Labor Day is around the corner, and that means we’re doing our last summer hooray with BBQ, drinking and partying. Saying goodbye to these sexy summer days can be so heartbreaking, but fear not. We have some simple and delicious cocktails and fun games to make your Labor Day lit, so wipe away those tears because the only place we should see salt is on the rims of your cocktails.
Vodka: Red, White and Blue Vodka Lemonade Slush
9-10 cups of ice
1 cup grenadine
1 cup Blue Curacao
1 cup vodka
1 cup lemonade
- Blend 3-4 cups of ice with grenadine, then set aside.
- Rinse the blender and put in 3-4 cups of ice and the curacao, then set aside.
- Rinse one last time and blend the vodka, lemonade and 3 cups of ice, then set aside.
- Layer the drinks by adding the grenadine mixture first, then top with the curacao mixture, then finish with the vodka-lemonade mixture. Serve right away and enjoy drinkin’ and chillin’ in patriotic fashion.
Wine: Red, White and Blue Sangria
1 bottle dry white wine
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup apple juice or white grape juice
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 bottle champagne, prosecco or cava
3-4 Granny Smith apples
- Add the white wine, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and apple juice to a pitcher and stir. Let it sit in the refrigerator for 1-4 hours (not longer than 4 because it turns red).
- When ready to serve, slice the apples and use a cookie cutter to shape the into stars.
- Add the champagne, prosecco or cava and apples to the mixture and serve. When celebrating Labor Day, the flag doesn’t need to be the only thing that’s star spangled at the party.
Schnapps: Red, White and Blue Shots
Tools: Shot Glass, Bar Spoon
⅓ ounce grenadine
⅓ ounce peach schnapps (preferably DeKuyper’s Peachtree)
⅓ ounce blue curaçao (preferably Blue Curaçao)
- Pour grenadine into the shot glass.
- Pour the peach schnapps over the back of a bar spoon into the shot glass to float it over the grenadine.
- Pour the blue curaçao over the back of a bar spoon into the shot glass to float it over the peach schnapps. Then bottoms up to all the hard work it took get to Labor Day this year!
Cocktails with Summer Flavors
Bourbon: Spiked Arnold Palmer
2 cups brewed iced tea
½ cup fresh lemon juice
Simple Syrup (constantly stir 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water over medium heat until dissolved, then let cool)
1 cup bourbon
- Place the tea and lemon juice in a pitcher and add two cups of water. Add simple syrup to desired sweetness and stir.
- Once tea is sweetened to your preference, add bourbon and serve with ice. A sweet Arnold Palmer is always welcomed to reminisce the wild days of your summer.
Rum: Watermelon Piña Colada
3 ounces pineapple juice
2 ounces white rum
1 ounce coconut milk
Cubes of watermelon (about 1″ each)
1 cup ice
- Blend all of the ingredients in a blender, adding more watermelon for added flavor and color, if needed.
- Serve immediately and enjoy one of the best things about a summer BBQ: watermelon (except with a little extra kick for added Labor Day fun).
Gin: Cucumber Cooler Cocktail
1 ½ ounces gin
4-6 cucumber slices
¼ lime, sliced
4 ounces tonic water
6 mint leaves
1 tablespoon of sugar (optional)
- Place the mint, lime, gin and sugar into the shaker and muddle to release the oils of the mint and lime.
- Place cucumber into shaker and shake for about 15 seconds.
- Service over ice with room to top with tonic water. Stir and enjoy the refreshing feeling you get after juicing…but even better because it’s a boozy juice.
Get Your Game Face on with These Fun Labor Day Drinking Games
Red, White and Blue Darts
Take a foam board or wooden board and staple the board with red, white and blue balloons to mimic the American flag. Then, get your darts ready. Each player must throw the dart to pop one balloon. However, if you miss, that’s a drink for you. Then the next person goes up until all the balloons are popped.
Can’t get more beach-like in the backyard than with a game of volleyball. Ideally, set-up 12 trash cans in a beer pong layout (six on each side, three in first row, two in the second row and one in the front). The concept is the same as beer pong, except your ball is a volleyball and you are volleying the balls into the trash bins. When someone gets the volleyball into the bin, the other team chugs a drink down or takes back a shot and removes the bin.
This blog is guest written by LA Epic Club Crawls.