; Rowes Wharf Sea Grille T his indoor-outdoor spot at the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf offers a view that wows even the most jaded city dweller. Watch yachts dock while sipping a cucumber gin lemonade, a refreshing mix of Nolet's Silver gin and muddled cucumber with agave nectar and lemon juice. 70 Rowes Wharf, 617-856-7744; The Rudder at Rocky Neck A rrive by boat and dock at The Rudder, an insider's treasure set in the historic Rocky Neck Art Colony. To get your creative juices flowing, try a Rum Rudder, made of Mount Gay rum with pineapple, orange, and cranberry juices, topped with a Myers' dark rum float. 73 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester, 978-283-7967; Sam's T hose in need of a pick-me-up between fittings at the venerable Louis can go to Sam's at Fan Pier on the second floor of the store. A riff on the classic Salty Dog cocktail, the Hoond mixes Luksusowa vodka, Thatcher's organic elderflower liqueur, sea-salt simple syrup, and grapefruit and lime juices. 60 Northern Ave., 617-295-0191; The Tides Beach Club A t this luxury hotel on Goose Rocks Beach, a pristine three-mile stretch known mostly to locals, unwind on the front porch with a Siesta, a blend of tequila, water- melon water, muddled cilantro, simple syrup, and club soda. 254 Kings Hwy., Kennebunkport, ME, 855-632-3224; Top of the Hub E njoy the views at Boston's highest cocktail destination with an Absolut Grapevine peach martini, made with Absolut Grapevine vodka, peach schnapps, peach nectar, and fresh lime juice, topped with a float of Champagne. The Shops at Prudential Center, 52nd Fl., 617-536-1775; Waterclub at Marina Bay O utdoor dining and a happening bar bring revelers from brunch to happy hour to late night lounging. Try the Heat Wave, a mix of Bacardi Rock Coconut rum, peach schnapps, grenadine, and pine- apple and orange juices. 319 Victory Road, Quincy, 617-328-6500; BC What's the most unusual view from the lawn at Castle Hill? definitely clingstone, a house built in 1905 on a rock in narragansett bay. What drink tastes like summer in a glass? the blueberry lemonade has become my official summer drink; it's lightly sweet, refreshing, and so easy to recreate at home. Best night of the summer is... fourth of July! from the lawn at castle hill, you can see at least four different fireworks shows from surrounding towns. Blueberry lemonade at Castle Hill tops summer dreaming with rebecca campagna, restaurant manager at castle hill hill photography by carl tremblay (top of the hub)

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