Memorial Day! Hooray!

The A/C's are going in and the shorts are coming out here in NYC.

The temperature reached a SUPER UNCOMFORTABLE 90 degrees multiple times this week, which made for even more interesting train rides across the city. Patrons had me to thank for the freshly "sprayed down" subway platforms (aka the drips of sweat that fell from my face and elbows while waiting for the damn A train).

I embraced the inevitable upper "diaper rash"/thigh chaffing (always a confidence booster) that had already made an appearance while trying to come to cope with the inundation of "showtime" guys on my frequent express trips to 59th St. - for those of you who aren't familiar with this annoying pack of dancers, they are a group of young men who breakdance between subway seats to jarringly loud music (along with their even louder personalities). I've come to realize that this California girl will take winter over a hot & sticky summer any day. 

Luckily booze tends to mask my summer weather woes and seemingly makes everything better. I've decided that's why New Yorkers fully endorse a weekday happy hour - they just need to cool down and escape this humid and hot weather, even if the weekend is still five days away. Speaking of weekends...the weekends of all weekends, MEMORIAL DAY, is finally here! And if you don't feel like waiting in line to get into another line at the bar, here are a few festive drinks that you can easily make at home. 

Grapefruit Rickey

  • 1 1/2 oz. Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 1-2 oz. Club Soda


Pour Cointreau, fresh lime juice, and fresh grapefruit juice into a glass and add ice. Top with soda and stir. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.*

*Another wonderful garnish? A freaking handheld fan. This tiny device will immediately gain you popularity points at the bar (especially if it's an death trap outdoor rooftop).

liquid sunrise

  • 3/4 oz. Patron Silver
  • 3/4 oz. Patron Anejo
  • 3-4 Wedges Fresh Pineapple
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 Jalapeno
  • 1/2 oz. Agave Nectar
  • 2-3 oz. Seltzer

In mixing glass, muddle pineapple until crushed. Add one slice of jalapeno, lime juice, agave nectar, and ice. Shake well and pour entire contents into tumbler or tall glass. Top with more ice & seltzer.* Stir gently and garnish with remaining slice of jalapeno.

*I'd also suggest just skipping the second round of ice topping and pour it directly down your shirt. It'll wake you up and cool you down.

mount gay rum punch

  • 19 oz. Mount Gay Eclipse Rum
  • 18 oz. Water
  • 12 oz. Grenadine
  • 13 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 4 oz. Lime Juice
  • 1 oz. Angostura Bitters
  • 1 tsp Freshly Grated Nutmeg

Add all the ingredients to a punch bowl and stir to combine. Let stand for 2 hours and serve in punch cups filled with ice. Garnish each cup with a cherry.*

*You could also pull a Last Man on Earth and just fill up a kiddie pool with all of these ingredients. #justaddastraw 

the rocket

  • 1 cup finely crushed ice (to slush consistency)
  • 1/4 oz. Blue Curacao Liqueur
  • 2 oz. Lemon-Flavored Vodka, Divided
  • 1/4 oz. Raspberry Flavored Liqueur

There's en entire way to put this together but it involves lots of bowls and mathematics. I say just layer the ice, pour each kind of booze over it, and drink.*

*I prefer to take shots of these liqueurs and then chase it with a bunch of crushed ice. Same thing, just not as pretty (but definitely more memorable).

The "Mose"

  • 2 Strawberries, Hulled, Sliced
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 oz. Tequila Blanco
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 oz. Dry Rose

Muddle strawberries and sugar in a cocktail shaker until lightly crushed. Add tequila, lemon juice, rose, and a single large ice cube. Cover and shake until outside of the shaker in frosty, about 30 seconds. Pour drink with ice cube into a rocks glass (do not strain).*

*Because this is a marriage of a margarita and rose, please be on high alert. The last time I mixed tequila with rose, I ended up applying for The Bachelor online and sending in a video of me serenading Chris Harrison.