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Depending when you start (and we recommend you start right about now) Labor Day weekend offers quite a few opportunities for relaxing...and drinking. We thought we'd take an extra burden off your shoulders by telling you exactly what you should be pouring and sipping, from fresh limeade to beer to grilled pineapple mojitos.
Especially if you're partying outside this weekend, don't forget to fill some pitchers with water! But booze-free drinks really shouldn't stop there. Here are a few flavorful ideas.
12 Easy Lemonade Variations »
The Best Ready-to-Drink Lemonade »
Grilled Lemonade »
3 Fresh Limeade Recipes »
The Food Lab's Iced Tea »
Indian Mango Cooler »
Fresh Watermelon and Cucumber Juice »
Toasted Coconut Horchata »
Blueberry Lime Rickey »
There's a beer for every dish you're serving at the cookout this weekend, we promise. Here are some tips:
Session Beers to Drink All Day »
Beers to Pair with Grilled Food »
Beers to Pair with a Lobster/Clam Bake »
Beers to Pair with Burgers »
Beers to Pair with Ribs »
Beers to Pair with Grilled Veggies »
Beers to Pair with Chips, Cheese Puffs, Funyuns, and Other Junk »
Beers to Pair with S'mores »
Pitcher Drinks and Sangria
If you're serving cocktails, it's best to choose a recipe you can multiply and make in bulk. Here are a few delicious options.
Tequila and Campari with Tangerine »
Watermelon Margaritas »
The Best Frozen Lime Margaritas »
Grilled Peach Whiskey Sour »
Grilled Pineapple Mojito »
Watermelon and Blackberry Sherry Sangria »
Starfruit Sangria »
Cherry Sangria »
Apple Sangria »
Plum Sangria »
Super easy drinks make for a happy, relaxed host.
Wine on a Budget
If you're throwing a barbecue, you'll want wine that won't wipe out your bank account.
The Serious Eats Budget White Wine Hall of Fame »
The Serious Eats Budget Red Wine Hall of Fame »
Great French and Italian Rosé Under $16 »
The Serious Eats Guide to the Best Boxed Wine »
The Best White Wines at Costco Under $15 »
Sommeliers Pick the Best Value Regions »
Finish off the evening by whipping up gourmet shakes and DIY ice cream floats! Decorative paper straws are a fun extra touch.
Have you stocked your fridge for Labor Day yet? What are you drinking this weekend?