What to Drink Over Labor Day Weekend


Time to stock up on drink supplies for the long weekend. [Photo: Beer bucket on Shutterstock]



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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.

Alcohol-Free Hydration

[Photo: Autumn Giles]

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.

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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 »

Beer Me

Grape Jolly Rancher Sour Ale

Melody Daversa, Certified Cicerone®

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


[Photo: Heather Meldrom]

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 »

Refreshing Highballs

Pimm's and Tonic

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

Super easy drinks make for a happy, relaxed host.

Perfect Pimm's Cup »
Pimm's and Tonic »
Paloma Brava »
Dark & Stormy »
Cuba Libre »
Blarney Stone »

Wine on a Budget

Loire Valley

Savanna Ray of Wildwood Restaurant

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 »
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Great French and Italian Rosé Under $16 »
The Serious Eats Guide to the Best Boxed Wine »
The Best White Wines at Costco Under $15 »
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Drinkable Desserts

[Photo: Autumn Giles]

Finish off the evening by whipping up gourmet shakes and DIY ice cream floats! Decorative paper straws are a fun extra touch.

Raspberry, Ginger, and Coconut Shake »
Malted Chocolate Milkshakes »
Strawberry Mascarpone Shake » Make ice cream floats with DIY Cherry Cola or homemade root beer »

Have you stocked your fridge for Labor Day yet? What are you drinking this weekend?