Cocktails for Memorial Day Weekend

DickelMemorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, and one of the biggest cookout days of the year. Around the Gunaxin offices, that means two things; firing up the grill, and mixing some cocktails. To get you started for your long holiday weekend, we figured we’d supply you with a few delicious recipes featuring our favorite spirits brands. They’re perfect for cooling down all summer long, and especially at your Memorial Day festivities…

Captain Morgan Black Wild Ginger

Captain Morgan Black Wild Ginger 2Why it’s perfect for Memorial Day:

Embrace your wild side, with this refreshing drink. This ginger-inspired punch is perfect for parties and can be made ahead of time. Serves a crew of 30!


  • 1 – 750 mL bottle Captain Morgan Black
  • 2 – 750 mL bottles dry white wine
  • 24 oz. pineapple juice
  • 6 oz. sour mix
  • 2L bottle ginger ale
  • 3 oranges, sliced
  • 4 lemons, sliced
  • 1 bunch fresh mint


  1. Chill all ingredients.
  2. In a large punch bowl, crush the fresh fruit to extract the juices.
  3. Add Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum, wine, pineapple juice, sour mix and ginger ale.
  4. Add a large block of ice and serve the punch in wine glasses with pieces of fruit and a sprig of mint.

Maple Collins

Maple Collins Final1Why it’s perfect for Memorial Day:

One of the most popular drinks since the launch of Crown Royal Maple Finished – make sure you kick Memorial Day off right with the Maple Collins.


  • 1.5 oz. Crown Royal Maple
  • 0.5 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 1.5 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 2 dash Angostura Bitters


  1. Mix ingredients in a shaker
  2. Top with club soda and strain into a Collins glass.
  3. Garnish with half an orange slice and a cheery.

Tennessee Valentine

Tennessee ValentineWhy it’s perfect for Memorial Day:

Light on the stomach, the Tennessee Valentine is the perfect drink for Memorial Day pool parties.


  • 1.25 oz. George Dickel #8
  • 0.75 oz. Cochi Rose
  • 0.25 oz. Creme de Cacao
  • 1 dash Lemon Bitters


  1. Stir all ingredients.
  2. Strain in to a coupe.
  3. Garnish with a cheery.

Royal Peach

Royal Peach FinalWhy it’s perfect for Memorial Day:

All the best summertime ingredients come together in Royal Peach, giving you another reason to wish summer lasted all year long.


  • 1 oz. Crown Royal Black
  • 0.75 oz. Ciroc Peach
  • 0.50 oz. Cranberry, orange, pineapple and Sprite
  • 2 dash Angostura Bitters
  • 0.25 Grenadine


  1. Mix ingredients, pour into a rocks glass
  2. Top off with lemon-lime soda.


BLTWhy it’s perfect for Memorial Day:

Have a busy weekend planned? Don’t fret, with only 3 simple ingredients the BLT takes no time to mix.


  • 1.5 oz Bulleit Bourbon
  • 2 lemon wedges
  • 3 oz. tonic


  1. Build in a highball glass
  2. serve over ice