National Holidays Give Us a Reason to Celebrate Throughout the Summer
Just because the Fourth of July is over, doesn’t mean we are done celebrating. July and August are jam-packed with National Holidays that keep the good times going all summer long and William Grant & Sons, a family-owned distillery with a portfolio of super premium, award-winning spirits, has a cocktail for each one of them.
July 10 – National Piña Colada Day
Coconuts and pineapples are the quintessential fruit of summer, so there is no wonder why we celebrate National Piña Colada Day on July 10th. Spice things up this holiday by using Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum in your Piña Colada cocktail. www.sailorjerry.com
Wahine Piña Colada
1 ½ parts fresh pineapple juice
1 ½ parts house-made cream of coconut
1 ½ parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and add ice. Shake well and pour into a frozen pineapple. Garnish with sprinkled coconut flakes and an orchid.
July 11 – National Mojito Day
With the cooling mint and burst of lime, the Mojito is a cocktail mint to be celebrated under the summer sun. Enjoy with the simple, yet complex, Drambuie liqueur made from scotch whisky, honey, herbs and spices. www.drambuie.com
8-10 Mint leaves
1 ½ parts Fresh lime juice
1 part Simple syrup
1 part Drambuie
1 ¼ parts White rum
2 parts Seltzer water
Put first three ingredients into a tall glass and lightly muddle the mint. Add Drambuie and rum to glass. Fill with crushed ice, top with soda water, and churn briskly with a bar spoon. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
July 19 – National Daiquiri Day
Catch up with friends on a back porch or by the pool and enjoy a refreshing Pineapple Daiquiri made with award-winning Nicaraguan rum, Flor de Caña 7. www.flordecana.com
Flor de Caña Pineapple Daiquiri
2 parts Flor de Caña 7
2 parts pineapple juice
1/3 part fresh lime juice
2/3 part extra-fine sugar
Combine the pineapple juice, rum, lime juice, sugar, and ½ cup ice in a cocktail shaker and shake to chill. Strain into a stemmed cocktail glass. Garnish with pineapple wedge.
July 24 – National Tequila Day
Although tequila is a Mexican spirit, the margarita is certainly a beloved drink in the United States. On National Tequila Day, put down the margarita mix and instead use Solerno blood orange liqueur, agave nectar and Milagro tequila, made from the finest blue agave in the Jalisco highlands of Mexico. www.milagrotequila.com
Milagro Blood Orange Margarita
1 ½ parts Milagro Silver Tequila
¾ part Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
¾ part Agave Nectar
Pour all ingredients in a Boston Shaker with ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a salt-rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with orange and lime wheels.
July 27 – National Scotch Day
Gather friends and toast to National Scotch Day with the rich and vibrant taste of Glenfiddich 14. You can’t go wrong with this spirit that echoes summer, with its beautifully complex flavours of woody spices combined with ripe summer fruit. www.glenfiddich.com
2 parts Glenfiddich’s 14
½ part Drambuie
½ part Dry Vermouth
Dash Fig Bitters
Luxardo Maraschino Cherry garnish
Stir all ingredients in mixing glass and serve up with a cherry garnish.
August – National Rum Month
Rum has two National Holidays in one month – August is National Rum Month and August 16 is National Rum Day! As summer comes to a close, enjoy one of the world’s oldest and most prolific spirits with the classic, Manhattan or unique, Hellfire cocktail. Concoct your cocktails with Flor de Caña 7 or Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum from the award-winning brand, William Grant and Sons.
Flor de Caña Manhattan
2 parts Flor de Caña 7 rum
1 part sweet vermouth
1/6 parts maraschino liqueur
1 dash orange bitters
Add all ingredients to mixing glass filled with ice. Stir vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.
1 part Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
2 dashes hot sauce
¼ of a fresh lime
Pilsner or lager beer
Shake Sailor Jerry with lime and hot sauce, and strain into a beer glass full of ice. Top with beer and squeeze and drop a lime wedge garnish. Top with ½ desired beer and ½ ginger beer for an extra kick.
August 3 – National Watermelon Day
Watermelon is the fruit of the summer, perfect to enjoy by the pool on a hot day. Add it to a cocktail, like the Habanero Highball made using Milagro tequila, for a refreshing summer treat on National Watermelon Day!
2 parts Milagro Silver
¾ part lemon juice
¼ part agave nectar
¼ part Aperol
2 chunks watermelon
2 thin slices Habanero
Muddle watermelon and habanero slices, add remaining ingredients. Shake and strain over fresh ice into Collins glass and top with club soda.
Garnish with Rosemary Sprig and Habanero Chile.
August 25 – National Whiskey Sour Day
Celebrate the iconic drink with an American classic, Hudson Whiskey, the whiskey that has played a role in pioneering the craft spirits renaissance, specifically in New York State. www.hudsonwhiskey.com
Hudson Whiskey Spiced Apple Sour
1 ½ parts Hudson Single Malt
1 part apple cider
½ part fresh lemon juice
½ part simple syrup
Ginger beer to top
Build cocktail over ice in a tall Collins glass. Stir to combine. Garnish with thin apple slice and dusting of grated nutmeg.
Be sure to enjoy all your National Holidays this summer by drinking responsibly!