Your back-to-school days may be long gone, but regardless of where you're at in life, the passing of Labor Day always signals a bittersweet emotion. The long holiday weekend almost forces you to say goodbye to the carefree days of summer, all the while ushering in chillier, breezier fall temperatures.
But if we want to get technical here, summer isn't over. In fact, autumn doesn't actually begin until late September. So while everyone and their mother busts out the flannel button-downs and orders pumpkin spice lattes, consider this the permission you were looking for to continue celebrating summer with backyard barbecues and poolside hangouts. (Though, we admit, these pumpkin spice-flavored snacks are amaze.) Because, really, all you need is a good-weather day (September is chock-full of those), friends you like to hang out with, and a tasty drink in hand. The rest? Details.
And while the whole "choosing your friends" ordeal is up to you, the drink component is covered with this punch recipe from Koskenkorva Vodka. It's perfect for a bon-voyage-summer bash, seeing as punch is a classic summer drink and the ultimate refreshment. Plus, it makes use of the fresh raspberries that are only in seasoon a little while longer. And while adding a raw egg white to a cocktail may sound a little funky, trust: It gives the drink a foam that's similar to frothed milk and—bonus!—serves up an extra hit of protein. (Speaking of protein, have you tried these healthy, no-bake energy ball recipes yet?)
Red River Punch
- 1.5 oz. Koskenkorva Vodka
- 0.5 oz. lemon juice
- 0.5 oz. sugar syrup
- 4 raspberries
- 1 egg white
- Soda water
- Muddle raspberries in a shaker with liquids and add egg white.
- Shake vigorously with ice and double strain in a wine glass.