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Labor Day Cocktails: 15 Sweet End-of-Summer Mixed Drink Recipes

Labor Day is the perfect end of summer treat, and these cocktail recipes only sweeten the deal. Mix some of these refreshing drinks up over the long weekend -- and for all the shorter weekends that follow!

Cherry Lime Spritzer

Cherry Lime Spritzer

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3 cherries
2 lime wedges
3 oz. Slim Lizzy's Margarita
.25 oz. grenadine
1 oz. club soda

Muddle cherries, limes and simple syrup in a glass
Shake & strain Slim Lizzy's Margarita & grenadine over fresh ice
Top with club soda
Garnish with lime wheel and a cherry

Recipe courtesy of Slim Lizzy's.

Photo: Slim Lizzy's

Electric Lemonade

Electric Lemonade

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1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4-1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup sparkling mineral water
Dash ginger ale
2-3 cups ice
1 cup vodka
Frozen vodka or sparkling mineral water
Mint sprigs and lemon slices for garnish

Chill 4 serving glasses in the freezer. Combine lemon juice, sugar, mint, mineral water, ginger ale, and ice in a blender.  Click here for the full directions!

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Grapefruit Lavendita

Grapefruit Lavendita

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2 oz lavender infused tequila
1/2 oz Campari
3/4 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
6 oz IZZE Sparkling Grapefruit
 
Add first three ingredients to a tall glass filled with ice and stir. Pour IZZE Sparkling Grapefruit over and stir. Garnish with a fresh lavender blossom and tell someone that you got them flowers.
 
To infuse tequila, add one tablespoon dried lavender flowers to 8 ounces of tequila and let sit for 1 hour. Strain and store tequila in a sealed jar or bottle.

Recipe courtesy of Alie & Georgia and IZZE.

Photo: IZZE

Jamaica Morning Fix

Jamaica Morning Fix

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2 oz. Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum
1/2 oz. lemon juice
3/4 oz. pomegranate grenadine*
Bar spoon maraschino
1/2 orange wheel (shake in)
 
Combine all ingredients into shaker with ice and shake. Strain ingredients into a rocks glass and top with crushed ice. Garnish with mint.
 
*Pomegranate Grenadine: Equal parts Pomegranate juice and sugar. Let simmer over low heat and stir occasionally until sugar has dissolved.

Recipe courtesy of Willy Shine and Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum.

Photo: Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum

Very Berry Cooler

Very Berry Cooler

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3 oz. Slim Lizzy's Cosmopolitan
1 oz. strawberry puree
.5 oz raspberry puree
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz. lemon lime soda
 
Shake Slim Lizzy's Cosmo, strawberry & raspberry purees and lemon juice, then strain in glass
Garnish with a lemon twist

Recipe courtesy of Slim Lizzy's.

Photo: Slim Lizzy's

Ginger Zombie

Ginger Zombie

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2 inch slice fresh ginger
3 packets Monk Fruit In The Raw
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
6 ice cubes, cracked
2 oz pineapple juice
1 oz light rum
1 oz golden rum
1/2 oz Malibu Caribbean Rum
Fresh pineapple wedge
Maraschino cherry, optional
Mint sprig

Quarter the ginger and place it in a cocktail shaker. Add the Monk Fruit In The Raw™ and lime juice. Click here for the full directions!

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Summer Honey Punch

Summer Honey Punch

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3 cups Wild Turkey American Honey
2 cups SKYY® Vodka
1-1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
1-1/2 cups simple syrup
30 dashes Angostura bitters
15 dashes orange bitters
2 oranges
 
Combine all ingredients into a punch bowl and stir. Slice two large oranges into half wheels and add to the top of the punch. 10 minutes before serving, add 5lbs of ice and stir occasionally. Ladle into cups and enjoy.

Recipe courtesy of Moses Laboy and American Honey.

Photo: American Honey

Watermelon Limeade

Watermelon Limeade

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3 watermelon cubes
2 lime wedges
.5 oz. agave nectar
2 oz. Slim Lizzy's Margarita
1 oz. silver tequila
 
Muddle watermelon cubes, fresh lime juice from wedges and agave nectar in a glass
Shake Slim Lizzy's Margarita and silver tequila together, then strain over fresh ice
Garnish with a lime wedge

Recipe courtesy of Slim Lizzy's.

Photo: Slim Lizzy's

Vanilla Clementini

Vanilla Clementini

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1 1/2 oz vanilla vodka
1/2 oz triple sec or orange liqueur
3 oz IZZE Sparkling Clementine
2 cups finely crushed or shaved ice
2 tbs sweetened condensed milk
 
In a glass, combine, vodka, triple sec and IZZE Sparkling Clementine and stir lightly. Pour over shaved ice and top with a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk. Serve with a spoon and be prepared to make seconds.

Recipe couresty of Alie & Georgia and IZZE.

Photo: IZZE

Sunset Sangria

Sunset Sangria

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2 teaspoons finely shredded lime peel
1 cup lime juice
3/4 cup sugar
Ice
1 750 milliliter bottle Pinot Noir or Syrah, chilled
1 nectarine, pitted and sliced

In a 1-quart glass measuring cup combine lime peel, lime juice, and sugar; add water to equal 4 cups. Click here for the full directions!

Appleton Swizzle

Appleton Swizzle

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1 1/2 oz. Appleton Estate V/X Jamaica Rum
3/ 4 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. demerara simple syrup (2-1 sugar to water)
 
Combine all ingredients into shaker with ice and shake. Strain ingredients into a rocks glass and top with crushed ice until it's over-flowing. Garnish with mint.

Recipe courtesy of Willy Shine and Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum.

Photo: Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum

Cucumber Cranberry Gimlet

Cucumber Cranberry Gimlet

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2 cucumber slices
.5 oz. fresh lime juice
.5 oz. agave nectar
2 oz. Slim Lizzy's Cosmopolitan
1 oz. gin
.5 oz. club soda
 
Muddle cucumber slices, lime juice and agave nectar in glass
Shake Slim Lizzy's Cosmo and gin, then strain in glass
Garnish with 3 cucumber slices

Recipe courtesy of Slim Lizzy's.

Photo: Slim Lizzy's

Indian Summer

Indian Summer

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3 tbsp Bacardi Big Apple rum
1 oz jigger melon liqueur
1/2 oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz orange juice
1/4 oz DeKuyper Pucker Island Blue schnapps
Granny Smith apple slice

For each cocktail, fill a cocktail shaker three-quarters full with ice. Add rum, melon liqueur, pineapple juice and orange juice. Click here to see the full directions!

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Blueberry Cosmo

Blueberry Cosmo

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3 fresh blueberries
1 orange wedge
4 oz. Slim Lizzy's Cosmopolitan
1 oz. sparkling wine
 
Muddle fresh blueberries and orange wedge in glass
Shake & strain Slim Lizzy's Cosmo over fresh ice
Top with sparkling wine
Garnish with lime twist and 3 blueberries

Recipe courtesy of Slim Lizzy's.

Photo: Slim Lizzy's

Boulevardier Swizzle

Boulevardier Swizzle

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1 oz. Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
1 oz. Cinzano Rosso
1 oz. Campari 
3 dashes orange bitters
 
Build over crushed ice. Swizzle and add more crushed ice. Garnish with orange twist.

Recipe couresty of Naren Young and Wild Turkey Bourbon.

Photo: Wild Turkey Bourbon

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