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Informal wine and cheese ideas for Memorial Day parties in New York

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Memorial Day weekend is only a month away. Nothing is better than wine and cheese at a summer soiree. New Yorkers heading out to beaches and barbecues want food and drink that requires little or no preparation. Consider informal wine and cheese ideas for Memorial Day parties from NYC to the Hamptons.

Wine over ice or mixed with chilled tonic are classic choices that offer little flavor or creativity. A bowl of sangria is another popular choice people have seen for years. An innovative option for Memorial Day weekend is the patriotic Great American Julep. The minty taste is refreshing and just slightly intoxicating.

The Great American Julep is easy to make. Mix and muddle 2 ounces of The Great American Wine Company chardonnay with ½ ounce of simple syrup (1:1 sugar/water) and a half dozen sprigs of fresh mint with crushed ice in a highball glass or julep cup. Daring party goers can substitute peach liqueur in place of the simple syrup.

Instead of cutting up cheese with crackers, get the same flavor by serving John Wm. Macy's CheeseSticks, which are made with real aged cheese. These crunchy snacks can be left out to nosh on during Memorial Day soirees without worrying about spoilage. They can also be taken to picnics, beaches and other outdoor venues that don't have a refrigerator.

Wine and cheese is a delicious, classy addition to any Memorial Day party. Step out of the box by serving the Great American Julep and CheeseSticks for a tasty treat that is completely fuss-free. Find more Memorial Day cocktail recipes at The Wine Bar and simple snack ideas at the Twists on Snacks blog.

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