Memorial Day Cocktails: Pour One Out For Fallen Heroes

You’re not as courageous as the men and women who came before you and laid down their lives for our freedom. I’m not, either. So, we honor them by coming together on Memorial Day and celebrating that freedom with parties, parades, and barbecues.

When you raise a glass to toast the courage of our fore-bearers, a beer works. A little bourbon on an ice cube works. There’s nothing wrong with that. But, since no gesture of freedom should go unnoticed on Memorial Day, you can show a little flare and step outside the box by trying a new cocktails or two.

We’ve asked around and compiled three recipes you can try out and share with your guests when the time comes to toast the courage we aspire to share.

Enjoy responsibly.



  • 2 oz. Crystal Head Vodka
  • 1⁄2 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1⁄2 oz. olive brine
  • 2 olives

Preparation: Add Crystal Head and dry vermouth into a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Add olive brine. GARNISH: Depending on your preference, place either a lemon twist or a skewer of your choice of olives (stuffed or regular).

Templeton Lemonade


  • 2 oz. Templeton Rye Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec
  • Fresh lemonade
  • Splash lemon lime soda

Preparation: In a pint glass, squeeze juice from and add half lemon and spirits. Next, add ice, fresh lemonade and a splash of lemon lime soda. Cover with mixing tin and shake once to incorporate.



  • 2 oz. Casa Noble Reposado
  • Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 1⁄2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • Splash of Fizz

Simply blend and pour ingredients over ice.