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FRESH and Festive: No-Labor Labor Day

The whole idea of Labor Day is to honor the workers of America, whose labor and sacrifices built this country.

So why would you want to celebrate it by, well, working?

If you’re hosting friends and family for a Labor Day gathering, why not keep the work to a minimum? A labor-less Labor Day, if you will.

My suggested party spread would be some pulled pork, house-made at FRESH, made into mini-sliders with our brioche buns; a selection of cool, pre-made salads, like our new southwestern quinoa; and a tray of cookies and lemon bars from our in-house pastry department.

To drink? Well, Labor Day traditionally signals the end of summer, but in Texas, not so much. Since we’re still “enjoying” hot days and warm nights, try this cool,  refreshing “mocktail” with fresh lemon and ginger. It’s a great way to toast the last few days _or in our case, weeks _ of summer.

Honey Lemon Ginger Cooler
(Makes 2 drinks)

4 lemons, cut into eighths, plus one lemon thinly sliced for garnish
10-12 mint leaves, hand torn into pieces, plus additional for garnish
1 Tbs grated fresh ginger
4 Tbs honey
1 1/2 cups club soda

Squeeze lemon pieces into cocktail shaker with mint, honey, and ginger. Add squeezed lemon pieces to shaker. Muddle with cocktail muddler or wooden spoon for 30- 60 seconds. Add ½ of club soda and a cup of ice. Gently shake for 5 seconds. Strain over ice into glass, top with rest of club soda. Garnish with one or two thin slices of lemon and a sprig of fresh mint.