Labor Day 2016 - Happenings Galore!

Labor Day weekend signals the end of summer, which can be a little sad, but giving you three days to celebrate certainly makes up for it at least a little. Splash Magazines Worldwide has put together a list of events and cocktails for you to make sure you make the most out of your long weekend.

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar has provided us with the perfect fall cocktail, The Porkchop Cocktail

Fresh Thyme
1.5 oz. Bourbon
1 Barspoon Dijon Mustard
1 oz. Apple Cider
0.5 Lemon Juice
0.5 Simple Syrup

1. Combine and shake all ingredients before straining into an ice filled Collins glass.

2. Garnish with a sprig of thyme

The Porkchop

You can get an early start on the Labor Day celebrations by perfecting signature cocktails that were inspired by Video of the Year nominees and created by the guys behind Jose Cuervo + 1800 tequila. Enjoy these during the MTV’s Video Music Awards and then mix them all up again over Labor Day Weekend.

“Spiked Lemonade”
If you haven’t guessed already, this cocktail is inspired by Beyonce’s favorite tequila as she mentions in her single, Formation - “Sippin Cuervo No Chaser” - Join in on the fun just as Bey would with this cocktail….

1.5 oz Jose Cuervo Especial
3 oz. Lemonade
Garnish with lemon wheel

Directions: Combine ingredients in shaker. Shake and strain into a Collins glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

“Spiked Lemonade”

Authentic Jose Cuervo Classic Margarita
Inspired by hitmaker and nominee, Adele - the Authentic Jose Cuervo Margarita is the ultimate necessity for a viewing party (and break up) just add ice to this Ready-To-Drink cocktail and voila you’ll be a star bartender!

Jose Cuervo Ready To Drink Classic Margaritas ($15.99)
- Provides a deliciously convenient cocktail option with premium ingredients
- 19.9 proof and offered in 1.75L ml
- Available in liquor stores nationwide
- Please find a direct link here

Jose Cuervo margarita

“MR West"
Created exclusively by Derrick Turner at Harding’s NYC, this cocktail is inspired by Kanye West’s Video Of The Year Nomination, 'Famous’ - share this cocktail with your tequila loving guests...

2 oz. 1800® Silver
1 tsp rose water
2 peels of cucumber
1/2 oz. pineapple juice
1/2 oz. lime
1/4 oz. agave

Directions: Muddle cucumber in shaker. Add remaining ingredients to shaker. Shake and double strain into Collins glass. Garnish with cucumber roll.

“MR West"

"The Red Bling"
Created exclusively by Derrick Turner at Harding’s NYC, this cocktail pays homage to Drake’s ‘Hot Line Bing’ nomination, serve this delicious cocktail to all the Drake fan’s in the house...

2 oz. 1800® Añejo
1/4 oz. lemon
1/2 nectarine puree
1/2 oz. agave
3/4 oz. Italian bitter liqueur

Directions: Add all ingredients to mixing glass. Stir for 10 seconds. Double strain into martini glass and garnish with grapefruit peel.


"The Red Bling"

“Sorry Not Sorry”
Created exclusively by Derrick Turner at Harding’s NYC, this cocktail was inspired by Justin Biebers hit song and video of the year, “Sorry” - guests will love this cocktail as it’s perfectly balanced with a variety of flavors that will hit every taste bud in your mouth!

2 oz. 1800® Reposado
3 oz. strawberry shrub**
1/4 oz. lemon

Directions: Add all ingredients to shaker. Shake and strain in martini coupe. Garnish with lemon peel. Add ingredients into mixing bowl, mix and let sit for an hour before creating cocktail.
**Strawberry shrub = 1/3 oz. sugar, 1/3 oz. white wine vinegar, 1/3 oz. muddled strawberries

“Sorry Not Sorry”

To kick off your Labor Day festivities, Angry Orchard mixologist Jeremy Oertel, one of Food & Wine’s Best New Mixologists, has created a crisp and refreshing cider-infused cocktail. Cider is an incredibly versatile ingredient that effortlessly adds body, bubbles and balance to classic mixed drinks. The slight effervescence and subtle sweetness both balance and brighten your cocktail leaving you with a refreshing, smooth finish on your palette. 


Angry Refreshmint 



1 oz White Rum 

.5 oz Lime Juice 

.5 oz Simple Syrup 

1 dash Angostura Bitters 

2 Slices Cucumber (Muddled) 

5 to 6 Mint Leaves (Muddled) 

4 oz Angry Orchard Crisp Apple 



Muddle mint and cucumber in a shaker then add all ingredients except cider. Shake with ice and fine strain into a rocks glass with ice and top with cider. Garnish with a mint sprig and cucumber wheel.

Angry Refreshmint

Truly Spiked & Sparkling is our favorite new summer cocktail and mixer, think of a flavored water with alcohol. Truly comes in three great flavors including; grapefruit and pomelo, pomegranate, Colima lime, all three flavors are refreshing and contain just 100 calories and 2 grams of carbohydrates. Truly also provide a great recipe for the classic “Moscow Mule.”

Truly Moscow Mule


  • 1 oz. Vodka
  • 1 oz. Ginger Beer
  • 6 oz. Truly Spiked & Sparkling Colima Lime


Combine 1 oz. vodka and 1 oz. ginger beer in a pint over ice. Top off with Truly Spiked & Sparkling Colima Lime. Add Lime for garnish.

Truly Moscow Mule

For those who love tequila, Tequila Cazadores has some great recipes for the holiday weekend.

Tequila Cazadores Tommy Margarita

2 oz. Cazadores Reposado

1 oz. fresh lime juice

½ oz. agave nectar or simple syrup


Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, fill with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into a salted rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Tequila Cazadores Tommy Margarita

Tequila Cazadores Sangrita

Tequila Cazadores Blanco or Reposado

Batch Recipe:

32 oz. tomato juice

6 oz. perfect puree chipotle sour

Pinch of salt

6 oz. worchestershire sauce

10 oz. lime juice

Celery salt

1 tsp. oregano powder

Tequila Cazadores Sangrita

Tequila Cazadores Jalapeno Margarita

1 ½ oz. Cazadores Blanco

1 oz. agave nectar or simple syrup

¾ oz. fresh squeezed lime juice

¾ oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 slices of fresh jalapeno


Muddle jalapeno in a cocktail shaker, add rest of the ingredients with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a salted rocks glass. Garnish with lime wheel and fresh jalapeno slices.

Tequila Cazadores Jalapeno Margarita

If you are looking for something to do in Los Angeles, LA Times "The Taste" is three days of food and drink that is unparalleled. Things get kicked off with Friday's Opening Night and then the weekend is filled with four more great events.

• Field to Fork – Hosted by Amy Scattergood, Times Food Editor, and Michael Cimarusti, Chef/Owner of Providence and Chef/Partner of Connie and Ted’s; Sat., Sept. 3rd, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Local flavors and seasonal ingredients inspire this day dedicated to California’s endless culinary possibilities. Scattergood will lead a conversation on the new artisan grain movement with Nan Kohler (Grist and Toll), Alex Weiser (Weiser Farms) and Roxana Jullapat (Friends and Family). Cimarusti, who advocates for sustainable seafood, will share his socially-conscious kitchen secrets during a live demo. Madcapra’s masters of produce-driven falafel, Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer, will team up for a vegetarian cooking how-to. Restaurants include Aqui es Texcoco, Doomie’s Home Cookin’, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Kye’s Montana, L.A. Chapter and Salazar.

• Dinner with a Twist – Hosted by Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, Jenn Harris, Times Deputy Food Editor, and Ray Garcia and Michael Lay, Chef/Owner and Beverage Director – respectively – of Broken Spanish and B.S. Taqueria; Sat., Sept. 3rd, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday night at The Taste brings the best of L.A.’s dining and cocktail culture together for an al fresco, end-of-summer jam. In an homage to the creative friction that sparks memorable pairings, star chefs and bartenders will duet live on stage, revealing the chemistry behind their signature dishes and drinks. Garcia and Lay will highlight Mexican-American flavors steeped in tradition and crafted with a modern sensibility. Kris Morningstar and Ryan Wainwright (Terrine) will showcase the Southern California terroir interpreted through simple, soulful creations. Gold and Harris will host a group demo with three market-driven mix masters: Katie Emmerson (The Walker Inn), Nathan Oliver (WOLF) and Tobin Shea (Redbird). Restaurants include Church & State, HACHÉ LA, LEONA, Public School, The Bellwether and The Raymond 1886.

• Sunday Block Party – Hosted by Noelle Carter, Times Test Kitchen Director, and Mary Sue Milliken, Co-Chef/Owner, Border Grill; Sun., Sept. 4th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The block party takes a cue from the backyard cookout – where great food and good times are the order of the day. Duff Goldman (Charm City Cakes West/“Cake Masters”) will show off his pastry-meets-sculpture skills in a live demo. Milliken, a pioneer of world cuisine in Los Angeles, will serve up modern Mexican fare while Ramiro Arvizu and Jaime Martin del Campo (La Casita Mexicana/Mexicano) will demonstrate authentic dishes from south of the border. In a nod to root-to-stem cooking, Carter will host a discussion on resourceful ways to maximize ingredients with Bruce Kalman (Union/Knead & Co. Pasta Bar), Chris Cormier (L.A. Mission) and Michael Flood (L.A. Regional Food Bank). Restaurants include Chichén Itzá, Donut Farm, Hinoki & the Bird, Mainland Poke, Simbal and The Guild.

• Flavors of L.A. – Hosted by Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, and Kris Yenbamroong, Chef/Owner, NIGHT + MARKET; Sun., Sept. 4th, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Closing night turns the spotlight on the City of Angels’ glittering mosaic of culinary influences. Gold will explore new Filipino cuisine in a roundtable with three acclaimed chefs: Charles Olalia (Rice Bar), Gary Menes (le comptoir) and Alvin Cailan (EggSlut/UNIT120/AMBOY). L.A. native Yenbamroong, Food & Wine magazine’s current Best New Chef, will demo his classic Thai cooking. Nyesha Arrington (LEONA), famous for farmers market inspired dishes, will share a seasonal recipe. Baroo’s Kwang Uh will provide a glimpse into the future with his freestyle Korean food. And Tricia Carr (The Concoctologist) will lead a cocktail demo with aperitifs, bitter liqueurs and rosé wines. Restaurants include Guisados, Herringbone, Knead & Co. Pasta Bar, Oh Man! Ramen, The Little Jewel of New Orleans and WOLF.



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