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Labor Day cocktails: Intoxicating drinks to celebrate the end of summer

Lazy Labor Day Cocktails:  Intoxicating drinks to celebrate the end of summer
Lazy Labor Day Cocktails: Intoxicating drinks to celebrate the end of summerAlpha Du Centaure

Labor Day weekend is finally here and Americans are in the mood to celebrate. According to a Dallas News report published on Aug. 29, millions of Americans are hitting the road for the long holiday weekend due in part to low gas prices. In fact, gas prices are at a four-year low going into the Labor Day weekend. Now that's some good news to celebrate!

Labor Day not only celebrates the end of the summer season, but also celebrates the American worker. Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day commemorates the contributions and achievements of the American worker. This important "workingmen's holiday" became a federal holiday in 1894. This year's event takes place on Sept. 1, 2014.

Whether you plan on celebrating the holiday by lounging around the pool, enjoying a smokin' barbecue in the back yard with a few of your favorite friends or watching a colorful parade, Labor Day is the perfect time to kick back and relax. Why not celebrate the long holiday weekend with a few of the refreshing cocktails listed below?

Labor Day Cocktails & Drinks

Blackberry Margaritas – Fair warning – these frozen drinks, from The Pioneer Woman, look amazing! With fresh fruit in full swing, this delish drink calls for fresh blackberries, sugar, lime, tequila and triple sec.

Peach Bellini – If you’re a peaches fan, you’ll love this recipe. This peachy drink calls for Prosecco, fresh peaches, triple sec and ice.

Watermelon Mojitos – Nothing quite says summer like watermelons, right? Cool off with this refreshing mojito recipe from the Messy Chef. You’ll need fresh mint leaves, sugar, watermelon, lime juice, light rum, club soda and ice.

Watermelon Margarita – Speaking of watermelon, check out this frozen cocktail. You’ll need tequila, triple sec, seeded watermelon, lime juice and ice for this drink from About Guide, Colleen Graham.

San Pellegrino Blood Orange Mojito – This pretty-in-pink drink is sure to be a great big hit! You’ll need light rum, San Pellegrino Limonata, simply syrup, fresh mint leaves, sugar and blood oranges.

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri – This 5-star drink is the perfect pick-me-up! You’ll need light rum, lime juice, sugar and frozen whole strawberries. And don’t forget the blender!

The folks at Hornitos Tequila have created a few refreshing drinks that are super-simple to whip up. They’ve combined their premium tequila with lime and a hint of salt all wrapped up in one bottle – no muss, no fuss and little work required!

Caipiruila Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ parts Hornitos Plata Tequila
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 3 tsp. sugar
  • Club soda

Directions: Place lime and sugar into an old fashioned glass and muddle the ingredients. Fill the glass with crushed ice and add Hornitos Plata. Top with club soda and serve.

Juan Collins Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ parts Hornitos® Plata Tequila
  • 1 part agave nectar
  • Splash of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Club soda

Directions: Add tequila, agave and squeeze fresh orange juice into a glass with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with orange and a basil leaf.

Happy Labor Day. And as always - please drink responsibly.