This weekend we shall get festive and celebrate the unofficial start to the summer season. We are talking BBQs, enjoying the sun, splashing in the water, cute summer outfits, and cocktails that are as happy and refreshing as the season itself. I have plans of joining my boyfriend’s family for a BBQ and, of course, I shall concoct something for everyone to enjoy and get festive with. No matter if you are in charge of cocktails or not during your plans this long weekend, here are three Memorial Day cocktails that’ll have everyone saying “ahh!”.
If you are making cocktails for two or for an intimate get together, feel free to make cocktails as you go. However, for a bigger party, I always suggest to make a big batch of your cocktail of choice and pour into a pitcher, drink bowl, or drink dispenser to have ready and handy for everyone. Now that that’s out of the way… let’s talk Memorial Day cocktails!
Cocktail by Betsy Maher and Austin Hartman, New York
12 oz. Modelo Especial
1 1/2 oz. Strawberry Chipotle Syrup**
1 oz. Blanco Tequila
3/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Rim a mason jar with salt and ground chipotle pepper mixture about half an inch down the jar. Fill the jar to the top with crushed ice. Combine tequila, strawberry chipotle syrup, and fresh lime juice into a shaker with ice. Shake 18-20 times. Strain over the crushed ice and top with Modelo Especial. Garnish with a strawberry.
**Strawberry Chipotle Syrup Recipe
12-15 Medium to Large Strawberries
3 cups Water
1 cup Sugar
1 tsp. Ground Chipotle
Boil water. Blend strawberries in a blender. Add ground chipotle to the boiling water, then low the temperature and add strawberries. Let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Turn off the heat, add sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Let cool.
1 part Cruzan Aged Light Rum
1/2 part Pineapple Juice
1/2 part Cranberry Juice
Pour Cruzan Aged Light Rum over ice in a rocks or tall glass. Fill with pineapple juice and cranberry juice. Garnish with a pineapple slice and strawberry.
The Southern Charm
Cocktail by Monica Wolf, Kentucky Derby Bourbon Ambassador
1 cup Black Tea
1/4 cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
.5 oz. Simply Syrup
1.5 oz. Bourbon
Steep the black tea and chill. Combine tea, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and bourbon into a shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a mason jar with ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
All of these cocktails, with their fruity elements and summer-y alcoholic ingredients like beer, tequila, and rum are perfect to celebrate Memorial Day with or just to add to your summer repertoire. Make one of these creations this weekend and feel free to tag me on social media, @HauteCocktail, to share how you are enjoying them. Have a great weekend and happy Memorial Day!
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