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9 Hudson Valley Drinks Made for Memorial Day Weekend

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Embrace the summer holiday vibes with the Hudson Valley’s top brews, ciders, bottled cocktails, and other refreshing Memorial Day drinks.

The unofficial start of summer is officially here. As the amuse bouche of the upcoming season, Memorial Day weekend brings with it all the sweet signs of the warm weather to come in the Hudson Valley.

From barbecues and baseball games with the kids to dripping ice cream cones and lazy afternoons outdoors, there are so many excuses to celebrate over the (much needed) long weekend. While you relax over the next few days, make sure to include a few celebratory sips as well. With vaccination rates up across New York State, many family members and friends will reunite for the first time in a long time. Stay safe and catch up over these refreshing Hudson Valley beverages.

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Chatham Brewing Tropical PFIZZ Hard Seltzer

Hard seltzer is here to stay. Chatham Brewing uses real tropical fruit puree to produce PFIZZ. These bubbly beverages are a great change of pace from the beers and ciders that dominate Hudson Valley coolers. Summer fruits add a subtle sweetness and only bring 5g of carbs to the party. Wash down backyard barbecue with the deliciously crisp PFIZZ, a winner among Memorial Day drinks.

Graft Cider Salt & Sand

Newburgh’s Graft Cider always features bright and bold notes in its ciders. “Salt & Sand” is the ultimate summer cider. This seasonal release welcomes the warm weather as a part of the Green Earth series, which donates 10 percent to nonprofits that protect the environment. This refreshing “cocktail-in-a-can” channels a smoky mezcal margarita. Big lemon and lime zest notes make this easily crushable, but be careful: real agave sweetness masks a hefty 6.9 percent ABV.

Hudson Valley Distillers Basil Crush

This scenic Germantown distillery goes beyond crafting spirits for the perfect cocktails; it bottles its own mixed drinks! Hudson Valley Distillers’ introduces even the pickiest palates to the world of gin. Its Fellows Gin swaps out juniper berries for 100-percent New York grapes and very subtle botanicals. The aptly named “Basil Crush” combines Fellows Gin with refreshing lemon juice and basil. Fresh, floral, and approachable, this bottled cocktail has broad appeal.

Mill House Light

Every Memorial Day weekend get-together needs a light beer. Why not go local? Mill House Brewing Co. offers Mill House Light as the ideal summer session. This thirst-quenching lager brings together locally sourced six-row barley and crystal hops, which deliver a hint of woodsy spice. Crisp and clean, this 3.5 percent ABV beer is best when ice cold. (Alternatively, Cucumber Blessings ushers in the summer produce season expertly.)

No Assembly Required X Built It Boss

The best beverage deals in the Hudson Valley involve local collabs. Angry Orchard teams up with Newburgh Brewing Company on an all-in-one four pack. The Orange County producers craft two LEGO-themed brews to acknowledge the opening of LEGOLAND New York. Angry Orchard’s No Assembly Required brings notes of ripe apple and a balances sweetness. Build It Boss is an easy-drinking IPA, with nice pineapple and red candy flavor. Both cans have cute illustrations of amusement parks and iconic bricks.

Rip Van Winkle Hibiscus Blonde Ale

Memorial Day weekend bridges spring colors and May flowers with summer barbecues and pool season. Rip Van Winkle Brewing Co. makes a beer that embodies the changing of seasons. Oobie Hibiscus Blonde Ale brings sweet, floral notes and a delightfully pink hue. The Catskill brewery steeps this ale with hibiscus for wonderfully jammy flavor. Rip Van Winkle produces Oobie in honor of a family member, and donates $2 of every pint sold to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Join the fight when you sip this unique Hudson Valley brew.

Sloop Brewing Company No Tan Line

Sloop Brewing Co.’s line of no-frills NEIPAs pokes fun at seasonal holiday beer trends. In typical Sloop fashion, this bright and hazy brew takes on the summer with the name “No Tan Line.” The East Fishkill team brewed No Tan Line with flaked oats and flaked wheat for a smooth mouthfeel. Tasting notes from Citra Cryo and Cashmere hops include orange juice, gummy, candy, and just a hint of rainbow sherbet. How fun does that sound?

Tin Barn Queen Citra

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Tin Barn Brewing Company Queen Citra IPA

Chester’s fast-rising Tin Barn Brewery swings for the fences this summer with a hazy triple New England IPA. This bold “queen of the juice” features 9.3 percent ABV, and uses Citra hops to their fullest potential. Kettle-hopped, bio-hopped, and triple dry-hopped, Queen Citra showcases big, bright, citrus notes and a wonderful aroma. For onsite consumption, check out Tin Barn’s new outdoor patio, open for Memorial Day.

Italian 75 Cocktail / Photo courtesy Essie’s Restaurant

Essie’s Italian 75 Cocktail

“Memorial Day is where we pay homage to all the servicemen and women who put their lives on the line,” says Brandon Walker, chef and owner at Essie’s Restaurant in Poughkeepsie. To honor the occasion, he recommends an Italian 75, made with “navy strength” gin, aperol, lemon juice, simple syrup, and prosecco. This Italian 75 brings tons of class to Memorial Day drinks.

Italian 75 Recipe

Courtesy of Essie’s Restaurant

1oz Gustaf Navy Strength gin
¼ oz aperol
¼ oz lemon juice
½ oz simple syrup
Prosecco to top it off

Put all ingredients in a shaker, except for the prosecco. Shake and double strain into a flute. Top it off with prosecco and garnish with an orange peel.

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