If you're looking to serve and enjoy an alcoholic beverage this Labor Day, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re a cocktail-making beginner or a veteran bartender, we have the perfect drink recipe for you. Here are four easy-to-make recipes perfect for any Labor Day party provided by Nicole Saj of Slim Lizzy’s Cocktails and Master Mixologist Bobby “G” Gleason of Beam Suntory.
At just 80-calories per serving, Slim Lizzy’s decadent Blueberry Cosmo is sure to win over any Labor Day party guest looking to indulge without the guilt.
Ingredients: 3 fresh blueberries, 1 orange wedge, 4-ounces of Slim Lizzy’s Cosmopolitan (find it in a store near you here) and 1-ounce of sparkling (dry for low calories/lower sugar content) wine.
How to: To create this fruity beverage, start by muddling the fresh berries and orange wedge in a glass. Shake and then strain the Cosmo mixture over ice. Top the liquid off with the wine. If desired, garnish with a lime twist and skewered blueberries.
“It’s simple, it's refreshing and it's something that has a lot of flavor,” Nicole Saj, the Director of On-Premise, told International Business Times about Slim Lizzy’s twist on the ready-to-drink beverage. “It will look like you spent a lot of time on it, but really, it's pretty simple.”
Watermelon Limeaide Margarita
Cool down your Labor Day party guests with Slim Lizzy's Watermelon and Limeaide Margarita.
Ingredients: 3 watermelon cubes, 2 lime wedges, .5-ounce agave nectar, 2-ounces of Slim Lizzy’s Margarita, and 1 ounce-of silver Tequila.
How to: Start by muddling the watermelon, lime juice and agave nectar in a glass. Combine and mix Lizzy’s Margarita and tequila before straining over ice. Top off the beverage with a lime wedge. Saj recommends serving the cocktail in a dispenser with a spout for self-serving.
“I think the Watermelon makes it nice and refreshing and a good end of summer drink,” Saj said.
Classic Rum Daiquiri
If you prefer not to spend your entire Labor Day party making drinks for guests, opt to make a pitcher of Gleason’s take on the traditional rum Daiquiri while also allowing your guests to add their own twist.
Ingredients: 2 parts Cruzan Estate Aged Light Rum, 1 part Simple Syrup, 1 part freshly squeezed lime juice (juice or 1 to 2 limes).
How to: All you need to do to make a classic Daiquiri is to pour the rum, lime juice and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker. Shake the ingredients well and then strain and serve in a chilled glass.
“Put it on your table in a pitcher and then surround it with different flavors of rum,” suggested Gleason, the official Master Mixologist at Beam. “It’s a really easy way of literally setting your guests up with thousands of different drink combinations.”
Pinnacle Star-Spangled Spritzer
To make this signature patriotic drink all you need is just four ingredients and four minutes of your time.
Ingredients: 1 part Pinnacle Whipped Vodka (Pinnacle raspberry, blueberry, strawberry shortcake and vanilla flavors can also be used as a substitute.), 1 part DeKuyper Blue Curacao Liqueur, 1 part Grenadine and just a splash of Club Soda.
How to: Easily create this red, white and blue treat by individually pouring each ingredient seperately into a glass. Add ice and fruit garnish for a special touch.
Gleason recommends watching the how-to instructional video provided by Pinnacle above.