Fresh Memorial Day Cocktails to Help You Celebrate

Memorial Day is great—offices are closed, people barbecue, fun is had. What most people forget is the real reason we celebrate the day—to honor those that busted their asses and offered their lives so that we could have those barbecues and pool parties and bad decisions after a few too many.

This Memorial Day, raise something a little classier than cheap beer, it’s the least you could do. Mix up these Memorial Day cocktails and show your thanks for all that has been done so that you didn’t have to. And, instead of making a dumb decision after you’ve enjoyed these cocktails, why not make a smart one by donating to a charity such as Thanks USA or the Folds of Honor, which helps the families of fallen soldiers?

Hibiscus Dragon Fruit Margarita

  • 2 oz Patron Reposado Tequila
  • 2 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice
  • .75 oz Cinnamon Hibiscus syrup
  • .5 oz Fresh Lemon
  • .25 oz Triple sec
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 2 Dashes Hellfire Bitters

Method: Add all ingredients into a shaking tin and fill half way with ice. Shake for 5 seconds and strain into a hollowed out Dragon Fruit with ice. Garnish with Pineapple Spikes, Mint and flaming lemon half.

Glenfiddich’s A Scottish Lassi

Glenfiddich’s A Scottish Lassi

(Created by Glenfiddich Ambassador Allan Roth)

  • 2 parts chamomile-infused Glenfiddich 12 Year
  • 1 part Unsweetened Lassi (Yogurt drink)*
  • .75 part Orgeat
  • .5 part Lemon Juice

Method: To infuse the Glenfiddich, pour a bottle of Glenfiddich 12 into a pitcher.  Add 20 grams of dried chamomile flowers (or 2 chamomile tea bags) to pitcher.  Let stand 10 minutes.  Strain, rebottle and label.  Keep refrigerated. Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a coupe.  Garnish with dried chamomile flowers, if available.

*If you cannot find unsweetened yogurt drink.  Add one part water to 4 parts unsweetened yogurt.

The Peach Cobbler

  • 2 oz Afrohead Briland 07
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz fresh peach purée
  • .75 oz ginger syrup
  • 1-2 sage leaves

Method: Shake and strain all ingredients over fresh ice into Collins glass. Top with .5 oz soda water. Garnish with spanked sage leaf.

Life On Mars

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Method: Shake ingredients together with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with dehydrated lemon wheel, sprinkled with grated Cardamom.

Casino Royale


Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a double rocks glass. Garnish with an orange slice or serve in a punch bowl with edible flowers and orange slices.

Stars + Stripes Smash

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Photo/1800® Tequila
  • 2 oz. 1800 Coconut
  • 3 slices papaya
  • ¼ oz. honey
  • Pinch of basil
  • 1/4 lime

Method: Add all ingredients to shaker. Shake and strain into highball glass. Garnish with basil sprig. 

Summertime Squeeze

  • 2 oz. Prairie Organic Gin
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 1⁄2 oz. simple syrup
  • Grapefruit slice

Method: Combine all ingredients and garnish with grapefruit slice.