It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, especially in the summer.

Memorial Day is the beginning of summer when long, warm days call for cool drinks.

We’re looking forward to breaking out our bartending kit this year and impressing friends with balanced, tantalizing classics like the Sea Breeze, Paloma, and Long Island Iced Tea. We choose drinks that don’t require a laundry list of ingredients but that set the right tone in terms of coolness and taste.

So whether you’re throwing a party and looking for slushy frozen concoctions that are perfect for pitchers or keeping it low-key with single-serve cocktails, we’ve got eight drink recipes to keep you refreshed the holiday weekend.

Long Island Iced Tea

If you’ve got a stacked liquor cabinet — or stashed away a surplus of airplane bottles — this is a deceptively strong summer cocktail that tastes more like sweet tea.

oz. of white rum½ oz. of vodka½ oz. of tequila½ oz. of gin½ oz. of triple sec ¾ oz. of simple syrup¾ oz. of lemon juice one oz. from Coca-Cola. Lemon for garnish

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1. Fill a glass with ice.

2. Pour vodka, tequila, white rum, gin, triple sec, simple syrup, and lemon juice into the glass.

3. Stir together.

4. Top with cola and garnish with a slice of lemon.

sea ​​breeze

This retro cocktail looks great and is very easy to make – handy for refilling after a dip in the water. We like the tartness of unsweetened cranberry juice, but if you prefer a little sweeter cocktails, use a cranberry cocktail or add 1 to 1.5 teaspoons of simple syrup to the mix.

1.5 ounces vodka 1.5 ounces grapefruit juice 3 ounces unsweetened cranberry juice one slice of lime

1. Pour vodka, grapefruit, and cranberry juice into a glass and stir.

2. Add ice.

3. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Hurricane

One of our favorite cocktails originated in Pat O’Brien’s New Orleans bar in the 1940s. It’s perfect if you want to recreate that canceled trip to the French Quarter in your living room, but be careful: the high rum content sneaks up on you.

Two oz. of dark rum, two oz. of light rum, two oz. of passion fruit juice, 1 oz. Orange juice 1 tbsp. Of simple syrup, 1 tbsp. Of grenadine½ of lime orange and maraschino cherry for garnish

1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

2. Pour light rum, dark rum, passion fruit juice, orange juice, simple syrup, grenadine, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker.

3. Squeeze half a lime into the shaker and close it tightly.

4. Shake well – until the outside of the cocktail shaker is frosty – and pour into a glass with ice.

5. Garnish with a slice of cherry and orange.

Paloma

The Paloma is a fun, fruity alternative to a Mexican tequila-based cocktail if you run out of margarita mix or Cointreau.

Two oz. of tequila one oz. of grapefruit juice ½ oz. of lime juice one oz. of club soda¾ oz. of simple syrup Lime and grapefruit for garnish Salt for rim (optional)

1. If desired, rim a glass with salt. Lightly wet the rim of the glass with water or a slice of lime before rolling it in a small plate of salt.

2. Fill the glass with ice.

3. Pour tequila, grapefruit, lime juice, and simple syrup.

4. Stir together.

5. Top with club soda and add lime and grapefruit for garnish.

Pina Colada

Bring the beach to your backyard with a Pina Colada, which can be mixed or poured over ice.

Two oz. of white rum, two oz. of pineapple juice one oz. of canned coconut cream one oz. of canned coconut milk, ground cinnamon, angostura bitters, pineapple, and cherry for garnish

1. Pour ice into a cocktail shaker.

2. Combine light rum, coconut cream, coconut milk, and pineapple juice in a cocktail shaker and seal tightly.

3. Shake well – until the outside of the cocktail shaker is frosty – and pour into a glass with ice.

4. Sprinkle lightly ground cinnamon and add a dash of bitters.

5. Garnish with pineapple wedge and cherry.

Crimson Jim

Also known as Lounge Lizard or Mixy’s, depending on who you ask, this is a glorified rum and cola with a slightly bitter cherry-flavored kick. (Trust us, it’s delicious.)

Two oz. of dark rum¾ oz. of amaretto liqueur, four oz. of Coca-Cola Lemon or lime for garnish.

1. Fill a glass with ice.

2. Pour in dark rum, amaretto, and cola.

3. Stir together and garnish with a slice of lime or lemon.

John Collins

A simple happy hour staple that’s light and refreshing. If you prefer vodka, add the gin to make a Vodka Collins.

1½ oz. of gin, oz. of simple syrup, one oz. of lemon juice, 2 oz. soda water, one dash of angostura bitters (about eight drops), Lemon and cherry for garnish

1. Fill a glass with ice.

2. Pour gin, syrup, and lemon juice into the glass.

3. Stir together.

4. Top with club soda and a splash of bitters.

5. Garnish with a slice of cherry and lemon.

Manhattan

If you still love imagining yourself in “Mad Men,” this boozy classic is easy to make. It can also be served upright (without ice) or on the rocks – whichever you prefer.

2 oz. whiskey (rye, bourbon, or Canadian)¾ oz. of sweet vermouth 1 to 2 dashes Angostura bitters (about 8-16 drops) Cherry and orange for garnish

1. Pour ice into a cocktail shaker.

2. Pour whiskey, vermouth, and bitters into a shaker and seal tightly.

3. Shake the cocktail and strain it into a glass (with or without ice).

4. Garnish with a slice of cherry and orange.

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