Category Archives: Labor Day

Kick back and enjoy easy, labor free drink recipes during this last ‘official’ long weekend of summer.

Boiler Maker

Shot of Bourbon for a Boiler Maker

Bourbon Shot

This weekend marks the unofficial close of summer and the official beginning of September’s “Bourbon Heritage Month.” It makes perfect sense to me to celebrate the coming together of both festivities with a two ingredient drink that includes them both. Since it is Labor Day we want to shy away from anything too labor intensive. The Boiler Maker is ideal!

Boiler Maker Recipe for Labor Day Success

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Boiler Maker

1 ounce Bourbon

Pint Beer

Pour a shot of bourbon. Place it on the nearest table to your deck chair. Pull a bottle of choice beer from the cooler. Pop the top on that ice cold beer. While you settle into your deck chair, bring that shot of bourbon to your lips. Remember the good times of summer. You’ll need them to get through winter! Tip that shot of bourbon so the warm liquid glides over your tongue, prickling your taste buds with flavor sensation that rocks your world clear to your toes. Yeah…you know the feeling. Enjoy it as it warms your belly. Then pick up that beer, settle in and enjoy. Savor the moment. Savor the day.

Of course you could always drop a shot of bourbon in a pint of beer and chug it as quickly as possible and call it a Boiler Maker as well. But what’s the point?

Enjoy a labor free Labor Day!

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Coco Colada

Coco Colada is a lighter, non-blended Pina Colada variation using coconut water instead of coconut cream. Coco Colada is a lower calorie drink with approximately 128 calories.

Coco Colada is a lighter, non-blended Pina Colada variation using coconut water instead of coconut cream.

A delicious frozen, blended Pina Colada topped with floated dark rum is one of my favorite summer vacation style drinks. They are a bit sweet and heavy on calories though. A few too many traditional Pina Coladas and the girlish figure becomes a little too much for the itty bitty polka dot bikini if you know what I mean.

The Coco Colada is a lighter, non-blended Pina Colada variation. Instead of heavily sweetened coconut cream, this drink uses coconut water and light orange juice. These slight changes cut the calories drastically while still allowing authentic tropic flavor to shine through. Spiced rum adds an extra kick of flavor and hint of vanilla to the drink. If you prefer fresh squeezed orange juice to bottled light orange juice, by all means use that instead. The recipe as written contains approximately 128 calories. The Coco Colada drink is low calorie and full of flavor. Win. Win.

Coco Colada Low Calorie Drink Recipe

Coco Colada is a lighter, non-blended Pina Colada variation using coconut water instead of coconut cream. Coco Colada is a lower calorie drink with approximately 128 calories.

Coco Colada is a lower calorie drink with approximately 128 calories.

Coco Colada – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1-1/2 ounce Shellback Spiced Rum

1/2 ounce Pineapple Juice

2 ounces Coconut Water

1/2 ounce Light Orange Juice

Pineapple Spear Garnish – optional

Build in highball glass over fresh ice. Stir. Garnish with pineapple spear if desired. Approximately 128 calories.

Coco Colada is an excellent vacation cocktail. It reminds of summer, cruises and tropical destinations. Sip this poolside or at the beach. Keep the Coco Colada in mind for Fourth of July parties, Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The Coco Colada drink recipe was commissioned by representatives of Shellback Rum as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Shellback Rum on this site and at ShellbackRum.com and by following Shellback Rum on Facebook.

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7 Two Ingredient Cocktails for Labor Day

Labor Day celebrates the hard working American laborer and is often observed as a day (or weekend) set aside for end of summer parties and celebrations. We could opt for high end, call out all the stops, seventeen ingredient cocktails to “Wow” and impress friends and guests, but why? There are many refreshingly satisfying two ingredient cocktails waiting in the wings. No muss, no fuss.

More Labor Day & two ingredient cocktails to enjoy.

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The Highball is a basic recipe for many base spirits. The ratio of base spirit to choice of mixer evens out nicely giving you and guest options depending upon taste preference. A table or bar with selection of base spirits, variety of easy mixers and perhaps a few optional lemon, lime or orange slices allows your guests to prepare their own drinks, keeping your day labor free. Pick your poison…

Highball

2 ounces Base Spirit of Choice

3 ounces Mixer of Choice

Place base spirit (Whiskey, Vodka, Rum, etc…) in highball glass over fresh ice. Top with mixer (club soda, tonic, juice, etc…).

Cocktails in a beer crowd? No problem. These three two ingredient recipes offer alternatives for the combined beer and cocktail crowd.

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Depth Charge

2 ounces Schnapps

1 pint Beer

Place schnapps flavor of your choice into chilled beer mug. Top with beer.

Shandy

7-UP

Beer

Place chilled 7-UP to the halfway point in a highball glass; no ice. Top with chilled beer.

Shandy Gaff

Ginger Ale

Beer

Place chilled ginger ale to the halfway point in a highball glass; no ice. Top with chilled beer.

Keeping it slow, comfortable and relaxed…

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Comfortable Screw

1-1/2 ounce Southern Comfort

3-1/2 ounces Orange Juice

Orange Slice Garnish

Combine liquids in highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

Sloe Screw

2 ounces Sloe Gin

3 ounces Orange Juice

Place Sloe Gin in highball glass over fresh ice. Top with orange juice. Stir.

Since whiskey is king…

Kentucky Colonel Cocktail

3 ounces Bourbon

1 ounce Benedictine

Lemon Twist

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

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Rusty Nail

Labor Day closes out the summer season while gathering in family and friends. An excellent crowd pleaser is this two ingredient drink which is an easy favorite among scotch drinkers and cocktail enthusiasts riding the wave of Speakeasy couture. The version below tweaks the classic Rusty Nail recipe by dialing down the sweetness factor a notch so more scotch shines through in the flavor profile.Godfather 1 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Rusty Nail

1-1/2 ounce Blended Scotch Whisky

1/4 ounce Drambuie

Build in an old-fashioned glass over ice.  No garnish.

Please remember buzzed driving is impaired driving which is the equivalent to driving drunk.  Plan ahead by arranging for a cab or designated driver. 

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Labor Day: Labor Free 2 Ingredient Cocktails

Two ingredient cocktails are an ideal way to enjoy a labor free Labor Day weekend of entertaining friends while still enjoying relaxation time as host. Simple drinks with few ingredients remain flavorful, satisfying and keep prep time to a minimum. The Highball could be one of the most popular two ingredient drinks. Its open ended option of base spirit and mixer of choice provide an endless combination of flavors for all to enjoy. There are many more two ingredient cocktails and drinks to explore. Choose to include suggested garnishes or leave the drink bare.

Two Ingredient Cocktail 1 - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinHighball

2 measures Base Spirit of Choice

3 measures Mixer of Choice

Place base spirit (Whiskey, Vodka, Rum, etc…) in highball glass over fresh ice. Top with mixer (club soda, tonic, juice, etc…).

Appetizer

3 measures Dubonnet Rouge

1 Orange – freshly squeezed

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Camparosa

2 measures Campari

3 measures Grapefruit Juice

Orange Slice Garnish

Combine liquids in highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with orange slice.

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2 measures Cherry Brandy

3 measures Cola

Lemon Slice Garnish

Place brandy in highball glass over fresh ice. Top with cola. Stir. Garnish with lemon slice.

Comfortable Screw

1-1/2 measure Southern Comfort

3-1/2 measures Orange Juice

Orange Slice Garnish

Combine liquids in highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

Two Ingredient Cocktail 2 - photo copyright Cheri LoughlinKentucky Cocktail

3 measures Bourbon

1 measure Pineapple Juice

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chill cocktail glass.

Whisky Mac

1-1/2 measure Scotch

1 measures Ginger Wine

Place scotch in an Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger wine. Stir.

The Golf Cocktail calls for a simple third ingredient to round out the flavor.

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3 measures Gin

1 measure Dry Vermouth

3 dashes Classic Bitters

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Find more suggestions for the weekend in Easy Two Ingredient Drink & Shot Recipes.

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