30 Spectacular Memorial Day Cocktails For A Patriotic Celebration

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Memorial Day Cocktails

Happy Memorial Day! Today we honor the men and women who have fought for our country. What better way to celebrate than with some delicious cocktails? In this blog post, we will feature 30 patriotic drink recipes that are perfect for your Memorial Day party.

We have you covered whether you are looking for a revitalizing drink or something more festive. These drinks are sure to put you in the patriotic spirit!

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1. Spiked Seltzer Slushie

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Memorial Day is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a refreshing cocktail in the warm summer weather. Spiked seltzer strawberry slushies are perfect for sipping in the sunshine.

The light and invigorating flavors of strawberries and seltzer water are perfect for sipping in the sunshine. Vodka gives the drink a little kick.

So whether you're enjoying a cookout with friends or relaxing at the pool, make sure to include a spiked strawberry seltzer slushie on your menu. You'll be glad you did! 

Get the recipe here.

2. Blueberry Lemonade Margarita

Glasses of Blueberry Lemonade Margarita

The unofficial start of summer is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with a refreshing cocktail? Memorial Day is the perfect opportunity to gather your friends and family, fire up the grill, and enjoy a Blueberry Lemonade Margarita. With just a few simple ingredients, this drink is easy to make.

So raise a glass and salute our brave men and women who have served our country. Cheers!

Get the recipe here.

3. Blackberry Mojito

Glasses of Blackberry Mojito

As any bartender or mixologist will tell you, finding the perfect memorial day cocktail is all about balance. You want something that's cooling and flavorful but not too heavy or sweet. And, of course, it should look as good as it tastes. That's where the Blackberry Mojito comes in. 

This cocktail is made with blackberry puree, mint leaves, lime juice, and white rum. The result is a delightfully tart and sweet drink with just a hint of minty freshness. It's the perfect Memorial Day cocktail for sipping on the patio with friends.

So if you're looking for a Memorial Day cocktail that hits all the right notes, be sure to give the Blackberry Mojito a try.

Get the recipe here.

4. Moscow Mule Punch

Glasses of Moscow Mule Punch

There are a lot of different cocktails that people like to enjoy on Memorial Day. But if you really want to make the most of this holiday, you need to go with a Moscow Mule Punch.

This restorative drink is perfect for sipping on while you're spending time with friends and family on Memorial Day. It's also a great option for those looking to enjoy a cocktail without getting too drunk. Plus, the Moscow Mule Punch is made with ginger beer, known for its digestive properties. 

So if you're looking to enjoy a delicious cocktail that will also help you stay sober, the Moscow Mule Punch is the way to go.

Get the recipe here.

5. Frozen Watermelon Margarita

Glasses of Frozen Watermelon Margarita

The Frozen Watermelon Margarita cocktail is the best Memorial Day cocktail because of its two main ingredients—watermelon, and tequila, which clearly scream about Memorial Day.

Watermelon is red, and tequila is white, which are two out of three of the colors of the American flag. When you put them all together, you have a cooling drink that is perfect for sipping by the pool on a hot Memorial Day afternoon. 

You can garnish it with a slice of watermelon or a small American flag to make it even more festive. Whether you are entertaining friends or enjoying some time off from work, this Frozen Watermelon Margarita will be the hit of your Memorial Day celebration.

Get the recipe here.

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6. Tequila Sunset

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have fallen while serving our country. It's also a time to enjoy family and friends' company and indulge in some thirst-quenching cocktails. Look no further than the Tequila Sunset if you're looking for the perfect drink to enjoy on Memorial Day. 

This classic cocktail is made with tequila, orange juice, and grenadine, and it's garnished with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry. The result is a sweet and tangy drink perfect for sipping on a warm summer day. 

So whether you're gathering with friends or spending time with family, make sure to raise a glass of Tequila Sunset in honor of those who have sacrificed for the country.

Get the recipe here.

7. Cadillac Margarita

Glasses of Cadillac Margarita

The Memorial Day weekend is a time to relax, enjoy the sun and spend quality one-on-one moments with loved ones. And what better way than to celebrate that we can finally drink Cadillac Margaritas without feeling guilty!

This festive cocktail is made with tequila, Grand Marnier, triple sec, and lime juice, and it's perfect for sipping on a hot day during Memorial Day. The tequila provides a smooth and slightly sweet flavor, while the triple sec adds an orange hint. The lime juice gives the drink an energizing tartness that makes it irresistible. 

So if you're looking for the perfect Memorial Day cocktail, look no further than the Cadillac Margarita.

Get the recipe here.

8. Spiked Coconut Limeade

Glasses of Spiked Coconut Limeade

Forget about a boring old beer or a simple glass of wine—if you really want to celebrate Memorial Day in style—you need a delicious cocktail in hand. And when it comes to festive drinks, it doesn't get much better than Spiked Coconut Limeade. 

This invigorating beverage is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day, and the tropical flavors are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Plus, it's super easy to make—just mix some limeade with your favorite rum or vodka, add a splash of coconut milk, and garnish with a lime wedge. 

Whether you're hosting a backyard barbecue or just relaxing at the beach, Spiked Coconut Limeade is the perfect Memorial Day cocktail.

Get the recipe here.

9. Rum Runner

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There are a lot of considerations that go into making the perfect Memorial Day cocktail. You want something that is cooling and flavorful but not too heavy or sweet.

And, of course, it should at least be close to the red, white, and blue colors to show your patriotic pride. That's why the Rum Runner is the perfect drink to celebrate the holiday. 

It's made with light rum, orange juice, and grenadine, so it's energizing and flavorful without being too heavy. The Grenadine gives it a beautiful red-orange hue, while the rum and orange juice provide the perfect balance of orange and white.

So whether you're celebrating Memorial Day with a backyard barbecue or just enjoying a few drinks on the patio, make sure you include the Rum Runner on your menu.

Get the recipe here.

10. Sweet Tea Sangria

A glass of Sweet Tea Sangria

Memorial Day is a special occasion to remember those who have served our country. It's also a time to relax with family and friends. One great way to do this is to enjoy a cool and energizing cocktail. Sweet tea sangria is perfect for memorial day celebrations. 

It's a delicious mix of sweet tea, citrus fruits, and white wine. Plus, it's easy to make. Just mix everything together in a pitcher and serve over ice. If you're looking for something extra special, try making a Memorial Day cocktail with blueberries and raspberries.

This memorial day, enjoy a revitalizing Sweet Tea Sangria and raise a glass to the brave men and women who have fought for our country. 

Get the recipe here.

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11. Watermelon Sangria

Glasses of Watermelon Sangria

Memorial Day is an opportunity to celebrate the men and women who have given their lives so that we can enjoy our freedom. What better way than with a cold soothing cocktail?

Watermelon Sangria is the perfect drink for Memorial Day. The red, white, and blue colors of the drink are perfect for the holiday, and the watermelon flavor is refreshing and summery. Sangria is traditionally made with red wine, but this recipe calls for white wine instead.

The white wine helps to offset the sweetness of the watermelon and gives the drink a crisp, new and unique flavor. Blueberries and other fruits are added for color and flavor, and a splash of seltzer gives the drink a fizzy finish. 

So whether you're celebrating Memorial Day with a barbecue or just hanging out with friends, make sure to include Watermelon Sangria on your menu. 

Get the recipe here.

12. Moscato Margarita

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There's no better way to celebrate Memorial Day than with a delicious cocktail in hand. And when it comes to choosing the perfect drink for the occasion, there's one recipe that always stands out: the Strawberry Moscato Margarita.

This cocktail is refreshing and flavorful, but it also has a beautiful red hue that makes it perfect for this patriotic festivity. So what makes the Strawberry Moscato Margarita so special? The key ingredient is, of course, Moscato wine.

Moscato is known for its fruity flavor profile, making it a great choice for a Memorial Day cocktail. The freshness of the strawberries perfectly balances the sweetness of the wine, and the lime juice gives the drink a tart kick. 

If you're looking for a truly delicious and easy-to-make Memorial Day cocktail, look no further than the Strawberry Moscato Margarita!

Get the recipe here.

13. Jungle Bird

A glass of Jungle Bird

The Jungle Bird is the perfect Memorial Day cocktail. First created in the 1970s at the Aviary bar in Kuala Lumpur, this rum-based drink is both strong and stimulating.

The mix of dark rum, Campari, pineapple juice, and lime juice makes for a well-balanced drink that will please any cocktail lover during this festive holiday. 

And, with its vibrant reddish color, the Jungle Bird is also the perfect way to show your patriotic spirit. So, whether you are looking for a delicious cocktail to enjoy on Memorial Day or a festive drink to serve at a party, the Jungle Bird is a perfect choice.

Get the recipe here.

14. Latitude 29 Mai Tai

A glass of Latitude 29 Mai Tai

The Latitude 29 Mai Tai cocktail is the perfect Memorial Day cocktail for several reasons. First, it is made with high-quality ingredients, including freshly squeezed lime juice, orgeat syrup, and dark rum. You only want to serve the best and high-quality cocktail this holiday, right?

Second, it is garnished with a fresh mint sprig and a lime wedge, making it both festive and delicious. Finally, it is relatively easy to make, even for beginner bartenders or mixologists. This means that you can spend more time with your family during this day. 

Whether you are hosting a Memorial Day party or simply looking for a summer cocktail, the Latitude 29 Mai Tai is a perfect choice.

Get the recipe here.

15. Lounge Chair Afternoon

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Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and that means it's time to break out the cocktails! If you're looking for a refreshing and delicious drink to enjoy on a warm day, look no further than the Lounge Chair Afternoon. This cocktail, created by mixologist Lulu Martinez, combines pink port with añejo tequila, grapefruit and lemon juices, and tarragon simple syrup. The result is a refreshingly tart and herbal drink that is perfect for sipping in the sunshine during this holiday. 

So whether you're enjoying a barbecue with friends or simply kicking back on your own, make sure to raise a glass to summer with this delicious Memorial Day cocktail.

Get the recipe here.

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16. Fresh Berry Delicious

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Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have served and sacrificed for our country. It's a day for picnics, parades, and celebrations. And what would a Memorial Day celebration be without a delicious cocktail?

The Fresh Strawberry Delicious cocktail is the perfect Memorial Day cocktail. It's made with fresh strawberries, citrus vodka, and lemonade, which speaks a lot for a festive drink, right? 

This festive delight is sure to please any crowd. And what could be more American than strawberries and lemonade? So raise a glass to our fallen heroes this Memorial Day with the Fresh Strawberry Delicious cocktail.

Get the recipe here.

17. El Guapo

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It’s almost Memorial Day weekend, which means it’s time to start planning your menu! If you’re looking for a show-stopping cocktail to serve at your party, look no further than the El Guapo. 

This drink is perfect for sipping in the summer sun, and its bright colors are sure to impress your guests. For those who are looking for something a little bit different, the Box Social in Portland, Oregon, has a signature drink that is sure to impress. 

The El Guapo is a beautiful rosy cocktail made with passion fruit, blood orange, and pomegranate. It is garnished with an unconventional garnish that makes for a conversation piece.

Get the recipe here.

18. Pandan-Coconut Kaki-Tai

A bowl of Pandan-Coconut Kaki-Tail

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, many people look for the perfect cocktail to serve at their parties. While there are many delicious options, one of the best Memorial Day cocktails is the Pandan-Coconut Kaki-Tail.

This summer-in-a-glass drink is made with pandan syrup, coconut milk syrup, gin, and lychee liqueur, and it can be garnished with pandan leaves. The best part about this cocktail is that you can easily customize it to your liking. If you want a sweeter drink, you can add more pandan syrup.

If you prefer a stronger gin flavor, you can add an extra shot of rum. However you make it, the Pandan-Coconut Kaki-Tail will surely be a hit at your Memorial Day party.

Get the recipe here.

19. High Tide

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Memorial Day weekend is kind of the summer opening, and there's no better way to celebrate than with a thirst-quenching drink. This year, ditch the standard gin and tonic in favor of something a little more unique: a Japanese whiskey Collins with Cointreau. Bartender Amanda Carto, of Nickel City in Austin, Texas, created this drink as a twist on the classic Tom Collins. She combines Japanese whiskey, lemon juice, and green tea syrup with Cointreau, then tops it off with a splash of tonic water. 

The result is a crisp and flavorful drink that is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day. So whether you're inviting friends and family over to give respect to our fallen heroes, or just simply staying in, this cocktail is your hero this holiday. 

Get the recipe here.

20. Peach Beer Julep

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As the long-awaited Memorial Day weekend approaches, many people begin to plan their menus for cookouts and parties. While there are many delicious foods that can be prepared for these occasions, the most important decision is often what kind of drinks to serve. For those who are looking for a truly unique and memorable cocktail, the Peach Beer Julep is a perfect choice. This refreshing drink combines the sweetness of peaches with the smoothness of bourbon, resulting in a truly delicious and addictive beverage. 

Moreover, the addition of IPA syrup gives the cocktail a unique twist that is sure to please even the most discerning palate. So if you are looking for a truly unique and delicious cocktail to serve this Memorial Day, look no further than the Peach Beer Julep.

Get the recipe here.

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21. Cucumber Gimlet

A glass of Cucumber Gimlet

Memorial Day is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a refreshing cocktail with friends and family. And what could be more refreshing than a Cucumber Gimlet? This delicious drink combines the best of both worlds, featuring the refreshing taste of cucumber and the smoothness of gin. The perfect Memorial Day drink should be easy to make and enjoyable to drink, and the Cucumber Gimlet fits those criteria perfectly. 

So whether you're celebrating at home or at a picnic, be sure to include this delicious cocktail on your menu. 

Get the recipe here.

22. Watermelon Mojito

Glasses of Watermelon Mojito

During Memorial Day, the weather warms up and summertime approaches, so it’s the perfect time to break out the Watermelon Mojitos! This cocktail is perfect for any outdoor gathering, whether you're enjoying a picnic with friends or hosting a backyard barbeque.

The Watermelon Mojito is a mix of watermelon, lime, mint, rum, and sparkling water, and it's sure to be a hit with everyone at your Memorial Day celebration. 

The best part about this cocktail is that it's super easy to make, so you can spend more time enjoying the party and less time in the kitchen. Whether you're looking for a signature drink for your party or just something to cool off with on a hot summer day, the Watermelon Mojito is an excellent choice. 

Get the recipe here.

23. Piña Colada

Glasses of Piña Colada

Memorial Day is a day to memorialize and drink in good company. And while there are many fine Memorial Day cocktails out there, the Piña Colada stands out as one of the best in the bunch.

The Piña Colada is a reviving, flavorful cocktail that features rum, pineapple juice, and coconut cream—perfect drink on a special day like May 30th.  

In addition to being delicious, the Piña Colada is also visually stunning, with its bright color and garnishes. The aesthetics of this drink will definitely speak volume to the respect we have for our fallen heroes.

So if you're looking for the perfect Memorial Day cocktail, look no further than the Piña Colada.

Get the recipe here.

24. Michelada

 A glass of Michelada

Michelada may just be the most desired cocktail during Memorial Day. It's delicious, flavorful, and easy to make. Plus, it's a great way to use up leftover beer. And nothing screams more American than beer, right? 

Michelada is made with beer, lime juice, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. It's traditionally served in a salt-rimmed glass.

But you can also get creative with your garnishes by adding celery, olives, or even lobster to their Michelada. No matter how you make it, Michelada is the perfect drink for a bright and sunny Memorial Day.

Get the recipe here.

25. Long Island Iced Tea

Glasses of Long Island Iced Tea

Memorial Day is the appropriate time to enjoy a cooling and energizing Long Island Iced Tea. This classic cocktail is perfect for sipping in the warm summer sun, and its stimulating flavor can please any party guest.

What makes Long Island Iced Tea so special? The answer lies in its unique mixture of ingredients. Gin, vodka, tequila, and rum blend together to create a boozy concoction that is sure to pack a punch. Don’t forget that these liquors are a staple in almost all American houses. 

A splash of cola adds sweetness and carbonation, while fresh lemon juice gives the drink a tart kick. Cola and lemon are every American’s perfect combo in a drink!

So, whether you are enjoying a picnic or relaxing by the pool, a Long Island Iced Tea is the perfect way to kick off your Memorial Day celebration. 

Get the recipe here.

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26. Hurricane

Glasses of Hurricane

There's no better way to do it than with a Hurricane cocktail in hand when it comes to celebrating Memorial Day. This drink is the perfect way to kick off the summer season, and it's also a great way to show your support for the men and women who have served our country. 

The Hurricane was first created in New Orleans in the 1940s, and it quickly became a popular choice for serving at memorial day celebrations. 

The key to making a perfect Hurricane is to use fresh lime juice, passionfruit syrup, and dark rum. You'll also want to add a little bit of grenadine for sweetness and color.

Get the recipe here.

27. Ranch Water Tequila

 A glass of Ranch Water Tequila

As any bartender or mixologist will tell you, the Ranch Tequila cocktail is the perfect drink for Memorial Day celebrations. The combination of tequila, lime juice, and Triple Sec makes for a tasty and cooling drink that will please any crowd. 

So why go out to a loud bar on Memorial Day when you can make your own signature cocktail at home? The Ranch Tequila is the perfect drink for those who want something refreshing, tasty, and easy to make.

Get the recipe here.

28. Mint Julep

Glasses of Mint Julep

Mint Juleps have been a Memorial Day tradition for centuries. This thirst-quenching cocktail is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day. Made with bourbon, mint, and sugar, Mint Juleps are both strong and sweet. 

The Kentucky Derby is also held close on Memorial Day weekend, and Mint Juleps are the race's official drink. This has only added to the popularity of the cocktail.

If you're looking for a delicious and boozy way to celebrate Memorial Day, look no further than the Mint Julep!

Get the recipe here.

29. Rum And Coke

A glass of Rum and Coke

There are many different Memorial Day cocktails that one could make, but none are quite as perfect as the classic Rum and Coke. For one, it is an incredibly easy drink to make, which is important when you're hosting a barbecue or picnic and don't want to spend all day in the kitchen. You're good to go with just two ingredients—rum and cola. 

But what really makes Rum And Coke the perfect Memorial Day cocktail is its flavor. The sweetness of the cola perfectly offsets the bitterness of the rum, creating a cool and enjoyable drink that everyone will love.

So this Memorial Day, make things easy on yourself and mix up a batch of rum and cokes for your guests—they'll be sure to thank you for it.

Get the recipe here.

30. Tom Collins

A glass of Tom Collins

Memorial Day is the perfect time to enjoy an energizing Tom Collins. This classic cocktail is made with gin, lemon juice, sugar, and club soda, and everyone can enjoy it.

The sweetness of the sugar balances the tartness of the lemon juice, and the gin gives the drink a smooth, revitalizing flavor. The club soda helps to keep the drink light and restorative, making it the perfect choice for a summer Memorial Day celebration. 

So next time you're looking for a Memorial Day cocktail, be sure to try a Tom Collins. You won't be disappointed.

Get the recipe here.

Tips For Making Cocktails for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our country. What better way to do that than with a cooling and delicious cocktail? Here are some tips on how to make the perfect memorial day cocktail: 

  • Use fresh seasonal fruit and herbs for garnishes. This will add a pop of color and flavor to your drink.
  • Choose a light-bodied spirit like vodka or gin. These spirits won't weigh down your cocktail or make it too heavy. But if you desire some rum or wine, go ahead! 
  • Add a sparkling element like seltzer or sparkling wine. This will give your cocktail a refreshing fizz. 
  • Use patriotic colors like red, white, and blue in your drink design. This will make it extra festive for the holiday. And last but not least, 
  • Have fun! Creating cocktails should be enjoyable, so relax and enjoy the process. 

With these tips, you'll be sure to make memorial day cocktails that are both tasty and beautiful. Cheers!

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