Cocktails To Make Your Memorial Day Memorable

Finally, the unofficial kick-off of summer is right around the corner! And patrons are going to be looking for some fun and colorful cocktails to sip on while (fingers crossed) basking in the sun this coming Memorial Day.

Here are some delicious patriotic cocktail recipes to help commemorate the American heroes who lost their lives fighting for our freedom and kick-off the summer season. 

Liberty and Justice for All
Created by Manny Hinojosa

3/4 oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon
1 oz. Disaronno
1 oz. The Perfect Purée Cherry Puree
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1 1/2 oz. cranberry juice

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice, shake and strain into a tall glass with fresh ice. Garnish with fresh berries and an orange slice.

Liberty and Justice For All

Patriotic Cooler
The Cocktail Guru Jonathan Pogash

1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Cool Peach Vodka
1 oz. Pomegranate juice
2 oz. Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer

Build all ingredients over ice into a rocks glass.  Garnish with a lime wedge.

Patriotic Cooler

Black Cherry American Dream
Created by Effen Vodka

1 1/2 parts Effen Black Cherry Vodka
3/4 part Dekuyper Peachtree Schnapps Liqueur
1 1/2 parts Organic Apple Juice
1/2 part Lemon Juice
3 Basil Leaves
In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients and shake with ice.  Strain into a tall glass over ice.  Garnish with cherry and peach slice.

Black Cherry American Dream

Light Lemon Sparkler
Created by Smirnoff

1 1/2 oz. Smirnoff Sorbet Light Lemon
3 oz. Tonic

Fill Glass with ice.  Add Smirnoff Sorbet Light Lemon and tonic. Garnish with a Lemon wheel

Stars and Stripes
Created by Lucid Absinthe

5 to 7 Fresh blueberries
1 oz. Stoli Blueberi Vodka
1/4 oz. Lucid Absinthe
1/4 oz. Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
Splash of lemon juice, G.E. Massenez Framboise Sauvage Raspberry Brandy, Ginger beer

In a shaker, muddle the blueberries. Add the vodka, absinthe, syrup and lemon juice, and fill with ice. Shake, and pour (unstrained) into a highball glass. Drizzle with brandy and top with ginger beer. Garnish with one sugar cube.

Stars and Stripes

Colonel Colada
Created by TY KU

2 oz. TY KU Coconut Sake
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
Fresh Muddled Pineapple

Muddle pineapple in cocktail shaker. Add TY KU Coconut Sake, pineapple Juice and ice. Hard Shake. Serve over ice.

Colonel Colada

Firework Fizz
Created by Jon Gasparini

1 1/2 oz. SKYY Infusions Grape Vodka
1 tsp. raw sugar
4 slices of ginger, peeled
4 blackberries
Splash of ginger ale

Muddle blackberries, ginger, and sugar in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and vodka. Shake vigorously and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with ginger ale, and garnish with blackberries.

Firework Fizz

The Yankee Doodle
Created by SKYY Vodka

1 1/2 oz. SKYY Infusions Coconut vodka
3 oz. of coconut water
3/4 oz. lime juice
8 mint leaves
Garnish: lime wheel

Muddle mint and vodka in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, lime juice, and coconut water. Shake quickly and pour into a highball glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Yankee Doodle



Suggested Articles

New reports have an updated forecast on the total sales lost from COVID-19 and restaurants are pacing ahead of retail and beauty businesses that are c

Leaders come together to share creative strategies and tactics as the industry reopens.

We discussed how bars and restaurants can structure their menus with Allison Varone, VP of Belvedere Vodka for Moet Hennessy USA.