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The 7 Best Cocktails to Drink on Memorial Day

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Fire up the grill and break out the bathing suit—Memorial Day is about to kick off the (unofficial) start of summer. Our days drinking warm winter beverages are long behind us, and we’re fully ready to commit to summer’s fun, fresh and fruity cocktails. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or hitting the beach for the first time this season, these are the best summer cocktails to drink this Memorial Day.

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Say goodbye to spring’s freak snow storms and welcome summer with wide open, sunscreened arms and a Summer Breeze—a floral take on the Paloma made with elderflower and grapefruit liqueurs. Topped with spritzy soda water, this tequila cocktail is the most refreshing way to kick off those warm summer nights.

The Essentials

Blanco Tequila
elderflower liqueur
Pamplemousse Liqueur
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Salute the U.S.A. with one of the oldest American cocktails, the Sherry Cobbler. The simple drink made with sherry, sugar, orange slices and frosty crushed ice was one of the first cocktails ever created in the United States, and it tastes just as delicious today as it did in the 1800s.

The Essentials

Sherry
Orange Slices

This bright red cocktail is as vibrant as our flag and much tastier than the pre-bottled Daiquiri mixes you’ve endured in the past. No sugary syrups needed, thanks to sweet, seasonal, fresh strawberries, which get blended with white rum, lime juice and ice. But we’ll let you keep the oversized glass because we also enjoy our frozen, fruity Daiquiris in bottomless proportions.

The Essentials

Strawberries
White Rum
lime juice
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Don’t neglect the blue when honoring the ol’ stars and stripes. The delicious Blue Hawaii combines light rum, vodka and blue curaçao with a bounty of fresh juices and tropical garnishes. It’s vacation in a glass that’s sure to get you excited for your upcoming summer getaway.

The Essentials

light rum
blue curaçao
Pineapple Juice
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With summer comes watermelon for days, and this pink Sangria mixes our favorite warm weather fruit with rosé (aka, summer water) for the ultimate barbecue sipper. Make sure to have a few backup pitchers handy because this baby goes fast.

The Essentials

Rosé
Liqueur
Watermelon
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If you’re past the days of pounding brewskis but still enjoy a cold one to ward off the heat, go the extra mile with this tropical Shandy. Made with pilsner, Cocchi Americano Rosa, Campari and homemade salted guava syrup, this beer-tail will hit the spot when you’re lounging by the pool.

The Essentials

Cocchi Rosa
Guava Syrup
Lowlife Pilsner
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Join the thousands of other eager beach goers bound for the shore this Memorial Day with a jug of booze in hand. This convenient, gallon-sized cocktail tastes like grown-up Hawaiian Punch, and it can be made in a beach-proof plastic container, perfect for enjoying by the surf.

The Essentials

white rum
lemonade
cranberry juice

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