Memorial Day originated as a somber affair to honor those who have died in service. Over the years, the holiday has taken on a more lighthearted tone, becoming synonymous with the true beginning of summer—it's a signal that it's time to let your hair down and embrace the carefree vibe of the season.
Often, though, the desire to embrace fun and freedom results in going overboard with indulgences. Memorial Day is one of the heaviest drinking weekends of the year and, consequently, comes with high risks of alcohol poisoning, alcohol-related injuries and violence, and impaired driving.
Even if you're taking it a bit easier, hangovers and heat stroke are less-than-pretty side effects of overdoing the booze. So, rather than choosing between a tasty cocktail and a plain ol' glass of water every time you reach for a drink, have some of these yummy beverages on hand to keep yourself and your guests hydrated.
If you alternate every alcoholic drink with at least one of these fruity finds, you'll sail through your weekend happy, healthy, and sans hangover.
The recipes below are a few of my favorite summer mocktails, and all of them can be prepared in bigger batches to serve any number of people.