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Memorial Day

Memorial Day is here to kick off the summer. The weather's been warm so hopefully you get the chance to lay by a pool this weekend. Whether you're the host or a guest, I've found some scrumptious poolside cocktails that will make you the life of the party this weekend.

 

 

Cranberry-Spice Cocktail (recipe and photo from foodandwine.com)

1 orange wedge
13 cranberries
Three 1-inch pieces crystallized ginger— 2 minced and 1 whole for garnish
2 ounces Aperol
1 ounce Lillet Blanc
Ice
4 ounces hard cider
4 dashes Cranberry-Anise Bitters or Peychaud's bitters

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the orange wedge with 10 of the cranberries and the minced ginger. Add the Aperol, Lillet Blanc, bitters and ice. Shake well.
Double-strain the drink into an ice-filled Collins glass and top off with the hard cider.
Garnish with the 3 remaining cranberries and the slice of ginger skewered on a toothpick.

 

 

 

Captain Morgan Black Vanilla Cola (recipe and photo: thebar.com) 

1 oz. Captain Morgan Black Spiced (25 oz. per bottle)
0.25 oz. Smirnoff Vanilla Flavored Vodka (25 oz. per bottle)
1 oz. sour mix
4 oz. cola
1 wedge lemon1 oz. Captain Morgan Black Spiced (25 oz. per bottle)
0.25 oz. Smirnoff Vanilla Flavored Vodka (25 oz. per bottle)
1 oz. sour mix
4 oz. cola
1 wedge lemon 

 

 

Patriotic Margarita (recipe and photo: coastalliving.com) 

 

Puree thawed frozen strawberries. Blend 2 tablespoons each of the strawberry puree, dark rum, coconut milk, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, and ½ cup crushed ice in a blender until smooth. Pour 2 to 4 tablespoons HPNOTIQ into a glass, and top with 2 to 4 tablespoons of the strawberry mixture. 

 

 

Pomegranate Cosmo (recipe and photo: foodnetwork.com)

 

2 cups (16 ounces) good vodka (recommended: Stolichnaya or Finlandia)
1 cup (8 ounces) orange liqueur (recommended: Cointreau)
1 cup (8 ounces) pomegranate juice (recommended: Pom Wonderful)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (3 limes)
Lime peel strips, to garnish

Combine the vodka, orange liqueur, pomegranate juice, and lime juice in a pitcher and refrigerate until ready to use. Pour the mixture into frozen martini glasses with a twist of lime peel and serve immediately. 

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