Labor Day is right around the corner and I know we've all got a lot of BBQ recipes on the agenda! We've got the food nailed down thanks to this Labor Day menu from yesterday and now let's talk Labor Day Cocktails!
Here's the thing with Labor Day - it marks the end of summer and everyone just wanted to relax and enjoy. No one wants to be slaving away in the kitchen or making drinks the entire time.
Below you'll find a bunch of cocktail recipes that can easily be made ahead of time in big batches and stores at room temp in a pitcher. So that way, when you serve them, people can grab some ice, pour the cocktail on top, add a splash of club soda or sparkling water if they want and carry on with the party! Or just ½ the recipe and make a few drinks for yourself
SANGRIA AND SPRITZ:
Sparkling Citrus Pineapple Sangria - This Sparkling Citrus Pineapple Sangria is loaded with all the flavor from lemons, lime, oranges, pineapple, basil AND mint. It’s also the perfect batch cocktail to make and let sit for the day while you serve yourself and your friends/family while you hang outside in your backyard.
Stone Fruit and Strawberry Sangria - It only requires a few minutes to pit the cherries and then another second or two to combine the sugar and the brandy. Then a few hours in the fridge so the fruit can really infuse the wine and make the Stone Fruit and Strawberry Sangria picture perfect.
Strawberry and Peach Rosé Sangria - Rosé, strawberries, peaches, and basil! What could be better?
Classic Aperol Spritz - If you’ve never had a Classic Aperol Spritz before, let me be the first to welcome you to what could be your new favorite light summer spritzy drink of choice. You really only need 3 things. Aperol, Prosecco and a club soda.
Strawberry Thyme Lillet Spritzers - These Strawberry Thyme Lillet Spritzers are legit. I mix Lillet with Champagne, because I’m extra fancy, and some gorgeous strawberries and thyme. It’s insane and beyond easy.
Watermelon Tequila Punch - The most summer-y batch cocktail there is! Watermelon Tequila Punch with plenty and lime and mint to make it extra refreshing!
Strawberry Jalapeño Margaritas - These are sweet from the strawberries, a little spicy from the jalapeño and the perfect refreshing cocktail after a long week!! The recipe below serves 2, but you can easily batch these up and make them ahead of time if serving a crowd.
Blackberry Pineapple Smash - It’s a simple cocktail of muddled blackberries, blanco tequila, fresh lime juice, pineapple juice and a touch of mint. Done. Easy as that.
El Sueno Cocktail - A vanilla based tequila cocktail inspired by our trip to Mexico City!! It's a fun spin on a margarita and honestly – it's life altering!! Also very easy to make in batches!
Skinny Margarita - The best skinny margaritas out there - hands down, no questions asked, end of story! Get prepared!
Bloody Maria - If you're going with a brunch party this Bloody Mary is a meal in a glass!
Strawberry Basil Lemonade - Strawberry Basil Lemonade was basically the first drink recipe I ever post on WGC and it's been my most requested drink ever since. It's a refreshing blend of homemade lemonade that gets fresh strawberries and basil pureed into the mixture.
Crushed Blackberry Moscow Mules - A fun spin on everyones favorite Mule – this smashed Blackberry Moscow Mule is the PERFECT summertime drink. Grab your favorite kind of vodka, some really great ginger beer, some blackberries and lime juice and that’s it!
Spiked Pink Lemonade - It’s not too sweet and the strawberry syrup is so easy to make. Add to that a homemade lemonade, and then splash in some vodka to give it an extra kick and you're in business.
Sweet and Spicy Margarita
- 1 cup ripe strawberries, green tops removed
- ½ inch Jalapeño pepper
- 2 limes, juiced
- 2 teaspoons agave nectar
- 4 ounces silver tequila
- sparkling water to top
- Combine the strawberries and jalapeño pepper in a small blender and blend until smooth. Strain if you prefer but I’m lazy and usually don't bother. Pour the contents of the blender in a shaker.
- Add the lime juice, agave nectar and tequila and a handful of ice. Secure the lid on the shaker and shake for 30-60 seconds to mix and chill the margarita
- Strain the juice out and serve over ice with a splash of sparkling water