7 Sweet, Tart, Fruity + Fab Cocktails for Your Labor Day Cocktail Celebration!

3 years ago

Say good-bye to the season with the taste of 7 summery cocktails. 
-PJ Gach

 Cruzan_Summer's End_Beach lede imageSummer is slipping away from us! Say good-bye to ‘Summer Fridays,” flirty maxi dresses, beachy breezes and long days. Sigh. Labor Day’s just a blink away. You can still taste summer with any of these seven delicious cocktails. Each cocktail, whether it’s rum, bourbon, vodka or tequila based, has the feel of summer to them.

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Raise your glass and salute the summer sun.

Cruzan® Summer's End 
A cocktail that salutes the summer sunset.

Cruzan_Summer's End_Beach 1Ingredients:  
1 part Cruzan Estate Diamond® Dark Rum 
1 part Cruzan Black Strap Rum 
1 part fresh lime juice 
3/4 part Turbinado syrup* 
Directions: 
Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice. Shake hard. Single strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with fresh grated nutmeg. 
*Turbinado Syrup 
Ingredients:  
8 parts Hot Water 
8 parts Turbinado Sugar 
Directions: 
Combine 8 parts Hot Water and 8 parts Turbinado Sugar. Stir until Sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate. Will last for 30 days.

 Southern Heat
The summer sun is still hot, hot, hot! Bring the 'Southern Heat' no matter where you sip this spicy libation and let summer live on.

Southern heat cocktail

Ingredients: 
1 ½ oz. Partida Blanco Tequila 
¾ oz. Cointreau 
1 oz. Fresh squeezed lime juice 
6 slices of cucumber skinned 
2 to 3 slices of Jalapeño 
¼ oz. simple syrup 
Directions: 
In a mixing glass muddle the cucumber, Jalapeno, lime juice and simple syrup. Add the ice, Partida Blanco Tequila & Cointreau. Shake and strain over fresh into an Old-fashioned glass and garnish with cucumber slices fanned out.

Play Action Punch 
Perfect for a barbecue now, or a tailgate party later on in the fall.

Play Action Punch 1
Ingredients: 
1.5 oz. Captain Morgan® Original Spiced Rum 
2 oz. pomegranate juice 
1 oz. apple cider 
1 oz. fresh lime juice 
0.5 oz. simple syrup 
Directions: 
 Combine all ingredients in a punch glass. Add ice and stir well to blend. Garnish with a mixture of orange wheels, apple slices or pomegranate ice cubes.

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 Appleton Swizzle 
By Willy Shine 
Sweet and tart, the way you feel when you say good-bye to summer.

Appleton Estate VX - Appleton Swizzle1
Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz. Appleton® Estate V/X Jamaica Rum 
3/ 4 oz. fresh lime juice 
1/2 oz. demerara simple syrup (2-1 sugar to water) 
Directions: 
Combine all ingredients into shaker with ice and shake. Strain ingredients into a rocks glass and top with crushed ice until it's over-flowing. Garnish with mint.

Summer Honey Punch 
By Moses Laboy 
Honey flavored bourbon and lemon juice make this a sophisticated drink with a touch of lemonade.

Summer Honey Punch 1
Ingredients: 
3 cups Wild Turkey American Honey® 
2 cups SKYY® Vodka 
1-1/2 cups fresh lemon juice 
1-1/2 cups simple syrup 
30 dashes Angostura® bitters 
15 dashes orange bitters 
2 oranges 
Directions: 
Combine all ingredients into a punch bowl and stir. Slice two large oranges into half wheels and add to the top of the punch. 10 minutes before serving, add 5lbs of ice and stir occasionally. Ladle into cups and enjoy.

Berry Sweet Summer 
Gather the last berries of the season and enjoy!

Berry Sweet Summer 1
Ingredients: 
1 ½ oz. Prairie Organic Vodka 
4 blackberries 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
1 tablespoon simple syrup  
Soda water 
Mint sprig  
Directions: 
Combine blackberries, lemon juice and simple syrup. Gently crush berries. Add ice and vodka, and then top with seltzer. Stir to combine. Garnish with mint.

Weekend Spice 
Hot and cool; just like summer!

Weekend Spice 1
Ingredients: 
1 part UV Sriracha Vodka 
12 oz. light beer 
1/4 cup tomato juice 
1 Tbsp. lime juice 
Dash of Worcestershire Sauce 
Directions: 
Serve in a salt-rimmed pint glass. 
 

Please remember to drink responsibly. No one wants to watch someone dance on a tabletop wearing flip flops whilst listing.

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