Labor Day looms. Do you know what you’ll be drinking as summer heads toward its end? If you’re down to the wire and party guests are on the way, you don’t have time for crafting infusions and syrups. Enter these last-minute cocktails that require only three or four ingredients. Refreshing, bubbly and ready in seconds, there’s an option for every Labor Day party plan.
Charting a course for warmer waters with your friends? Consider this glass your trusty first mate. Spiced rum, lime juice and bitters make waves when topped with ginger beer and will keep your crew cheerful no matter the weather.
Here’s an excuse to throw one last backyard bash while your herb garden’s still got legs. You already have the mint. Now muddle it into an edgy Julep made with spicy rye whiskey (instead of bourbon) and a slip of simple syrup.
Making one last run for the white sand? You’ll need an appropriately beachy cocktail companion. Golden as the fleeting summer sun, this tropical glass of tequila, orange liqueur, pineapple and lime juices will answer that call.
Take a cue from the iconic summer lawn ornament and go pink with your Labor Day drinks. The simple formula: rum, lime juice and grapefruit soda, plus a long lime peel curlicue that loops around the glass. Bonus points if you serve it in a floating pink flamingo coaster.
Mixing your cocktail