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40+Easy Memorial Day Recipes & Cocktails

Get ready to celebrate the long weekend with these Easy Memorial Day Recipes and Cocktails! We’ve included not only our favorite mocktails and cocktails but appetizers, BBQ foods, salads, and more. Everything you need to celebrate the unofficial start of summer with your friends and family!

The Best Memorial Day Recipes + Cocktails

What do you to celebrate Memorial Day? Our favorite part is just getting outside and enjoying the sunshine after a long, cold winter! And, of course – the food and drinks! You can’t celebrate the beginning of summer without some delicious Memorial Day recipes, those foods that you’re eating again for the first time since last summer.

Think potato salad, fruit salad with fresh berries, all the meats coated in barbecue sauce, burgers and hot dogs and sweet treats, alongside some jello shots, pitcher margaritas, and kid-friendly mocktails. These easy recipes are the best part of Memorial Day weekend, in our opinion!

We’ve taken the time to gather some of the best dishes to serve up to guests on Memorial Day or your next big gathering. Let us know which one is your favorite!

Cocktails & Mocktails

Crown Royal Peach Jello Shots

With just 4 ingredients, you can turn your favorite bottle of whiskey into Crown Royal Jello Shots! These Crown Royal Peach Jello Shots are made simply with whiskey, jello, water and peach rings!

Pineapple Mimosas

A twist on a classic orange juice mimosa, these Pineapple Mimosas are made with just 2 ingredients. Each one is ready in seconds and makes a light, refreshing drink for any gathering.

pineapple mimosa

Mermaid Water

With 3 types of liquor, this Mermaid Water Drink is a fun, fruity rum punch. This big batch cocktail is perfect for summer parties, bridal showers, birthday parties, and more. Or just enjoy while floating in the pool!

mermaid water

Classic Margarita for a Crowd

If you want something fun and boozy without needing to make individual cocktails, you can’t go wrong with pitcher margaritas! Prep these before the party and let everyone pour their own cocktail.

Blue Lagoon Mocktail

This tropical Blue Lagoon Mocktail is made without any alcohol! The bright blue color and citrusy flavor is perfect for warmer months! We used blue curaçao syrup to get the beautiful blue color it’s known for. Plus, they’re kid-friendly making it perfect for any kind of party!

Cranberry Lemonade

Cranberry lemonade is a wonderful beverage for get togethers with family and friends. A delicious twist to the original, it will be a firm favorite in no time!

Easy Appetizers & Dips

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe is everyone’s favorite game day or party appetizer! Made with juicy shredded chicken, creamy ranch dressing, cream cheese, hot sauce, and loads of cheese, this easy and delicious Buffalo Chicken Dip is then baked until golden, bubbly, and perfect for dipping.

Lemon Dill Hummus

This Lemon Dill Hummus is bright, zesty, and is made without garlic! It comes together in just 5 minutes, and is naturally vegan and gluten-free!

Easy Salad Kabobs

Make these Easy Salad Kabobs for your next dinner party or an upcoming holiday! They are quick and simple to make, and so fun to eat! Your kids and family will love them!

Buffalo Turkey Meatballs

These easy Buffalo Turkey Meatballs are made in the crockpot and are gluten free, Whole30, and Paleo friendly.

Smoked Salsa

Jazz up your salsa and go smoked! Smoked Salsa has unbelievable flavor – you’ll never want it any other way!

BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos

Pulled Pork Nachos are the ultimate bar food! Made with layers of tortilla chips, shredded cheese, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, beans, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, cilantro, and green onions.

Springtime Salads

Easy Potato Salad

This EASY Potato Salad recipe is made using a few traditional ingredients including a combination of mayo and mustard, relish, potatoes, eggs, celery, and onions. Garnish with dill, paprika, green onions, and even bacon.

Crab Pasta Salad

This Crab Pasta Salad is always a hit at parties, backyard BBQ’s and holidays. It’s super simple and is loaded with imitation crab meat, peas, broccoli, green pepper and onion.

Creamy Cucumber Dill Salad

Creamy Cucumber Dill Salad is refreshing and delicious. It takes 10 minutes to make including prep time and perfect for your meaty grilled mains.

Summer Pasta Salad

A BBQ favorite, this summer pasta salad with mozzarella, basil and tomatoes.

Grilled Zucchini Salad

This grilled zucchini salad is one of my favorite zucchini recipes. That’s because this salad is one of the freshest things you can eat this summer. Plus, it’s veggie-centric, making it vegan, gluten free, and dairy free!

Four Bean Salad

This quick and easy four bean salad is simple and delicious. With a tangy vinaigrette it’s perfect for a bbq, bring a plate (pot luck) or a picnic. Tuck in!

Meaty Mains from the BBQ + Other Main Dishes

Grilled Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

This Grilled Steak is mouthwatering tender, juicy and topped with the most flavorful garlic and herb Chimichurri sauce. This steak recipe can be on your table in 20 minutes!

Chicago style hot dogs

Chicago style hot dogs are easy to make at home and perfect for summer!

Burgers with Fresh Tomato Relish

Juicy all-beef burgers grilled over an open fire. Topped with a chopped fresh tomato relish that has a touch of sweetness from honey and a little tang from apple cider vinegar.

Shrimp kabobs

Get ready to spice up your summertime grilling with these delicious shrimp kabobs! Fresh shrimp and vegetables are seasoned and grilled, then finished off with banana pepper sauce for a light and fresh meal with a bit of a kick!

Grilled Dry Rub Chicken

If you love grilling as much as I do, you’re going to love my Grilled Dry Rub Chicken Wings with those tasty charred bits.

Tasty Sides

Mexican Street Corn

This Healthy Mexican Street Corn is no mayo, no butter and all the flavor. It’s the lighter, healthier version of the traditional Mexican Elotes recipe.

Brown Sugar Green Beans with Bacon

Tender fresh green beans tossed in melted butter, garlic, and brown sugar and topped with chopped bacon pieces. Perfectly sweet and salty and a classic side dish to any meal.

Parmesan Truffle Fries

These Parmesan Truffle Fries can only be described as gourmet with each crispy fry coated in truffle and salty parmesan.

Pineapple Slaw

This recipe will suitably serve 4 people as a side salad option, but you can easily double up the ingredients to make a larger batch for a garden BBQ party this summer.

BBQ Baked Beans

BBQ Baked Beans are an old fashioned staple that is enjoyed in all the regions of America. These beans in the slow cooker are made from scratch and it comes out with an excellent sweet and spicy flavor.

Salsa Mac and Cheese

Stovetop macaroni and cheese is my favorite way to make creamy mac and cheese. The cheese melts so nicely and the roux helps it to get extra thick. And for this version, you can also toast up the jalapeños for extra flavor.

Sweet Treats

Red Velvet Cake Balls

Red Velvet Cake Balls are moist balls of cake, mixed with cream cheese frosting covered in chocolate. Perfect for Memorial Day or Fourth of July gatherings.

Red White and Blue Patriotic Trifle Recipe

This Patriotic Trifle Recipe features delicious red, white and blue layers for a festive dessert perfect for the 4th of July or Memorial Day! A patriotic treat everyone will love!

Hawaiian Fruit Salad

This creamy Hawaiian fruit salad recipe is the perfect blend of creamy goodness and tropical fruit! It’s also such an easy recipe to throw together and is always a crowd-pleaser!

Berries & Cream Waffle Sandwiches

These patriotic mini waffle berry sandwiches make a yummy dessert. Whipped cream and strawberries are sandwiched between two mini waffles, and topped off with a blueberry.

Blueberry Delight

No-Bake Blueberry Delight (aka Blueberry Yum Yum) is a cool and creamy dessert made with a graham cracker crust and layers of sweetened cream cheese, blueberry pie filling, and Cool Whip.

Patriotic Mini Fruit Tarts

Mini fruit tarts make the perfect dessert for the 4th of July! This tartlet dessert is made with coconut cream and is totally gluten-free, too!

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