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9 Cocktails to Try for Memorial Day

Bourbon & Root Beer. Image: Tim Nusog

Summer is (un)officially here, and it’s time to get your drink on. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up the best frozen wine, big-batch punches, spritzers and more for you to sip through the long weekend and straight to fall. Check out these nine Memorial Day cocktails today.

  • Frosé


    Frozen wine is the perfect way to welcome (and later cool down from) long hot days. Rosé, simple syrup, Aperol and fresh lemon juice are absolutely refreshing when frozen and blended into the modern adult slushie the world has come to know and love.

  • Mojito

    Tim Nusog

    Get your arms ready. Though muddling mint and shaking all the ingredients may feel like a workout, the Mojito is well worth the effort. Rum, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and club soda are all you need to add to the muddled mint to make this timeless summer drink.

  • Watermelon White Wine Spritzer

    Becky Hardin

    Simple, refreshing and summery, this cocktail is everything that a Memorial Day drink should be. Watermelon and agave nectar are blended until smooth, then strained and mixed with white wine and club soda for a thirst-quenching big-batch punch your guests will love.

  • Floradora

    If you’re looking to mix things up with a sweet and spicy drink, try this sipper. Gin, an easy homemade raspberry syrup, ginger syrup, fresh lime juice and club soda make a drink that’s bubbly, light and perfect for poolside or backyard drinking.

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  • Colletti Royale

    Tequila and Champagne? Sounds like a great way to celebrate. This cocktail uses both and adds Cointreau, St-Germain, blood orange juice, lime juice and orange bitters to the party too.

  • Bloody Kirby

    Tim Nusog

    Get the party started early with this lighter spin on a Bloody Mary. Citrus-flavored vodka is muddled with cucumber, Tabasco and vermouth, then poured over ice to make a light, slightly spicy but still refreshing brunch cocktail.

  • Bulleit Bourbon Kentucky Buck

    Tim Nusog

    This bourbon cocktail is slightly sweet and a little fruity, and you’ll want to drink it all summer long. First, muddle a strawberry with lemon juice, then shake with bourbon, simple syrup and bitters and garnish with ginger beer.

  • Port Royal Punch

    If your holiday plans include a large guest list, this punch is for you. Why? It serves 25, so you can focus on entertaining instead of mixing individual drinks. Plus, the combination of spiced rum, mango juice, pineapple juice, grenadine and Sprite will definitely get everyone in the mood for summer.

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  • Bourbon & Root Beer

    Bourbon & Root Beer. Tim Nusog

    Dip into the soda cooler at your backyard barbecue, and you’re halfway to making this simple but delicious drink. Just pour a dose of bourbon over ice, then top with cold root beer and get back to the party.