Labor Day cocktails that make you wish summer lasted longer

Grilled Watermelon Margarita, photo provided by Cointreau
Grilled Watermelon Margarita, photo provided by Cointreau /

Summer might be fading but these Labor Day cocktails deserve a taste.

These Labor Day cocktails keep the summer vibes going for a little while longer. Even though the dog days of summer might still be here, Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. If you still want to keep the summer vibes going, why not shake up one of these tasty Labor Day cocktails.

Over the summer, cocktail trends have focused on canned cocktails, hard seltzers and even non-alcoholic beverages. Even though beverage trends can be the focus, a great summer cocktail is always in season.

With the holiday weekend here, these Labor Day cocktails can be the perfect end of summer. Whether you want summer last longer or are ready for pumpkin spice season, these cocktails deserve one last taste.

Grilled Watermelon Margarita

Watermelon is a classic summer food. Why not take that watermelon off the table and put it in a cocktail glass.

Here’s how to make a grilled watermelon margarita from Cointreau.


  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 0.5 oz Grilled Watermelon Syrup
  • 0.5 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice


  • Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and fine strain over ice into a Tajin-salted rocks glass. (3:1 Tajin to kosher salt) Garnish with lime wheel.
  • How to make grilled watermelon syrup: Cut watermelon into slices and grill until both sides of the watermelon have grill marks. After letting fool, blend with simple syrup (1:1) and then fine strain.

Summer Sunset

For many people, there is nothing better than watching the summer sun fade into the distance. This cocktail brings those vibrant colors and flavors into the cocktail glass.

Here’s how to make a Summer Sunset.


  • 1.25 oz. Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions Strawberry and Rose
  • 6-8 ice cubes
  • 1.5oz Peach nectar or peach juice
  • 1.5oz strawberry puree
  • 1 tbs. honey
  • Strawberries for garnish


  • Pour strawberry puree into a glass. Add Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions Strawberry and Rose, chilled peach nectar, and honey to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well for about 30 seconds. Pour into glass over strawberry puree, and garnish with strawberries.
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Spiced & Pineapple, photo provided by Bacardi /

Spiced & Pineapple

If you want to channel some beach vibes, this BACARDI cocktail is definitely that sip. From the pineapple to the BACARDI Spiced Rum, this cocktail will bring a little flare to the end of summer celebration.


  • 2 parts BACARDÍ Spiced Rum
  • 4 parts pineapple juice
  • For Garnish: Pineapple wedge & leaf


  • Fill a highball or Tiki glass with cubed or crushed ice. Pour in the BACARDÍ Spiced Rum, followed by the pineapple juice. Give it all a gentle stir. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a pineapple leaf.

Jameson Ginger Lime Popsicles

While Jameson Irish Whiskey might seem more like a cooler weather liquor, these popsicles take on another summer beverage trend, popsicles. Those adult popsicles have helped everyone cool off during the hot summer months. Why not have another one before summer fades.

Here’s how to make Jameson Ginger Lime Popsicles.


  • 1 part Jameson Original
  • 2 parts Ginger Ale
  • Squeeze of fresh lime


  • Batch and pour into popsicle mold
  • Freeze overnight

Walk in the Park

If you haven’t discovered Don Papa Rum, it is time to open a bottle. The nuanced, 7 year aged rum is a delightful sip both on its own and in a cocktail.

This particular cocktail, Walk in the Park, offers a unique take with the combination of limoncello and Don Papa Rum. The brightness of the lemon is the perfect refreshment for an end of summer celebration.

Here’s how to make Walk in the Park.


  • 1 oz Don Papa Rum
  • 1 oz Limoncello
  • 1 oz Vermouth Blanc


  • When making this cocktail simply pour one ounce of each ingredient, Don Papa 7 year rum, Limoncello, and vermouth Blanc, into a mixing glass with ice and stir for thirty seconds. Pour into a rocks glass over a large piece of ice and zest with a generous peel of lemon. Leave the lemon peel in the glass and you are ready to serve a fun but still sophisticated, homemade cocktail.
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Frozen Berries Margarita, photo provided by Cointreau /

Frozen Berries Margarita

For many people margaritas often remind people of beach getaways and relaxing days. This Frozen Berries Margarita is sweet and refreshing on a warm afternoon.

Consider using mixed frozen berries in this cocktail. The combination of berries adds a bolder flavor to the cocktail. The touch of lime juice keeps it balanced.

Here’s how to make Frozen Berries Margarita.


  • 1oz Cointreau
  • 2oz Tequila
  • 75oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • .25oz Simple Syrup
  • .5 cup of Frozen Berries
  • 3-5 Ice Cubes


  • Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend to combine. Pour into a margarita glass and garnish with fruit and or lime wheels.

Dragonfruit Daydream

Even though you might not have been able to take that exoctic vacation, this cocktail brings a taste of the tropics to the cocktail glass. The SVEDKA Pure Infusions Dragonfruit Melon offers a nuanced flavor.

If you are ready to channel those tropical breezes, consider making this end of summer cocktail.

Here’s how to make Dragonfruit Daydream.


  • 2 oz. SVEDKA Pure Infusions Dragonfruit Melon
  • .75 oz. lemon juice
  • .75 oz. dragonfruit puree
  • Top with sparkling water


  • Add vodka, lemon juice and dragonfruit puree to a cocktail shaker
  • Shake with ice and strain into a highball glass
  • Top with sparkling water and garnish with dragonfruit pieces on a cocktail pick

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What are you favorite Labor Day cocktails? What are you serving this holiday weekend?