Memorial Day: Try These Pinterest Pitcher Cocktails For Your Barbecue

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We know Memorial Day started as a day to commemorate our lost and fallen soldiers -- and we still think it should be -- but we also can call a spade a spade: it really has become national barbecue day.

Rather than throw back the same old beers and wines that you do at every other outdoor party, why not switch it up this time?

How about some pitcher cocktails?

We scoured the interwebs (i.e. Pinterest) to find alcoholic recipes to quench your thirst and help with the party.

See Also: Memorial Day Coming Next Week: Try These Lamb Recipes on the Grill

Sangria, Posted by Andrea Meyers

One orange, cut into 1/8-inch slices

One lemon, cut into 1/8-inch slices

One cup granulated sugar

One (750 ml) bottle dry white wine (chardonnay)

One (750 ml) bottle dry red wine (cabernet sauvignon)

Sliced peaches, grapes, strawberries, or other seasonal fruit

Gin, Grand Marnier, or brandy to taste (I did 4 shots of Grand Marnier.)

Step One: Combine the orange, lemon, sugar and wines in a large glass bowl or pitcher and stir for several minutes until the sugar is dissolved. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 to 6 hours, or overnight.

Step Two: Just before serving, add the optional fruits and spirits. Serve over ice or, just before serving, place some ice cubes in a punch bowl.

Bellini Moonshiners, Pinned by Cynthia Roney

32 basil, leaves

Two limes (about 1/4 cup), Juice of

Two peaches, ripe pitted, and quartered

One liter Sparkling water

One bottle Sparkling wine

One and half cup Moonshine

Step One: In a large pitcher, muddle peaches, basil, and sugar using a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon. Add four cups ice.

Step Two: Add the lime juice and moonshine. Stir.

Step Three: When serving, divide the mixture evenly among eight highball glasses (or Solo cups) and top off with sparkling water and sparkling wine.

Step Four: Garnish each glass with a basil leaf.

Red, White, and Blue Sangria, Posted by Punchbowl

Strawberries, sliced


Pineapple, cut into star shapes

Two Bottles dry white wine

One cup Triple Sec

Half cup berry-flavored vodka

Half cup fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup simple syrup

Step One: Combine the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir.

Step Two: Chill in the refrigerator for four hours or more. (

Follow Sara Ventiera on Twitter, @saraventiera.

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