Celebrate Memorial Day with Refreshing Cocktail Recipes



Memorial Day is coming up and for many, it's time to bust out with BBQ grills, gather friends and family to enjoy the long weekend and commemorate veterans who have given their lives defending our country. Celebrate Memorial Day with some cocktail recipes below to pair with your favorite summertime menu, to keep you feeling cool and refreshed.  Prep them the day ahead, and refrigerate overnight. A few simple garnishes just before serving, and you'll be ready for a crowd. Need BBQ recipes? We've got your back. See below:

Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca
(served at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards)

by Cassandra Rosen
Makes 8-10 servings

Ingredients
•    12 cups watermelon, seeded and cubed (appx 4 lbs, depending on water content)
•    ½  cup water*
•    ¼ cup lime juice*
•    8 tbs simple syrup*
•    32 mint leaves
•    8 oz Azzurre Vodka
•    Top soda
•    Garnish: mint sprigs, lime slices
•    Glass: Collins

Directions
Add the watermelon, lime juice, simple syrup, and water to a blender, and puree gently. Press through a mesh strainer into a pitcher, cover and refrigerate at least two hours, or overnight.

Add 4 large mint leaves to a glass, muddle. Add ice, pour in the watermelon agua fresca. Add vodka and soda, stir. Garnish as desired.



Summertime Cobbler

by Cassandra Rosen
Makes 8
•    8 oz Azzurre Vodka
•    8 oz fresh sour mix
•    4 oz pomegranate syrup
•    1 cup fresh raspberries
•    1 cup of peach slices, divided
•    4-5 Lemon verbena sprigs
•    Soda water
•    Garnish: fresh raspberries, mint

Directions
In a shaker, muddle raspberries, half of the peaches, half of the vodka, and lemon verbena. Add half of the sour mix pomegranate syrup and ice, shake.

Pour mixture, plus remaining ingredients into a pitcher and top with soda. Stir. Serve on the rocks, garnished with additional raspberries, peaches, and mint.




Back Porch (Adult) Lemonade
By Cassandra Rosen
•    Crushed ice
•    8 oz Azzurre Vodka
•    16 oz lemonade
•    4 oz limoncello
•    Small bunch mint leaves
•    2 oz soda water
•    Garnish: lemon slice and mint sprig

Directions
Muddle mint, half of the limoncello, and half of the vodka in a shaker. Fill with ice, shake. Strain into a pitcher, along with the rest of the ingredients.

Add the soda water, stir to mix. Serve in a tall glass, garnished with mint and lemon slices.

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