To start summer right this Memorial Day weekend, Jim Beam has asked mixologists from the West Cost to the ‘Third Coast’ to shake up specialty cocktails that toast to a few of our country’s best weekend getaway spots. From Lake Tahoe to Vegas, Chicago to the Upper Peninsula, The Hamptons to Atlantic City, and even in your own backyard, these summer cocktails will help you kick-off the summer right!

lake tahoe breeze cocktail

Lake Tahoe Breeze

[pullquote_right]A nice summer breeze on the lake has never felt this good.[/pullquote_right]

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 parts Red Stag by Jim Beam® Black Cherry
  • 3 parts sweet and sour mix
  • 1 part cranberry juice

Preparation: Combine ingredients except cranberry juice in mixing tin, and shake vigorously without ice. Pour over ice in glass and top with cranberry juice. Garnish with a lemon wedge and serve.

sf carnaval punch cocktail

SF Carnaval Punch

*Created by San Francisco Mixologist Tony Devencenzi
[pullquote_right]San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade is an extravagant event during Memorial Day weekend. Join in the fun with this festive cocktail recipe.“[/pullquote_right]

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Jacob’s Ghost™ White Whiskey
  • 1 part Pineapple Juice
  • 1 part Ginger Beer
  • 4-5 dashes Angostura® Bitters

Preparation: Combine and shake Jacob’s Ghost™ White Whiskey and pineapple juice, pour over ice into a Collins glass and top with ginger beer and bitters.

chicago lakefront lemonade cocktail

Chicago Lakefront Lemonade

*Created by Chicago Mixologist Lynn House
[pullquote_right]Memorial Day weekend in Chicago is all about enjoying the beach at Lake Michigan, so why not try this special lakefront recipe?“[/pullquote_right]

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Jacob’s Ghost™ White Whiskey
  • 2 parts Lemonade
  • 1 part Light Beer

Preparation: Combine and shake the lemonade and Jacob’s Ghost™ White Whiskey, pour into a cocktail glass and float the light beer on top.

vegas vacation cocktail

Vegas Vacation

*Created by Beam’s Master Mixologist Bobby “G.” Gleason
[pullquote_right]Memorial Day weekend. Las Vegas. Need we say more?“[/pullquote_right]

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Jacob’s Ghost™ White Whiskey
  • ½ part Cruzan® Coconut Rum
  • ½ part Cruzan® 9
  • 3 parts Pineapple juice
  • Float of cranberry juice

Preparation: Shake all ingredients except the Ginger beer with ice and pour into a Hurricane Glass then float the cranberry juice on top. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and or a lime wedge.

jim beam sox punch cocktail

Jim Beam Sox Punch

[pullquote_right]Spending the first weekend of summer in Boston? Enjoy this cocktail and a day at Fenway Park.“[/pullquote_right]

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Red Stag by Jim Beam® Black Cherry
  • 1 part Strawberry Liqueur
  • 0.5 part Passion Fruit Coulis or 1 part Passion Fruit Juice
  • Champagne to taste

Preparation: Pour all but champagne into a punch bowl with large balls of ice. Have champagne on ice beside punch bowl. To serve, ladle mixture into Champagne Flutes and top with Champagne. Garnish with a strawberry or lemon twist on the rim.

rockaway beach cooler cocktail

Rockaway Beach Cooler

[pullquote_right]Spending Memorial Day in New York City? Rockaway Beach is the perfect spot to soak up the sunshine.“[/pullquote_right]

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Red Stag by Jim Beam® Black Cherry
  • 1 part Raspberry Liqueur
  • Sweet ‘n Sour

Preparation: Served with a splash of club soda.