Memorial Day is first a day of observance to honor those who lost their lives fighting for our country, and second, a day of celebration that many spend with friends around a pool, the beach or a backyard barbecue in the unofficial start of summer.

With more Americans receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, this year's holiday might look a little different from last. People are able to gather and celebrate the holiday, which means you might be in charge of bringing something to the party.

Here are a few easy cocktail recipes that are sure to taste like summer in a cup and serve as the perfect way to kick off the season.

Pimm’s Cup Italiano

  • .5 oz Fernet-Branca
  • 1 oz Pimms No. 1
  • Top with ginger ale
  • Garnish with sliced cucumbers, lemon, mint, and strawberry

Instructions

Pour Fernet-Branca and Pimms No. 1 in a glass over crushed ice, top with ginger ale and garnish with sliced cucumbers, lemon, mint and strawberry.

Pimm's Cup Italiano
Get all the flavors of summer all in one drink with Pimm's Cup Italiano. Fernet-Branca

Basil & Lime Ultra Tonic

  • 1.5 oz Tequila Herradura Ultra
  • Tonic Water
  • Fresh Lime
  • Basil

Instructions

Fill glass with ice to cool and begin by adding 1.5 oz Tequila Herradura Ultra. Top with tonic water and a squeeze of fresh lime. Stir to mix ingredients. Garnish with fresh lime and basil.

Basil & Lime Ultra Tonic
A simple cocktail that's perfect parts lime and perfect parts tequila. Tequila Herradura

Watermelon Mint Margarita

  • 2 oz. Tequila Herradura Silver
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ oz. Agave Nectar
  • Watermelon Cubes, Muddled
  • Fresh Mint

Instructions

Muddle watermelon cubes in a shaker. Add all remaining ingredients, including fresh mint leaves. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into a coupe glass or serve over ice.

Watermelon Mint Margarita
A drink that encompasses the taste of summer. Tequila Herradura Silver

SKYY Vodka & Soda

  • 1.5 parts SKYY VODKA, now made with water enriched with Pacific minerals
  • 4.5 parts soda water
  • Cubed ice

Instructions

Fill a highball glass with cubed ice and pour 1.5 parts of SKYY Vodka. Top with soda water, express the grapefruit peel and garnish.

SKYY Vodka & Soda
A more lowkey cocktail that you can easily sip by the pool. SKYY Vodka

Pina Picante Margarita

2 oz. Tequila Herradura Silver

1 oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice

¾ oz. Fresh Lime Juice

½ oz. Agave Nectar (to taste)

3 Slices Muddled Serrano Pepper

Instructions

Pour all ingredients into a shaker, muddle with sliced serrano pepper. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a fresh glass filled with ice. Garnish with a pineapple slice, pineapple leaves and serrano pepper.

Pina Picante Margarita
A mix between a pina colada and a margarita, with a bite of spice at the end. Tequila Herradura Silver
Watermelon Mint Margarita
An easy cocktail that's perfect to celebrate Memorial Day. Jamie Gentges
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