Cocktails for Labor Day 2013

Cocktails for Labor Day 2013

For most Americans, the extended Labor Day weekend is a way to salute those who work tirelessly throughout the year with one last extended weekend before fall hits us, and it’s a great way to celebrate the end of the summer season. We’ve selected a few of the more interesting submissions we’ve received and compiled them for your consideration. Enjoy and be safe!

bgtBlack & Ginger Tea
3 oz. ginger tisane (tea base)
1 oz. Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum
1 tablespoon agave nectar (or sweetener of choice)
1/4 oz. lemon juice

Brew tea base or tea bag in 6-8 oz. of water. Brew hot for four minutes and flash-chill, or cool for one hour. Shake with Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum, sweetener and lemon juice, and pour into rocks glass over ice.

prpPort Royal Punch (Serves 25)
2 46-oz. cans of pineapple juice
3 cups mango juice
1 750 ml bottle of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
4.5 oz. grenadine
3 oranges sliced thinly and quartered
3 cans of Sprite for fizz

In a punch bowl or large serving vessel, add the above ingredients and stir. Serve over ice in a punch glass – or glass of your choosing.

Highland Dress
Created by Chris Marty, Untitled (Chicago)
2 oz. The Black Grouse whisky
.5 oz. Combier Peche de Vigne
.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. simple syrup
1 egg white

Dry shake to emulsify egg white, then shake all ingredients together with ice to chill. Double strain and serve in an Old Fashioned glass, half-rimmed with Applewood Smoked Sea Salt.

Hold the Umbrella
1 1/2 oz. Bacardi Rock Coconut
2 oz. The Perfect Purée Yuzu Luxe Sour blend
1 sprig fresh mint
½ oz. fresh lime juice
2 oz. club soda

In a mixing glass add all the ingredients except club soda over ice. Shake vigorously and strain over the rocks, and top with soda. Garnish with slice of lime and sprig of fresh mint.

Prickly Pear & Chile Piquin Margarita
1 oz. Cazadores Blanco Tequila
1 oz. Delirio Joven Mezcal
1 oz. The Perfect Purée Prickly Pear Puree
1 oz. agave nectar
1 oz. lime juice
Pinch of chile piquin
Chile piquin salt rim optional, but recommended

In a mixing glass combine all the ingredients with ice, except chile piquin. Shake vigorously and strain over the rocks. Add the chile and garnish with lime wheel.

Rob Theakston is a contributing editor to Drinkhacker.

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