Kickoff the summer season with these Memorial Day cocktails from Stranahan’s Whiskey

Memorial Day (May 30th) marks the unofficial kick-off to the long-awaited summer season.

Cool and delicious, there’s no better way to toast to the warm weather than with refreshing Stranahan’s Whiskey cocktails.

Carefully crafted domestically in Denver with Rocky Mountain ingredients, Stranahan’s Blue Peak (ReserveBar Drizly) brings a rich, mellow, and fruity flavor to these summer-themed cocktails – ideal for any backyard barbecue or evening patio gathering. 

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Red, White and Blue Peak Sangria


  • 1.5 ounces Stranahan’s Blue Peak (Available on Drizly and Reserve Bar)
  • .75 ounce Amber Vermouth
  • .25 ounce guava puree
  • Sparkling apple cider
  • Orange slices 


  1. Combine Stranahan’s Blue Peak, Amber Vermouth and Guava Puree in goblet glass over ice.
  2. Top with dry sparkling apple cider and garnish with orange half slices.  

Summer Solstice Old-Fashioned


  • 2 oz Stranahan’s Blue Peak (Available on Drizly and Reserve Bar
  • .5 ounce pineapple liqueur
  • .25 ounce maple syrup
  • 2 dashes chili bitters
  • Orange twist (discard) 
  • Dried pineapple
  • Sprinkle of cayenne 


  1. Stir Stranahan’s Blue peak, pineapple liqueur, maple syrup, chili bitters, and orange twist in glass over a large ice cube.
  2. Garnish with dried pineapple and a sprinkle of cayenne.

While Basil & Salt creates posts for the three-day weekends, including Memorial Day, we understand and care deeply about the meaning of the three day “Memorial Day” weekend.


Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day[1]) is a federal holiday in the United States for mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces.[2] It is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.[3]

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day to honor and mourn those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many volunteers place an American flag on graves of military personnel in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is also considered the unofficial beginning of summer in the United States.[4]

Many cities and people have claimed to have first celebrated the event. In 1868, General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic called for a “Decoration Day”, which was widely celebrated. By 1890, every Northern state had adopted it as a holiday. The World Wars turned it into a generalized day of remembrance, instead of just for the Civil War. In 1971, Congress standardized the holiday as “Memorial Day” and changed its observance to the last Monday in May.

Two other days celebrate those who have served or are serving in the U.S. military: Armed Forces Day (which is earlier in May), an unofficial U.S. holiday for honoring those currently serving in the armed forces, and Veterans Day (on November 11), which honors those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.[5]

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