Our Memorial Day cocktail recipe is something of a cross between a mint julep and a whiskey sour.

Our Memorial Day cocktail recipe is something of a cross between a mint julep and a whiskey sour.

This coming Monday, May 27, Americans all over the country (and perhaps a few expats) will celebrate Memorial Day with barbecue, lemonade, fireworks, and lawn sprinklers. Whenever there’s a party, we’re always the guys that are put in charge of cocktails. So, we decided to share the cocktail recipe we’ll be enjoying this coming Memorial Day.

How do you make the ultimate lemon drop martini or lemon drop shot?

How do you make the ultimate lemon drop martini or lemon drop shot?

Our Memorial Day cocktail recipe is something of a cross between a mint julep and a whiskey sour. It has the perfect balance of sweetness with just the right amount of pucker to keep you sipping all afternoon long!

But before we get into the details of the recipe, why not cover some basic facts about Memorial Day? You might be surprised to know there’s a lot more to this holiday than you thought!

  • On June 3, 1861, Warrentown, Virginia held the first “Decoration Day,” on which a Civil War soldier’s grave was decorated. This appears to be the earliest evidence of “Memorial Day.”
  • Boalsburg, Pennsylvania also claims to be the originator of “Decorations Day.” On July 4, 1864, a group of women decorated soldiers’ graves.
  • Congress doesn’t agree with either town. According to Waterloo, New York, Congress declared it [Waterloo] is the holiday’s birthplace.
  • It wasn’t until 1967 that “Memorial Day” was formally recognized.
  • For the first few years, Memorial Day was always celebrated on May 30th. In 1971, the holiday was moved to the last Monday in May.
  • There’s one very little known law associated with Memorial Day. It was passed in December 2000. The law requires all Americans to pause at 3:00 pm on Memorial Day in remembrance of fallen soldiers.

With these facts in mind, we hope you remember and respect the reason behind this holiday. As you’re putting your menu together, consider making this classic, Americana-inspired cocktail recipe a part of your festivities…

Amoretti Memorial Day Cocktail Recipe


  • Ingredients:
  • Directions:
  • Muddle two mint sprigs in an Old Fashioned glass with bourbon and lemon cocktail mix. Add superfine sugar and ice. Stir gently. Garnish with one mint sprig. Happy Memorial Day!

    If you want to make this cocktail recipe extra fresh and lemony, then we recommend selecting one of these three lemony herbs for creating your own version of this recipe.

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