What to Eat and Drink Over Memorial Day Weekend

It's here. The weekend we've all been waiting for...the weekend that tells us Summer is here and it's time to celebrate. Time for extra food, extra drinks, extra sunshine, and an extra day to enjoy it. So if you're planning on cooking, check out these tasty Memorial Day menu options, and if you plan on allowing some one else to do all the cooking, well at least you can get your eyes and stomach ready for what's potentially to come.  If y'all are anything like me, the classics are what you get excited about: hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, watermelon and corn on the cob. Just throw it on the grill, give it some succulent smokey flavor, and you're in heaven. However, I realize that others may be growing tired of having the same foods every year. So for those of you who are looking to mix it up, or just want to taste your BBQ favorites in a different way, here are some menu options. Riffs on American favorites, if you will, that add extra flavor and a twist to the familiar.

Lively libations:

Happy Hour: Spiked Sparkling Rhubarb Lemonade

Rhum Clement 'Ti Punch

Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria Recipe

Ole' Grand Dad's Lemonade Recipe

Rooster Punch Popsicles Recipe

Appetizing Appetizers:

Grilled Corn and Mango Guacamole

Herbed Goat Cheese-Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe

Cilantro, Basil, and Mint Yogurt Dip

The main event:

Four Great Ideas for Vegetarian Grilling

Grilled Sausage and Pepper Sandwich Recipe

Sicilian Turkey Burger Recipe

Tropical Fourth of July Burger Recipe

Grilled Trout Burger

BBQ Short Rib Recipe

Spice-filled side dishes:

Haitian Coleslaw

Grilled Treviso with Watercress and Creamy Blue Cheese Recipe

Warm Potato Salad with Arugula and String Beans Recipe

Baked Beans Recipe: The Perfect Summer Side Dish

Street Food Focus: Mexican Street Corn

Watermelon revivals:

Watermelon Basil Salad Recipe

Watermelon and Manchego Stacked with Arugula Pesto

Spiked Watermelon Recipe for Memorial Day BBQ

Twists on the traditional apple pies and crumbles:

Three Ingredient Nectarine Galette

Rhubarb Crumble Recipe

Sour Cherry Pie with Brown Butter Almond Crumble


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