This Monday (we hope), you're getting a much-needed (and much-deserved) day off. And we also hope you'll be celebrating with a delicious cocktail in hand.
But we suggest you don't exhaust yourself by shaking Ramos Gin Fizzes for five minutes each or muddling mint for endless rounds of Mojitos. Instead, at your Labor Day celebrations, fix drinks that don't require quite as much, well, labor.
To help you out, here are five recipes that are both delicious and simple to make even if you're serving a group. Try one of these over the holiday weekend, or really anytime you're thirsty. Cheers!
One of Mexico's favorite drinks, this simple combo of tequila, lime juice, salt and grapefruit soda tastes best when everybody makes their own. Just set up a small table with blanco tequila, ice, a bowl of halved limes, a few bottles of Jarritos or Squirt and a dish of salt. It couldn't be easier.View recipe: Paloma
If you're throwing a party a bit earlier in the day, consider serving this concoction. While you might not normally think to top bourbon with Champagne, the wine's acidity actually plays beautifully with the whiskey's inherent sweetness. Plus, it's a bit more potent than your typical brunch beverage like the Mimosa or Bellini. View recipe: The Basil Fizz
Most people who claim to hate gin say that because years ago they had a terrible G&T made with a cheap brand and cloyingly sweet tonic water. Change a few minds by springing for higher-quality gin (Beefeater, Plymouth and Hendrick's are all excellent and widely available) and an artisanal tonic. You and your guests will be amazed at the difference.View recipe: Gin & Tonic
Add a touch of sophistication to your barbecue (without actually expending any more effort) by whipping up this classic Italian aperitif. It combines bubbly prosecco, the slightly bitter, low-alcohol herbal liqueur Aperol and club soda. And that's it. Just be sure you have enough food on hand—the drink is extremely effective at stimulating the appetite.View recipe: Aperol Spritz
While you do need watermelon juice for this delicious creation, the refreshing result is so worth the effort. (And juicing watermelon isn't even hard: Just throw a few chunks into a blender, then strain out the seeds.) The sweet elixir also includes fine aged rum, lemon juice and a black-pepper garnish. (The orchid is optional.) For a party, just multiply the recipe, mix everything together in a punch bowl and serve over ice.View recipe: Summerlin
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