The 2021 Ultimate Memorial Day Guide You’ll Be Sure To Enjoy

Memorial Day is the perfect time to kickoff the summer with the first warm weather party of the year. If you’re gearing up to celebrate by hosting a patriotic fête, here are the best cocktails to serve, food and all the essentials needed.

The traditions of your Memorial Day barbecues may be tried and true, but as we are getting on the other side of this pandemic, they’re bound to look a bit different this year. At least, they should as restrictions ease.

With that in mind, here’s how you can enjoy the unofficial start of summer.

SUMMER ESSENTIALS

Grill Master Crate

There’s a line that separates the amateurs from the professionals. It’s certainly in the training and the experience, but folks often forget about the importance of your equipment. Just like you can’t win a NASCAR Cup in your grocery-getter, can’t crush a golf ball into orbit without a high-end driver, and aren’t going to take a trophy buck without a zeroed-in tack-driver, your grilling game will never go next level without the right gear. You gotta have the right tools for the job.

Fortunately, you don’t need to shell out a mountain of cash to get the equipment you need to get you to grilling nirvana.

The Grill Master Man Crate includes a cast-iron smoker box and some hickory wood chips to get you started. Set the smoker box on the grill as it warms up, soak the hickory in some water, and drop ’em into the box as your meat grills. Take note, men: real flavor shouldn’t come from a bottled labeled “liquid smoke.”

BBQGuys Spiceology Rubs

If you enjoy grilling as much as I do, you go through more BBQ rubs and spices than you can remember. But we will never forget the first time we tried a Spiceology blend, which is why we just had to partner with our friends to create BBQGuys Signature x Spiceology Rubs & Spices. With the help of our seasoning-savvy friends, we developed a line of 7 co-branded BBQ rubs; 3 for regional BBQ flavors, 3 for flavoring popular proteins, and 1 limited-edition blend that will turn a few heads the next time you feel a little spicy behind the grill.

They say variety is the spice of life, but we think any of these BBQGuys x Spiceology Rubs & Spices will get the job done just fine! Each blend comes in a 16-oz bottle with 2 flip-top sides; one with 3 holes, and the other with a single hole.

HUROM Citrus Juicer

From mimosas for a boozy brunch to margaritas for your next happy hour, the HUROM Citrus Juicer is the perfect appliance to help create endless refreshing drinks this summer! Its one-size-fits-all design yields the maximum amount of juice (leaving the rind completely empty!).

Even better? This compact juicer comes in silver, pink or pastel blue to match every kitchen!

O3waterworks

O3waterworks’ Sanitizing Spray Bottle, typically priced at $199 will be offered at a reduced retail price of $149.25 — a total of 25% off from 5/10–5/31 using the code MDW25. The Sanitizing Spray Bottle is an on-demand sanitizer that turns everyday tap water into a non-toxic, chlorine free & alcohol-free cleaner and deodorizer — perfect for cleaning molds and mildew off of outdoor furniture and pool floats. The planet & kid friendly Sanitizing Spray Bottle eliminates 99.9% of bacteria and viruses within 30 seconds.

Lasko Slumber Breeze

Alleviate restless nights and promote better sleep for children, parents, and even the baby this summer with the Slumber Breeze from Lasko. Sounds from neighbors, traffic, even TV in another room can disturb your sleep. With this fan and white noise machine, tune out unwanted noises for a soothing and comfortable environment that promotes better sleep.

The Slumber Breeze™ 2-in-1 Personal Fan and White Noise machine allows you to customize your personal space so you can focus and relax. Dial in the sound profile that’s right for you from the 5 white noise frequency settings and select your perfect cooling level from the fan’s 2 speeds. Best of all, the fan and white noise machine work independently, so you can customize your comfort as the seasons change.

Super Coffee

Super Coffee’s Summer Bundles will be 20% off + expedited shipping from 5/26–5/31 with no promo code needed including grounds, cold brew, espresso, RTD and creamer in a variety of indulgent flavors. Perfect for an on-the-go pick me up, a pool party refresher or a beach day treat, these delicious, good-for-you enhanced coffee products are fortified with antioxidants and MCT-oil to give you all-day-sustained energy with no crash and are naturally sweetened by monk fruit to give you the indulgence you want, without the sugar you don’t.

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky

A classic snack with bold flavor. Lean cuts of 100% premium meat, marinated with a blend of Old World spices and slow cooked until it tastes like magic. Available in Original, Peppered, Teriyaki, Jalapeno, Wild Heat and Zero Sugar.

Jack Link’s Extra Thick Cut Steak Strips

Enjoy steak like never before. Tender, high-quality bites made with 100% top round steak, rubbed with a blend of spices and hardwood smoked over a blend of hickory and applewood o serve up filet-level flavor on-the-go.

Limited Edition Cape Cod Summer Potato Chips

Starting now, you can find the Limited Edition flavor at select retailers nationwide including Ahold, Publix and Harris Teeter, available only during Summer 2021, while supplies last

Tipsy Scoop

Atlantis Paradise Island, the world’s most remarkable resort destination located in The Bahamas and Tipsy Scoop have teamed up to create a Guava Lime Cocktail Ice Cream in time for summer. This limited-edition flavor features a coconut ice cream base infused with rum and guava, flavors deeply embedded in the culture and history of The Bahamas. Travelers will taste a piece of paradise when they enjoy the ice cream.

It will be available at both Tipsy Scoop locations in NYC including Manhattan and Brooklyn from May 6th to May 27th, with free scoops being given out from May 6th to May 13th( (while supplies last) as well as one three-night trip to paradise to one lucky winner. Tipsy Scoop is accepting pre-orders that can be shipped nationally for everyone in the U.S. to be able to enjoy here.

Wildgood

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend and become a hit at your next BBQ get-together with Wildgood, a new vegan ice cream and first non-dairy frozen dessert made with extra virgin olive oil. Made for ice cream lovers by Greek artisanal ice cream maker Sotiris Tsichlopoulos, Wildgood is creamy and decadent yet surprisingly lower in calories and saturated fat.

Wildgood is guaranteed to step up your BBQ game, ensuring everyone has a sweet that they can enjoy and indulge in regardless of whether they are a dairy-lover, lactose intolerant, or vegan. Wildgood is available in 8 flavors with options for all kinds of tastebuds including: Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Coffee, Mango, Pistachio, Chocolate Hazelnut, Sea Salt Caramel and Mint Chocolate Chip.

Echo Dot

Echo Dot brings the most popular smart speaker with Alexa in a sleek, compact design — perfect for a summer rental or first apartment! With voice control, it’s easier than ever for millennials to stream songs and multitask while working from home — plus they can use Alexa to give them calendar updates, set up reminders and keep them on track throughout the day.

Fire HD 10 Plus tablet

Available on May 26 and for pre-order now

The all-new Fire HD 10 Plus is our most powerful 10-inch tablet yet, packed with all the features of Fire HD 10 plus 4GB RAM, wireless charging, and a soft touch finish and is a great accessory for relaxing and unwinding this summer. Other features you can enjoy include: checking emails, watch shows, and set calendar reminders using apps like Office, Outlook, OneNote, Microsoft Teams, Notepad, and Dropbox.

FASHION ESSENTIALS

Spirit Jersey Ready-to-Wear and Coca-Cola 1971 Unity Collection

The Spirit Jersey Ready-to-Wear and Coca-Cola 1971 Unity Collection features 6 limited-edition pieces — inclusive of the iconic Spirit Jersey silhouette and specially tie-dyed sweatpants. Known for their incredible design techniques, Spirit Jersey also weaves their signature puff-ink, color-blocking, and screen prints into the capsule. The epitome of the line is a tie-dyed zip-up hoodie puff-printed with an “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke®” graphic — and is exclusive to the Spirit Jersey Ready-to-Wear website. All pieces in the collection are made in the U.S.A. with U.S.A. milled cotton.

della terra

della terra is the new footwear brand brought to you by Emily Landsman, tenured shoe designer from household names including DVF, Alice and Olivia, Clarks, Vince and many more.

Emily’s goal was to create real shoes for real people, combining comfort with style in a sustainable manner. While fighting Covid early in the pandemic, Emily had the time to realize what both her closet and the industry were missing, sustainability. Emily’s desire for sustainability led her to create a brand with the mission of always improving itself to do better. In addition to her values of sustainability and creating a green brand, Landsman believes in equity, which is the catalyst behind her footwear line.

della terra is sustainable, inclusive and accessible. Using vegan and recycled materials, della terra has set out to create a line of seasonless fashion staples, reducing waste. della terra is PETA approved and working with One Tree Planted, which will plant one tree for every pair of shoes sold.

BLVD Low Sneaker in Gray Suede

Up your game in the new Wolverine BLVD Low Sneaker. Sneakers are the workhorses of our wardrobes. Why shouldn’t they be as well-made and durable as our boots? Our new BLVD low tops are a fresh spin on everything Wolverine has learned over 135+ years. Simple, clean lines. Made-to-last craftsmanship.

DEVIL-DOG Dungarees

Traditional blue jeans will always be a staple in your closet, and DEVIL-DOG Dungarees has the best quality jeans at affordable prices. The brand’s athletic, straight, slim, slim-straight, and boot cut are all equally as popular. Whether they are a part of your everyday work uniform or a casual date night, you’re sure to find the perfect pair from DEVIL-DOG’s bestsellers.

All DEVIL-DOG styles feature performance-enhancing materials carefully selected for each fit. Styles come in at an affordable price of $79 and available at devil-dog.com and nordstrom.com.

eyebobs

Named after something we heard shouted at the senior center over a game of checkers, these frames tweak a classic shape by adding a flat, high brow accent to a traditional square shape. We calls it like we sees it, and these frames are pure Flummery.

TRAVEL

INNSiDE by Meliá New York Nomad

Focusing on sustainability, holistic leisure, music and culture, the property embraces the local burgeoning Nomad area and creates an environment where guests can work remotely, workout, dine, rest and play. The property is home to spacious guest rooms, which boast bright, stylish and contemporary interiors with select rooms offering terraces and views of the Midtown skyline, Freedom Tower or downtown Manhattan skyline.

Centrally located on West 27th Street, the property invites locals to be a tourist in their own city. Its privileged location in the heart of Manhattan allows guests easy access to the city’s major tourist & cultural attractions and unique shopping areas.

Updated safety measures & protocols through the implementation of Stay Safe with Meliá guidelines in compliance with Bureau Veritas, an industry leader in inspection, certification, and testing.

Shinola Hotel

Brought to Detroit in 2018 by two local companies — Shinola and Bedrock — Shinola Hotel is a luxury retreat standing eight stories tall in Detroit’s historic Woodward Shopping District. Shinola Hotel boasts 129 rooms, numerous event spaces, and six food and beverage concepts from award-winning chef, Andrew Carmellini, including upscale Italian restaurant, San Morello; beer hall, The Brakeman; and fried chicken spot, Penny Red’s. The hyper-local design is visible throughout the hotel — from mini bars stocked with local products, to custom designed Detroit wallpaper, to ceramic wall tiles and millwork crafted by local vendors.

The property marries two restored buildings — the old T.B. Rayl & Co. sporting goods and hardware store and a former Singer sewing-machine store — with three brand new buildings modeled after downtown Detroit’s historic architecture.

Shinola Hotel conducts temperature checks as guests walk through the front door and the staff is tested for COVID-19 weekly. Additionally, since Michigan has led a successful distribution of the vaccination and has prioritized hospitality workers, a majority of the hotel and restaurant staff are vaccinated already. During guests’ stay, housekeeping does not enter the rooms, but a thorough cleaning is done once the guests depart.

Flamingo Resort

As California opens up and moves to the less restrictive orange tier, the iconic mid-century Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa, CA is excited to announce its official debut this June 2021 following a comprehensive resort-wide renovation, that includes a transformed lobby and new arrival experience, redesigned guest rooms, Lazeaway Club indoor-outdoor restaurant and transformative guest programming.

Part of the SPOKEN brand by Sonoma-based hotel management company Point Hospitality, the iconic 170-room resort provides convenient access to a variety of parks, nature trails and Sonoma Wine Country with more than 200 wineries. The resort’s immersive wellbeing and outdoor experiences include yoga, meditation, breathwork, sound healing, Wim Hof inspired breathwork experiences and the Flamingo’s Bird Bath signature cold water bucket experience — an age-old tradition and hydrotherapy treatment.

The integration of art throughout the hotel consists of commissioned art pieces including a multi-ethnic, provocative lobby wall mural by Serge Gay Jr., a HYBYCOZO pendant chandelier in the entry foyer of the meeting spaces, HYBYCOZO outdoor garden sculpture, and a stunning rope sculpture by artist Windy Chien.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa recently announcedthe return of entertainment with its lineup of comedic talent set to perform on the Borgata Comedy Club stage at The Music Box, following months of closure amid the pandemic. In accordance with current guidelines, Borgata Comedy Club opened its doors to loyal fans of Atlantic City’s leading comedy venue on Thursday, May 20.

Each show will feature three back-to-back headline performances by some of the most renowned comics on the circuit…bringing hardcore humor first, followed by laughter-filled tears. The intimate 1,000-seat theater is equipped with premier sound and lighting in a comfortable setting. Doors for each show will open at 8 p.m. with performances slated for 9 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at theborgata.com or by visiting The Borgata Box Office Thursday through Monday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Club Med Sandpiper Bay

Just the ticket to a warm weather all-inclusive spring break — sans passport — the family friendly all-inclusive resort is ideally located between Miami and Orlando and spread across 50+ acres, offering guests plenty of room to roam. Adults can relax by the adults-exclusive pool, on the beach situated alongside the St. Lucie River, or at the new Club Med Spa by Sothys, while little ones can enjoy time at the children’s clubs with unlimited land and water activities, like kayaking, paddle boarding, and the flying trapeze.

Cruisers looking for an alternate option may find the resort quite appealing — from unlimited gourmet F&B options (vs. pricier F&B cruise packages) to included land and water sports (vs. limited on-board and off-site activity options) — making a spring trip even more enjoyable.

To ensure added flexibility and peace of mind for travelers, Club Med also offers: a free cancellation policy, offering guests a full refund should they need to cancel their stay (up to 15 days prior to the anticipated travel date) for stays on or prior to December 16, 2021; emergency assistance program, where all guests traveling before December 31, 2022 will receive coverage for emergency medical expenses during their stay, including those related to COVID-19; and Safe Together protocols, enhanced hygiene and safety measures, implemented in all of the brand’s resorts as they reopen, including those in Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa

Families traveling over spring break will find no shortage of safe activities for kids of all ages at the recently opened (July 2020) JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek. The Disney World-adjacent luxury resort just unveiled its new Family by JW programming, with events like fairy-themed story time, scavenger hunts and a spring break BBQ, plus — for the adults — floral and immune-boosting cocktails through its “Bloom and Booze” program and flower and succulent bouquet making classes.

Aside from this, the resort boasts the Kids Conservatory Lounge with games and virtual reality headsets, and the Hidden Garden Kids Club that offers daily crafts for more hands-on fun.

Families can spend time together enjoying everything else the resort has to offer, from the outdoor pool with swanky cabanas to the rooftop miniature golf course and rock-climbing wall. Parents can sneak away for some “us time” at the 10,000 square foot spa, with treatments unique to the resort, or the onsite upscale steakhouse Sear + Sea.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour

Between the incomparable beaches and diverse arts scene, Miami is ideal for family-friendly getaways. Located on a secluded peninsula in north Miami Beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour makes use of it’s adjacent attractions with the Unscripted Bal Harbour program, a rotating collection of art installations along Bal Harbour Beach.

The hotel also offers guests access to Miami’s premier art collections with an Art Unscripted Museum Access Pass, providing complimentary admission to institutions including the Rubell Museum, the Lowe Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, the MDC Museum of Art + Design and more.
The hotel’s Ritz Kids program offers even more ways to play with a special kids dining and pool menu, kid-focused welcome amenities and a Ritz Kids welcome treat with and more.

West Bay Beach

West Bay Beach, a Delamar Resort, offers families fun and relaxation on the West Bay of Lake Michigan in Traverse City, MI. Upon arrival, kids will enjoy complimentary milk and cookies, while parents share an in-room bottle of wine.

Guests are invited to enjoy the indoor pool or be adventurous and take a dip in the 95° outdoor pool. Families are encouraged to relax and unwind on a much needed spring break getaway, while telling stories and sharing laughs by the warmth of the fire pit.

Collective Hill Country

Collective Retreats, the transformative outdoor luxury hospitality company, has reopened Collective Hill Country, a Retreat at Montesino Ranch in Wimberly, Texas for the 2020–2021 season. The retreat will provide a luxury, outdoor multi-seasonal getaway with brand new experiential culinary packages helmed by the retreat’s new Executive Chef Ezra.

The new offerings are designed for couples, families, small groups booking celebratory occasions, corporate meetings and events.

In response to the global pandemic, Collective Retreats has implemented new safety and cleaning measures across all retreats following CDC and state guidelines. Engineered to be socially distanced by design, Collective Retreats provides an open air layout, removing the fear of recirculated air from HVAC systems or enclosed spaces like elevators and hallways.

Delta Hotels by Marriott Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites

Delta Hotels by Marriott Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites, an all-suite, 295-room property, opened in March on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. The nine-story hotel focuses on delivering the fundamentals of a good travel experience and features a clean aesthetic and a modern take on comfort. Guests will be able to enjoy spacious, efficiently designed one- and two-bedroom suites, a signature restaurant with an expansive outdoor patio, robust meeting and event capabilities, and lifestyle amenities such as a Bayfront pool, private beach and watersport rentals.

The Delta Hotels by Marriott brand is rooted in simplicity and focused on perfecting the small details that make all the difference during travel. Thoughtful design, a full-service fitness center, on-site Grab + Go market and a fully-stocked Delta Pantry for Marriott Bonvoy Elite members are just a few of the elements that bring this brand promise to life.

Sea Island

Located on the southeastern coast of Georgia, Sea Island is a true paradise for families. The Forbes Five-Star resort, surrounded by five miles of private beach on the East and the largest salt marsh on the eastern seaboard on the West, offers a range of engaging outdoor experiences family members of all ages will enjoy together.

Rent bikes or a golf cart and explore the island, go on a family sea turtle patrol with the on-site naturalist, charter a family fishing trip, embark on a salt marsh kayaking adventure, play a round of golf at one of the three championship golf courses, ride horses on the beach or just relax by the pool.

The resort has also introduced a “Cloister Curriculum” for kids, which combines virtual learning and hands-on coastal experiences. Families can enjoy luxurious accommodations at The Cloister at Sea Island (rates from $395/night), which overlooks the Southern salt marshes and is just steps from nearly every activity at the resort. For a more spacious and private option, Sea Island also has approximately 150 Cottages for rent, with an array of bedrooms and sizes to best fit each family’s needs.

Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort

Windjammer offers a series of new diving excursions for all ages in partnership with The Perry Institute for Marine Science and Eastern Caribbean Diving. Each of the diving packages created in collaboration with the Perry Institute will not only have marine education at their heart, but a 10% donation from all courses booked will go directly to the Perry Institute, to support their programs on St. Lucia.

For the whole family to enjoy, The Family Diving Package includes three days of diving, with the flexibility for each family to choose their favourites, from reef dives, drift dives and wreck dives, emphasizing fun, education and adventure.

Designed around coral reef restoration and rejuvenation efforts The Environmental Package was created for divers looking to become actively involved in coral restoration diving. Learn more about the corals, their importance, and the threats they face with dives to existing coral mitigation sites, hands on experience of maintaining a coral nursery and out-planting nursery reared corals. In addition to each package, a Lionfish Experience is also available, which includes the diving, hunting, cleaning, and cooking of lionfish, an invasive species.

Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Cancun

Situated in Costa Mujeres, a charming, pristine peninsula just north of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, Planet Hollywood invites travelers to Vacation Like a Star™ in one of Mexico’s most beautiful beachfront locations, surrounded by aquamarine waters and mangroves sprawling with native flora and fauna.

In addition to unparalleled location and plenty of room to socially distance, the 898-luxury suite resort features 11 world-class restaurants, PH Spa & Beauty Bar and PUMPED fitness center — plus entertainment-themed experiences and authentic Hollywood memorabilia from 40 cult classics, including Paul Walker’s lime green ’95 Mitsubishi Eclipse from “The Fast and the Furious.

A curated list of excursions, PH Experiences encourage guests to discover the wonders of the famed Quintana Roo while the resort’s PH Attractions set the stage for fun and adventure on-site — including four swimming pools, a lazy river, Shipwreck Cove and Jurassic Splash Park, FlowRider® surf simulator, Labyrinth, a mini-golf course and the first-of-its-kind Planet Play Adventure Park, home to a trampoline zone, VR experience, golf simulator, basketball court and arcade.

As the newest part of Planet Hollywood’s Safety Assured Vacation protocols, COVID-19 testing is being offered in addition to Planet Hollywood’s All-In Medical Assistance. In partnership with MAS Servicios, all guests arriving from the US can now benefit from an extended medical assistance coverage to cover the cost of any accidents or illness, including COVID-19 related medical needs while on vacation.

Southampton Inn

Plan a festive long weekend at the Southampton Inn. Claude’s Restaurant has extended services from their cafe tables to the inn’s ballroom for distanced dining. A splendid a la carte menu will be featured along with some holiday specials. Breakfast begins at 7 am and runs to 10 am; and brunch is from 10 am to 3 pm. An outdoor dining option in the courtyard is weather permitting. Reservations are suggested for this popular date.

Pets are welcome in the limited number of pet friendly rooms ($49* per night). Elegant accommodations feature 90 guest suites. In every room, the décor is highlighted, as well as individual temperature control, sparkling tiled bathrooms, refrigerators, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The beautiful grounds consist of several acres of manicured lawns and gardens. Amenities on the property include a 50-foot heated outdoor pool (open in season), all-weather tennis court, a game room for all ages, croquet space, and board games like Connect Four and Jenga.

Las Brisas Acapulco

As international travel continues to reopen, Las Brisas Acapulco is easing the minds of travelers that might be anxious to add more stamps to their passports. The legendary hotel, known for its iconic clientele and renowned service, is located on the Mexican Pacific coast, and set against the lush hillside high above Acapulco Bay, making it the perfect getaway for guests who are looking for a little bit more seclusion during their upcoming vacations.

Guests can book a private casita, an independently built accommodation with its own private pool, allowing maximum social distancing to enjoy a much-needed getaway. The best part: visitors don’t have to sacrifice affordability for privacy and peace of mind. Rates for a private pool casita start as low as $150 USD per night.

Guests can also venture out and exploring the resort’s grounds by renting one of the famous private pink and white jeeps for easy transportation throughout the property. Additionally, guests can charter a 39-foot luxury catamaran out on the bay to watch the La Quebrada Cliff Divers perform.

Las Brisas Acapulco is also a foodie’s paradise with three different restaurants on property to choose from, offering a wide variety of world-class cuisine. Bellavista Restaurant, La Concha Restaurant, and El Tulipan each provide outdoor seating so you can enjoy gourmet meals with stunning views, and for guests looking for a spot to sip on a signature cocktail while watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean or enjoying live music, they can head over to the Sunset Bar.

Flexon

Saddle up for the road with Flexon, the made-to-last, technically superior eyewear brand that has eyewear solutions for all your adventures. The Flexon Black Collection offers a variety frames that will get you through the day without slippage or breakage, perfect to last through any vacation or work trip.

COCKTAILS, WINES & MORE

CÎROC CITRUS SUNRISE

An elegant, summery cocktail with flavors of citrus and a tart finish.

Ingredients

1.5 oz CÎROC Summer Citrus

3 oz Orange juice

1 oz Cranberry juice or Pomegranate juice

Glass: Highball or Rocks

Garnish: Orange Wedge

Method

Add the CÎROC Summer Citrus and orange juice into a highball or rocks glass filled with ice. Top off with Cranberry juice or Pomegranate juice and garnish.

Buchanan’s Pineapple Smash

Ingredients

1.5 oz Buchanan’s 12-Year-Old DeLuxe Blended Scotch Whisky

.25-inch wedge grilled pineapple

4 mint leaves

.5 oz simple syrup

1 oz aquafaba

.5 oz fresh lemon juice

.25 oz lime juice

3 dashes of orange bitters

Method

Place grilled pineapple, mint leaves, and simple syrup in a tumbler and lightly press with a muddler.

Leave the muddler in the tumbler and add Buchanan’s, pouring it over the muddler to rinse it off.

Add aquafaba, lemon juice, lime juice, and orange bitters.

Shake dry (no ice).

Once foamy, add ice and shake again for 10 seconds.

Serve in a coupe glass. Garnish with a dehydrated lime wheel.

AQUADISIAC

Ingredients

1.5 oz PATRÓN Silver

1 oz blue curacao

.75 oz lime juice

3 oz Tropical Red Bull

2 cups of ice

Method

Combine all ingredients into a blender with ice. Blend until smooth. Garnish with pineapple wedge.

BACARDÍ Life’s a Beach

Ingredients

1 ½ oz. BACARDÍ Añejo Cuatro Rum

3/4 oz Reàl® passion fruit puree-infused syrup

¾ oz. lime juice

1 ½ oz. coconut water

Method

Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain into a highball glass over cubed ice. Garnish with a pineapple leaf and/or pineapple wedge.

818 Margarita

Ingredients

1.5 oz. 818 Tequila Blanco

1 oz. Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge

.75 oz. fresh lime juice

Agave Syrup

Lime Wedge & Salt for the rim

Method

Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass and dip and turn it in the salt

Add tequila, agave syrup, lime juice, Grand Marnier and a few cubes of ice to cocktail shaker

Shake for about 10 seconds until combined and pour into your glass

Captain Morgan Apple Crisp

Ingredients

1oz Captain Morgan Sliced Apple

.5oz Lemon Juice

Lemon Wedge for Garnish

Method

Pour Captain Morgan Sliced Apple and lemon juice into a shaker over ice. 2. Shake and pour into a shot glass.

Jose Cuervo Paloma Picante

Ingredients

2 oz. Jose Cuervo Tradicional Tequila Plata

6 oz. grapefruit soda

Squeeze of lime

Chili salt for the rim & garnish with grapefruit wedge

Method

Run a grapefruit wedge around the rim of a highball glass and dip it into chili salt. Place ice in the highball glass and add the ingredients. Stir and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

Cherry on Top

Ingredients

2 parts SVEDKA Cherry Limeade

4 parts Limeade

1/2 part Grenadine

2 Lime Wedges

2 Maraschino Cherries

Method

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and stir. Add crushed ice, squeeze lime juice and garnish with limes and cherries.

Partida Anejo Cristalino Martini

Ingredients

2 oz Partida Añejo Cristalino

.75 oz Sweet White Vermouth ¾ oz

.25 oz Lemon Juice

2 dashes Orange Bitters

Method

Shake all ingredients in a shaker and double strain over chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Grace Martini

Ingredients

2 oz Grace O’Malley Heather Infused Irish Gin

1 oz Sweet White Vermouth

Optional: 4 dashes of Olive Bitters

1 tsp olive brine (from the olive jar)

Method

Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes and add the ingredients. Stir on ice, then strain into a coupe or martini glass. Add the olive. Tip: chill the glass in the freezer before serving

Busk & Soda

Ingredients

1 oz The Busker

2 oz Q Mixers Club Soda

Lemon wheel

Method

Fill a highball glass with ice, pour The Busker Irish Whiskey and top up with soda. Stir and garnish with lemon wheel.

The Whitney by Hennessy V.S.O.P

Traditional. Classic. Sweet. For the perfectionist who almost always plays by the rules.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège

0.5 oz Simple Syrup

0.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

1 Top with Sparkling Wine or Champagne

1 Lemon Twist

Methods

Build directly in a flute glass. Top with champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

The ‘Perfect Serve’ Recipe

Ingredients

Ice cubes

Aperol

Prosecco

Soda, served from syphon or chilled bottle

Slice of orange

Method

In a glass full of ice, combine Prosecco followed by Aperol in equal parts. Add a splash of soda and garnish with an orange slice.

STRAWBERRY BASIL SMASH

Ingredients

1 ½ oz ABERFELDY 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

3–5 strawberries

3 basil leaves

¾ oz lemon juice

½ oz simple syrup

Method

Shake all ingredients, pour over fresh ice and rock glass. Garnish with a strawberry and basil leaf.

Tommy’s 89 Margarita by Tequila Enemigo

Ingredients

2oz Tequila Enemigo 89 Añejo Cristalino

1.5oz Lime juice

1/2oz Honey / Agave Syrup

Method

Shake all ingredients over ice and serve.

Pinnacle Light & Ripe Guava Lime Mojito

Ingredients

5 parts Pinnacle Guava Lime

2 Lime Wedges

.25 oz (1/2 Tbsp) Honey

5–6 Mint Leaves

Soda water

Method

Combine mint, lime wedges, and honey into a tall cocktail glass and gently muddle. Add Pinnacle Light & Ripe Guava Lime, ice and stir to combine. Top with soda water and garnish with a mint sprig.

Boulevardier

Ingredients

0.75 parts Campari

0.75 parts 1757 Vermouth di Torino Rosso

1.5 parts Russell’s Reserve 10-Year-Old Bourbon

Orange slice, for garnish

Method

Combine Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old Bourbon, 1757 Vermouth di Torino and Campari in a glass, stir until combined. Pour over large ice cube, garnish with orange slide and enjoy!

The Botanist & Tonic

Ingredients

2oz The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

4oz Tonic

Method

Add ingredients into a highball glass and garnish with lime, thyme or mint. Enjoy!

Garden Basil Margarita

Ingredients

1 oz Cointreau

2 oz Reposado Tequila

1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

3 Leaves Basil

1 oz Sparkling Apple Cider

Method

Add Cointreau, tequila, lime, and basil to a shaker. Add ice and shake. Fine strain into rocks glass over a large rock. Finish with sparkling apple cider. Garnish with basil.

Forbidden Cooler

Ingredients

2 oz Mount Gay Black Barrel

0.5 oz Falernum

1.5 oz Pink/Ruby Fresh Grapefruit Juice

Splash of Soda

Pink Grapefruit wedge

Method

Add all ingredients into a highball glass and stir with a bar spoon. Add a splash of sparkling water and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

DeLeón Blanco Peach Mango Margarita

Ingredients

1 ½ oz — DeLeón Blanco Tequila

1 oz — Peach Puree

½ oz — Mango Puree

½ oz — Fresh Lime Juice

½ oz — Fresh Lemon Juice

¾ oz — Agave Nectar Syrup

Method

Rim rocks glass and fill with ice. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into ice filled rimmed glass. Garnish with lime wheel and fresh peach slice.

Mantuano Summer Time Cocktail

Ingredients

1.5 oz Diplomático Mantuano

1 oz Pineapple Juice

Honey

Ginger Ale

Cherries and Mint Leaves — Garnish

Method

Add all ingredients, except the ginger ale, to a shaker with ice, mix and strain over a highball glass.

Top with ginger ale and garnish with cherry and mint leave

Ecco Domani

With light citrus and delicate floral aromas, tropical fruit flavors, and a crisp, refreshing finish, Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio is perfect for enjoying with a variety of foods from light pastas, poultry, and fish or simply on its own.

Everbloom Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Spring in a bottle, this wine was inspired by the floral-styled Sauvignon Blancs made in the Loire Valley, France. Sourced from organic grapes in the Napa Valley and harvested earlier in the season, this wine is crisp, mineral driven, and stays true to the storied soils from which it comes.

Earl Stevens Mangoscato | E-40 Wine

The sweet aroma of mango jumps out of the glass with this wine; even served over ice, the subtle aromas of citrus and apple show up, with a lightly sweet but crisp and refreshing taste. The flavors of ripe mango and other fruit play gently on the palate, and with an 18% alcohol content, this wine packs a strong finish.

Earl Stevens Chardonnay | E-40 Wine

White-flower, lime-blossom, apple-flesh and light toast aromas show on the clean nose of this bottling. It’s soft and smooth on the palate, where peach, lemon-cream and light butter flavors lead into a riper finish.

Handley Cellars 2015 BLANC DE BLANCS, ESTATE VINEYARD ANDERSON VALLEY

Produced from 100% Chardonnay, this lively sparkling is light and crisp on the palate, with bright citrus and tropical fruit notes effusing from fine, persistent bubbles with more traditional notes of yeasty brioche on the finish.

Young Leon Frizzante Rosé 2019

This wine was inspired by Leon Brendel, an innovator in Napa Valley. In the early 1950s, he started making rosé, a wine that was not common at the time in Napa Valley. On the contrary to popularity and demand, he continued making the wines and did it well. This sparkling rosé is a tribute to him, made with organic grapes, and a hint of rebellion.

Elouan Wines Rosé

Salmon color in the glass, experience aromas of peach, pear, white plum, and honeysuckle followed by notes of cherry blossom and fresh roses. Find vibrant flavors of fresh strawberry and very ripe raspberry, with bright acidity carries through to a lingering, smooth finish. Pair Elouan Rose with a strawberry field salad with walnuts, tilapia tacos with crème fresh, cabbage and mango tacos.

Chêne Bleu Le Rosé

Memorial Day Weekend is the official start of Rosé Season! Certified organic and vegan, this wine shows a pale pink with bright tints in the glass and is a harmonious blend of Grenache Noir, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Rolle. Le Rosé opens with a complex, highly perfumed bouquet on the nose, displaying ripe red berry, orange zest, succulent herb, and floral qualities with a minerally element that emerges slowly. Pair Le Rosé with fresh grilled seafood and a summer salad.

by robynblair x Cooper’s Hawk Spritzy Rose

If you needed a reason to enjoy a glass of this crisp wine, now you have three: In Case of Celebration, In Case of Good Times, and In Case of Just Because! this three bottle collection of Spritzy Rose comes with unique and playful labels that when combined, bring the rainbow into your home.

“My art has always been heavily inspired by my love of candy and color, which is also what inspired the labels I designed,” says by robynblair artist and founder Robyn Blair Davidson.

Hallmark Wines Blush

This crisp and refreshing Rosé has notes of wild strawberry and fresh white peaches, comprised from a Grenache based blend. Bright, fresh and lively fruit flavors come alive with a delightful finish. The fruit was harvested early at 21–22 brix. Gently pressed for light color extraction and a long cool fermentation to build flavor and mouth feel. This easy-drinking rosé pairs perfectly with spring & summer sipping.

Unshackled 2019 Rosé

We can officially consider it Memorial Day Weekend once the first sip of bright and refreshing rosé touches our lips. Flavors of grapefruit, tangerine and lemon with bright acidity result in a refreshing wine with a crisp finish. The wine’s intriguing blend of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre grapes result in a rosé that breaks free from standard convention and begs for another sip.

Cooper’s Reed Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

This wine is a modern nod to history. Aged in large vessels sealed with reeds, this pure expression of Cabernet Sauvignon evolves with each sip and gracefully unfolds on the palate. A slightly bashful beginning leads to an exuberant end.

Meiomi Cabernet Sauvignon

A deep ruby color, the wine opens to reveal expressive aromas of juicy blackberry, boysenberry, and bramble, along with notes of toasty vanilla and graham cracker. The full flavors are highlighted by a plush, velvety mouthfeel with a long finish.

Meiomi Pinot Noir

A rich garnet color, the wine reveals lifted fruit aromas of bright strawberry and jammy fruit, mocha, vanilla, and toasty oak. Expressive boysenberry, blackberry, dark cherry, juicy strawberry, and toasty mocha flavors lend complexity to the soft, plush palate. The well-integrated oak provides structure and depth seldom seen in Pinot Noir.

Stags’ Leap Winery’s 2018 The Investor Napa Valley Red Wine

The Investor is a red wine that beautifully blends together the unique flavors and expressions of Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, resulting in a powerful, yet approachable assemblage with significant fruit presence. The Merlot contributes fresh red berry aromatics and a soft, velvety texture to balance the power of Petite Sirah, which adds concentration, tannins, spice and blueberry flavors. The Cabernet Sauvignon further increases the final blend’s complexity and depth and the Malbec’s incredibly vibrant floral aromatics heighten the blend’s freshness.

BACARDI Real Rum Canned Cocktails

In advance of Memorial Day Weekend, BACARDÍ Rum is excited to announce that today it is expanding its Real Rum Canned Cocktail range with three new flavors — Bahama Mama, Mojito and Sunset Punch, an exclusive flavor as part of its new variety pack. These new flavor offerings arrive just in time for outdoor summer activities and are the perfect canned cocktail option for on-the-go enjoyment.

On The Rocks

On The Rocks aspired to create a new kind of Ready To Serve cocktail experience. Delivering all the complexity and craftsmanship directly to you for any Memorial Day Weekend gatherings.

On The Rocks premium cocktails come in six different expressions:

  • The Cosmopolitan: A wildly popular cocktail, The Cosmopolitan is a simple cocktail with a big history. Often referred to as ‘the cosmo’ this cocktail blends vodka, flavors of cranberry, triple sec, lemon zest, and lime.
  • The Old Fashioned: Staying true to the original recipe, we keep our Old Fashioned bold and simple using Knob Creek® Bourbon Whiskey, bitters, cane sugar, orange, cherry, and lemon flavors.
  • The Aviation: A throwback to the era when airplanes were brand new. This classic gin cocktail, The Aviation, is crafted with Larios London Dry Gin, and flavors of dry cherry, lemon, and violet.
  • The Mai Tai: As the old tiki adage goes, ‘what one rum can’t do, two rums can’. We blend light and dark rums and combine our unique blend with flavors of orange, pineapple, orgeat, and coconut for the perfect Mai Tai.
  • The Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita: The perfect drink for those who share our love of all things hot. The Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita uses a flavor combination of pineapple and triple sec married with Plata tequila and the heat from the peppers.
  • The Margarita: One of the most recognizable and sought after cocktails in the world, The Margarita offers a perfect balance between tequila, tart lime flavors and triple sec. We set our margarita apart from the crowd with Hornitos® Plata Tequila.

Moment of PINK

Available on drinkmoment.com ($25 per 6-pack) for the entire month of May, Moment of PINK is a carbonated botanical water that allows you to take a break. Experience the magic of cherries and hibiscus as the adaptogens help you reduce stress and renew yourself. A portion of campaign proceeds will go towards the Jed Foundation to support mental health in young adults.

Moment is a natural botanical beverage that bottles the feeling of meditation in a can. Their blend of botanicals and adaptogens promotes alpha brainwaves — like those that arise during meditation — for reset and clarity.

Fishers Island Lemonade

One of the original canned cocktails, Fishers Island Lemonade, or ‘FIL’, is a dual-spirits-based craft cocktail composed of premium vodka, whiskey, honey, and lemon coming in at 9% ABV. Last month, FIL launched four new flavors: Spiked Tea, Pink Flamingo, Fizz, and Frozen Spirit Pops, all of which use the cult-favorite original FIL recipe as a base.

Bud Light Seltzer Iced Tea

The summer of seltzer is here! Bud Light Seltzer is mixing it up with the new limited-edition Mix Pack where, for the first time, the brand is combining Bud Light Seltzer Iced Tea (new!) and fan-favorite Bud Light Seltzer Lemonade, into one heroic pack.

The new Mix Pack allows seltzer drinkers to choose their own adventure by mixing and matching varieties together for fun mash-ups using the flavor packed options including: Raspberry Iced Tea, Peach Iced Tea, Apple Iced Tea, Original Lemonade, Black Cherry Lemonade and Strawberry Lemonade.

Available nationwide beginning Monday, May 24 the Bud Light Seltzer Mix Pack will be in 12 oz. slim can variety 24-packs. Bud Light Seltzer Iced Tea and Bud Light Seltzer Lemonade are made with cane sugar and natural flavors, for 100 calories, less than 1 gram of sugar and 5% ABV per can.

Bota Box

Whether hiking out on the trails, laying by the pool or enjoying an outdoor barbecue this summer, it’s not about what you’re doing but who you’re with — and of course, what you’re drinking to toast the occasion (or any occasion, really). The best partner for a laid back good time, take Bota Box with you for any fun activity this summer.

Plus, with an affordable price point and wine that stays fresh for up to 30 days after opening, you don’t have to compromise the taste — no matter where or how you’re choosing to enjoy your Bota Box wine. Best of all, the boxes are 100% recyclable with BPA-free plastic that creates 85% less waste than traditional glass bottles — so Bota Box is the perfect wine alternative for those looking to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

CHEERS Rosé Seltzer

CHEERS — a NEW delicious wine-based Seltzer. Refreshing citrus with a hint of strawberry. Presented in fun, personal sized cans with the beloved Hallmark touch. Perfect for individual servings and easy to take anywhere.

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE GIN

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE recently launched the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® & TONIC Ready-to-Drink (RTD), giving consumers the opportunity to enjoy the world’s number one premium gin by volume and value as a bar-quality Gin & Tonic serve, whatever the occasion, wherever they are. The much-anticipated offering combines the brand’s heralded, vapour-infused London Dry Gin with the perfect balance of tonic water, for a superior taste experience.

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE has been disrupting the category ever since its iconic blue bottle landed on shelves within a sea of green glass. Now, with the introduction of the new BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® & TONIC, fans can expect a drink that stays true to the brand’s long-standing commitment to only the finest ingredients.

The RTD trend is increasing across the US, driven by consumer demand for drink options that are easy to enjoy to-go and on-the-go. Working together, Master of Botanicals, Ivano Tonutti and Master Distiller, Dr. Anne Brock, spent time refining a formula that answers the demand for a product that doesn’t forego quality for the sake of convenience.

Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food and more! Based out of NYC.

Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food and more! Based out of NYC.