Who else is ready for summer?! Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff of the summer season, and we’re sharing cocktail recipes for you to enjoy all weekend. Frozen or on the rocks, summer is perfect for fruity cocktails with tropical flavors and chilled coffee drinks. Add any or all of these recipes to your Memorial Day Weekend lineup and summer rotation!
Aviation American Gin
For those not familiar with Aviation American Gin, it’s the gin company co-owned by Ryan Reynolds. According to their website, the gin is made with a “precise blend of botanicals — cardamom, coriander, French lavender, aniseed, sarsaparilla, juniper berries, and two types of orange peel.” Although I have not personally tried this gin, many online reviews note that it is smooth and enjoyable. We share a recipe for the Hot Fun in the Summertime cocktail. Everything about this recipe, from the summer-themed title to the citrus and lavender ingredients, just screams summer!
Hot fun in summer
1 1/2 oz Aviation American Gin
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 heaping tsp orange marmalade
1/2 oz Protein
3 dashes of Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters
1 1/2 oz Soda water
In a pint glass, add spirits and mixers (via Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters)
Shake without ice
Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds
Fine strainer in a small juice glass
Top with soda water
Garnish with a fresh lavender flower
Make one of these cocktails for your Memorial Day Weekend parties!
franglico is an Italian liqueur with hazelnut flavour. Many people drink Frangelico alone or pour it into a cup of coffee. The Franny & Joe uses cold brew coffee, a summer drink. If you prefer espresso martinis, which also use Frangelico, Hazelnut Espresso kits are available through Cocktail Courier until June 10.
Franny & Joe
Recipe from Otis Florence
1 ½ Parts Frangelico
1 Cold Brew Coffee Parts
½Share Simple Syrup
2 dashes of bitters
Add all ingredients to the stirring glass. Stir. Pour the contents into a compartment glass. Garnish with a squeezed orange zest OR add all ingredients to the stirring glass. Stir. Pour the contents over ice in a stemless wine glass. Add creamer as desired.
Introduced in 1999, Hendrick’s Gin is produced in Scotland. The gin is infused with cucumber and rose. While the gin & tonic is a classic cocktail, we share the Yuzu Unusual. Yuzu is an Asian citrus fruit that pairs well with gin for a more modern drink. fever tree makes a sparkling lime and yuzu soda mixer that will work really well in this cocktail.
Created by Erik Andersson, Hendrick’s Gin East Coast Ambassador
1.5 parts Hendrick’s Gin
.5 parts Aperol
Top with Yuzu Soda
1 small pinch of sea salt
Cucumber & Lime wheels to garnish
Combine ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice cubes and stir lightly. Garnish with cucumber and lime slices and serve.
Saint Teresa 1796
Saint Teresa 1796 is a Venezuelan Spanish style rum. It was established in 1996 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Hacienda Santa Teresa Distillery. According to their website, this rum has a “unique flavor of nuts, leather, vanilla, cinnamon, dark chocolate, plum, hints of honey and pepper.” It can be drunk neat, but also mixes well in cocktails, such as this Spicy Mango Daiquiri.
Spicy Mango Daiquiri
1.5 oz Santa Teresa 1796
1 oz lime juice
.5 oz Monin Mango Syrup
1-2 splash of Scrappy’s Hellfire Bitters
Combine everything in cans. Add ice. To shake. Fine strainer in chilled glass.
Glassware – Coupe
Ice Cream – None
Garnish – Tajin Rim & Lime Wheel
Guilty Eaters, how do you celebrate Memorial Day Weekend? Which of these cocktails are you going to make?