Memorial Day Cocktail Recipes

Thursday, May 26, 2016
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Memorial Day is just around the corner, and luckily for many, the celebration lasts not only one day, but the entire long weekend. Whether you’re planning on hosting a grand get-together with family and friends, or just keeping it low-key and relaxing by the beach, be sure to toast to the holiday with a refreshing cocktail. Here, we share a selection of easy DIY drink recipes that are as flavorful as they are fabulous-looking. Cheers!

1) Star Spangled Sangria (photo on left)
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 (10 ounce) bottle club soda
1 (750 milliliter) bottle of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Pinot Grigio
1 lemon, sliced
Star fruit, strawberries, blueberries and mint leaves for garnish

Dissolve sugar in the lemon juice in a large pitcher, add club soda, Pinot Grigio, lemon slices and mix well (Note: do not add ice cubes until ready to serve or it will dilute the sangria). Pour into glasses and garnish with star fruit, strawberries, blueberries and/or mint leaves for a festive touch!

2) Moscato-Watermelon Smash
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi

Moscato-Watermelon Smash

3 pounds seedless watermelon, peeled and cubed, plus 1/2 pound watermelon reserved for garnish

1/4 cup mint leaves, plus several leaves for garnish
Juice of four limes (about 8 tbsp)
1 bottle of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Moscato
5 ounces vodka
Simple syrup to taste (depending on how sweet your watermelon is, you may not need it at all)

Add watermelon, mint and lime juice to a blender and puree. Strain into a pitcher. Stir in the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Moscato and vodka. Taste. Sweeten with simple syrup to taste. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Stir again, then pour the cocktail into drinking glasses filled with ice and garnish with skewered watermelon.

3) Cool Melon-Mint
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi

3) Cool Melon-MintWoodbridge by Robert Mondavi

1/2 honeydew melon, cut into small cubes
1/4 cup elderflower cordial
3/4 cup Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Moscato, chilled
1 cup crushed ice
Seltzer water, to finish and to taste
Fresh mint, for garnish

In a food processor or blender, combine melon cubes and elderflower cordial. Process or blend until pureed smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Add the Moscato and ice; process or blend until fully smooth. Finish by adding seltzer water to taste. Garnish with fresh mint or melon wedges. Rim serving glasses with ginger sugar if desired.

4) Sparkling Raspberry

4) Sparkling Raspberry

1 bottle Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
1/8 cup Sugar
1/8 cup Lemon Sugar
1/2 tablespoon Lemon Rind, Grated
1 cup Mashed Raspberries

Combine sugar and juice in a small saucepan, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon rind and ½ cup of mashed raspberries. Combine mixture and Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore in pitcher. Sprinkle remaining lemon rind raspberries among the glasses.


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5) Summer Pinot Punch

4 parts Pinot Grigio
1/2 part Dry Curacao
3 parts Sparkling Ice Peach Nectarine

Combine over plenty of ice and fresh cut peaches, diced honeydew and a handful of frozen raspberries in a pitcher. Garnish glasses with fruit.





6) Spiked Strawberry Slushie

6) Spiked Strawberry Slushie

3 cups strawberries
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 sprig of fresh mint]
Ice cubes
1 tablespoon sugar
1 bottle Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore

Stir lemon juice and 1/2 Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore together, set aside. Combine ice cubes, mint, sugar and strawberries in blender, blend on high until smooth. Pour in lemon and Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore mixture and blend on medium until smooth. Distribute mixture and top each glass with remaining Prosecco. Garnish with strawberry.
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7) Summer Thyme

1 1/2 parts Aperol
1 1/2 parts Gin
1 dash of Angostura Bitters
1 part Sparkling Ice Pink Grapefruit
Thyme rub

Shake Aperol & Gin with ice and pour into chilled martini glass that has been rubbed with Thyme sprig. Top with Pink Grapefruit Sparkling Ice. Garnish with thyme sprig and you’re all set!

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