Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off summer for our American readers. It’s a time to bond with friends, enjoy the sun, relax and partake in some adult beverages. There’s nothing more refreshing than sipping an ice cold cocktail on a hot day at the beach. Don’t you agree? I’m sure you do.

With that in mind, I reached out to a few of our friends to whip up a few tasty concoctions to share. Check out the drink recipes below featuring Sauza Tequila, EFFEN Vodka and Crave Chocolate Liqueurs. Speaking of Sauza, if you haven’t checked out their hot lifeguard, I’ve included him below as well. Enjoy and drink responsibly.

Sauza® Mint Margito

  • 1 cup Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 2 cups Club Soda
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 bunch of Fresh Mint
  • 3 tbsp. Sugar
  • Ice

How To Make

In a small pitcher, muddle together the mint leaves, sugar and lime juice until they start to melt together. Add your Sauza® Blue Silver. Fill 4 glasses with ice and pour cocktail mixture 3/4 of the way to the top of each glass. Fill each glass with club soda and garnish with a lime and an extra sprig of mint. (Serves 4)

Frozen Cherry Lime Sauza®-Rita

  • 1 can Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 1 bottle Light Beer
  • 1 bottle Cherry Soda
  • 1 can Limeade
  • 3 cups Ice

To Make

Pour limeade, beer and cherry soda into blender filled with ice. Fill limeade can with Sauza® Blue Silver Tequila and add to blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy.

Crave Paloma

  • 1 part JDK&Sons™ Crave Chocolate Chili Liqueur
  • 2 parts Sauza™ Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • Grapefruit Soda

Instructions

Build ingredients in order with ice in a highball glass.
Garnish with a slice of fresh pink grapefruit.

Icy Mint Freeze

  • 1 part JDK&Sons™ Crave Chocolate Mint Liqueur
  • 1 part DeKuyper® Strawberry Patch Liqueur
  • 1 part DeKuyper® Blue Curacao

Instructions

Mound fine crushed ice in a cocktail glass using a large ice cream scoop. Pour each ingredient, one by one, in stripes to create a horizontal layering of the ingredients over the crushed ice. Serve with a demitasse spoon.

EFFEN® Fire Cracker

  • 1 1/2 parts EFFEN® Vodka
  • 3/4 part JDK & Sons™ O3 Premium Orange Liqueur*
  • 3/4 part Pomegranate Juice
  • 3/4 part Lime Juice
  • 3/4 part Simple Syrup
  • 1 dash Bitters

Method

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel folded in half with a red cherry, held together by an American flag toothpick.

EFFEN® Sparkling Black Cherry Cooler

  • 2 parts EFFEN® Vodka
  • 2 parts Fresh Lemon Sour
  • 1 part Cranberry Juice
  • 2 Maraschino Cherries
  • 3 parts Seltzer

Method

Combine ingredients, except for seltzer, in a tall glass and stir very well. Pour over ice and top with seltzer- then stir again.

Sauza® Cucumber Margarita

  • ¾ cup Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 2 parts JDK & Sons™ O3 Premium Orange Liqueur
  • 1 medium Cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 6 parts Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 parts Simple Syrup

Directions

In a pint glass, muddle together sliced cucumber and Sauza® Blue Tequila. Let sit in the refrigerator for one hour. Strain the cucumber Tequila and combine with all ingredients in a pitcher. Stir and serve over ice. Garnish with reserved cucumber slices and a wedge of lime. (serves 4)

Sauza® Blueberry Margaritas

  • 6 parts of Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
  • 1 part of JDK & Sons™ O3 Premium Orange Liqueur
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 part agave nectar (or 1 tablespoon sugar)
  • Juice of 3 Limes

Directions

Wash your blueberries, reserving a few for garnish. In a shaker, muddle together blueberries and agave or sugar. Strain through a sieve into a pitcher and add the remaining ingredients. Stir and taste to adjust sweet/tart balance. Serve over ice with either sugar or salt on the rims in Mason Jars. (serves 4)