When comes to Labor Day-themed cocktails the connective thread should be fairly obvious: Drinks that require as little effort as possible.
After all, this is a government-sanctioned paid day-off, and for most of us, the last long weekend hurrah before summer's end. Naturally, you want to celebrate with a nice cocktail. But you're supposed to be relaxing, taking it easy — not working up a sweat muddling a mojito. And those drinks that call for a laundry list of hard-to-find ingredients or require make-ahead infusions? Save those for another day.
To that end, we've rounded up some favorite no-labor (or at least, very little labor) cocktails to help you appropriately enjoy your holiday.
The only "work" this salty-sweet spiked shake requires is hitting your blender's "on" switch.
You wouldn't guess by the taste of it, but this sophisticated drink only really calls for three ingredients. On the menu at New York City cocktail bar-restaurant, The Beagle, the drink is dry and sharp with a nice acidity — a great apéritif and one of those drinks that could work with any food.
All it takes to enjoy this classic drink — a favorite among bartenders — is Campari, gin, sweet vermouth, an orange rind, and a quick stir.
Another classic whose merit isn't measured in time-consuming techniques or esoteric ingredients.