Your Guests Will Want Another Round of These Cocktails This Memorial Day

Depending on your outlook on life, Memorial Day weekend begins either tomorrow morning as soon as you awaken, or this evening the second that your work shift ends. Wherever you land on that issue, it’s a prime opportunity to enjoy some good food and drink as we take some time to reflect on the sacrifices made by our men and women in the armed forces. As you’re raising a glass this holiday weekend, consider filling it with one of these refreshing cocktails tailor-made for outdoor enjoyment on a warm day with hot food coming off a grill someplace nearby.

Benham’s Summer Southside

  • 2 oz Benham’s Gin
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin with ice and shake vigorously. Double strain and serve in a Collins glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Morphing Sapporo Summer Shandy

  • 1 can Sapporo Premium Beer
  • 4 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 oz. simple syrup (3 for a sweeter cocktail)
  • Raspberry ice cubes*
Add raspberry ice cubes, lemon juice and simple syrup to pint glass or beer mug. Top with Sapporo and gently stir with a bar spoon.
*Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of fresh raspberries to a pot of water and bring to a boil. Once water begins to boil, turn heat to a simmer and let steep 15-20 minutes or until raspberries begin to lose their color. Strain the raspberries and fill ice cube tray with flavored water. Freeze until solid.

The Disaronno® Fizz

  • 2 oz Disaronno®
  • 4 oz soda/sparkling water
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon slice, for garnish
Pour ingredients over ice and gently stir. Garnish with a lemon slice.

Partida Paloma

  • 2 oz Partida Blanco Tequila
  • ¼ oz lime juice
  • Grapefruit soda (Squirt or Jarritos)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Lime wheel, for garnish
Build Partida, lime juice, and salt in a highball glass. Top with soda  and stir with a bar spoon. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Smoky Maria

  • 1.75 oz Chase Smoked Vodka
  • .75 oz Lemon Juice
  • Dash of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Dash of Tabasco
  • 4 oz Fresh Tomato Juice
  • Celery Salt

Build all ingredients over ice.

Garnish with a stick of celery and a slice of lemon.