Whether you’re headed to the beach this weekend for a final summer hurrah or if you’re planning a leisurely staycation, Labor Day will hopefully be filled with good food, tasty drinks and a bit of relaxation.
But there is no need to exhaust yourself by fixing drinks that need a lot of shaking, like Gin Fizzes, or muddling, like Mojitos. It is Labor Day, after all. To help you find the perfect labor-less drink, we rounded up a few of our favorite two- and three-ingredient cocktails. While they may contain just a few elements, they’re still delicious and complex.
So take it easy and try some of these recipes. Cheers to the holiday weekend!
The perfect afternoon sipper is this Italian aperitif. Made with equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth, it will get your appetite going for dinner. Having people over? Fix the Negroni Sbagliato, which literally translates to “incorrect Negroni” and substitutes Champagne for gin. Our recipe serves a thirsty crowd.
The classic Daiquiri is one of our all-time favorites. It’s a delicious mix of dark rum, lime juice and simple syrup. Our recipe for the concoction comes from Liquor.com advisory board member and cocktail consultant Aisha Sharpe. Not a rum lover? No problem: Substitute gin for the rum and have a tasty Gimlet instead!
This south-of-the-border cocktail is a sure-fire way to delight your friends and family. And making the classic recipe is a snap: You need only some tequila, Cointreau (or another orange liqueur) and fresh lime juice. Hosting a party? Try Liquor.com advisory board member Dale DeGroff’s recipe for Margaritas by the Pitcher.
Adding a bit of class to brunch is easy. Just fix this tasty OJ-and-Champagne concoction. We recommend using fresh-squeezed, but if you’re in a rush, store-bought juice should be just fine. It is, of course, great with pancakes and other breakfast staples.
While the history of the Rusty Nail is still not completely known, we can tell you it’s a delicious mix of whisky and Drambuie, a Scotch-based infusion of herbs and honey. It’s a quaffable concoction that was super-popular in the 1960s and ‘70s, and deserves a resurrection.
Wishing you were headed to Ipanema Beach this weekend? While we unfortunately can’t promise you Brazil, we can offer you the recipe for the country’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha. It’s a delicious mix of the Brazilian sugar-cane spirit cachaça, lime wedges and sugar—and that’s it. The drink is the ultimate triple threat: sweet, sour and simple. Not sure if you’re muddling correctly? Watch Liquor.com advisory board member H. Joseph Ehrmann whip up a Caipirinha in our How To Cocktail video.
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