grape gatsby-CROPPED (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Nick & Toni's in East Hampton shares the recipe for its Grape Gatsby.

Labor Day weekend cocktail recipes

Step-by-step instructions for making cocktails perfect for sipping this Labor Day weekend.

Strong tea

Strong tea
(Credit: Caliche rum)

Strong Tea (recipe courtesy of Caliche rum)


1/2 ounce Caliche rum
3/4 ounce rhubarb tea liquor
3/4 ounce unsweetened iced tea
1/2 simple syrup
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
lemon wheel
1 rhubarb stick (optional)

In an ice-filled highball glass, combine all liquids, and stir until well mixed. Garnish with lemon wheel and rhubarb stick.


(Credit: AP / Matthew Mead)

Sangria (recipe from The Associated Press)


2 cups rose wine
2 cups red wine
2 cups peach juice
1/2 cup lime juice
1/3 cup orange liqueur
1/3 cup rum
1/2 cup superfine sugar

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Refrigerate for several hours, then serve over ice. Serves 8.

Ginger and Spice

Ginger and Spice
(Credit: Bombay Sapphire)

Ginger and Spice (created by Walter Easterbrook, of Manhattan's The Bowery Hotel)


mint leaves
1 1/2 ounces Bombay Sapphire EAST gin
1 1/2 ounces lemon juice
3 dashes bitters
cayenne pepper

Tear mint leaves, then put in a mixing glass. Add all other ingredients except pepper. Shake and strain into an old fashioned glass. Sprinkle cayenne pepper on top.



Year of the Horse

Year of the Horse
(Credit: Bombay Sapphire)

The Year of the Horse (recipe courtesy of Manhattan's The Bowery Hotel)


1 1/2 ounces Bombay Sapphire EAST gin
1 1/2 ounces hibiscus tea
1 1/2 ounces ginger beer

Fill a highball glass with ice then build with gin, tea and ginger beer and two squeezes of lime.

Peace, Love and Harmonie

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Peace, Love and Harmonie (recipe courtesy of Sugar Factory American Brasserie in Manhattan)


1 1/2 ounces Gran Centenario Rose Angel Tequila
1 1/2 ounces Hpnotiq Harmonie
2 ounces fresh lime juice
1 ounce Rose Monin syrup
2 wild hibiscus flowers

Mix all ingredients. Serve over ice, garnished with hibiscus flowers.

Green Granny Slush

green granny slush
(Credit: AP / Matthew Mead)

Green Granny Slush (recipe by The Associated Press)


1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
1 kiwi, peeled and cut into chunks
3 ounces gin
1 cup ice

Add all ingredients to a blender, then blend until slushy. Divide between 2 tall glasses.

The Grape Gatsby

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(Credit: Randee Daddona)

The Grape Gatsby (recipe courtesy of Nick & Toni's in East Hampton)


2 ounces Absolut vodka
1 ounce W├Âlffer verjus
6-7 spearmint leaves
lemon wedge
splash of prosecco
5 red grapes, frozen
Muddle spearmint leaves with lemon wedge. Add vodka and verjus. Shake. Strain over ice. Top with prosecco. Garnish with frozen grapes.

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