Labor Day is coming up, which means you’ve got a perfect excuse to go outside, enjoy the sun, grill some meat and have a drink. Or just have a drink. In which case, here are seven options to see out the summer with style. And by style, we mean a cool, pleasant buzz.
Aspen Brewing Company This Season’s Blonde: Canned beer has experienced a real resurgence of late, and this classic English style pale ale is another great reason to embrace the trend. The wheat and honey malt flavor pairs beautifully with floral and citrus-y hops for fantastic end of summer refreshment.
Americano: For a refreshing and colorful new cocktail, pour an ounce of Campari and an ounce of Cinzano Rosso Vermouth over ice in a highball glass. Add a splash of club soda, garnish with an orange twist and celebrate being an Americano.
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest: Sierra Nevada has begun partnering with top-notch German brewers to craft a fresh festival beer each year. For the inaugural brew, they teamed up with Augsburg’s Brauhaus Riegele to craft a classic Oktoberfest, deep golden in color and rich with complex malt flavor thanks to traditional German Steffi barley. It’s the perfect beer for the transition from summer to fall.
Cuba Libre: This one’s nice and simple to make. Just rum, Coke and some lime in a highball glass. It’s best with Mexican Coke (the pure cane sugar, skinny glass bottle kind), and feel free to add a little extra rum to this recipe.
Otter Creek Fresh Slice (White IPA): A blend of a Belgian white and an IPA, Fresh Slice does just what its name suggests, providing hoppy citrus flavor that’s clean, smooth and sessionable.
Clyde May’s Whiskey: This crisp 85-proof Alabama-style whiskey is named for the legendary Prohibition distiller, who made a career of dodging Johnny Law. Sip and toast everything you got away with this summer.