Memorial Day |

With this weekend serving as the unofficial start of summer, the rum punch is sure to be flowing for the next few days. In honor of both the holiday weekend and their #SunsOutRumsOut campaign, I was tasked with creating my own Memorial Day rum punch recipe by Captain Morgan. I absolutely love, love, love coconut rum, so I of course chose the new Captain Morgan Coconut Rum as my booze of choice. I wanted a rum punch that was a little on the creative side, and after some experimentation, I created “The Bitter Coconut,” a rum punch that’s both sweet and tart.

Check out the recipe to “The Bitter Coconut,” below. Cheers!

The Bitter Coconut (Makes 6 Servings)

INGREDIENTS

8 oz. Captain Morgan Coconut Rum 1 oz. Bitter Italian Apertif 1.75 cups Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice 1.5 tbsp. Lemon Simple Syrup*

Grapefruit Soda

 DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients (minus grapefruit soda) in a large pitcher. Add ice, stir, and serve. Top off individual servings with grapefruit soda.

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I feel like it was just yesterday when I was bombarding you guys with all kinds of cold weather-friendly cocktails and now I’m about to sling some Memorial Day-inspired drinks your way. So, get excited! With the unofficial start of summer taking place this weekend, a number of brands are rolling out drink recipes that are perfect for the warmer months. Think spiked punches, pina coladas, margaritas, and other boozy sips. So, if you’re in the market for a boozy addition to your Memorial Day weekend festivities then be sure to check out the drink recipes below.

Drink recipes come courtesy of Cruzan Rum, Skinnygirl, Sauza Tequila, Hendrick’s Gin, and Pinnacle Vodka. Cheers!

Weekender’s Punch (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

8 parts Cruzan® Aged Light Rum 4 parts Cruzan® Passion Fruit Rum 12 parts Riesling 3 parts Lemonade

4/5 part Lemon Simple Syrup

DIRECTIONS

Combine all but Riesling in a punch bowl and refrigerate. Add Riesling at service. (Serves 8)

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Although we still have a little less than a month before summer begins, for most of us Memorial Day weekend signifies the unofficial start of the summer season. And with that unofficial start you can expect plenty of people to break out the grills, a few seasonal cocktails, and other summer pleasantries this weekend. If you’re still in the market for a great cocktail or two for your Memorial Day festivities, I’ve compiled a list of six drink recipe ideas that come courtesy of Captain Morgan, SKYY Infusions, and more, and range from the pretty standard to the enticingly intricate.

Be sure to have an enjoyable and safe weekend and let’s try not to forget about the the men and women who lost their lives in the Armed Forces because that’s in fact what Memorial Day really is all about.

Spiced Moscato Grape (Pictured Above/Created By Lindsay Nader)

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. SKYY Infusions Moscato Grape 3.4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice 3.4 oz. Orgeat Syrup

1 small slice of Serrano pepper, seeds on

DIRECTIONS

In a cocktail shaker, gently muddle Serrano slice in Orgeat. Add rest of the ingredients. Shake and finely strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an edible orchid.

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Whether you’re hosting a festive Memorial Day cookout with friends and family or taking part in a more intimate gathering for dinner and cocktails, you’re going to need some great drink recipes this holiday weekend. And just in time for Memorial Day, SKYY Vodka has released their latest product, SKYY Infusions Coconut. And with it comes a number of mouth-watering drink recipes like the “Coconut Basil Gimlet” and “Coconut Conquest.” Coconut is one of my favorite flavors when it comes to liquor so you know I’m in heaven right now with these SKYY Infusions Coconut recipes. Now not everyone is as coocoo for coconut as I am so I’ve also gone ahead and listed the refreshing “Summer Peach” recipe from X-Rated Fusion Liqueur which is a blend of ultra-premium French vodka, rich blood oranges, mangos, and passion fruit.

Summer Peach (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. X-Rated Fusion Liqueur

4 oz. Peach Tea

Peach Slice

DIRECTIONS

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, peach tea, and shake vigorously. Strain into an ice cube filled highball glass and garnishwith peach slice. Read more