Grab your shades, dust off the blender and fire up the BBQ; summer is finally here! If you’re looking to impress guests at boozy brunch at your place or bring a little fun to the neighbor’s backyard, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of 10 red, white and blue cocktails and shots to serve up for Memorial Day weekend.
Pucker Up and Blend Em’ Blue: Frozen Blue Lemonade
1 ½ oz white rum
1 oz Blue Curaçao
3 oz Lemonade Sparkling ICE
How to make it: All this requires is rum, blue curaçao and sparkling lemonade. Get a blender, pack up some ice and blend, baby, blend. Your slushie can also be garnished with a blueberry or raspberry for an extra pop of holiday color.
Tropical Tastes on the Turf: Fireworks Piña Colada
6 oz frozen strawberries
2 tbs white rum
2 cup crushed ice
½ cup coconut cream
½ cup Blue Curaçao
½ cup crushed pineapple
¼ cup white rum
Whipped cream or coconut cream (optional)
How to make it: While this tasty tropical cocktail is reminiscent of a beachside favorite, don’t feel so bad if all you’ve got is turf and grass. We’ve got a BBQ and patio-friendly version of the piña colada. Begin by heating the frozen strawberries until liquefied and defrosted. Then combine the first portion of white rum with the strawberries in a blender (or hand blend). Split between two glasses, clean out the blender and blend the rest of the ingredients (except for the whipped cream). Split the mix into the rest of each glass and top with whipped cream.
Fruity Simplicity: The American Spirit
1 ½ oz VeeV Açai Spirit
1 oz sliced strawberries
3 oz club soda
2 oz Vita Coco Coconut Water
How to make it: No blender? No problem! This simple cocktail does justice to the red, white and blue colors of Memorial Day. Simply slice up strawberries for the first layer, add a layer of ice, pour in the club soda and coconut water and then top off with blueberries.
Be the Best BBQ Guest: Red, White and Blue Jello Shots
One 3 oz package of blue Jello
One 3 oz package of red Jello
Two packets of Knox gelatin
1 cup of coconut milk
½ cup sugar
3 cups (divided) of alcohol of choice (flavored or plain vodka works well)
Jello shot cups
How to make it: These jello shots make for great options to transport over to a BBQ. Make sure to set some time extra time to make sure that the jello is fully cooled in the fridge (we recommend at least four hours) so that the layers come out perfectly separated. While they take a bit of preparation, it’s worth that extra time so these don’t bleed red, white and blue the wrong way. Check out the recipe here for full instructions.
Pour and Serve: Red, White and Sparkling Blueberry Punch
2 bottles Moscato
4 bottles IZZE Sparkling Blueberry juice
3 cups Smirnoff Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut
Endless blueberries and strawberries
How to make it: Want to take the easy way out of entertaining guests with drinks? Punch is the easiest way to go. The only work here is prepping the strawberries, which just need to be sliced up. After you’re all done, mix all of the ingredients in a punch bowl and add all of the fruit. If you want to be a little be extra, go ahead and make fruit ice cubes (by using an ice cube tray or a mini-bundt cake tray and freezing overnight) to keep your punch icy cool under the sun.
Star Spangled Sangria: Red, White and Blue Sangria
2 bottles dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc is good)
1 cup triple sec
½ cup berry-flavored vodka
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ cup simple syrup
1 cup blueberries
1 ½ cups hulled and sliced strawberries
1 cup raspberries
1 ½ cups pineapple chunks (star-shaped cookie cutter recommended)
How to make it: For the wine lovers that love a good sangria recipe, this refreshing recipe just requires a few hours ahead of preparation. Let the fruit become infused by mixing all of the ingredients ahead of time and giving four hours in the fridge to chill. Serve over ice with a healthy heaping portion of fruit and enjoy!
Blast from the Past: Booze Snow Cones
1 cup sugar
½ cup water
1 cup strawberries, halved
¼ cup white rum
juice of 1 lime
¼ cup Blue Curaçao
How to make it: Ever get nostalgic for a snow cone from the days at the carnival? With this recipe, the snow cone has grown up a bit and here to make your backyard parties a blast. First prepare the simple syrup with the sugar and water (boiling and letting cool). Then use half with the strawberries, simmering it for an hour and then blending the rum and sieving it to make the red syrup. Then combine the rest of the simple syrup with the lime and blue curacao. Create crushed ice in a blender or snow cone machine, chill the syrups and serve by pouring each side of the snow cone with a different color when ready.
A Dreamy, Creamy Cocktail: Toby Keith’s All-American Jar
2 ¼ oz Wild Shot Silver Mezcal
1 oz Coconut Rum
¼ oz Triple Sec
¼ oz Pineapple Juice
1 cup Piña Colada Mix
1 cup Strawberry Daiquiri Mix
1 ¼ cup Crushed Ice
How to make it: This sweet sensation of a cocktail looks great in a mason jar and topped with a cherry. Blend all the ingredients except for the daiquiri mix in a blender. Then pour half into a separate glass and blend in the daquiri mix with the remaining mix in the blender. Pour that into the mason jar, then add the white mixture on top. Top off with blue curaçao, whipped cream and a cherry.
Spiked Sweetness: Patriotic Panna Cotta Shooters
6 oz grenadine syrup
½ tsp. powdered gelatin
1 tbsp. cold water
1 cup lite coconut milk
½ cup half and half
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp coconut extract
3 oz Blue Curaçao
Wilton gold star edible glitter, or other star-shaped sprinkles
How to make it: These adorable shooters make the perfect end to a night under the stars, while paying respects to the star-spangled banner, while eating a spiked star-spangled dessert. This recipe makes for three shooters, giving a gorgeous and impressive presentation once it’s done. Check out the steps here.
Shots with a Bite: Buzzed Cherry Bombs
1 jar of maraschino cherries
Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka
½ cup of white chocolate chips
¼ cup of blue sanding sugar
How to make it: This simple recipe allows you to just pop em’ and party on. Strain the jar of the juice and fill the jar back with something better: whipped cream flavored vodka. Let the jar stand in the fridge for 12-48 hours to let all of that sweet goodness soak into the cherries. Pour out the vodka and save it for shots to go with your buzzed cherries. Lay out your cherries and pat them dry. Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Dip your cherries in the white chocolate and then in the sugar and place them on wax paper. Store them in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.