Labor Day, by definition, is a day we’re not supposed to do any work. That’s what makes it one of our favorite days of the year, and that’s also why the below cocktail recipes are exceedingly easy. No infusions, no housemade syrups, no muddling or even shaking. Everything you see below can be whipped up with just a couple ingredients and minimal effort. Because Labor Day is chiefly meant for relaxing in a hammock. And maybe some grilling. But mostly the hammock.
It’s tall, it’s refreshing, and it’s scotch. That’s a winning combo.
2 oz scotch
Add scotch to an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with equal measures of ginger ale and club soda.
Tequila is always festive, so we like to break it out on holidays.
2 oz blanco tequila
.5 oz fresh lime
Add tequila and lime to an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with grapefruit soda and stir with your straw. Adding a pinch of salt is nice, too.
GIN & TONIC
Yes, the classic two-part gin drink is incredibly simple. But damn if it isn’t a perfect way to spend a warm afternoon. Plus, you can dress up your G&T with a variety of fragrant garnishes like orange and grapefruit peels, rosemary or mint.
3 parts gin
1 part tonic
Garnish of choice
Add gin and tonic to an ice-filled glass, garnish and go about your day.