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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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This is the signature drink at my in-law's home. My father-in-law developed a taste for margaritas made from scratch during the summer they spent in Zihuatanejo during the 1960s. After decades of tinkering he has arrived at this foolproof recipe for the ultimate Mexican cocktail.

The Arnold Palmer

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Vanilla Milkshake I

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A very simple recipe for a vanilla milkshake. Add chocolate, berries, peaches or whatever you like. My kids like to add root beer instead of milk.

Lola's Horchata

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A very easy way to make great horchata!

Basic Fruit Smoothie

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This is a great smoothie consisting of fruit, fruit juice and ice. I like to use whatever fresh fruits I crave that day. Any kind of berry, mangos, papayas, kiwi fruit, et cetera make a great smoothie. Experiment with your favorites!

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

5 Grilled Cocktails

Get your party fired up with these grilled fruit cocktails!

Cherry Bomb

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This is a wonderful rum drink with lime and grenadine. It's great for any occasion. If this recipe seems too easy, well it is, but the drink is incredibly enjoyable and worth the lack of trouble!