Labor Day Cocktails
Cocktail ideas for the long weekend. Malibu/Kahlúa

As the summer slowly fades away, we get one last goodbye with Labor Day weekend. And it’s as good as any other holiday to celebrate, by hosting an unofficial-end-of-summer party. Treat yourself and your gets to an array of delicious cocktails as you all get ready to tackle the fall, the new school year and whatever else lies ahead. Remember, you can make most of these recipes in advance so you can still be the host with the most, while you enjoy your own party. Here are some fun, boozy ideas for Labor Day cocktails.

Earl of Paradise Punch: 3 parts Malibu, 2 parts apple juice, 4 parts chilled Earl Grey tea, 1 part fresh lime juice, ½ part simple syrup, fresh raspberries. Muddle the raspberries with Gomme and then add the rest of the ingredients. Chill by stirring on ice and garnish with mint and citrus wheels.

Red Sunrise Punch: 1 part (50-60 ml) Malibu Red, 2/5 parts (20 ml) fresh lime juice, 3/5 parts (30 ml) fresh pink grapefruit juice, 2/5 parts (20 ml) raspberry syrup, dash (5 ml) of Pernod Ricard Absinthe. Stir all the ingredients on ice in a rock glass. Top with a dash of Pernod Ricard Absinthe.

Heat Pineapple Punch: 3 parts Malibu, 4 parts pineapple juice, 4 parts boiling water, 1 part fresh lime juice, ½ part sugar syrup, 1 dash Angostura Bitters, sliced lemons and oranges, 1 x Malibu Tea/Spice Bag (this contains 1 clove, 1 green cardamom, 1 allspice berry, ½ part star anise, 1cm cinnamon, 4g green tea.) Add the spice mix to the boiling water in a pan. Heat for 5 mins and then add the rest of the ingredients. Heat further until hot but not boiling and serve in insulated punch glasses, and dust with nutmeg.

Kahlúa Frozen Mudslide: 1 part Kahlúa, 1 part ABSOLUT Vodka, 1/2 part Irish cream liqueur, 1 part vanilla ice cream. In a blender add ice, Kahlúa, ABSOLUT, cream and ice cream and blend. Rim the inside of your glass with chocolate syrup and pour into a hurricane glass.

White Russian: 2 parts Absolut Vodka, 1 part KAHLÚA, 1 part heavy cream. Fill a rocks glass with cubed ice. Add Kahlúa and Absolut Vodka to the glass. Top with heavy cream.

Kahlúa Root Beer Float: 2 parts Kahlúa, 3 parts premium root beer, vanilla ice cream (optional.) Build over ice. Stir and serve. Happy Labor Day weekend!

Workin’ Hard: 2 parts Hornitos® Plata Tequila, ½ part Agave Nectar, 1 part Lime Juice, 2 parts Coconut Water, 3 Dashes Angostura® Bitters, Lime Peel. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime peel.

Hardly Workin’: 1 ¼ parts Hornitos® Black Barrel® Tequila, ¼ part Agave, ½ part Lemon Juice, Lemon Wedge. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

The Work Horse: 1 ½ parts Hornitos® Plata Tequila, 4 parts Mexican Lager, ⅓ part Lime Juice, ⅓ part Simple Syrup, 1 slice Jalapeño, Salt Rim. Muddle jalapeño in a glass with a salted rim, combine remainder of ingredients except Mexican lager in a shaker, shake vigorously, strain over fresh ice and add Mexican lager.

Also, in honor of the official start of the college football season on Labor Day weekend, the recently debuted Ashford Sports Lounge at Puerto Rico’s Condado Plaza Hilton introduces a new touchdown-worthy drink, “The Quarterjack.” To make this you'll need: 1 ½ oz Jack Daniels, ½ oz Amaretto, 1 ½ oz coconut water, 1 ½ oz pineapple juice, ½ oz fresh lime juice, ½ cinnamon syrup, pineapple slice (for garnish). Then mix all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker, pour into a glass, garnish with a slice of pineapple and serve!

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