Salute Summer with Labor Day Cocktails


Labor Day is almost here – do you know where your cocktail is? Although we’re sad to see summer go, we’re optimistic it’s going to be a great fall. But we obviously want to throw a really rad goodbye party for the season of beaches, bikinis and BBQs. And what’s a good party without some really tasty, really strong cocktails? Nothing. Because you should practice what we preach, we’ve compiled the best recipes for Labor Day cocktails from our favorite liquor brands – all you have to do is add a little effort. So grab your preferred spirit, check out the recipes below and give your favorite a shake.

Caliche Cali Absinthe-Minded

2 oz Caliche
1/2 oz Batavia -Arrack
3/4 oz Lime juice
3/4 oz Simple syrup
7 mint leaves
Mint sprigs for garnish

In a cocktail shaker combine all ingredients, fill with ice and shake. Strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs

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Bombay Sapphire Cherry Gin Rickey

1 1/2oz Bombay Sapphire EAST
1oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
3/4oz Cherry Syrup

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, 1-2-3 shake, strain in a Highball over fresh ice and top with a Sprite. Garnish with a lime wheel. Created by Josh Sontag, beverage director at Whitehall Bar + Kitchen

Sailor Jerry Fatty Hellfire

(combine in pint glass)
3 dash tabasco sauce
.25oz ginger syrup
.5oz lime juice
1.5oz Sailor Jerry rum
(swirl and add ice cubes)

In equal proportions, fill glass with Regatta Ginger Beer and Fire Island Sea Salt Ale, Garnish with Lime wedge & straw. Created by Philip Dizard from Fatty Cue.

Belvedere Lazy Summer

2 oz Belvedere Lemon Tea
2 oz Coconut Water
2 oz Cloudy Apple

Build over cubed ice and garnish with an apple fan.

Woodford Reserve Citrus Spice Cooler

1 oz. Woodford Reserve
½ oz. molasses
1 medium piece candied ginger, muddled
Squeeze of orange
2 dashes orange bitters
3½ oz. ginger beer

Muddle all ingredients except for the ginger beer, shake and strain. Serve in a tall glass over ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with an orange twist.

Pavan Watermelon Sangria

1 bottle of Pavan
2 cups silver tequila
1 cup fresh lemon juice
5 cups watermelon juice

Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher. Add fresh sliced lemon and orange and 3-4 cups of ice. Stir gently and serve into iced wine or punch glasses with a sliced lemon and orange.