Thirsty Thursday: Easy Rum Cocktails for Labor Day Weekend

By: Kelsey Vala

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Weekends are important, especially the sun-dappled, backyard barbecue kinds of weekends that characterize summer. While Labor Day is the symbolic end of summer, (after this, school starts, the weather cools down and berry picking gives way to apple picking) take this extra-long weekend to relax in the warm weather with rum-filled, late-summer sippers.

We’re thinking of rum-y cocktails that pair well with sweet and sticky ribs, kabobs, grilled burgers and seasonal produce. From minty mojitos to dynamic daiquiris, rum is our spirit of choice when it comes to showcasing some refreshing flavors.

Bottoms up, folks.

Wild Berry Mojito ( pictured above)

Summer berries aren’t just for pie. Celebrate the end of summer in style with a “berry” wild twist on a mojito. Muddle blackberries, raspberries and blueberries with mint, and then stir with rum and lots of crushed ice.

Fresh pineapple and golden rum marinate together for several hours for a tropical-infused flavor. Mix this rum with a splash of soda and some chopped fresh fruit, and this will be an ideal cocktail to pair alongside grilled kabobs.  

Supposedly Ernest Hemingway’s cocktail of choice, this Cuban Daiquiri is made with lime, fresh grapefruit juice, maraschino liqueur and aged white rum.  

For a mojito in popsicle form, try these ice pops made out of thick strawberry puree, fresh mint, lime and rum. You can even make these without rum for the kiddos. Either way, these ice pops will make a delicious ending to a summer evening.

Craving more rum cocktail recipes? Check out our favorite Minty Mojito Recipes.

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