Memorial Day is upon us, which means that summer drinking will soon be in full swing. Don’t worry if you don’t have a fancy long weekend away planned because there are plenty of fun activities out there that don’t require renting yachts or jetting off to Mexico. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you add all eight of these drinking activities to your Memorial Day bucket list.
Hit the Beach With a Gallon-Sized Cocktail
Memorial Day means beaches across the country are officially open, and there’s no better time to soak up the sun, surf and sand. Grab a gallon jug, mix up one of these large-format libations and throw it in your cooler or beach bag. Your whole crew will be sipping with glee as you welcome the first summer weekend.
Whip Up a Patriotic Jello Mold
If you’re having friends over for a MDW bash, impress them with this Red, White & Boozy Jello Ring. Each patriotic layer is filled with a different type of alcohol, and the whole thing is topped with edible glitter for extra flare. Line the mold with sparklers before serving for maximum effect.
Embark on a Summer Cocktail Crawl
To celebrate the season’s arrival, choose one of your favorite summer drinks, and plan an afternoon-long quest to drink the best ones in your city. Gather friends, plan a route and let the bars know you’re coming in advance if you have a big group. Whether you prefer something creamy and tropical like the Piña Colada or are on a quest to find the finest Mojitos in town, it’s a fun way to get your crew out on the scene.
Drink at a Tiki Bar
Nothing says summer like strong tropical cocktails, so head to the tiki bar to kick things off. If you’re lucky enough to live near one of the best tiki bars in America, make a reservation (if they take them) and make sure to try both classic cocktails and their newfangled creations. Or simply hit up your favorite old school mainstay and sip until your heart’s content.
Sip High Above the Streets at a Rooftop Bar
If you live in a city, then you know that outdoor space can be quite limited. The best way to beat the heat and take in the scenery is to find the nearest rooftop bar. A rooftop bar offers the best views, and some of them have luxurious extras, like swimming pools with chair-side cocktail service.
Eat Your Cocktails
If you’re looking to enhance your cocktail skills with more than just new spirits and advanced mixing techniques, try your hand at an edible cocktail. We’re talking about delicious booze-infused treats like popsicles, fruit and even cakes. Serve them at a cookout to impress (and inebriate) your guests.
Shop Memorial Day Sales for New Bar Gear
Everyone’s bar is in need of a facelift now and then, especially if you’re mixing daily drinks for your own personal cocktail hour. Dedicate some time to browsing your favorite home goods and barware shops (either online or in person) to find some deals on things like tool sets, bar carts and glassware. Your bar will be looking fresh and new for summertime gatherings.
Infuse Your Own Booze
Use the three-day weekend to try some DIY experiments. We suggest pineapple rum, bacon bourbon or homemade falernum for all your tiki drinks to come. Infuse multiple batches at once so you have delicious hostess gifts for future summer parties.