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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

Ingredients
Honey
Pop Rocks
Ice
Stoli Oranj
Stoli Razz
Cointreu
Cranberry Juice

Directions
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

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

Directions
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


Caipirinha

Ingredients
Grapes
Lime
Cachaca
Sugar
Club soda

Directions

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.

Ingredients
Gosslings rum
Gosslings ginger beer

Directions
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!

Ingredients
Lemon
Kopke Dry White Port
Tonic

Directions
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!

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

Directions
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.

Ingredients
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)

Directions
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

Tips:
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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