Labor Day is a perfect occasion to serve refreshing and summery cocktails that celebrate the end of the season. Though many people opt for easy-to-serve options such as beer and wine, the end-of-summer Labor Day gatherings are the perfect time to enjoy something a bit different. Here are some crowd-pleasing cocktails to consider for your Labor Day gathering:
- Classic Margarita: A timeless favorite, the margarita is a refreshing blend of tequila, triple sec, and lime juice served over ice with a salted rim. Consider a blended fruit variety as well (such as strawberry or peach).
- Piña Colada: Transport your guests to a tropical paradise with this creamy and delicious rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice blend.
- Mojito: Light and minty, the mojito combines white rum, fresh mint leaves, lime juice, simple syrup, and soda water. It’s an excellent choice for warm weather.
- Blueberry Mojito: Add a twist to the classic mojito by muddling fresh blueberries along with mint leaves, lime juice, simple syrup, and rum.
- Sangria: Prepare a big pitcher of fruity sangria using red or white wine, brandy, and chopped fruits like apples, oranges, and berries. Let it chill, and serve it over ice.
- Watermelon Vodka Lemonade: Blend fresh watermelon with vodka and lemonade for a refreshing, summery cocktail.
- Moscow Mule: This popular drink features vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice served in a copper mug, creating a zesty and fizzy beverage.
- Aperol Spritz: Light and bubbly, the Aperol Spritz combines Aperol, prosecco, and a splash of soda water, garnished with an orange slice.
- Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Slush: Blend strawberries, lemonade, and vodka with ice to create a refreshing slushy cocktail.
- Coconut Rum Punch: Mix coconut rum with pineapple juice, orange juice, and a splash of grenadine for a tropical and fruity concoction.
- Gin and Tonic with Cucumber and Mint: Add sliced cucumber and fresh mint leaves to a classic gin and tonic for a cooling and herbaceous twist.
It is always a good idea to have various non-alcoholic options available for guests who prefer not to consume alcohol. Mocktails like virgin piña colada, virgin mojito, or sparkling lemonade can be equally enjoyable and refreshing for everyone.
Please remember to drink responsibly! Have a plan for designated drivers or alternative transportation options to ensure everyone gets home safely. Enjoy your Labor Day celebration!
What cocktails do you typically serve for Labor Day celebrations? Are your celebrations alcohol-free? Let us know in the comments below!