The Labor Day holiday always comes as a bit of a shock — where did the summer go? Nonetheless, it’s a time for celebrating and perfect for offering festive and fruity cocktails that make the most of summer’s bounty. Here are nine recipes that we like for Labor Day, and the warm weeks before fall sets in. (And here’s a look back at the Labor Day cocktails we highlighted in 2021.)
2 oz. Crystal Head vodka½ oz. Honey syrup2 oz. Peach nectar½ oz. Fresh lemon juice4-5 Basil leaves
Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
Gently muddle the basil.
Add ice and shake for 8-11 seconds.
Double strain into a rocks glass.
Garnish with a fresh basil leaf.
The mixologists at Crystal Head created this recipe.
2 oz. Don Papa rum1 oz. Passion fruit puree1 oz. Lime juice¼ oz. Simple syrup
In a cocktail shaker with ice.
Add all the ingredients and shake for several seconds.
Serve using a strainer in a glass with 2-3 rocks of ice.
Garnish with blueberry and passion fruit.
The mixologists at Don Papa created this recipe.
1 ½ oz. Lobos 1707 mezcal¾ oz. Orange-flavored aperitif½ oz. Lime juice½ oz. Simple syrupSplash of club soda4 cubes of watermelonSmall plate of lime saltMild chili powder and sea salt seasoning
Dip the rim of a highball glass into the plate of lime juice and then into the plate of seasoning.
Combine all ingredients except one watermelon cube into a shaker with ice.
Shake together until well chilled and then pour over ice into the highball glass.
Top with club soda.
Add a watermelon cube to garnish.
The mixologists at Lobos 1707 created this recipe.
The Queen’s Road
1 ½ oz. Zacapa No. 23 rum½ oz. Orange juice½ oz. Lime juice½ oz. Ginger syrup½ oz. Honey syrup1 dash Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin.
Shake with ice.
Strain into a chilled rocks glass over ice.
Garnish with mint and orange peel.
Mixologist Lynnette Marrero created this recipe.
Sunset by the Sea
1 ½ oz. El Bandido Yankee reposado tequila4 oz. Grapefruit juice½ oz. Blueberry syrup
Add all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake for several seconds.
Pour over fresh ice into a highball glass.
Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry.
The mixologists at El Bandido created this recipe.
Spicy Mango Pineapple Margarita
1 ½ oz. YaVe mango tequila1 oz. Ancho Reyes chile liqueur1 oz. Mango puree½ oz. Orange liqueur½ oz. Pineapple juice1 oz. Fresh lime juice½ oz. Pineapple demerara syrup
Rim a rock glass with Tajin spice.
Combine the ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
Add ice and shake.
Strain over ice.
Garnish with a pineapple leaf.
The mixologists at YaVe created this recipe.
3 oz. Lime juice4 oz. Pineapple juice3 oz. Liber & Co. fiery ginger syrup6 oz. Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass vodka
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher or carafe.
Serve over crushed ice.
Garnish with a sprig of mint and an edible flower.
The mixologists at Aba restaurant in Austin, TX, created this recipe.
Coco Y Piña
1 ½ oz. Barrilito 2 Stars rum1 oz. Don Q Piña rum1 oz. Coconut cream1 oz. Fresh lemon juice1 tsp. Fresh ground gingerCoconut flakes for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a shaker.
Shake well and pour into a rocks glass.
Add ice cubes or crushed ice.
Top with coconut flakes to taste.
Puerto Rican Chef and Restaurateur Mario Pagán created this recipe.
Grilled Pineapple Bajito (basil-mojito)
1 ½ oz. Kōloa dark rum¾ oz. Lemon juice4-5 Medium/large basil leaves4-5 Chunks fresh grilled pineapple ½ inch chunks1 ½ oz. Pineapple juice¾ oz. Honey syrup equal parts honey and water2 oz. Club soda
Muddle basil and grilled pineapple in shaker.
Add crushed ice, honey syrup, and pineapple juice.
Shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
Pour into new glass, fill with ice and add club soda.
Gently stir the club soda then top with rum.
Garnish with grilled pineapple fan and basil sprig.
For grilled pineapple: Fire up the BBQ grill to medium to high heat. Place pineapples on and grill 2-3 minutes on each side or until grill marks appear.
The mixologists at Kōloa created this recipe.
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