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What to Drink Now: Cocktails to Toast Summer’s End

Raise a glass this Labor Day.
Mangopolitan, courtesy of Van Gogh Vodka

Raise your glass and bid a fond farewell to the summer of 2017 with one of these cocktails.

Vodka comes in a wide range of styles and flavors these days. Van Gogh Vodka, inspired by the illustrious artist, double infuses their premium line of 16 different flavored vodkas, highlighting the true character of each expression.

Van Gogh Al Fresco
2 ounces Van Gogh Melon Vodka
2 ounces ruby red grapefruit juice
Six mint leaves
Preparation: Add mint leaves to the bottom of a shaker and muddle lightly. Add ice, vodka, and juice. Shake until very cold. Strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with mint.

2 Ounces Van Gogh Mango Vodka
1 ounce Cointreau
Splash lime juice
Splash cranberry juice
Preparation: Add all ingredients to an ice filled shaker and shake until very cold. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lime twist.

If country music has been on your mind this summer, tip your hat to Willie Nelson, as bartender Chad Yarbrough of Armoury in Deep Ellum has with his gin-based ode to the Texas legend.

Just As I Am
2 oz Bulldog Gin
¾ oz Lime Juice
½ oz Habanero Agave Syrup
2 Dashes of Reagans Orange Bitters
2 oz of Soda
lime wheel garnish

For movie lovers, if you haven’t seen Baby Driver run to your local Studio Movie Grill and see if it a brief summer re-release and pair with a classic Harlem Cocktail, in honor of one of the best music nods in the film, “Harlem Shuffle.”

1 1/2 Ounces Gin, I like Bombay Sapphire East
3/4 Ounce Pineapple Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Maraschino liqueur
2 Pineapple chunks
Preparation: Shake over ice and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with pineapple.

If your go to spirit is Bourbon, celebrate it with a classic summertime fruit, blueberries.

Blueberry 46
2 parts Maker’s 46 Bourbon
1 part St-Germain
10 Fresh Blueberries
Preparation: Muddle the St.-Germain and blueberries together in a shaker. Add ice and the Maker’s 46. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass with ice.

A blend of Rosé and Bourbon to end the season? Yes, according to Josh Cellars this untraditional pairing may be the perfect way to end the season.

Rebel Rosé Cocktail
4 oz Josh Cellars Rose
1.5 oz Redemption Bourbon
1 oz Licor 43
Grapefruit Juice
Preparation: Add the wine and spirits to a cocktail shaker and shake. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with grapefruit juice. Garnish with a grapefruit peel.


If bubbles are always on your drink menu, Prosecco may be the best go-to as the effervescent Italian sparkler is the ideal base for cocktails, like an herbal, fruity drink with Ruffino Prosecco and Galliano.

Galliano Frizzante
1 part Galliano L’Aperitivo
3 parts Prosecco

Or top La Marca Prosecco with Galliano L’Aperitivo and Vermouth for a bubbly take on a Negroni.
1 part Galliano L’Aperitivo
1/2 part Sweet Vermouth
2 1/2 parts La Marca Prosecco

If your plans have you entertaining a crowd this weekend, create an all-in-one cocktail with Moet Ice Imperial.

Citrus Moet Punch
(makes 8 cups, double or triple the quantities of each for a larger crowd)
The juice of 2 oranges and 2 lemons
The peel of 1 orange and 1 lemon
2 tbsp demerara sugar
5 oz Orange Liqueur
5 oz black tea
1 bottle Moët Ice Imperial
Glass: Punch Bowl
Method: In a punch bowl muddle the citrus peel and sugar, then add juices and stir. Add the remaining ingredients with an ice block in the bowl to chill. Serve in coupe glasses.

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