10 Memorial Day Cocktails to Sip and Serve

By  May 24, 2013

Goodbye spring, hello summer! It’s time for a break and time to celebrate the start of season. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or a swanky rooftop soiree, no party during Memorial Day weekend will be complete without a great cocktail. We’ve curated 10 of the most luscious libations to imbibe over your mini vacation. So kick back, relax, and enjoy!

Fire Cracker

1 ½ oz. EFFEN Vodka
¾ oz. JDK & Sons O3 Premium Orange Liqueur
¾ oz. Pomegranate Juice
¾ oz. Lime Juice
¾ oz. Simple Syrup
1 Dash Bitters

Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ie. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel folded in half with a cherry, held together by an American flag toothpick.

Rockaway Beach Cooler

2 oz. Red Stag by Jim Beam Black Cherry
1 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
Sweet ‘n’ Sour

Combine the whiskey and liqueur in a highball glass over ice. Top with club soda.

Icy Mint Freeze

1 oz. JDK & Sons Crave Chocolate Mint Liqueur
1 oz. DeKuyper Strawberry Patch Liqueur
1 oz. DeKuyper Blue Curacao

Mound fine crushed ice in a cocktail glass using a large ice cream scoop. Pour each ingredient, one by one in stripes to create stripes. Serve with a demitasse spoon.

Mint Margito


1 cup Sauza Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
2 cups Club Soda
1/4 cup Fresh Lime Juice
1 bunch of Fresh Mint
3 tbsp. Sugar
Ice
*Serves 4

In a small pitcher, muddle the mint leaves, sugar and lime juice until they start to melt together. Add the tequila. Fill 4 glasses with ice and pour cocktail mixture 3/4 of the way to the top of each glass. Fill each glass with club soda and garnish with a lime and an extra sprig of mint.

Kappa Punch


1 ½ oz. Kappa Pisco
½ oz. Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
1 oz. Pineapple Juice
½ oz. Fresh Orange Juice
½ oz. Lime Juice
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake vigourously and strain into a wine goblet or rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

Avión Watermelon

2 oz.  Avión Silver or Reposado
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 One-Inch Cubes of Fresh Watermelon
Agave Nectar

Muddle the watermelon with the agave nectar in a cocktail shaker; add the remaining ingredients and ice. Shake and fine strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a small piece of watermelon.

Crushed Crown by Lindsay Nader

2 oz. SKYY Infusions Moscato Grape
½ oz. Coco Lopez
½ oz. Sweetened Passion Fruit Puree or Papaya Puree
½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Angostura Bitters

Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake and strain into a highball glass over crushed ice. Top with 5 dashes of the bitters and garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.

Lavender Sunset created by Billy Ray


2 oz. Barrymore Pinot Grigio
¾ oz. Lavender Syrup
¾ oz. Lemon Juice
1 oz. Blackberry Puree

Add the pinot grigio, syrup, juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass, layering on top of the blackberry puree. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Key Lime in a Coconut by Jesse Card

2 oz. Cruzan Key Lime Rum
¾ oz. Lime Juice
1 oz. Coco Lopez Coconut Syrup

Add all of the ingredients into a blender with 10 oz of crushed ice. Blend and pour into a coconut.

Dangerous Margarita

2 oz. Peligroso Reposado Tequila
¼ oz. Agave Nectar
1 oz. Cointreau
½ Fresh Lime

Combine all of the ingredients, including the juice from half of a lime, in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake and pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wheel.