6 Easy Labor Day Cocktails

Kick back and relax this Labor Day with one of these simple mixed drinks.

Erica Riveraby Erica Rivera
Photo:  iuliia_n, Getty Images.

The whole point of Labor Day is to give yourself a break. If you spend your long, holiday weekend blending, shaking, stirring, or serving drinks, you’ll miss out on the last unofficial day of summer. Instead of ending up beholden to your home bar, try one of these quick and easy cocktail recipes so you can get back to relaxing faster! Prepare a drink just for yourself or whip up a pitcher to share with all your friends and neighbors who want to get day-drunk on their paid vacation day, too!

Al Fresco Spritz

Photo: Dante NYC.

Photo: Dante NYC.

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces Martini & Rossi Bianco vermouth
  • 3 ounces St-Germain
  • 2 ounces Bombay Sapphire
  • 1 ounce lime juice

Preparation:

Build and stir. Top with Perrier and Prosecco. Pour vermouth, St-Germain, and Bombay Sapphire into a mixing jug. Add 1 ounce lime juice. Pour into pitcher over lots of ice. Serve with Garibaldi glasses with a cucumber wheel and a plastic stirrer. Garnish with green grapes, lime wheels, kiwi wheels, starfruit, green apple slices, or cucumber slices.

Cocktail created by Naren Young, Dante NYC.

Negroni “On Tap”

Photo: Dante NYC.

Photo: Dante NYC.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Bombay Sapphire
  • 3/4 ounce Campari
  • 3/4 ounce Martini & Rossi Rosso sweet vermouth

Preparation:

Pour straight from tap on ice. Serve in etched rocks glass. Garnish with an orange wedge and a plastic stirrer.

Cocktail created by Naren Young, Dante NYC.

Americano

Photo: Dante NYC.

Photo: Dante NYC.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce Martini & Rossi Rosso sweet vermouth

Preparation:

Build on ice and top with Perrier. Stir. Serve in highball glass. Garnish with an orange wedge.

Cocktail created by Naren Young, Dante NYC.

Friends and Family

Photo: Pouring Ribbons New York.

Photo: Pouring Ribbons New York.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Martini & Rossi Riserva Ambrato
  • 1 ounce Manzanilla sherry
  • 1/4 ounce Roots Mastiha liqueur
  • 2 dashes (1/2 bar spoon) Pernod absinthe
  • 1/4 ounce rosemary syrup
  • 1/4 ounce lime juice
  • 2 dashes saline solution

Preparation:

Muddle 3 cucumber slices with salt and sweeteners. Add remaining ingredients and shake. Double strain over fresh ice (3 cubes). Top with Perrier and stir. Serve in a highball glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig skewered through a cucumber slice and a metal straw.

Cocktail created by Joaquin Simo, Pouring Ribbons New York.

Angry-Rita

Photo: Angry Orchard.

Photo: Angry Orchard.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
  • 1 ounce Blanco tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Grenadine
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • Dash of Angostura bitters

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients except for cider in a cocktail shaker and shake. Pour into rocks glass with ice and top with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Cocktail created by Angry Orchard.

Angry on the Beach

Photo: Angry Orchard.

Photo: Angry Orchard.

Ingredients:

  • 4 12-ounce bottles Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
  • 4 cups watermelon juice
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup Cointreau or orange liqueur
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 navel orange, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • Watermelon chunks

Preparation:

In a large container add the watermelon juice, vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, and orange juice. Stir in ice, orange slices, lime wheels, and watermelon chunks. Top off with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider and stir gently to combine. Serve.

Cocktail created by Angry Orchard.

Angry Party Punch

Photo: Angry Orchard.

Photo: Angry Orchard.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bottles Angry Orchard Summer Honey
  • 6 ounces vodka
  • 12 ounces peach juice
  • 12 ounces white wine
  • 4 1/2 ounces lemon juice
  • 3 ounces simple syrup (1:1 sugar and water)

Preparation:

Build in a large punch bowl and top with Angry Orchard Summer Honey. Garnish with lemon wheels, strawberry slices, and peach slices.

Cocktail created by Angry Orchard.