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The Five Least Laborious Drinks to Make for Labor Day

Every year about this time, we ask where the hell summer went? In just a few hours, Labor Day weekend will begin, and you're probably at your office killing time before happy hour starts. So are we.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in New York City on September 5, 1882, to mark a "workingmen's holiday." We use it as a reason to drink -- with as little labor as possible.

With that in mind, we've created a list of drinks that are cool, delicious, and totally easy to make. Cheers to the working man and woman!

2 parts Sailor Jerry

spiced rum
1 scoop (vanilla) ice cream


Add Sailor Jerry to a highball glass full of ice, drop in scoop of ice cream, and top with cola. Beat drink with a straw.

(courtesy of Sailor Jerry)

Vodka and Pink Lemonade
2 oz vodka
Fresh lemonade

Splash of cranberry juice

Pour ingredients into a tall, ice-filled glass

Apple Pie Shooter
1 oz vodka
1 oz apple juice

Shake with ice, strain into shooter glass

Easy Sangria
Bottle of red wine
1/2 cup brandy
Club soda
Orange slices (if you're totally lazy, use a can of drained mixed fruit)

Pour the bottle of wine into a pitcher filled with fruit
Add the brandy
Top with a generous splash of club soda
Refrigerate for an hour before serving

Easy "Skinny" Margarita
1 1/2 oz. tequila
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. lime juice
1 packet sugar substitute

Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass, garnish with lime

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
Contact: Laine Doss

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