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IMG_8135Labor Day is upon us! It’s the traditional “last weekend of summer,” despite the fact that the autumnal equinox doesn’t take place for several more weeks (and despite the fact that weekend temperatures are expected to be in the mid-80s to low-90s throughout much of the Eastern United States).

Labor Day Weekend is the last hurrah for cook-outs, garden parties, and rooftop drinking—which is what I’ll be doing this weekend in New York City. (Follow my Instagram for photos: @rjeventsdc).

I’m short on time this week, so I’m going to take a different approach than usual. Instead of writing a thousand words on cocktails, I’m just going to link to a few sites that have great roundups of cocktail recipes, complete with a little history. Yay, history!

If gin is your bag, the Hendrick’s website has a number of recipes, but be prepared to have to decipher their typical off-beat sense of humor in order to find what you’re looking for. Hendrick’s Treasury of Tipples.

For the absinthe-lover (or absinthe-curious), Serious Eats has a fun description of absinthe’s checkered past (tldr: it was framed!), along with a number of recipes to try. The Serious Eats Guide to Absinthe.

Last but not least, even hotels are getting in on the cocktail craze. My Starwood Preferred Guest newsletter linked to a cocktail roundup inspired by Starwood hotels. That’s weird, but the cocktails sound good! SPG Weekend Cocktails You’ll Love.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Cheers!

NB: For my readers who are less familiar with Internet shorthand, “tldr” means “too long, didn’t read.” It’s like an executive summary. It could just as easily mean “too lazy, didn’t read.” 😉