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Labor Day weekend cocktail recipes

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

Strong tea

Strong Tea (recipe courtesy of Caliche rum) ingredients:
Photo Credit: Caliche rum

Strong Tea (recipe courtesy of Caliche rum)

ingredients:

ice
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.

Sangria

Sangria (recipe from The Associated Press) ingredients: 2
Photo Credit: AP / Matthew Mead

Sangria (recipe from The Associated Press)

ingredients:

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 (created by Walter Easterbrook, of
Photo Credit: Bombay Sapphire

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

ingredients:

mint leaves
ice
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

The Year of the Horse (recipe courtesy of
Photo Credit: Bombay Sapphire

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

ingredients:

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

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

Peace, Love and Harmonie

Peace, Love and Harmonie (recipe courtesy of Sugar
Photo Credit: Hpnotiq

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

ingredients:

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 (recipe by The Associated Press)
Photo Credit: AP / Matthew Mead

Green Granny Slush (recipe by The Associated Press)

ingredients

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

The Grape Gatsby (recipe courtesy of Nick &
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

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

ingredients:

2 ounces Absolut vodka
1 ounce Wölffer 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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