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B. Smith's Memorial Day cocktails

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B. Smith is a lifestyle expert. She offers us some Memorial Day cocktail suggestions. align="left"

By Lucy Cohen Blatter

Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to throw back some drinks with friends.

But why stick to the same old wine and beer? Lifestyle expert B. Smith suggested two special Memorial Day cocktails.

"These drinks are perfect for an outdoor gathering on Memorial Day; They can be made in large quantities, and can be made alcoholic or non-alcoholic depending on the audience; perfect for a gathering for friends or family,” she said.Sparkling Pear Sangria

1 bottle sparkling white wine (a prosecco or spumante)

1 bottle sparkling pear cider

¾ cup triple sec

¾ cup pear brandy

Add ice cubes, diced mango and a few white grapes to a large glass and serve.

Berry Tea Punch*

**Depending on which flavor you choose, the recipe can be modified (seltzer, fruit, garnish, etc). If you want to give this non-alcoholic drink a little kick, add rum, vodka or your favorite spirit.

8 Raspberry, Blueberry, or Strawberry tea bags

4 cups boiling water

1 cup sugar or sugar substitute

1 (750 mil) bottle chilled sparkling cider

3 cups chilled flavored sparkling seltzer water

1 cups Fresh fruit, diced

Citrus slices, to garnish

Place tea bags in a large container. Add the boiling water and let steep 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags; add the sugar while the tea is hot. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Add the sparkling seltzer water. Serve in tall glasses over ice, add the diced fruit. Garnish with citrus slices.

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