Labor Day Drinks Recipes

Relax on Labor Day with these summery drinks—no need to work up a sweat.

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Vintage Lemonade

Rating: 4.67 stars
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In the 1800's this is how people made lemonade--you can do it too! It's not that difficult, and tastes wonderful!

Conchi's Sangria

Rating: 4.66 stars
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This is the sangria that my friends taught me to make in Spain. It's quick and easy and makes a great drink to mix up for a summer party.

Rosemary-Infused Watermelon Lemonade

Rating: 4.71 stars
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This is a recipe I created in an effort to duplicate my favorite lemonade from a cafe in downtown L.A. called, well, 'Lemonade'. I don't like it too sweet, so if you want to add more sugar, cool. But I think that this recipe is perfect. It also makes a great martini served in a sugar-rimmed glass with a garnish of watermelon wedge and a twist of lemon! Simply fabulous!

Brenda's Strawberry Slush Delight

Rating: 4.76 stars
30
Cool and refreshing, this summertime drink is perfect for weddings and showers. Everyone I make this for just loves the taste.

Parker's Famous Margaritas

Rating: 4.5 stars
71
"My father-in-law developed a taste for margaritas [while living] in Zihuatanejo."

The Arnold Palmer

Rating: 4.74 stars
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Sometimes the best things are the most simple. Nothing rings of summertime more than lemonade and iced tea. The Arnold Palmer brings them together.

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Rating: 4.57 stars
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This is a drink served throughout Mexico. It is made with several different fruits. This is a watermelon drink.

Mint Tea Punch

Rating: 4.61 stars
108
Tea, mint, sugar, orange and lemon juices make this a quick and easy, refreshingly delicious drink on a hot summer's day, given to me by a true Southern lady. Goes great with Cajun or spicy foods too. Every time I serve this someone asks me for the recipe!

The Real Mojito

Rating: 4.74 stars
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This is an authentic recipe for mojito. I sized the recipe for one serving, but you can adjust it accordingly and make a pitcher full. It's a very refreshing drink for hot summer days. Be careful when drinking it, however. If you make a pitcher you might be tempted to drink the whole thing yourself, and you just might find yourself talking Spanish in no time! Tonic water can be substituted instead of the soda water but the taste is different and somewhat bitter.

Sangria! Sangria!

Rating: 4.82 stars
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The BEST sangria recipe I've been able to hone to perfection! If you like a sweeter Sangria, use ginger ale in place of club soda.

Mint Juleps

Rating: 4.32 stars
55
Sit on the front porch in your rocking chair on a sultry afternoon and sip on one or two of these. The proper way to serve a mint julep is in a frozen silver goblet, but you can use glasses instead--just use the most elegant ones you have! You can make the syrup ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for whenever the julep mood strikes you.

Lola's Horchata

Rating: 4.43 stars
420
A very easy way to make great horchata!
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Inspiration and Ideas

Jewel's Watermelon Margaritas

"Synonymous with summer for me. Double the recipe, because these will go fast! We'll miss these, going into fall." – Lisa D-O

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Cosmopolitan

Rating: 4.6 stars
98

This is a civil cocktail mon cherie!