6 Lively Libations You Should Drink This Memorial Day Weekend

The 2014 Memorial Day Weekend is almost here.  That means that in backyards, on rooftops, in public parks, and beside many a swimming pool across our great nation, much food- and drink-related mirth will ensue.  That, plus a day off from the daily grind next Monday, seems as good a reason as any to raise a glass to good times and good friends. With ingredients running the gamut from traditional to exotic, here are six fruity alcoholic mixed drinks you’ll want filling that glass during your celebration.


The Top Cat
by Tad Carducci of famed mixologist duo The Tippling Bros.

Image credit: Thinkstock
Image credit: Thinkstock

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Averna Amaro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 4 ounces orange soda, chilled
  • Lemon slice to garnish

Directions:

  1. Place the strawberries in a cocktail shaker and muddle well.
  2. Add the Averna Amaro and lemon juice to the shaker and then fill with ice.
  3. Vigorously shake the mixture for 35 seconds and then strain into a cocktail glass filled with fresh crushed ice.
  4. Top the drink with the orange soda and then garnish with a lemon slice; serve immediately.

The Garden
by award-winning mixologist Junior Merino of The Liquid Chef

Image credit:
Image credit: The Liquid Chef

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces G’Vine Floraison Gin
  • 1 ounce White Grape Juice
  • 1/2 ounce Agave Nectar
  • 4 Lime Wedges
  • 2 Basil Leaves
  • 1 Strawberry

Directions:

  1. In a Cocktail Shaker, muddle together Strawberry, Basil Leaves, Lime Wedges and Agave Nectar.
  2. Fill with ice.
  3. Add in G’Vine Gin and White Grape Juice.
  4. Shake.
  5. Strain into a Cocktail Glass.
  6. Garnish with 1/2 a Strawberry and a Basil Sprig.

Pretty Baby
courtesy of Sweet Hospitality Group

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Image credit: Sweet Hospitality Group

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz St-Germain Liqueur
  • 2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 oz Honey-Thyme Syrup*
  • Seltzer
  • Fill a 16oz glass with ice
  • Add all ingredients
  • Stir or flip to mix

*Honey-Thyme Syrup
(1 quart batch)

  • ½ bunch Fresh Thyme
  • 2 cups Boiling Water (divided)
  • 2 cups Honey

Directions:

  1. Bruise thyme and steep in 1 ½ cups boiling water for 30 minutes
  2. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove thyme
  3. Add honey and additional ½ cup boiling water and mix well until completely dissolved.
  4. Let stand at room temperature until cooled then pour into storage/serving container.

Earth Movin’ Mojito
courtesy of Sweet Hospitality Group

Earth Movin Mojito
Image credit: Sweet Hospitality Group

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Place lime, blackberries, mint and simple syrup in a mixing glass and muddle well
  2. Fill with ice and add rum, ginger liqueur and bitters
  3. Shake well and strain into a 10 oz rocks glass filled with ice
  4. Top with seltzer and garnish with blackberries and a mint sprig

Red Berry Sangria
courtesy of CÎROC

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Image credit: CÎROC

Ingredients:
(Pitcher Recipe)

  • 10 oz. CÎROC Red Berry
  • 10 oz. Rose Wine
  • 5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 5 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 20 oz. Berry Tea
  • Stir over ice in 64 oz. pitcher

(Single Cocktail)

  • 1 oz. CÎROC Red Berry
  • 1 oz. Rose Wine
  • 0.5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz. Berry Tea
  • Stir over ice in wine glass

Summer Spice
courtesy of CÎROC

Image credit:
Image credit:CÎROC

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. CÎROC Red Berry
  • 0.75 oz. lime juice
  • 0.5 oz. simple syrup
  • 5 leaves basil
  • 3 dashes celery bitters

Directions:

  1. Muddle basil and celery bitters
  2. Add simple syrup, lime juice, and CÎROC Red Berry
  3. Pack with ice and give a long, hard shake
  4. Double strain into Old Fashioned glass with ice
  5. Garnish with a basil leaf
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