Although it’s not what some want to think about, summer is almost over and we will soon begin a new season. Fortunately for us, Labor Day not only provides us the opportunity to celebrate and honor those who contribute to our society but also a chance to say good bye to summer and enjoy a long weekend with friends and family.

Here’s an interesting fact that I just stumbled across…Labor Day is the official end of “hot dog season!” Wow! It is also estimated that Americans consume 7 billion hotdogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day. So while you’re mixing up the cocktails below, enjoy a few hot dogs as well!

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Blueberry 46

2 parts Maker’s 46 Bourbon

1 part St-Germain

10 Fresh Blueberries

Muddle the St.-Germain and blueberries together in a glass. Add ice and the Maker’s 46™. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

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Family Meal

Created by Chef Newman Miller, Star Hill Provisions at Maker’s 46 Bourbon

1 ½ parts Maker’s 46 Bourbon

¼ part Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate (Chef Newman uses Harden coffee, which is house roasted 15 miles from restaurant)

Mexican Coke, as needed

Lemon Peel, for garnish

Build coffee and Maker’s Mark® Bourbon in a rocks or highball glass. Add ice and stir gently. Top with Mexican cola and finish with oil from a strip of lemon peel.

Mint Tea

Created by Seth Allen, Cannibal NYC

2 parts Maker’s Mark 46

¾ part house Vanilla Syrup

1 part fresh lemon juice

2 part Iced Tea

Torn Mint

In a shaker, add all ingredients, add crushed ice, and shake vigorously. Pour entire contents into Mason jar.