Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila

Labor Day Cocktails from Patron: Cheers to the American Labor Movement

Despite the difficult time we are currently facing in America, we must always celebrate the small victories. The things and people that help build this melting pot of a country. The strength of this country is its so-called “blue collar workers”, and we must always celebrate the contributions these workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the U.S. What better way to do so than to raise a glass of Patron Tequila, preferably delicious margaritas, Palomas, and tiki cocktails. Not sure how to do so? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these Labor Day cocktails from Patron.

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila

As you know once Labor Day comes around, it’s time to say goodbye to the summer season. We’ve got some great Labor Day cocktails, made with Patron Tequila from Beverage Coordinators, Grace Kim of Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster, Mindy Kucan of the legendary Tiki bar Portland, Oregon, and Ravinder Singh of Rapscallion and Boulevardier in Dallas, Tx, and the Middle Branch bar in New York.

The Miss Grace Paloma (available at Red Rooster in New York)

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila

1.5oz Patrón Silver
.75oz Grapefruit juice
.5oz Giffard Pamplemousse liqueur
.5oz Watermelon juice, fresh squeezed, no pulp
.25oz Cucumber juice, fresh squeezed, no pulp
.25oz Lime juice
.25oz Agave syrup
.25oz Jalapeño shrub
2-3 dashes Grapefruit bitters
2-3 dashes Smoked chili bitters
Top with grapefruit soda or grapefruit IPA
Grapefruit salt-berbere rim*
Half slice of charred grapefruit and a skewer of cucumber cube and watermelon cube for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake to combine. Rim glass with grapefruit salt-berbere mixture.
Strain over crushed ice in a highball glass. Top with grapefruit soda or grapefruit IPA. Garnish with a half slice of charred grapefruit and a skewer of cucumber cube and watermelon cube.
*Grapefruit salt-bebere rim: Mix 2 tablespoons grapefruit salt with 1 teaspoon berbere spice

A Grape[fruit] Time (available at Middle Branch in New York *available off-menu)

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila

2 oz Patrón Silver
2 drops of Hellfire Habanero Shrub Bitters
.5 oz fresh lemon
1 oz fresh grapefruit
.375 oz Orgeat syrup
.375 oz Tamarind syrup
Shake all ingredients in shaker with ice, strain into hollowed out grapefruit half. Garnish with the other half of the grapefruit or grapefruit slice.

Patron Reposado Tiki Rita

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila

2 oz Patrón Reposado
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
.5 oz Fresh lime juice
.5 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
.25 oz Vanilla syrup
.25 oz Allspice Dram
Grated nutmeg for garnish
Lime wheel and cloves for garnish
Hawaiian sea salt rim
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh crushed ice in a Tiki glass that has been rimmed with Hawaiian sea salt. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and a lime wheel pierced with 3 cloves.

Blue Crush

Labor Day Cocktails from Patrón Tequila
2 oz Patrón Silver
2 oz Pineapple Juice
.75 oz Lemon Juice
.25 oz Demerara Syrup
.5 oz Blue Curacao
Pineapple ring for garnish
Orange peel for garnish
Pineapple leaf for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with crushed ice and shake vigorously. Pour unstrained into a glass. Garnish with a pineapple ring, orange peel, and leaf.

So this weekend, raise a glass of one of these Patron Labor Day cocktails to the “little man”, the “blue collar worker” and thank them for all they’ve done for this country. We’d love to hear what you guys think of these Labor Day cocktails from Patron. Maybe they could also help you get ready to say goodbye to summer?

Target Celebrates Opening of East Harlem Location with Star-Studded Block Party

Target Harlem officially opens to the public tomorrow, Sunday, July 25th but the store held a block party for Target employees, their families and friends (and a ton of celebs – no press allowed inside) filled with star studded entertainment – guests were treated to a live performance from Harlem-based musician Doug E Fresh, who entertained them atop a throwback to the legendary Apollo Theater stage.

as well as viewed dish demonstrations from renowned New York chef (Top Chef Masters Season Two Winner) and featured Harlem Designer Collection (more on that below) artist Marcus Samuelsson who co-owns Aquavit Restaurant in New York, while they shop the new store prior to the July 25th opening.

This grand opening also served as preview for the exclusive Harlem Designer Collections – a limited-edition collaboration series featuring designs from Isabel and Ruben Toledo (Isabel Toledo rocketed into super stardom for being a designer favorite of First Lady, Michelle Obama and Ruben is an acclaimed artist and Isabel’s partner), Stephen Burrows ( an Iconic African American designer who first came onto the scene in 1969 who originated “lettuce edge” finish) and Marcus Samuelsson

Below are examples of what is offered in the Harlem Design Collection from these three innovation designers. When you purchase a piece from Stephen Burrows’s, Isabel and Rueben Toledo’s, and Marcus Samuelsson’s collections for Target, “5% of the purchase price will be made to their charity of choice—respectively The Fund for Public Schools in support of The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem, El Museo del Barrio and The Fund for Public Schools in support of the library at PS 180: Hugo Newman.”

Stephen Burrows’s Hooded Dress –  Beach Towel by Isabel and RubenToledoMarcus Samuelsson Apron

The new Target Harlem will feature a variety of merchandise targeted at the melting pot of people who now live in Harlem, “including a generous selection of multicultural offerings and apartment-appropriate items, such as storage solutions, pillows and airbeds. As with all Target stores, the new general merchandise store will offer everyday essentials, household products, electronics, clothing and seasonal items, as well as Target’s new expanded food layout, offering fresh packaged produce, meats and baked goods.”

Red Carpet arrivals included Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld, Katrina Bowden (30 Rock), Michelle Trachtenberg (“Gossip Girl”), Joseph Simmons (aka Reverend Run of “Run-D.M.C.”), Russell Simmons, Marsha Thomason (“Lost”), Adrienne Bailon (“Cheetah Girls”), Stephen Burrows, Marcus Samuelsson, Kelly Rowland, Tracy Reese (My Favorite Designer), Selita Ebanks (Model/Actress), Rhonda Ross Kendrick and Tracee Ellis Ross,