This Memorial Day weekend kicks off the official start of the summer season! Summer is full of BBQ's, late nights outside, family, friends and of course, COCKTAILS! What party wouldn't be complete without a cool, refreshing drink in hand?

The trend in cocktails has been to stir up the classics with some sort of twist; whether that is add another ingredient, poured in a martini glass instead of over rocks, or use an entirely different liquor completely. While the new ideas are fun, there is nothing better than a pure classic in our eyes. We've assembled our favorite classic here!

Nothing screams summer louder than a Margarita! Just picture it...feet up in the hammock, wind blowing through your hair, Margarita in hand... There are multiple different ways to make a margarita; often times people use too many unnecessary ingredients. Margarita's should be simple!

Ingredients: 3oz tequila of choice, 2oz lime juice, orange liquor splash of simple syrup

  1. Rub the rim of the glass with a lime and dip into corse salt.
  2. Combine tequila, lime juice, orange liquor and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake.
  3. Strain contents over salt rimmed glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

Though Sex and the City made it famous almost twenty years ago, clearly the Cosmopolitan is here to stay! It's crisp, it's sweet, and when made right, just the perfect pink color!

Ingredients: 1.5oz vodka, 1/4oz lime juice, 1/4oz. triple sec, and a splash of cranberry juice

  1. Combine vodka, lime juice, triple sec, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice, cover and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

The creation of the Sazerac dates back to 1850 and can be considered one of the oldest American cocktails. It is the official cocktail of New Orleans! Though we are sure the Hurricane served at Mardi Gras is a close second! The Sazerac is perfect those who prefer a whisky drink to cool down during the summer. Traditionally served with a lemon peel as a garnish, we love using a flaming orange peel instead! It makes for a great show and provides a smokier taste to the Sazerac.

Ingredients: 1/4 oz Absinthe, one sugar cube, 1.5 oz rye whiskey or Cognac, and three dashes Peychaud's bitters

  1. Rinse a chilled old-fashioned glass with the absinthe, add crushed ice and set it aside.
  2. Stir the remaining ingredients over ice and set it aside.
  3. Discard the ice and any excess absinthe from the prepared glass, and strain the drink into the glass. Add lemon or flaming orange peel for garnish.

Some may say that the epitome of summer is the classic gin cocktail, the Tom Collins. The history of the drink is slightly muddled, but no one can deny the freshness of this gin and lemon beverage.]

Ingredients: 1.5oz gin, 1oz fresh squeezed lemon juice, splash of simple syrup, and club soda

  1. Fill a Collins glass with ice.
  2. Pour in gin, lemon juice and simple syrup in glass and top with club soda.
  3. Garnish with lemon wedge and maraschino cherry.

Mojitos have become an easy cocktail to tweak and bartenders have come up with fun variations of this rum and mint drink, but nothing tastes as good as the original!

Ingredients: 1.5oz white rum, 1oz fresh lime juice, 6 mint leaves, 2 teaspoons sugar, and club soda

  1. Muddle mint, lime juice and sugar. Top with ice.
  2. Pour in rum and top with club soda.
  3. Garnish with more mint.

Possibly the simplest cocktail on our list, the Vodka Gimlet is pure and not fussy with only two ingredients. This is definitely a few of our dad's favorites!

Ingredients: 2oz vodka, 1oz lime juice (for a more tart taste, use fresh lime juice; for a sweeter drink, opt for Rose's Lime Juice)

  1. Fill glass with ice.
  2. Pour in vodka and lime juice.
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Though grapefruits are in season during the winter months, they taste like they should be enjoyed in the warm weather! With their tart taste and bright color, grapefruits are perfect for breakfast, but we like them better with our alcohol! The Paloma cocktail is a great alternative tequila drink if you aren't fond of Margarita's. Popular in Mexico, the Paloma has started to get more significant recognition across the border. Commonly made with grapefruit soda, bartenders are choosing to mix the tequila with fresh grapefruit juice instead. Any time we can find an extra way to add fresh fruit to our diet, we go for it!

Ingredients: 2oz blanco or silver tequila, 3oz. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, 1/2oz fresh lime juice, splash of club soda, and sea salt for rim of glass

  1. Rub lime wedge on rim of glass and dip in sea salt.
  2. Fill glass with ice and pour in tequila, grapefruit and lime juice.
  3. Top with club soda and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

Have and wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend and be sure to stop by either locations to take advantage of our Memorial Day Sale.

Please drink responsibly.