Labor Day Cocktail Recipes

Labor Day Cocktail

Labor Day Cocktail Recipes: A Farewell Celebration to Summer!

Labor Day has been the first Monday in September since 1894. In other countries throughout the world, however, Labor Day is May 1. It is debated who first suggested Labor Day in the United States; some say it was the New York Central Labor Union while others believe it was the American Federation of Labor.

labor day cocktail

Historians all agree that this movement to recognize the laborers throughout the country started in 1882, and by the time that it was officially a federal holiday, thirty states were already celebrating its workers. Grover Cleveland added this federal holiday to appease the union works in the Pullman Strike, and instead of following international precedent he made the holiday in September. He feared that if the holiday was May 1 it would be associated the Haymarket Affair.

Nowadays, there are far less union workers, so the holiday has become more of a way to celebrate the passing of summer. Americans have BBQ’s, go camping, and cities host massive festivals. So, here are a few drink recipes to make your celebration even better!

Labor Day Cocktail Recipe: Shaolin Monk


1 ½ oz couvoisier
½ oz combier
¼ oz galliano
½ an orange, juiced

This labor day cocktail tastes like a sweet orange punch, but it is potent. Just like its namesake it is gentle and peaceful but it packs a punch. It is the perfect breakfast cocktail or a liquid dessert. Add all the ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake gently. Garnish with an orange wheel and mint sprig.

Labor Day Cocktail Recipe: Mulled Mead

Labor Day Cocktail

Choice of mead
Mulling spices

This is a tasty way to heat up as the temperatures lower at nighttime. Heat the mead low and slow with the mulling spices.  Serve hot with an orange wheel and cinnamon stick garnish. When choosing a mead, it is best to not use a flavored one.  It is also good to note that Chaucer’s mead sells their product with the mulling spices.

Labor Day Cocktail Recipe: Hot Toddy

Labor Day Cocktail

1 oz brandy
½ oz calvados
¾ oz lemon juice
¾ oz honey
1 cinnamon stick
4 oz hot water

This is another great way to heat up as the sun goes down this Labor Day. Add all the ingredients into a cup and stir with the cinnamon stick. Garnish with a thin apple slice. It is best to let the cinnamon stick steep for at least 5 minutes before you enjoy your beverage. It gives off more flavor the longer it is in your cocktail.

Have a great Labor Day!

By Krystle Turkington: @KrystleBar

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