Feeling thirsty this Memorial Day weekend? We have you covered with a variety of great drinks to make by the pitcher. (Photos/NBC Latino)

Stir up some fun this Memorial Day with cocktails by the pitcher

The thing about weekends is that they’re usually too short. The glorious exception is, of course, the much anticipated holiday weekend. There’s something about a three day summer weekend that begs for lots of time spent with drinks over chilled drinks – and as Memorial Day weekend is officially here, it seems only appropriate that we share some fabulous drink recipes that can be made by the pitcher. After all, the fun only really begins when there are enough drinks to go around.

This avocado mezcal cocktail is icy cold and utterly refreshing.

This avocado mezcal cocktail is icy cold and utterly refreshing. (Photo/Courtesy Avocados of Mexico)

Avocado & Mezcal Cocktail

Untraditional, sure. Delicious? That would be a resounding yes – and if you have any doubts that you can blend up avocados in a cocktail, then expert mixologist Junior Merino has the drink for you. In this cocktail, the creaminess of ripe avocado is accented with the crisp, smoothness of white mezcal and the brightness of lime and Cointreau. Make sure to use avocados that are slightly soft to the touch (a “sure sign they are ripe,” says Merino) and whirl in a blender with plenty of ice for a smooth, cool cocktail perfect for a warm weather weekend.

1 avocado from Mexico, halved, pitted and peeled

6 ounces white mezcal

6 ounces fresh lime juice

4 ounces light agave nectar

3 ounces Midori

2 ounces Cointreau

In a blender, combine all ingredients; whirl until combined. Add 2 cups of ice and blend until smooth. Serve in a glass. Yield: about 5 cups

A michelada.

A michelada. (Photo/Getty Images)

The Michelada

Kick off your holiday weekend with a michelada served at brunch or alongside chips and salsa for a pre-dinner cocktail. The michelada – whose name is a combination of the words “mix” and “chela,” which is slang for beer in Mexico – is a mix of chilled beer, lime and plenty of hot sauce, making this a fiery way to heat up your weekend. Click here to get the recipe.

A mojito cocktail with rum, mint and lime

A mojito cocktail with rum, mint and lime (Photo/Getty Images)

A classic mojito

Cuba may be the birthplace of the classic mojito but there’s no doubt that this has become a drink popular at Latin bars across the country. To make this popular rum-and-lime spritzer for a group, just muddle the mint, lime and sugar in a large pitcher and then stir in ice and the remaining liquid ingredients. Click here to get the recipe.

Perfect red wine sangria, served up at The Barclay Bar in New York City.

Perfect red wine sangria, served up at The Barclay Bar in New York City. (Photo/courtesy Barbara Bahny at the InterContinental New York Barclay.)

Red wine sangria

Nothing says summer quite like a well-chilled, fruity red sangria and Spanish native Jose Torrella has shared his tips on how to take this beverage from simple to stunning. Check out the recipe here.

La Condesa's classic margarita has been named the best in Austin, Texas many times since opening in 2010.

La Condesa’s classic margarita has been named the best in Austin, Texas many times since opening in 2010. (Photo/Courtesy La Condesa)

The margarita

There’s a reason why margaritas remain one of the most popular drinks from coast to coast – made properly, they’re smooth, refreshing and oh-so-delicious.  La Condesa’s version of a classic has been named the “Best Margarita” in all of Austin, Texas but you don’t have to book a flight to the Lone State to discover why. Click here to get the recipe.

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