These 12 Cocktails Are A Must Try This Memorial Day Weekend

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

(Makes 6)

Ingredients:

  • 4  12 oz bottles of WTRMLN WTR+Strawberry
  • ½ cups fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup silver tequila
  • (optional) Sea salt (for lining rim)

Method:

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

Ingredients:

Method:
Add EFFEN Yuzu Citrus Vodka to a  highball glass with ice.   Top with grapefruit flavored club soda. Garnish with a grapefruit slice.

These 12 Cocktails Are A Must Try This Memorial Day Weekend

Basil Hayden’s® Citrus Burst

By Benjamin Schiller, Chicago

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Method:

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.

These 12 Cocktails Are A Must Try This Memorial Day Weekend

Knob Creek® Summer Shandy

 Created by John McCarthy (New York City)

Ingredients:

  • 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

Method:

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.

These 12 Cocktails Are A Must Try This Memorial Day Weekend

EFFEN Watermelon Rosé Cooler

Ingredients:

  • 1  1/2parts Effen Rosé Vodka
  • 1 parts Watermelon juice (or muddled watermelon)
  • 1/2 parts fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 parts agave syrup

Method:

Combine all ingredients into mixer and shake well. Pour over ice.  Garnish with watermelon.

These 12 Cocktails Are A Must Try This Memorial Day Weekend

Laphroaig® End of the Day

By Benjamin Schiller, Chicago

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Laphroaig® Select
  • 3/4 part Vermouth
  • 1/4 part Walnut Liqueur
  • Allspice Liqueur (for glass rinse)
  • Grated Nutmeg (for garnish)

Method:

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.

These 12 Cocktails Are A Must Try This Memorial Day Weekend

Benham’s Summer Southside

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Benham’s Gin
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves

Method:

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Double strain and serve in a coupe. Garnish with a mint sprig.

These 12 Cocktails Are A Must Try This Memorial Day Weekend

Morphing Sapporo Summer Shandy

Ingredients:

  • 1 can Sapporo Premium Beer
  • 4 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 oz. simple syrup (3 for a sweeter cocktail)
  • Raspberry ice cubes*

Method:

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. 

These 12 Cocktails Are A Must Try This Memorial Day Weekend

The Disaronno® Fizz

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Disaronno®
  • 4 oz soda/sparkling water
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon slice, for garnish

Method:

Pour ingredients over ice and gently stir. Garnish with a lemon slice.

These 12 Cocktails Are A Must Try This Memorial Day Weekend

Partida Paloma

Ingredients:

Method:

Build Partida, lime juice, and salt in a highball glass. Top with soda  and stir with a bar spoon. Garnish with a lime wheel.

These 12 Cocktails Are A Must Try This Memorial Day Weekend

Smoky Maria

Ingredients:

  • 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

Method:

Build all ingredients over ice. Garnish with a stick of celery and a slice of lemon.

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