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8 Easy Cocktail Recipes For Labor Day Weekend

Aug 31, 2021,10:04pm EDT|1,063 views

Karla AlindahaoSenior Contributor

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Bombay Sapphire Summer Punch_Easy Cocktail Recipes
The Bombay Summer Punch BOMBAY SAPPHIRE

It was George Gershwin who taught us that in summertime the livin’ is easy—which is why it has always seemed fitting that Labor Day, a holiday for workers, is the symbolic end of the season. So whether you want to raise a glass to those final lazy, hazy days or you feel the need to brace yourself for fall, here is one thing I know for certain—don’t overthink your cocktail choice this weekend.

And don’t work too hard to make it.

The following drinks can be made with as few as three ingredients, but even the most complex recipe can likely be sourced from your pantry. And all are worth a shot.

8 Easy Cocktail Recipes for Labor Day Weekend



Coco Loco_Easy Cocktail Recipes
The Coco Loco SIEMPRE TEQUILA

COCO LOCO

Ingredients

Coco Lopez cream of coconut

2 oz. Siempre tequila

1 oz. pressed lime

1–2 slices of jalapeño

1 tbsp. Coco Lopez coconut cream

Jalapeño sea salt, for the rim

Method: In a shaker, muddle jalapeño slices. Add Siempre tequila, lime juice, and Coco Lopez cream. Shake with ice and double strain over new ice with a jalapeño sea salted rim.


Bombay Sapphire Summer Punch_Easy Cocktail Recipes
The Bombay Summer Punch BOMBAY SAPPHIRE

BOMBAY SUMMER PUNCH

Ingredients

¾ part Bombay Sapphire Gin

¼ part St. Germain elderflower liqueur

½ part Noilly Prat dry vermouth

4 parts ginger ale

Lime, mint, and ginger for garnish

Method: Combine Bombay Sapphire, St. Germain, vermouth, and ginger ale. Stir to combine. Serve over cubed ice in a balloon or highball glass.


Monkey Splash
The Monkey Splash MONKEY SHOULDER

MONKEY SPLASH

Ingredients

1.5 parts Monkey Shoulder blended malt Scotch whisky

3 parts soda water

Orange wedge, garnish

Method: Pour Monkey Shoulder into a rocks glass. Add ice. Top with soda water. Garnish with orange wedge.


The Rosebud_Easy Cocktail Recipes
The Rosebud CÓDIGO 1530 TEQUILA

THE ROSEBUD

Ingredients

2 oz. Código 1530 Rosa tequila

1 oz. lemon juice

0.75 oz. mint syrup

Method: Shake everything together over ice and strain into glass. Garnish with mint leaf.


The Americano_Easy Cocktail Recipes
The Americano CAMPARI

THE AMERICANO

Ingredients

1 part Campari

1 part Cinzano 1757 Rosso Vermouth di Torino 

Splash of soda water

Method: Pour the ingredients directly in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice-cubes, add a splash of soda water, and garnish with orange slice and lemon peel.


Haku Martini_01_Photo Credit Manuela Savona
The Haku Martini BEAM SUNTORY

HAKU MARTINI

Ingredients

2.5 parts Suntory Haku vodka

0.25 part dry vermouth

Dash of orange bitters

Umeboshi (Japanese plum) or lemon peel garnish

Method: Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with Umeboshi, and/or a lemon peel.


Rose Frose_Easy Cocktail Recipes
The D’USSÉ Frosé D’USSÉ

D’USSÉ FROSÉ

Ingredients

1 part D’USSÉ VSOP Cognac

3 parts Maison Marcel Rosé (or another French off-dry rosé)

½ part simple syrup

2 fresh strawberries

2 cubes fresh watermelon

1 cup ice

Method: Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until frothy. If needed, add water for a smoother texture. Pour into a stemless wine glass.


Vikings Weakness Cocktail _ Helix Vodka
The Viking Weakness HELIX VODKA

THE VIKING WEAKNESS

1 kiwi slice

1 cucumber slice

0.5 oz. of St. Germain

1.5 oz. of Helix vodka

0.5 oz. of lime juice

0.5 oz. of simple syrup

Top with soda (or lime soda)

Method: Muddle the kiwi and cucumber together before adding in Helix Vodka, St. Germain, lime juice, and simple syrup. Shake together and pour into a tall glass full of fresh ice. Top with soda or lime soda.

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I cover all things luxury lifestyle—with a focus on food, spirits, and travel. I’m the former digital director of the Haute Media Group. I’ve also done time at The New York Observer, Metropolis magazine, Lifestyle Mirror, and Tatler Philippines. And I have very deep thoughts about life’s finer things—like red meat, brown liquor, and green M&Ms. Follow me on Instagram: @kalindahao 

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