Recipes: Memorial Day 2013 Cocktails

Recipes: Memorial Day 2013 Cocktails

For many folks, the arrival of Memorial Day signals the start of summer (for others it’s the premiere of the new season of Arrested Development on Netflix). In honor of both, we’ve pulled together some new recipes for your consideration/experimentation during the upcoming holiday weekend.

KiwkiHerradura Kiwi Cooler
2 oz. Herradura Silver Tequila
½ oz. lime juice
½ oz. agave nectar
1 oz. cucumber juice
½ kiwi

Place all ingredients into a shaker filled with cubed ice. Shake hard to break down the kiwi and chill the drink. Strain into a tall glass over cubed ice and garnish with kiwi discs.

neige-russeLa Neige Russe
2 parts vodka
1 part St. Germain
½ part freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ part white grape juice
4 dashes Angostura bitters

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, then add ice. Shake gently and strain into a chilled rocks glass over Fresh ice. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a lemon peel.

Kilbeggan Waterwheel
Recipe By Darren McGettigan, resident mixologist at Bar Beoga of the Menlo Park Hotel
1 1/4 parts Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
2 1/2 parts apple juice
1 1/4 parts pineapple juice
6 fresh blueberries
1 dash of cherry bitters
1 bar spoon of white sugar

In a Boston shaker, add blueberries and sugar, muddle hard. Fill the shaker with ice, and add all other ingredients. Shake well, and double strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with blueberries on a cocktail pick.

Jim Beam Black Kentucky Cooler
1 part Jim Beam Black Bourbon
lemon flavored hot tea
2 tablespoons honey
2 lemon wedges
1/2 part triple sec or orange liqueur
1 part rock candy syrup
splash ginger ale

Brew tea, squeeze in 1 lemon wedge and add honey while hot to dissolve. Chill. Pour tea into glass. Add remaining ingredients. Garnish with mint sprig and remaining lemon wedge, sliced to sit on rim of glass.

Rob Theakston is a contributing editor to Drinkhacker.

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