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Classy cocktails for Labor Day

Christina Haller works full-time in marketing, is a mom, wife, freelance writer, and lover of cats, coffee, ethnic food, and traveling, and is currently living in Minneapolis.

Sip in style this weekend

This Labor Day weekend, impress your friends with a cocktail they've never had before. Try one or all three of these sophisticated sips, sure to please every palate.

The Summer Storm

The summer storm

Recipe adapted from Smith & Ratliff

Yields 1 cocktail


  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces gin
  • Splash of soda water
  • Mint for garnish


  1. Puree blueberries with water (this is what gives the drink its blueberry flavor and intense color).
  2. Add the fresh lime juice, simple syrup and blueberry puree into a shaker.
  3. Add gin and shake. Strain into a chilled Collins glass and top with soda and garnish with mint.

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