Believe it or not, there’s still time to enjoy all that summer has to offer. Whether you’re firing up the grill for a crowd one last time or enjoying the final days of warm weather with close friends, we have the cocktails that will make your Labor Day celebrations memorable until next summer rolls around.
This isn’t the root beer float you remember from your childhood summers. The classic combination of root beer and vanilla ice cream gets an adult upgrade, thanks to the addition of Jägermeister, root beer bitters and a light spray of Yellow Chartreuse. Express an orange peel over the top for an extra kick of flavor.
Want to serve something on the fancier side but don’t want to get stuck worrying about spirit temperature all night? You’re in luck. This unique cocktail is neither hot nor cold and super easy to prepare. Stir dry gin, bianco vermouth, chilled water, lemon bitters and orange bitters, then strain and garnish with a lemon peel.
Enjoy afternoon sipping while you can with this light citrus cocktail. Gin, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup make a base that lets the color and flavor of crème de mure shine. Garnish with a lemon half-wheel and a fresh blackberry to give a hint of what flavors lie within.
This take on the Shandy is a French version of the classic Radler. In other words, it’s a perfect low-ABV option for an afternoon of drinking. Homemade demi peche syrup is super simple to make, and once you have a batch prepped, all you have to do is mix an ounce into a glass of beer to make a fruit-kissed cocktail even the pickiest drinker will enjoy.
Homemade strawberry-basil-infused blanco tequila will definitely impress your guests in this bright and bubbly punch. When mixed with fresh lime juice, agave syrup and dry sparkling rosé, the tequila takes on a fresh and herbaceous flavor that’s an ideal way to toast the end of the season.
Even if you didn’t make it to the beach before Labor Day, you can still drink like you did. Vodka and light rum are a boozy base that’s electrified with blue curaçao’s vibrant color. Add in a dash of pineapple juice and sweet-and-sour mix, and you’ll think you’re on a tropical vacation (even if you’re just drinking from your backyard with your toes in a kiddie pool).