Slideshow: 27 Refreshing Drinks for Your Labor Day Bash

Watermelon Limeade
Watermelon Limeade

Blending watermelon and giving it a quick strain through cheesecloth yields a sweet liquid that is a perfect foil for tart lime juice in this delicious nonalcoholic drink.

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[Photograph: Autumn Giles]

Frozen Negroni
Frozen Negroni

In hot weather, you'll want to batch up this sophisticated frozen cocktail, a slushie version of the classic Negroni. The bitter flavors of Campari make it especially refreshing on a muggy day.

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[Photograph: Elana Lepkowski]

The Best Frozen Lime Margaritas
The Best Frozen Lime Margaritas

Most frozen margaritas are sickly-sweet and syrupy. These, though, are awesome: fresh, tart, cooling, and balanced. Don’t forget the salted rim!

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Fresh Watermelon Margaritas
Fresh Watermelon Margaritas

This thirst-quenching margarita is made with fresh watermelon purée. Be careful, though—it’s so refreshing, it goes down fast…

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria With Lillet Rosé
Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria With Lillet Rosé

This sparkling sangria makes use of the French aperitif Lillet Rosé, which comes already flavored with sweet and bitter orange peel and fruit liqueurs to boost the flavor of the pitcher drink. Grapefruit adds crisp tartness, just right for a hot day.

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[Photograph: Elana Lepkowski]

Hibiscus-Tequila Cooler
Hibiscus-Tequila Cooler

A cocktail in a pitcher means more time outside relaxing and less time inside making drinks. Hibiscus gives this tequila drink a tart and floral flavor and a gorgeous color.

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[Photograph: Elana Lepkowski]

The Bul
The Bul

The Bul (pronounced "bool"), a super-simple blend of ginger beer and lime mixed with your favorite pilsner or pale ale, is a Cuban favorite that’s perfect for summertime sipping around the barbecue.

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[Photograph: Julianne Puckett]

Fresh Watermelon Sangria
Fresh Watermelon Sangria

This sangria screams out for a hot, humid day. Fresh watermelon adds delicate sweetness, and a squeeze of lime heightens the tartness of the white wine.

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Quick and Easy Margarita Shandy
Quick and Easy Margarita Shandy

This super-easy pitcher drink offers all of the refreshment of a bubbly shandy along with the tartness of a margarita. For the best version of the drink, use reposed tequila and a pilsner or Mexican lager.

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[Photograph: Heather Meldrom]

Smoky Beer Sangrita
Smoky Beer Sangrita

Sangrita moves from lowly shooter to a full-fledged cocktail in this smoky, spicy and refreshing beer-based pitcher drink.

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[Photograph: Elana Lepkowski]

Classic Lemonade
Classic Lemonade

Fresh lemonade, made with lemons, sugar, water, and a pinch of salt, is absolutely worth the extra effort. You might want to make two pitchers full: this stuff disappears fast.

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[Photograph: Dave Katz]

Raspberry Limeade
Raspberry Limeade

Limeade is lemonade’s underrated cousin, and sweet-tart raspberry purée only improves it (bonus: it’s pink!)

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[Photograph: Dave Katz]

Imperial Royale
Imperial Royale

Feeling lazy? We have an easy drink for you. At its heart, this two-ingredient refresher is a shandy, made with elderflower liqueur and Bud Light Lime. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it.

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[Photograph: Michael Dietsch]

Plum Sangria
Plum Sangria

Built around flavors that complement plums, like ginger and the nutty maraschino liqueur, this sangria starts with roasting deep red plums with star anise pods.

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[Photograph: Autumn Giles]

Improved Mendota
Improved Mendota

Think of this beer cocktails as a variation on the mimosa, but full of fresh and tangy flavor from grapefruit juice and your favorite hoppy IPA or Double IPA.

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[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

Bitter and Bold Sangria
Bitter and Bold Sangria

This sangria, which starts with a base of red wine and has a supporting cast of Campari, cranberry syrup, and bourbon, is bold, bitter, and complex. Great to field the transition between warm day and slightly chilly night.

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[Photograph: Autumn Giles]

Fizzy Ginger Lemonade
Fizzy Ginger Lemonade

I’m convinced that bracing ginger lemonade has some medicinal superpowers (mainly because it once helped cure me of a wicked hangover), but the point is that it’s delicious, placebo or not.

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[Photograph: Dave Katz]

Spicy Strawberry Jalapeño Lemonade
Spicy Strawberry Jalapeño Lemonade

Sweet ripe strawberries are macerated with sugar and jalapeños for a sweet, hot, and totally refreshing summer drink.

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[Photograph: Dave Katz]

Spicy Honeydew and Coconut Water Agua Fresca
Spicy Honeydew and Coconut Water Agua Fresca

The cooling flavors of the melon and coconut get a little kick from homemade chile de arbol simple syrup in this agua fresca.

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[Photograph: Autumn Giles]

Salted Roasted Peanut Old Fashioned in a Bottle
Salted Roasted Peanut Old Fashioned in a Bottle

Why should beer-drinkers have all the fun? Bottle your own cocktails (this riff on an Old Fashioned featuring roasted peanut-infused rye whiskey is rich, nutty, and a little salty) and toss a chilled six-pack in the trunk next to the beach chairs and PBR on your next beach day.

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[Photograph: Elana Lepkowski]

White Peach Sangria
White Peach Sangria

While peaches are in season, we want to drink our fill. This herbaceous drink is a cocktail drinker's sangria. Rosemary and gin add a layer of herbal complexity against the sweetness of white peaches.

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[Photograph: Autumn Giles]