These 12 Cocktails Are A Must Try This Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. The city will be jam-packed with rooftop parties, day trips, backyard bbqs and beaches. So whether you are staying put, or heading to your summer share, we have listed 12 fantastic cocktails that you should be drinking this holiday weekend. After all, you made it through winter! From spirits involving Bourbon, gin, a Rosé Vodka, or something deliciously hydrating, these libations will be crowd pleasers at your summer soiree.
3 Ingredient WTRMLN Strawberry Margarita
- 4 12 oz bottles of WTRMLN WTR+Strawberry
- ½ cups fresh lime juice
- 1 cup silver tequila
- (optional) Sea salt (for lining rim)
Combine WTRMLN WTR, lime juice, tequila and a handful of ice to a pitcher, stir well to combine. Line the rim glasses with lime juice and sea salt (optional). Add ice and pour over margaritas.
EFFEN® Yuzu Citrus & Grapefruit Soda
- 1 1/2 oz. EFFEN Yuzu Citrus Vodka
- 3 oz. grapefruit flavored club soda
Add EFFEN Yuzu Citrus Vodka to a highball glass with ice. Top with grapefruit flavored club soda. Garnish with a grapefruit slice.
Basil Hayden’s® Citrus Burst
By Benjamin Schiller, Chicago
- 2 oz. Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
- 3/4 oz. grapefruit juice
- 1/2 oz. lemon juice
- 1/2 oz. simple syrup
- 1 spoonful apricot or orange juice
- Fresh herb (for garnish)
Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin. Add ice, shake and strain over a large ice cube in a rocks glass. Garnish with a fresh herb.
Knob Creek® Summer Shandy
Created by John McCarthy (New York City)
- 2 parts Knob Creek Bourbon
- 3/4 parts freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
- 3/4 parts raw sugar syrup
- 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
- 2 parts Lager Beer
Combine all ingredients, except for lager beer, in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a double rocks glass over fresh ice. Top with 2 ounces of lager beer and briefly stir. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
EFFEN Watermelon Rosé Cooler
- 1 1/2parts Effen Rosé Vodka
- 1 parts Watermelon juice (or muddled watermelon)
- 1/2 parts fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 parts agave syrup
Combine all ingredients into mixer and shake well. Pour over ice. Garnish with watermelon.
Laphroaig® End of the Day
By Benjamin Schiller, Chicago
- 2 parts Laphroaig® Select
- 3/4 part Vermouth
- 1/4 part Walnut Liqueur
- Allspice Liqueur (for glass rinse)
- Grated Nutmeg (for garnish)
Combine Laphroaig, Vermouth, and Walnut Liqueur in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir. Meanwhile, rinse a coupe glass with Allspice Liqueur, and then empty any excess liquid. Strain the cocktail into the glass, and grate nutmeg over the cocktail.
Benham’s Summer Southside
- 2 oz Benham’s Gin
- 3/4 oz fresh lemon
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 6-8 fresh mint leaves
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Double strain and serve in a coupe. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Morphing Sapporo Summer Shandy
- 1 can Sapporo Premium Beer
- 4 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 oz. simple syrup (3 for a sweeter cocktail)
- Raspberry ice cubes*
Add raspberry ice cubes, lemon juice and simple syrup to pint glass or beer mug. Top with Sapporo and gently stir with a bar spoon.
*Directions for Raspberry ice cubes: Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of fresh raspberries to a pot of water and bring to a boil. Once water begins to boil, turn heat to a simmer and let steep 15-20 minutes or until raspberries begin to lose their color. Strain the raspberries and fill ice cube tray with flavored water. Freeze until solid.
The Disaronno® Fizz
- 2 oz Disaronno®
- 4 oz soda/sparkling water
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice
- Lemon slice, for garnish
Pour ingredients over ice and gently stir. Garnish with a lemon slice.
- 2 oz Partida Blanco Tequila
- ¼ oz lime juice
- Grapefruit soda
- Pinch of salt
- Lime wheel, for garnish
Build Partida, lime juice, and salt in a highball glass. Top with soda and stir with a bar spoon. Garnish with a lime wheel.
- 75 oz Chase Smoked Vodka
- .75 oz Lemon Juice
- Dash of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
- Dash of Tabasco
- 4 oz Fresh Tomato Juice
- Celery Salt
Build all ingredients over ice. Garnish with a stick of celery and a slice of lemon.