Chilled rosés, crisp pilsners and refreshing cocktails are among F&W editors' top picks for outdoor parties over the long weekend.
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Best Cocktail: Mojito
“It's such a great spring/summer drink. The tangy lime, the fragrant mint—it's so superrefreshing. The ingredients are all easy to find—you just need white rum and club soda (plus mint and lime), and then you can make one of those instant simple syrups with quick dissolving sugar, and you're set. It's an all around great party drink: simple, pretty. It's good for daytime; it's fun at night!”—Kate Krader, Restaurant Editor and Editor of Food & Wine Cocktails 2012
Best Wine: Rosé
“This Memorial Day I'm hoping I'll end up somewhere outside. And regardless of what food's being served, if it's springtime weather and the sun is out and I'm lounging around in a grassy field or on a beach or what-have-you, I hope I'll be drinking dry rosé (ideally from the south of France). Some of my favorites are Commanderie de la Bargemone, Commanderie de Peyrassol, Mas Carlot and Domaine Tempier.”—Ray Isle, Executive Wine Editor