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Labor Day Sips: Perfect End-of-Summer Cocktails

Just like fashion, cocktails change with the seasons. Say farewell to summer (and flip flops) with these luscious recipes from top NJ mixologists!

Cucumber Chiller

31ac0629-a10d-41d1-8061-9f808df7c8ff2 cucumber slices
1/4 oz rosemary simple syrup
2 oz Hendrick’s gin
Juice of 3 limes
Fresh rosemary sprigs for garnish


In a Collins glass, muddle cucumber slices, lime juice and rosemary simple syrup. Add ice and gin. Shake and top with tonic. Garnish with rosemary.


(Rosemary Simple Syrup: Stir 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 4 fresh rosemary sprigs in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil for a minute or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Strain, cover and chill for 4 hours before use.)
Strawberry Peach Margarita
b33a6287-d7bc-4bba-b7bb-4354f22d65fa1 oz tequila
1/2 oz peach schnapps
1/2 oz strawberry puree
3 lime wedges
In a rocks glass, squeeze lime into strawberry purée. Add ice, tequila and peach schnapps. Shake. Rim glass with salt/pepper/sugar mix.



Le Blue Fairy 

995e843c-cb06-4097-862e-29240c89e18f1.5 oz Belvedere Wild Berry vodka
1/2 oz simple syrup
3 T muddled blueberries

Juice of 3 lemons

1/4 oz Absinthe

Blueberries for ganish

Combine vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup and muddled blueberries in a rocks glass with clean ice. Top with Absinthe and garnish with fresh blueberries.

Courtesy of Thierry Carrier

General Manager/Director of Operations 

Avenue, Long Branch, NJ

Chin Up

63613ad4-4a6d-473c-91c9-4ab6e16080e0 3 cucumber slices

2 oz gin

1/2 oz dry vermouth

1/2 oz Cynar

-Cucumber for garnish


Combine, stir and serve on the rocks.


Courtesy of Wes Kirk 

Crafts Spirits Manager 

Amanti Vino, Montclair, NJ

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