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10 Great Cocktails to Make for Labor Day

Enjoy the last dregs of summer with a drink in hand.

Blue Hawaii
Blue Hawaii. Image: / Tim Nusog

Believe it or not, there’s still time to enjoy all the drinks that summer has to offer. Because whether you’re firing up the grill one last time or simply enjoying the final days of warm weather, we've rounded up 10 drinks that will make your Labor Day celebration one to remember.

But even when temperatures cool, you can still break out these drinks. Because, hey, summer is a state of mind, and nothing keeps the good vibes going quite like a festive cocktail—particularly one with an umbrella in it.

  • Sparkling Watermelon Punch

    Sparkling Watermelon Punch / Tim Nusog

    It wouldn’t be a true Labor Day party without summer fruit, and no fruit is more summery than a cold, sweet watermelon. This punch makes good use of said watermelon, blending it with fresh mint, then mixing it all with vodka, lime juice and simple syrup. Top with sparkling wine for an extra-special end-of-summer treat.

  • Bramble

    Bramble / Tim Nusog

    Enjoy afternoon sipping while you can with this light, citrusy cocktail. Gin, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup make a base that lets the color and flavor of crème de mure shine. Garnish with a lemon half-wheel and a fresh blackberry to give a hint of what flavors lie within.

  • Room Temperature Martini No. 1

    Room Temperature Martini / Tim Nusog

    Want to serve something on the fancier side but don’t want to get stuck worrying about spirit temperature all night? You’re in luck. This unique cocktail is neither hot nor cold, and it's super easy to prepare. Stir dry gin with bianco vermouth, chilled water, lemon bitters and orange bitters, then strain into your glass and garnish with a lemon peel.

  • Ginger Beer Margarita

    Ginger Beer Margarita


    Hosting a big group? Throw together a pitcher of this crowd-pleaser. The mix of tequila, lime juice, Jamaican ginger beer and agave nectar is sweet, fizzy and easy to make in a large batch. Besides, everyone likes Margaritas, but they've likely never had this Margarita.

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  • Negroni

    Negroni / Tim Nusog

    Ease into the more complex flavors of fall with this timeless classic. The equal-parts recipe of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth is a bitter and spirit-forward apéritif that only needs a bit of ice and an orange peel to be absolutely perfect. If you want to stick with a similar flavor profile but keep things lighter, try the Americano, which skips the gin and tops the Campari and vermouth with sparkling water.

  • Demi Peche

    Demi Peche


    This take on the Shandy is a French version of the classic Radler. In other words, it’s a perfect low-ABV option for an afternoon of drinking. Homemade demi peche syrup is super simple to make, and once you have a batch prepped, all you have to do is mix an ounce into a glass of beer to make a fruit-kissed cocktail even the pickiest drinker will enjoy.

  • Bloody Kirby

    Bloody Kirby / Tim Nusog

    Start your celebrations earlier in the day with this lighter take on a Bloody Mary. Citrus vodka, cucumber, Tabasco and vermouth are muddled together, then strained over ice and topped with tomato juice. Garnish with a cucumber, and you've got a crunchy snack to enjoy on the side.

  • Frosé


    If you didn’t have time to enjoy this quintessential drink this summer, now’s your last chance. Whip up a batch of this frozen concoction before it’s too cold outside to enjoy it. The icy blend of rosé, simple syrup, Aperol and lemon juice is a guilty pleasure you won’t want to miss, especially if your plans include a sunny patio or backyard barbecue.

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  • Sparkling Rosé Margarita

    Sparkling Rose Margarita / Tim Nusog

    Homemade strawberry-basil-infused blanco tequila will definitely impress your guests in this bright and bubbly punch. When mixed with fresh lime juice, agave syrup and dry sparkling rosé, the tequila takes on a fresh and herbaceous flavor that’s an ideal way to toast the end of the season.

  • Blue Hawaii

    Blue Hawaii / Tim Nusog

    Even if you didn’t make it to the beach before Labor Day, you can still drink like you did. Vodka and light rum are a boozy base that’s electrified with blue cura?ao’s vibrant color. Add in a dash of pineapple juice and sweet-and-sour mix, and you’ll think you’re on a tropical vacation (even if you’re just drinking from your backyard with your toes in a kiddie pool).