Memorial Day Drinks!

This is a repost from last year, but it’s packed full of delicious Summer Drink Recipes  that are perfect for Memorial Day, or any other day of the Summer!  We hope you have an awesome day honoring those who have sacrificed for and served our country! 
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Whip out those flip flops, fire up the grill, the unofficial start of summer is just days away!  We have come to LOVE Memorial Day Weekend and all of it’s festivities.  Today we’re excited to share some must have Memorial Day (or any day) drinks!   We’ve tasted tested three drink recipes that we think you’ll love!

Memorial Day Drinks

Pineapple Planter’s Punch
as seen in June 2012 issue of All You Magazine
Pineapple Punch Recipe
Although it’s not Red,White, or Blue, we think this is the perfect punch for ushering in SUMMER! What says summer more than fresh fruit?
Pineapple Planter’s Punch Recipe
4 cups pineapple juice
2 cups orange juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 liters ginger ale
fresh pineapple to garnish
Mix all ingredients together and garnish with fresh fruit
*You can add rum to make this an “adults only” punch, but then we don’t suggest drinking it with breakfast!*
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Let me tell you, we were having a good laugh as we took pictures of ingredients etc.  We’re not food bloggers by any stretch, but we do know what’s really yummy!
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We thought we’d let Jess demonstrate how to pour, just in case you needed some direction.  Have we ever mentioned we’re dorks?  Look how happy she is to be making punch! Ha!
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One thing we actually did learn (from trial and error) is how to cut a pineapple so that it sits nicely on the side of your cup.
First, cut a triangle wedge
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Most of the time people don’t think of breakfast as being special on Memorial Day weekend (the focus is more on BBQ food etc.), but we thought a simple patriotic breakfast would be fun! I know my kids would LOVE it if they woke up to a fun, little breakfast like this!

Holiday Breakfast ideas


Combine your Pineapple Planter’s Punch with some blueberry muffins and voila! We picked up the cute decorative flags and stars for 40% off at JoAnn’s.  And, since we’re calling this the SIMPLE breakfast, I’ll share a secret with you…
These muffins take about 4 minutes to whip together and we love them!
Stars and Stripes Sangria
We made this drink up…and the name too.  Who knows, it might actually be the name of another drink (it appears we’re good at taking names from other places- HA!), but for this post we made it up and named it ourselves.
Sangria Recipe

Wanna hear a funny story?  I’m not a big drinker, I just happen to like Iced Tea or Coke Zero better than any other drink.  So, I headed off to the liquor store for red wine…UGH! It’s like sending my 4 yr old into Lowe’s to find upholstery tacks.  I actually had to Google Merlot, to make sure it was a red wine (it is btw).  Then, the checkout lady DIDN’T card me… I was bummed.  Does she know I just turned 30 and she wanted to rub that in a bit?  It wasn’t Awesome.
Sangria Ingredients
Stars and Stripes Sangria
Red Wine
Sprite
Blueberries
Strawberries
You can combine this to your liking.  We preferred 2 parts Sprite to 1 part wine (but neither of us are big wine fans).  Our husbands thought a 1:1 ratio tasted fine.
Layer your fruit in an alternating pattern and add the wine and Sprite.  Allow to sit for a few hours before serving.  This helped the flavors to blend really nicely.
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This drink is the perfect color for the holiday weekend, and the taste is really light and fruity.  Taking a few extra minutes to garnish your glasses is a must.  Blueberries on a skewer, a little flag, and some strawberries make all the difference.


East Coast Creative’s Favorite Drink
Lime Rickey
We’ve been enjoying this drink for years.  An old friend of mine taught me to make them about ten years ago and I’m so glad she did!

Lime Rickey

Lime Rickey

Lime Rickey Ingredients
4 or more limes
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Seltzer water
Lime zest
Juicer (not required, but recommended)
Combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in medium saucepan.  Heat over medium until sugar has dissolved (cooling is recommended, but we’re usually too impatient) Juice 4 or 5 limes. (We love the Pampered Chef juicer because it gets out ALL the juice.)  Combine lime juice and simple syrup.  Zest a few of the limes and save zest for garnish.  Add ice to a glass, fill 3/4 of the way with seltzer water, add about 3 Tbls. of the lime syrup and garnish with zest.  There’s no exact ratio of seltzer to syrup, because everyone likes theirs a little differently, but you can add more or less syrup to taste. This recipe will make about four drinks, but we usually double it up to make lots more!

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Happy Memorial Day

We hope you enjoy these drinks as much as we do! Be sure to let us know if you try any of them over your holiday weekend!
What are your weekend plans or traditions? 


Comments

  1. I might be trying all three this weekend, so easy and there is something here for every kinda guest. Love the ideas.

  2. great ideas! The stars and stripes sangria sounds awesome!!! I might try it with a blush wine since I prefer that over red.

  3. Those are some yummy looking drinks. Might have to try those this next weekend when we celebrate school letting out for summer break. Bunch of mommies and children getting together for the first splash party of the summer.

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