5 Refreshing Memorial Day Cocktails

May 26, 2016

While your charring vegetables on the grill and enjoying the warm weather this weekend, you’re going to get thirsty. It’s easy to fill the cooler with rosé and IPA, but maybe it’s time to get a bit more creative to keep the drinks flowing and the BBQ guests happy. Make this Memorial Day weekend boozier with some of the following recipes.

 

Recipes provided by Serious Eats

 

1. Grilled Pineapple Mojito

 Ingredients:

 

  • ½ a small pineapple, peeled and sliced into ½-inch thick planks

  • 2 tsp canola oil

  • 2 tbsp sugar

  • 2 limes cut into eights

  • 1 small bunch of mint, stems removed and discarded

  • 8 oz light rum

  • 16 oz seltzer, chilled

  • Garnish: additional mint sprigs

 

Directions:

 

  1. Heat a grill to medium-high. Brush both sides of pineapple slices with oil and grill, turning occasionally, until lightly charred at edges and fruit is cooked through, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool to room temperature. Roughly chop fruit.

  2. Divide pineapple, sugar, limes, and mint equally among four large glasses. Muddle until mint is mashed and fruit releases its juices. Add rum and muddle to incorporate, and then fill glasses with ice. Divide seltzer between glasses, stir gently to mix. Garnish with mint sprigs.

2. Smokey Beer Sangrita 

 Ingredients for sangrita base:

 

  • ½ tsp harissa, or more to taste

  • 8 oz tomato juice

  • 6 oz freshly squeezed juice from about 2 grapefruits

  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 oz freshly squeezed juice from about 2 oranges

  • 2 oz freshly squeezed juice from 2 to 3 limes

 

Each cocktail:

 

  • Grapefruit wedge

  • Coarse smoked sea slat

  • 4 oz sangrita base

  • 4 oz India Pale Ale

 

Directions:

 

  1. For Sangrita Base: In a pitcher, whisk together harissa, black pepper and tomato juice. Add grapefruit juice, orange juice, lemon and lime juice. Stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 8 hours maximum.

  2. For Each Cocktail: Wet the rim of a highball glass with grapefruit wedge, dip moistened edge in smoked sea salt. Add ice and 4 ounces of the sangrita base. Top with 4 ounces of IPA. Garnish with grapefruit wedge and serve.

3. Hibiscus Rum Cooler

 Ingredients:

 

  • 1 cup loosely packed mint leaves (about 30 leaves)

  • 4 tbsp simple syrup

  • ½ cup juice from about 4 lemons

  • 4 ½ cups brewed hibiscus tea, cooled

  • 1 cup aged rum

  • ½ cup chilled club soda

  • 6 mint sprigs

 

Directions:

 

  1. Place mint leaves and simple syrup in bottom of a lidded pitcher. Juice lemons and add lemon juice, cooled hibiscus tea, and rum to pitcher. Add 1 cup ice, stir and cover. Continue to step 2, or refrigerate for up to 6 hours.

  2. When ready to serve, add club soda, stir gently, and pour into ice-filled serving glasses. Garnish with mint sprigs if desired.

4. Grilled Peach Whiskey Sour 

 Ingredients: 

 

  • 2 medium peaches, halved, pits removed

  • 1 tsp canola oil

  • 2 oz lemon juice, from about 2 lemons

  • 8 oz bourbon

  • 16 oz tamarind soda, such as Jarritos

  • Garnish: 4 lemon slices

 

Directions:

 

  1. Heat a grill over medium-high. Brush peach halves with oil and place on grill cut sides down. Grill, turning occasionally, until fruit is soft and charred at the edges, but not falling apart, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool.

  2. Remove and discard peach skins, coarsely chop fruit and transfer to a small pitcher. Add lemon juice to peach mixture. Muddle until fruit is completely broken down into a rough puree (or puree with an immersion blender). Add bourbon and a cup of ice cubes and stir until mixed.

To serve, divide mixture between 4 ice-filled glasses. Top each glass with tamarind soda, serve with lemon slice garnish.

5. White Peach Sangria

 Ingredients:

 

  • 3 ripe white peaches, pitted and cubed

  • 6 tbsp sugar

  • 1 tbsp juice from 1 lemon

  • 9 (3-inch) sprigs rosemary, plus more for garnish if desired

  • 3 cups dry white wine

  • 6 oz London dry gin

 

Directions:

 

  1. Combine the peaches, sugar, and lemon juice in a large pitcher. Stir to combine and tuck in the sprigs of rosemary. Let sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes for the peaches to release some of their juices.

  2. Add wine and gin, stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to overnight.

  3. Serve garnished with a fresh sprig of rosemary if desired.

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