Remembrance Day, or Memorial Day honors deceased loved ones and fallen military personnel. It’s also the first summer holiday. Will you be celebrating with a Memorial Day party? Here are patriotic drinks recipes, red white and blue cocktails and American themed shots and recipes. My husband worked as a club and party bartender. We made these recipe up back in the day.
Ruby White and Blue Solitaire shot (slush or regular): My now-husband gave me a ruby solitaire as a promise ring. This drink is named for that ring.
100% Cranberry Juice cocktail (Ocean Spray is a good brand.)
DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps (no other brand of schnapps tastes as good as DeKuyper Peachtree)
lemon twist, strawberry and blueberry bowtie for garnish
Freeze the cranberry juice until it slushes. Place in a covered ice bucket or cooler. Mix one shot of Schnapps with four oz. of cranberry juice.
American Woman (aka Bahama Mama, a drink from my wilder days when dancing a conga line with friends at Montego Bay Rum Company lounge.
In a shaker, blend, shots of Malibu Coconut Rum, Suntory Midori (melon liquor) and 4-6 ounces Dole Orange-Peach-Mango or Dole Pine-Orange-Banana). Garnish with pale green honeydew melon chunk, strawberry, blueberry for RWB bowtie.
Blue Motorcycle: My husband used to ride a Union Jack blue 1970 Triumph Daytona; this drink is a tribute to that bike.
Mix one ounce each of vodka, rum and Blue Curacao liquor. Add four ounces Vernor’s (the original American soda) or Squirt grapefruit soda.
Star-Spangled Brain: This novelty was an early shot, picked up at a downtown Muskegon, Michigan bar. It looks like a squirrels’ brain (hence the name) but tastes delicious.
Fill a Collins glass half full of Dekuyper Strawberry or Pucker Raspberry Schnapps. Slowly dribble in one-two ounces of Bailey’s Irish Cream to make “brain.”
Texas Tequila Slammer: Another early shot, you slam the glass on the table and drink in one gulp. Slamming releases CO2 and makes froth. It isn’t necessary to literally slam the glass. Just pick it up with one hand, cover it with the other hand and set down firmly on the table.
1 oz tequila, 1 ounce pink champagne, 4 ounces Vernor’s.
Ein Prosit! L’Chaim! Sainte! Salud! Nastrovya! Skol! Opah and Cheers! If you drink this Memorial Day, don’t drive.