Weekend Countdown: 22 Tantalizing Memorial Day Drinks

Straight Up Cocktails and Spirits

Um, is it the long weekend yet? Here are 22 tantalizing (and citrusy, fizzy, garden-fresh, and easy) drink ideas to help get you into summer holiday mode.

Citrusy and Tangy

Kick back with something citrusy. There's simply no substitute for the bright tang of just-squeezed lemon or lime (or grapefruit, or yuzu...) in a cocktail. So mouth-wateringly good:

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Fizzy (and Ginny Too)

There's nothing quite as refreshing as a tall, cold, fizzy drink on a hot day. Get into that old-timey, veranda-sitting, linen/muslin/seersucker-wearing state of mind with one of these delicious gin fizzes:

  • Ramos Gin Fizz: A New Orleans classic featuring gin, lemon and lime juice, orange flower water, cream, and deliciously frothy egg whites.
  • Violet Fizz: Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, club soda - and the delicate violet-flavored cordial, crème de violette.
  • Lemon Verbena and Orange Blossom Fizz: Faith's own herbal and floral-accented spin.

From the Garden

Whether you're working on your own garden this weekend, visiting a farmer's market, or just strolling down the produce aisle, here are a few delicious drinks using garden-fresh ingredients:

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Easy

Relax. It's the holiday weekend, after all. Try one of these quick and simple combos. No muddling, shaking, straining, or juicing required:

  • Gimlet: No excuses needed. One of the few cocktails that's properly made with preserved and sweetened bottled lime juice instead of fresh.
  • Blood Orange Gin Fizz: Joanna's no-hassle take on the gin fizz, featuring Trader Joe's Villa Italia Blood Orange Soda.
  • Gin and Tonic: A shot of gin, a wedge of lime, and some tonic water over ice, and you're set. So refreshing!
  • Dark and Stormy: Another patio classic. Rum, ginger beer, and a wedge of lime. Sure to put you in an island mood.

What will you be drinking this weekend?

Nora Maynard is a longtime home mixologist and an occasional instructor at NYC’s Astor Center. She is a contributor to The Business of Food: Encyclopedia of the Food and Drink Industries and is the recipient of the American Egg Board Fellowship in culinary writing at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow. She previously covered food and drink in film at The Kitchn in her weekly column, The Celluloid Pantry.

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