Show me a cocktail to make at the lake just for me for Memorial Day.

Cocktail Colin says:

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For Memorial Day, a time often spent in reflection and remembrance, you might want a cocktail that carries a bit of history and complexity, something that can elevate the moment with a touch of sophistication. I would highly recommend the **Remember the Maine** cocktail. With a rating of 4.3/5, it's the top-rated cocktail from the list and offers a rich and complex flavor profile that can make your Memorial Day special.

The **Remember the Maine** cocktail combines the warmth of rye whiskey and bourbon, the sweetness of cherry liqueur, and the herbal notes of red vermouth, topped off with a dash of absinthe. This mix introduces a subtle anise flavor, adding an extra layer of depth. Named after the rallying cry following the sinking of the USS Maine in 1898, it carries historical significance, making it a thoughtful drink for the day. Served in a cocktail glass, it provides a balanced mix of sweet, bitter, and herbal flavors.

If you prefer something lighter and refreshing, then **The Summerlin** or **Jamaica Lake** might also be perfect choices. The Summerlin combines watermelon juice, lemon juice, and white rum for a fruity and slightly spicy twist due to the dash of cracked pepper. Jamaica Lake, on the other hand, is a tropical delight mixing coconut rum, Cointreau, and pineapple juice, perfect for a laid-back day by the water.

Whichever you choose, you'll have a drink that suits the occasion and adds to the sense of relaxation and camaraderie associated with Memorial Day.

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Memorial Day

You asked: Memorial Day cocktails for the lake. We found 10 cocktails answering the question.

Remember the Maine

The Remember the Maine cocktail is a rich and complex drink that offers a sophisticated flavor profile, likely appealing to...

Absinthe (10ml), Water (60ml), Rye Whiskey (30ml), Bourbon (30ml), Red vermouth (20ml), Cherry liqueur (15ml)

6 ingredients
4.3 / 5

The Summerlin

The Summerlin is a refreshing cocktail that combines the sweetness of watermelon juice with the tartness of lemon juice, paired...

Lemon Juice (15ml), White rum (60ml), Sugar Syrup (22.5ml), Pepper (Dash), Watermelon Juice (45ml)

5 ingredients
3.95 / 5

Summer Breezy

The Summer Breezy cocktail is a refreshing and light drink that embodies the carefree spirit of warmer seasons. It brings...

Cointreau (30ml), Lime Cordial (30ml), Soda water (Top up)

3 ingredients
3.9 / 5

Jamaica Lake

The Jamaica Lake cocktail is a tropical blend that evokes the vibrant spirit of Caribbean beaches. It features the creamy...

Coconut rum (60ml), Cointreau (30ml), Pineapple Juice (Top up), Creme De Banane (30ml)

4 ingredients
3.86 / 5

Red, White, and Blueberry

Taking its cue from the classic mint Julep, this recipe hinges on bourbon, simple syrup, and fresh mint, with a...

Lime juice (60ml), Orange juice (60ml), Mint Leaves (4), Lemon Juice (60ml), Sugar Syrup (30ml), Bourbon (120ml), Soda water (Dash)

7 ingredients
3.83 / 5

Long Beach Ice Tea

The Long Beach Ice Tea is a variant of the classic Long Island Iced Tea, swapping out cola for cranberry...

Coffee liqueur (15ml), Tequila Reposado (15ml), Cranberry Juice (60ml), White rum (15ml), Vodka (15ml), Lime juice (30ml), Dry gin (15ml), Sugar Syrup (15ml)

8 ingredients
3.79 / 5

Summer Blue Ocean

The Summer Blue Ocean is a refreshing and fruity cocktail that embodies the essence of tropical leisure. It blends the...

Coconut rum (30ml), Peach Schnapps (30ml), Blue Curaçao (30ml), Lemonade (Top up)

4 ingredients
3.77 / 5


I entered a competition called Spicy Tequila. I thought of tequila and linked it into Mexico with a touch of...

Lemon Juice (15ml), Strawberry liqueur (15ml), Tequila (45ml), Raspberry (5), Mezcal (Teaspoon), Agave syrup (Teaspoon), Red vermouth (15ml)

7 ingredients
3.67 / 5

A Day At The Beach

A Day At The Beach is a tropical-inspired cocktail that evokes the laid-back vibes of a seaside getaway. It brings...

Orange juice (120ml), Amaretto (15ml), Coconut rum (30ml), Grenadine (15ml)

4 ingredients
3.63 / 5

Red, White & Blue

A nice shot that isn't too strong, it won't blow your head off but it looks pretty smart. The drink...

Peach Schnapps (10ml), Grenadine (10ml), Blue Curaçao (10ml)

3 ingredients
3.62 / 5


We've collated some quick fire Q&A's on the question to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

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What makes a good Memorial Day cocktail?

A good Memorial Day cocktail should be refreshing, easy to make, and ideally have some historical or patriotic significance. Ingredients like seasonal fruits, light spirits, and a touch of sweetness are perfect for the occasion.

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Can I make non-alcoholic cocktails for Memorial Day?

Absolutely! Non-alcoholic cocktails or 'mocktails' can be just as refreshing and enjoyable. Consider using fruit juices, sparkling water, fresh herbs, and syrups to create delicious alcohol-free drinks.

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What cocktails can be prepared in advance for a Memorial Day gathering?

Batch cocktails like Sangrias, Punches, and pre-mixed Margaritas are excellent choices for preparing in advance. These allow you to serve guests quickly and enjoy more time socializing.

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How should I serve cocktails at an outdoor gathering like Memorial Day?

For outdoor gatherings, use durable and stylish drinkware such as mason jars or shatterproof glasses. Serve cocktails with lots of ice to keep them cool, and consider having a drink station where guests can serve themselves.

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What garnishes are best for Memorial Day cocktails?

Patriotic-themed garnishes are a fun touch. Consider using fresh fruits like berries, especially blueberries and strawberries, as well as mint sprigs, citrus slices, or festive drink stirrers and flags to decorate your cocktails.

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