A lot of sentiments are wrapped up in Memorial Day. First and foremost, the day is an occasion for everyone to stop and honor those who have given their lives in service to their country. It also marks the unofficial beginning of summer as the long weekend unfolds and many take advantage of unwinding with friends, escaping to the beach, and otherwise basking in the sunlight. With the sun high in the sky, no matter how you are celebrating or where, you’ll need a refreshing drink to combat the heat and quench your thirst this weekend. From patriotic themed to perfectly summery, here are eight recipes for your Memorial Day celebrations.
1. Tom Collins
Since this date is the unofficial kickoff to the summer season, you’ll want to start off on the right foot with a quintessential summer drink — the Tom Collins. Esquire explains that the Tom Collins first made an appearance in the late 1800s. Skip the drink mix and go for the more traditional route mixing your gin with sugar, lemon juice, and club soda.
- 2 ounces London dry gin
- 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
- ½ ounce lemon juice
- Club soda
Directions: Combine the ingredients in a Collins glass ¾ full of cracked ice. Stir briefly, top with club soda or seltzer, garnish with lemon circle; serve.