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Memorial Day Cocktails — Check Out These Easy-To-Make Recipes

Sat, May 23, 2015 8:00am EDT by Chloe Melas 1 Comment

Memorial Day weekend 2015 is here and you’ve got to whip up one of these delicious treats for the holiday!

Memorial Day is finally here! There is not better way to enjoy the weekend with family and friends than with a yummy cocktail in your hand. has a list of very easy recipes that will take you no time to prepare.

Memorial Day Cocktails — Check Out These Easy-To-Make Recipes

Strawberry Shub
Served at SHORTY
· Prenium Vodka
· Amaro
· Fresh Strawberry
· Tarragon
· Balsamic
· Cracked Pepper
· Citrus

A tropical cocktail made with Jack Daniel’s, pineapple syrup and a blend of fresh juices
· 1 1/2 oz Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel
· 1 oz Pineapple syrup (directions available)
· 1/2 oz Fresh Orange Juice
· 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
· Sea Salt
o Directions: Shake all but salt and strain over ice in a (1/2) salt rimmed old fashioned glass. Garnish with orange twist.

Pommes et Raisins [ Apples & Grapes }
In a Pilsner:
· 2 oz Courvoisier VS
· .75 oz fresh squeezed Lime Juice
· .5 oz Mint Syrup
· Angry Orchard Cider Beer
· Top with cider beer
· Garnish with Frozen White Grapes

The Empire State
Served at Spyglass at Archer Hotel
· Highball glass
o 1.5oz Hendricks Gin
o 1 oz Simple Syrup
o .75oz lemon juice
o .5oz St. Germain
o .5oz Ginger Juice
· In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients
· Shake, strain and pour into a highball glass with ice
· Garnish with Basil Leaf

Joe’s Bar NYC
Flash Gordon’s Breakfast
4 leaves torn Mint
1/2 oz Cucumber Juice*
Heavy 1/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Honey syrup
1/4 oz Thai Chili Vinegar*
1/2 oz Dolin Blanc
1 1/2 oz Cazadores Blanco Tequila

SVEDKA Watermelon Cooler
2 Parts SVEDKA Vodka Stars & Stripes
1 Part Seedless Watermelon juice
.75 Part Lemon Juice
.75 Part simple syrup
Pinch salt
Splash of Soda

Combine all ingredients except soda in a shaker set. Shake and strain into a collins glass. Add ice and top with soda. Garnish with watermelon and strawberries.

SVEDKA American Dream Punch
3/4 part lemonade
1/2 part triple sec
1 part cranberry juice
Juice of 6 whole limes
12 cups ice
Garnish: Whole blueberries & quartered strawberries

Combine all ingredients in a receptacle large enough for all liquids and plenty of ice. Add 5-6 cups to begin and stir. Garnish with berries and serve. Add ice and garnish as needed throughout the duration of the punch. Yields 25-30 servings.

Basil Hayden’s® Spiced Blueberry Punch:

Created by Debbi Peek (Louisville, KY)

Recipe serves 4-5


4 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon

8 parts Blueberry Juice

8 parts Passion Fruit Juice

Sparkling Wine or Club Soda

15-20 Fresh Mint Leaves

1 bag Frozen Blueberries, for ice ring


1. Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, blueberry juice, passion fruit juice and mint leaves to a medium sized punch bowl and stir.

2. Add blueberry ice ring*. (See recipe below.)

3. Serve in a cocktail glass and top with club soda or sparkling wine.

*Blueberry Ice Ring

Freeze one bag of frozen blueberries with water in a bundt cake pan.

Dip frozen ring into hot water for a few seconds to unmold.

Place in punch bowl with blueberry side up.

Knob Creek® Rye Blackhawk


2 parts Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey

1 part DeKuyper® Sloe Gin

1 maraschino cherry for garnish


1. In a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes, combine the whiskey and gin.

2. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

3. Garnish with a cherry.

Cruzan® Black Strap Navigator
Created by Cruzan Mixologist, Jesse Card
2 parts Cruzan® Black Strap Rum
1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice
Ginger Beer

Method: Build ingredients in an Old Fashioned glass over ice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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— Chloe Melas