Every holiday is an opportunity to boost sales. On-premise readers can benefit the first Monday in September by changing up their cocktail list to make customers feel a sense of occasion, as well as urgency. Nothing says “buy me” like an item that won’t be there tomorrow.
Here are 8 Labor Day-inspired cocktails that scream “Summer’s not over yet!”
Citrus Pomegranate Prosecco Punch
- ½ part orange juice
- ½ part pink grapefruit juice
- ¼ part pomegranate juice
- 1 part Ruffino Prosecco, well chilled
- Slices of assorted citrus and pomegranate seeds, to garnish
Method: In a large pitcher or punch bowl with plenty of ice combine the fruit juices. Pour the Ruffino Prosecco over top. Garnish generously with sliced citrus and pomegranate seeds. TIPS: For best flavour use freshly pressed juices as available. Ruffino Sparkling Rosé is a great choice for this recipe too.
- 4½ parts Ruffino Sparkling Rosé
- ¾ parts cucumber syrup
- Watermelon cube
- Thinly sliced cucumber
Method: Muddle cucumber with water and allow to sit overnight. Strain the water and then combine the liquid with equal parts sugar. Build in a highball glass, garnish with small watermelon cube and a cucumber slice on a skewer.
Method: Mix all ingredients and pour into a frozen drink machine. Mix until frozen and pour in an oversized wine glass. Garnish with fresh lavender, elderflower and a lemon wheel.
- 1.5 oz Casa Noble Crystal Tequila
- 0.5 oz lime juice
- 1 oz pineapple juice
- 0.75 oz simple syrup
- Soda water
- Dash bitters
- Pineapple wedge
Method: Place Casa Noble, lime juice, pineapple juice, and simple syrup into shaker with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into glass; top with soda and bitters. Garnish with pineapple wedge.
American Dream Punch
- 2 parts SVEDKA Vodka
- ½ part Orange Curaçao
- ½ part simple syrup
- 1 part fresh lime juice
- Dash grenadine
Method: Combine ingredients in a pitcher and top with ice. Garnish with blackberries and mint.
Bitter Pink Peach
- 1½ parts SVEDKA Peach
- 1 part Campari
- ¾ part fresh lemon juice
- ½ part simple syrup
- 3 grapes
Method: Muddle grapes in a cocktail shaker, add remaining ingredients, and shake well. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with grapes.
- ½ of a kiwi fruit, skinned
- ½ oz fresh lemon juice
- ½ oz simple syrup
- ¾ oz vodka
- 1 ½ oz Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
- ½ oz pomegranate juice
Method: In the bottom of a mixing glass, muddle the kiwi in the lemon juice and simple syrup. Add remaining ingredients and shake well with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass (or over ice into a rocks glass). Garnish with a kiwi slice on rim of glass.
Servings: 1 martini