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Labor Day drink ideas

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Labor Day. The end of summer, the start of school and the last day to really enjoy the sun before fall leaves start blowing. Whether you spend it with family, out on the boat with friends, or just relaxing in your yard with a good book, you’ll need a tasty drink in your hand.

We borrowed some adult recipes from a few of our wines and spirits managers and grabbed our favorite kid-friendly recipes from our website. Enjoy your day off!

From: Nikki, Wines and Spirits manager at Byerly’s Burnsville

Pop Rocks Martini

Pop Rocks
Stoli Oranj
Stoli Razz
Cranberry Juice

First, pour enough honey to cover a small side plate. Take another small plate and pour a packet of pop rocks onto the plate to cover. Then dip your martini glass in the honey, covering just the rim; dip the rim of the honeyed martini glass on the pop rocks plate, set aside.
Take a shaker, fill with ice and add: 1 oz. Stoli Oranj, 1 oz Stoli Razz, ½ oz. Cointreu and a splash of cranberry juice.
To serve: Shake and strain into the martini glass.

Key Lime Pie Martini

Graham cracker crumbs
Liquor 43
Nellie and Joe’s Key West Lime Juice
Cream or milk

Rim your martini glass with the graham cracker crumbs. Take a shaker, fill with ice and add: 2 oz. Liquor 43, 1 oz. Nellie and Joe’s Key West Lime Juice and a splash of cream or milk (I use soy milk).
To serve: Shake and strain into martini glass


Club soda


Take a lowball glass and add: 8 green grapes cut in half, ½ a lime (quartered). Add 1.5 oz. Cachaça, one Tbsp. sugar (or any sweetener). Mix these ingredients.
To Serve: Fill glass with ice and Club soda

Dark and Stormy 
A great drink if you're too busy to mess around with lots of ingredients.

Gosslings rum
Gosslings ginger beer

Highball glass + ice + 2 oz. Gosslings rum + Gosslings Ginger Beer

From: David Lofstrom, Wines and Spirits manager at Chanhassen

White Port Tonics
This cocktail is delicious and surprisingly easy to make!

Kopke Dry White Port

First, fill a highball glass with ice. Add a slice of lemon. Next, pour 1 part Kopke Dry White Port and 2 parts tonic into the glass. Stir. Enjoy.
Make sure to munch on a few salted almonds while you enjoy this summery beverage. Delicious!

From: Lunds and Byerly’s recipe collection

Berry Smoothie
Use a variety of different berries to give this creamy smoothie a very berry flavor!

2 cups milk
1 cup strawberry ice cream
1 cup frozen strawberries, raspberries or blueberries
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel

In blender container, combine all ingredients. Cover and blend on high speed for 1 minute.
Amount: 4 cups

Blackberry Lemonade Cooler
Blackberry puree takes lemonade a step beyond for a festive summer beverage.

3 cups fresh or frozen blackberries, thawed if frozen
1 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice, (about 5 large lemons)
1 cup superfine sugar
4 cups cold water
1 cup club soda, (optional)

Puree blackberries by pressing through a fine mesh strainer to yield 3/4 cup. In a large pitcher, combine lemon juice and sugar; stir until sugar is dissolved. Add water and blackberry puree; stir to blend. Refrigerate, covered.
To Serve: Add club soda if desired. Pour over crushed ice; garnish with a curl of lemon zest.
Amount: 8 servings

3/4 cup Paradigm Blackberry Sauce may be substituted for the blackberry puree.
Juice is more easily extracted from lemons when they are rolled on the counter or microwaved for about 10 seconds.

Tags: drinks

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