The unofficial end of summer is this weekend. This afternoon I joined my friends at Living Dayton to showcase a delicious cocktail recipe that’s perfect for Labor Day weekend! This recipe doesn’t contain heavy, sugary and caloric cocktails. Instead, I’m mixing the sweet, naturally fruit-packed flavors of VIVE Hard Seltzer with the clean, smooth taste of Ohio’s #1 vodka, Buckeye Vodka!

Here are some fun facts about Labor Day weekend. 

  • On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
  • Labor Day is considered the ‘unofficial NFL season kickoff.’ 99.44 percent of the time, the NFL plays its first official season game the Thursday after Labor Day.
  • Labor Day unofficially marks the end of peak hot dog season. Americans typically eat seven billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
  • Labor Day is tied with Memorial Day as the second most popular holiday for grilling.

VIVE’s Watermelon PUNCH Cocktail

  • 5 oz of VIVE Sunrise PUNCH or any VIVE drink you’d like
  • 2 oz of Buckeye Vodka
  • 2 oz of Watermelon Juice
  • 1 oz of lemon juice
  • Lemon (for garnish)
  1. Pour VIVE Sunrise PUNCH in glass over ice.
  2. Add all other ingredients into a shaker, with ice, and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into your glass with VIVE Sunrise PUNCH.
  4. Top with VIVE Sunrise PUNCH as needed, garnish with a lemon in your cup and on the rim – enjoy!



Shanisty Ireland is a former award-winning Television News Anchor with more than 15 years of experience on-air. Today, Shanisty freelances on national and local media outlets featuring some of her favorite recipes and hot topics from her blog. Shanisty has been featured on The Today Show, Ellen, U.S. News and World Report, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy and hundreds of local TV News and Radio stations.

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