Make sure to spice up your Memorial Day cookouts with these three easy cocktail recipes.
1. The Pimm's Cup
This classic cocktail recipe by Valet is easy to make and will provide a refreshing addition to your party. Unlike a lot of other warm weather drinks, this one didn't originate in some sunny, tropical locale—it actually hails from England, which makes sense. Cool and crisp, with a citrusy, herbaceous tang and served over tinkling cubes of ice, this gentlemanly elixir is as restrained as it is refreshing. The tea-hued gin-based liquor Pimm's No. 1 Cup is the foundation of the eponymous cocktail. It was invented in the 1840s by James Pimm, the owner of a London oyster bar, who marketed it as a health tonic. And well, if you need something to revive you on a hot summer afternoon, this sweetly spiced, low-alcohol tipple will cure what ails you. The recipe includes Pimm's No. 1, ginger ale (or sparkling lemonade), a slice of cucumber, a slice of citrus and a sprig of mint. See the full recipe here.
2. The Ultimate Margarita
This one's for whenever you want a reminder of your holiday in Mexico. A commonly accepted origin story of the Margarita is that it was invented in 1941 in Mexico when Margarita Henkel, the daughter of the then German ambassador visited the cantina and Don Carlos (the bartender) who had been experimenting with drinks offered her one. As she was the first to try the drink, Don Carlos decided to name it after her and the "Margarita" was born. This recipe was found at AskMen.com and includes tequila, triple sec, and lemon juice. You can watch a video tutorial here.
3. The Classic Martini
Last, but not least, we have the Martini. The most argued about cocktail in the history of drinking. Stir or shake? Vermouth or none? Glass or metal tin? The Martini is THE drink that signifies nightlife and cocktails in general. When someone needs to use one image to symbolize drinking, more often than not, it’s the Martini. That sexy glass, clear liquor, green olive with red pimento. The recipe include gin and vermouth, but has many variations. The full recipe can be found at The Art of Manliness here.