A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg
Savor the last sips of summer this weekend with some delicious, refreshing Labor Day cocktails!
Here are a few recipes to get your creative juices flowing:
This award-winning cocktail is garnished with gold, sure to impress the guests at your Labor Day party.
1.5 oz Torres Orange Liqueur
1/2 oz. Ramazotti Amaro
3/4 oz. Fresh lime juice
1 Egg white
Dash of Gold dust powder
House made saffron bitters
Topped with Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve
Garnished with a flamed orange peel
Shake and strain first four ingredients into a coupe or flute, top with Champagne.
Milagro Tequila Red Belly Margarita
2 Parts Milagro Silver Tequila
1 Part Fresh Lime Juice
.75 Part Agave Nectar
¼ Red Bell Pepper
2 Slices of Serrano Pepper
Garnish: Cracked Black Pepper & Sea Salt
Muddle red bell pepper and Serrano in a Boston shaker.
Add remaining ingredients, add ice and shake vigorously.
Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass rimmed with a cracked black pepper and sea salt mix.
Solerno Blood Orange & Berry Punch
A simple punch full of the “berry-best” flavors summer has to offer!
(Serves 25 people)
1 Bottle Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
1 Bottle Lillet Rouge
12 oz. Red Zinger Tea (brewed at 2x strength)
6 oz. agave nectar
6 oz. fresh lemon juice
6 oz. berry blend puree (Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Red Grapes)
Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl and stir well. Float an ice block in the center and garnish with floating blueberries, raspberries, halved grapes, blood orange slices and a few mint leaves.
Flor de Caña Pina Colada
2.5 parts Flor de Caña 7 Rum
3 parts pineapple juice
1 part coconut cream
Combine the Flor de Caña 7, pineapple juice and coconut cream in a blender.
Add cup of crushed ice and blend on high until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge.
This simple Flora Dora cocktail holds onto the last light, refreshing flavors of
2 Parts Hendrick’s Gin
1 Part Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 Part Raspberry Syrup
Topped with Ginger Beer
Build all ingredients in a high ball glass over cubed ice. Churn and serve.
Enjoy the holiday weekend. Cheers! Click here for more cocktail corner columns.
When she’s not busy working as the editor of Santa Barbara SEASONS, Cocktail Corner author Leslie Dinaberg writes magazine articles, newspaper columns and grocery lists. When it comes to cocktails, Leslie considers herself a “goal-oriented drinker.”