Spend Labor Day putting your liver to work.

summer cocktailmaxresdefaultBelly up to the bar boys it is the last big weekend of summer. It is hot and you need a special summer beverage while you set the stage for the last pool party of the 2017 summer season.

This Labor Day let’s salute American corporations for keeping the Chinese gainfully employed.

It is still hot and you need a special end of summer beverage list to prepair for your guests while they and you are lounging by the pool, reading under the gazebo, standing in front of a hot grill or hosting a special group of friends in your back yard.

Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.

You can keep your cool with our No Labor Day refreshing beverage list and holiday party tips.

Here are a few of our favorites to tickle the senses and put a smile on your face.

Cucumber Lemonade Mocktail. A111206 Food & Wine March 2012

Cucumber Lemonade Mocktail. (Drink Of The Month)


  • 1 paper-thin, lengthwise slice of European cucumber, for garnish
  • Ice
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely chopped dill, plus 1 dill sprig, for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh cucumber juice (see Note)
  • 1/4 cup chilled club soda

How to make this recipe

    1. Press the cucumber slice against the inside of a chilled highball glass and add ice. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the chopped dill, agave syrup, lemon and lime juices and 1 tablespoon of water until the syrup is dissolved. Add ice, then add the cucumber juice and shake well. Strain into the prepared glass and stir in the club soda. Garnish with the dill sprig.


Cucumber juice is available at juice counters. You can also make it by pureeing peeled cucumber chunks in a blender and then straining the puree through a fine sieve. One large cucumber yields about 3/4 cup of strained juice.

Tequila Sunrise Margarita

tequila sunrise margarita

All you need to make this gorgeous summer cocktail is some Triple Sec, lime juice, and of course, tequila. Red-sugared rims give it a fiery look.

Minted Iced Tea

minted iced tea

Liven up your outdoor entertaining — or just refresh your thirsty family — with this simple nonalcoholic drink recipe. Orange and lemon accompany the mint that flavors this fruit-infused iced tea.



A refreshing glass of this ice-cold lemonade will keep you cool on a hot summer’s day. Our classic drink recipe features a cup of natural lemon juice, so you know you’re getting the good stuff.

Fresh Melon Quenchers

melon quenchersPureed fruit blended with ice and sparkling water makes a refreshing summer drink. A spoonful of yogurt adds creaminess, while a skewer of fresh fruit makes a pretty garnish.

Watermelon Cooler Punch

watermelon punch

Blended watermelon combined with white grape juice, lime juice, sugar, mint, and club soda makes a refreshing summer drink.

Tips for the Perfect End-Of-Summer Pool Party

 With the end of Summer upon us, have you thought of throwing one last pool party of the seaqson with family and friends to celebrate the remaining hot, sun shiny days? Ubove we sugested some drinkies. Well the folks here at SPY want to help. To start with, since the temperatures in the summer months can be so incredibly hot and even uncomfortable throwing a pool party is a fantastic event. Surely you want your pool party to be an event that everyone remembers and one that everyone talks about long after the partying is over. With that said, we here at SPY got your back and have some pretty important and ‘cool’ pool party tips to offer, including proper pool maintenance as well.

Deciding on what types of decorations you are going to have is often a delight for those with a creative mind. Is your party a themed party? If so, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find appropriate decorations at a nearby party store. Many online party stores can also accommodate your needs.

And if you are going to be more creative than purchasing your decorations at a party store, consider the décor. For an indoor party, you might want to consider fabrics that you can use to add to walls and tables. Draping the fabrics across them with lighting reflecting on them will create unique reflection.

In addition, the most creative may want to design their own decorations. Remember to include plenty of color to elevate the mood at your party. In addition to colored streamers, you can have colored flatware, glassware, and plates. Brightly colored straws are also certain to delight your guests. And don’t forget those fun colorful umbrellas that can be added to everyone’s drinks-both old and young alike. You can add color to stemmed glassware by covering the bases in brightly colored glitter and then sealing the bases with a glossy coat to seal in the glitter and make the glasses washable.

Wrap your utensils in colored napkins and place in a painted metal bucket so that each guest can take their utensils and go.

Alternatively, glue multi-colored crayons to empty tin cans that have had the labels removed. These make great holders for your colorfully wrapped utensils or you could put multi-colored utensils in each one with different cans used for forks, knives, and spoons.

Mason jars make perfect glasses for your party. Instead of purchasing expensive glassware, drill holes in the lids of mason jars and add a rubber grommet to the hole. You can then use brightly colored straws.

For the quaint and unusual cooler, consider adding some old-fashioned charm by using a wheelbarrow full of ice. Add your bottles to the wheelbarrow. You could also use a barrel or even a small wagon filled with ice as a cooler.Brightly colored summer lanterns or even pineapple lanterns fit well with a luau-themed party. You might want to consider a flip-flop serving tray for the same theme or a grass skirt table covering to complete that theme.

If you want to make your own lanterns, consider making twine lanterns, which you can hang from trees. Make a mixture of ½ cup cornstarch, 4 oz. white school glue, and ¼ cup warm water. After you blow up a balloon, soak yarn or twine in the cornstarch mixture. Wrap the yarn or twine around a balloon, letting it dry on the balloon. When you pop the balloon, you will have a yarn lantern.

Don’t forget the arrangements to add to the center of each table. Make them fit the theme and the season. Coke bottles filled with flowers are a very simple addition that will add to the classic rustic theme and will pair well with ice-filled barrels or wheelbarrows.

And you can make your own table runner. Glue some popsicle sticks together and add splattered acrylic paint to the popsicle sticks to create a unique pattern.

Stocking up on all your guests’ favorite beverages such as punches, lemonades, ice teas, juices, cocktails, and of course, plenty of water, is essential to a happy, healthy and safe pool party. People can be quite picky about their refreshments and beverages so be sure to cover all the bases. Make certain you have water easily accessible by the pool so that none of your guests get dehydrated whether you have ice buckets filled with cold water bottles or even plastic pitchers of cold water readily available to pour.

We also suggest you keep some sunscreen by the pool and make an honest effort to remind your guests to apply the sunscreen often and to avoid the harmful rays of the sun. You may even want to have some extra towels on hand in case someone mindlessly forget theirs. Oh, and don’t forget the music. Though it may not seem significant, music creates the mood for any party. If you are having a cocktail party, you might want to include soft jazz music with muted lighting. Livelier bluegrass music and brighter lighting would work better for a cookout. While selecting and creating a playlist may seem light a small detail, we all know how music can enhance the mood you are trying to create at the party. This seemingly small detail is truly an essential.

Lastly, make certain you have adequate lighting for your pool party. Try to avoid overhead lighting or florescent lighting since both can be quite dangerous near a pool. The use of candles and lamps will provide an adequate glowing light as will flameless battery operated candles.

If you are planning a party for families, don’t forget to include activities for the children. You might also want to consider the ages of the children as activities that might be of interest to preteens probably won’t be suitable for children under ten. Don’t forget that parents need time to kick back and enjoy the party, too.

If you have an outdoor trampoline, this might be the perfect entertainment for children. Know a teenage babysitter? You might consider hiring them for the party so that they can monitor the trampoline to ensure that only small numbers of children of similar ages are on the trampoline at any given time.

Children aren’t the only ones who love party games. There are plenty of games that both adults and kids can enjoy together. The old-fashioned potato sack race is fun for adults and children. Just gather up some burlap sacks or old sturdy pillowcases and you have all the equipment you need for this fun-filled race.

Horseshoes is another game that is relatively inexpensive and easy for adults and children. Set the stakes further apart for adults and closer together for children. You could even have two sets of stakes, one for adults and one for the kids.

Who doesn’t love limbo? Two people hold either end of a pole, which keeps getting lower and lower. Be careful, though. This is one game at which the kids will probably do better than the adults.

Twister isn’t only an indoor game played on a mat. Grab your twister game and spinner and take it outside. Instead of the mat, spray colored circles on the grass to imitate the colors of the mat.

While goody bags are often used for children’s parties, you can use goody bags for adult or family parties as well. You might consider using red, white, and blue bags for and Independence Day themed party or colorful neon colored bags for your summer barbeque.

What should you put in the bags? Candies with red, white, and blue wrappers would be perfect for Independence Day. Or for a summer cook out complete with neon colored party bags, you could fill the bags with toppings for ice cream.

Wine bottles would make a great party favor for a bachelorette party. You could even order custom labels for the wine bottles to make the party favor perfect. Flip-flops that match the color scheme of the wedding will also be a great idea for a party favor. Leis as party favors also work especially if you can find some to match the colors of the wedding.

And did you know that you could order personalized shot glasses that light up? What better way to memorialize that bachelorette party! Or if you didn’t want to use the shot glasses idea, you could even purchase themed cup cozies.

Who wouldn’t want candy in their party bag? Try unique desert-flavored candy bars in flavors such as red velvet cake, s’mores, or tiramisu.

We hope you find these tips useful when hosting your summer pool party and remember this Labor Day, take comfort in the knowledge that the pressure to have fun this summer is finally off.



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