Is the ‘ NCIS ‘ cancelled or is the season 17 going to take place?Colleen CaseyGoogle+Twitter October 24, 2018 Most emotions are entangled in Memorial Day. First and foremost the day is an opportunity for everyone to pause and remember those who have dedicated their lives to serving their country. It also marks the unofficial start of summer as the long weekend begins and many take advantage of unwinding with friends heading to the beach and basking in the sunshine otherwise. With the sun high up in the sky no matter how you are celebrating or where you need a refreshing drink this weekend to battle the heat and quench your thirst. Here are eight recipes for your Memorial Day celebrations from patriotic to perfectly summery themes. Source:

Thinkstock 1. Tom Collins Since this date is the unofficial kick-off to the summer season you want a quintessential summer drink “Tom Collins” to start on the right foot. Esquire states that, in the late 1800s, the Tom Collins first appeared. Skip the cocktail mix and blend your gin with sugar lemon juice and club soda for the more traditional route. Ingredients: 2 ounces of London dry gin 1 tablespoon of superfine sugar 1?2 ounce of lemon juice Combine the ingredients in a Collins glass 3?4 full of ice cream. Briefly stir top with lemon circle garnish with club soda or seltzer; serve. Source:

iStock 2. Lemonade

1 Cup blackberries Seltzer ice cubes or soda club Directions: begin with easy syrup making. Heat 4 cups of water with sugar and lemon peel in 4-quarter saucepan to boil over high heat stirring occasionally. Cover the casserole and cook for 3 minutes. Remove the fire from saucepan. In the meantime, it pulses berries in the food processor until purée. Pour into a medium-mesh sieve set over a large bowl and press the mixture of berry with spoon back to remove seeds; discard seed. Source:

iStock 3. Cucumber Margarita

If you are sipping on the cucumber margarita of Cosmopolitans follow these directions from The Kitchn, you will be cool as a cucumber comes Memorial Day. Easy syrup can be kept in the fridge for several weeks in an airtight container. 3?4 cup 100% Agave Tequila 1 medium peeled and sliced 6 ounces lime juice 2 ounces Triple Sec 2 ounces simple syrup Directions: make a simple syrup by mixing sugar and water over heat as in the previous recipe. Half the sliced cucumbers muddle in a pint glass with the tequila. Let it sit for an hour in refrigerator. Strain the tequila cucumber and mix into a pitcher with all the ingredients. Stir over ice and drink. Garnish with slices of cucumber and a wedge of Lime. Source:

4, iStock. Limeade

Ingredients: Rubbed zest of 1 lime (about 1 tablespoon) 1 cup of lime juice (about 4 to 6 lime) 3?4 cup to 1 cup of granulated sugar 3 cups of water Ideally you can only drink in bad weather and not live it. The drink has Bermudic origins but don’t let the non-patriotic name keep you from sipping it on the weekend of Memorial Day. A Dark and Stormy is great for drinking warm weather, and Chow’s recipe will have you made for friends and family batch after batch. Ingredients: Ice 2 ounces Gosling’s Black Seal rum 6 ounces ginger beer Place multiple ice cubes in a large glass and add the rum. Attach the lime wedge and mix, top with the ginger beer. Source:

6 on iStock. Strawberry Iced Tea

Ingredients: 1 pint fresh strawberries 4 cups cooled chilled tea … “to 1?2 cup sugar 1?4 cup lemon juice Directions: 5 strawberries are set aside. In blender, put the remaining strawberries; cover and puree. Stretch to pitcher. Stir in the lemon juice and tea sugar before sugar is dissolved. Chill …… chill. Serve over coffee, in cold glasses. Garnish with Berries reserved. Source:

7 on iStock. Color White and Blue Sangria

Ingredients: 2 bottles of dry white wine 1 cup of berry-flavored vodka 1?2 cup of freshly squeezed juice of lemon1 Cup blackberries Seltzer ice cubes or soda club Directions: begin with easy syrup making. Heat 4 cups of water with sugar and lemon peel in 4-quarter saucepan to boil over high heat stirring occasionally. Cover the casserole and cook for 3 minutes. Remove the fire from saucepan. In the meantime, it pulses berries in the food processor until purée. Pour into a medium-mesh sieve set over a large bowl and press the mixture of berry with spoon back to remove seeds; discard seed. Source:

iStock 3. Cucumber Margarita

If you are sipping on the cucumber margarita of Cosmopolitans follow these directions from The Kitchn, you will be cool as a cucumber comes Memorial Day. Easy syrup can be kept in the fridge for several weeks in an airtight container. 3?4 cup 100% Agave Tequila 1 medium peeled and sliced 6 ounces lime juice 2 ounces Triple Sec 2 ounces simple syrup Directions: make a simple syrup by mixing sugar and water over heat as in the previous recipe. Half the sliced cucumbers muddle in a pint glass with the tequila. Let it sit for an hour in refrigerator. Strain the tequila cucumber and mix into a pitcher with all the ingredients. Stir over ice and drink. Garnish with slices of cucumber and a wedge of Lime. Source:

4, iStock. Limeade

Ingredients: Rubbed zest of 1 lime (about 1 tablespoon) 1 cup of lime juice (about 4 to 6 lime) 3?4 cup to 1 cup of granulated sugar 3 cups of water Ideally you can only drink in bad weather and not live it. The drink has Bermudic origins but don’t let the non-patriotic name keep you from sipping it on the weekend of Memorial Day. A Dark and Stormy is great for drinking warm weather, and Chow’s recipe will have you made for friends and family batch after batch. Ingredients: Ice 2 ounces Gosling’s Black Seal rum 6 ounces ginger beer Place multiple ice cubes in a large glass and add the rum. Attach the lime wedge and mix, top with the ginger beer. Source:

6 on iStock. Strawberry Iced Tea

Ingredients: 1 pint fresh strawberries 4 cups cooled chilled tea … “to 1?2 cup sugar 1?4 cup lemon juice Directions: 5 strawberries are set aside. In blender, put the remaining strawberries; cover and puree. Stretch to pitcher. Stir in the lemon juice and tea sugar before sugar is dissolved. Chill …… chill. Serve over coffee, in cold glasses. Garnish with Berries reserved. Source:

7 on iStock. Color White and Blue Sangria

Ingredients: 2 bottles of dry white wine 1 cup of berry-flavored vodka 1?2 cup of freshly squeezed juice of lemon8.

Red White and Blue Shot

Shots are t for everyone but if you’re so inclined you can tip one back and keep your Memorial Day theme going with this layered shot from The FNDC. If you choose blackberry or strawberry garnish, you’ll also have a chaser on hand. Ingredients: 1 part peach schnapps 1 part blue curacao Blackberry strawberry (optional) Guidelines: fill the bottom third with grenadine in a shot glass. Next pour peach schnapps over a bar spoon back to create the second layer. Similarly layer the blue curacao to complete your Red White and Blue Shooter. Serve as garnish with a strawberry and blackberry if you wish.

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