Labor Day is just around the corner, and with things as they are, everyone is figuring out the best and safest way to celebrate. If you don’t need to feed the masses, you can up your game from burgers to steak sandwiches, and splurge on fun and festive cocktails instead of stirring up that giant batch of punch or spiked lemonade.
Sparkling Watermelon Punch
Couldn’t stop yourself from buying too many adorable baby watermelons at the supermarket? This will help you use them up. One mini melon makes enough punch for two when blended with mint, then strained and combined with vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup. Pour it all into a hollowed-out watermelon half, top it with sparkling wine for a festive kick, and serve with a straw for sipping straight out of the vessel.
Sea Breeze Cooler
Light and refreshing, this cocktail has been around since 1930, but it’s a secret sibling—and a well-kept secret, at that—of its better-known relative. Once you have a sip of the gin, apricot brandy, lemon, and grenadine combo, though, you’ll wonder why you’ve never tried it before. Especially when it’s topped with a little soda water and fresh mint, this is one of the most summery sippers you’ll have.
Cucumber, Basil & Lime Gimlet
Bump up your classic Gimlet with some fresh flavors to help you ride out the last hot summer days. Gin’s herbal notes are enhanced with basil, while cucumber adds a touch of coolness. Muddle cucumber and basil together, then shake with vodka, lemonade, lime juice, and ice until chilled. Strain over ice, then garnish with a fresh basil leaf.
Similar to a sparkling lemonade with gin, this combination of lemon juice, simple syrup, club soda, and the juniper spirit is a classic cocktail made for sipping alongside the pool or wherever your Labor Day finds you.
Grilled Grapefruits Paloma Cocktails
If you have the grill going for your Labor Day party, then you are ahead of the game for a delicious twist on a traditional grapefruit Paloma. Grilling the grapefruit brings out its natural sweetness and the smoky flavor really works beautifully with this cocktail.
Dark ’n Stormy
One of the simplest cocktails to make and also one of the most satisfying, this combination of blackstrap rum, lime juice, and ginger beer will see you through the muggiest late-summer days, no thunderstorm necessary. It’s usually garnished with a lime wedge. But anyway it’s served, the Dark ’n Stormy is tasty and refreshing.
Besides thinking about what will you eat for labor day feast with family or siblings, you may also think about the refreshing beverages for the merrier the feast. You also can include some non-boozy mocktails so no one has to feel left out. Let’s raise a glass to summer’s last blast!