Some refreshing cocktails to celebrate Memorial Day, the official start to Summer

Memorial Day starts off the traditional start to summer.  Fire up the grill for family cook outs, pools opening up and don’t forget plenty of sunscreen.  Also remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice so we can be free to have these freedoms.

Here are some delicious cocktails to help kick off the summer and keep cool this weekend and for the rest of the hot summer coming up.


Sailor Jerry Lemonade

2 parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

Top with lemonade

Serve on the rocks or in a pitcher for large groups.

Ginger Monkey

1 ½ parts Monkey Shoulder Scotch

2 ¾ parts Ginger Ale

Orange wedge

Fill long glass with ice. Pour ingredients in glass and gently stir. Garnish with orange wedge.

Flor de Caña Pineapple Daiquiri

2 parts Flor de Caña 7

2 parts pineapple juice

1/3 part fresh lime juice

2/3 part extra-fine sugar

Combine the pineapple juice, rum, lime juice, sugar, and ½ cup ice in a cocktail shaker and shake to chill. Strain into a stemmed cocktail glass. Garnish with pineapple wedge.

 El Bandido

1 Part Montelobos Mezcal

1 Part Ancho Reyes Verde

1 Part Fresh Lime Juice

½ Part Simple Syrup

Combine all ingredients and shake well. Serve over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel, mint sprig and avocado salt dust.

Reyka Pimms Cup

1 Part Cucumber-infused Reyka Vodka

1 Part Pimms

¾ Part Fresh Lemon

¾ Part Ginger Syrup

Top Soda

Garnish: Cucumber Ribbon and mint

Glass: wine

Method: pump and upmp

Combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker. Shake, garnish, serve.

 El Rey de Reyes

1 part Ancho Reyes Verde

1 part Ancho Reyes Original

1 part Fresh Lime Juice

1/3 part Rich simple syrup 2:1 Sugar:Water

Small pinch salt

1 dash Angostura

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, add ice, shake hard and strain into a cocktail coupe. 

The Exene

1.5 parts Hudson Baby Bourbon

1 part Aperol aperitif

.5 part fresh lemon juice

.5 part honey syrup

Half-dropper of Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters (comes in dropper format—2 dashes if decanted into dasher bottle )

DIRECTIONS: add ingredients to shaker with ice and shake to chill.

CENTER: shaken with egg white or .75 oz aquafaba (chickpea water), strained into cocktail glass, and garnished with lemon twist

LEFT: strained over ice and topped with soda and garnished with lemon wedge

RIGHT: strained over the rocks and garnished with lemon wedge & cherry

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