Labor Day is all about “honoring the working people” of the USA. Yup, it’s true! And what better way to celebrate America — and all your hard work — than with a day off? You can make the day even better by surrounding yourself with pals, soaking up a little vitamin C by way of the sun, and with a tasty patriotic cocktail (or two).
We’re here to sweep your taste buds off their feet with two easy, patriotic beverages. The first is a Strawberry-Vanilla Sparkling Wine and the second is a Blueberry Margarita.
Strawberry-Vanilla Sparkling Wine
This is a super refreshing drink that’s light, a little sweet and not too strong. It’s perfect for sipping under the warm sun.
What You Need:
- 2 strawberries (chopped)
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla
- 1 TBS sugar
- Sparkling wine or champagne
How To: Chop your strawberries and place them in your cocktail shaker with some ice. Add your vanilla and sugar. Next, fill with your sparkling wine or champagne (I’m using Gruet Rose, which is berry infused and delicious) and shake, shake, shake. You can sift or pour all the contents into your glass. Garnish with a strawberry.
With flavors of lime, orange and blueberry, this fruity margarita is bound to be a favorite of the day. It’s a little stronger than the first drink, but girlfriend, it’s good.
What You Need:
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1 lime
- 4 oz. tequila
- 1 oz. simple syrup
- 1 oz. triple sec
- Margarita salt
How To: Place your blueberries and the juice of one lime into your cocktail shaker and muddle. If you don’t have a muddler, you can use a spoon. Add your simple syrup (recipe below), triple sec and tequila to the shaker. I’m using Gionelli Triple Sec and Padrino Tequila. Shake it up and set aside. Rim your glass with salt by applying simple syrup and dipping in the salt. Pour the mixture into the rimmed glass, pop in a few blueberries and commence the cheers.
Simple syrup recipe: 1 part water, 1 part sugar. Heat on stove until sugar dissolves completely. Store leftovers in the fridge.