Top 5 Fourth of July Cocktails

Here are my top five cocktail suggestions just in time for the 4th of July weekend...Most of these are easy to prepare and will make your independence day or weekend festivities a hit whether you are by the pool or barbequing in the backyard.

Looking for something light and refreshing to sip while you lounge poolside? Check out this fruity fusion of strawberries, lemons, and vodka.

Strawberry Delight

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz SKYY Vodka
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • top with soda water
  • 3 strawberries
  • 2 cucumber slices

Preparation – Muddle strawberries and cucumbers with simple syrup. Combine lemon juice and vodka in a shaker with ice and shake until extremely cold. Strain into a collins glass over fresh ice. Top with soda water, stir, and garnish with a fresh strawberry and cucumber.

Blackberry Surprise

Ingredients:

  • Muddled b​lackberries
  • ​3/4 oz l​emon
  • 3/4 oz v​anilla syrup
  • 3/4 oz Blond Lillet (aperitif wine)
  • 1.5 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin

Preparation - Muddle blackberries and add lemon, vanilla syrup, Lillet and Bombay Sapphire gin. Serve in a martini coupe with 1 blackberry on a bamboo pic laid on top of a glass.

 

THE 4th Of July Cocktail

  • 1 oz watermelon schnapps
  • 1 big splash cranberry juice
  • 1 very thin slice jalapeno or serrano pepper
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 1 slice lime
  • 1.5 oz blanco tequila
  • 1/4 oz blue curacao
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • watermelon wedge, for garnish (optional)

Preparation - Mix the schnapps and cranberry juice in a shaker; pour into an ice-filled glass. Muddle the jalapeno pepper, lemon and lime slices, tequila, blue curacao and simple syrup (to make a batch, dissolve sugar in equal parts hot water and chill) in the shaker. Slowly strain into the glass over the red layer. Garnish with watermelon.

 

Patriotic Punch

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
  • 1 bottle Lunazul Blanco Tequila
  • 25 oz. Pomegranate Juice
  • 25 oz. Cranberry Juice

Preparation - Combine one bottle of Lunazul Blanco Tequila, one bottle of X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, 25 oz. of pomegranate juice, and 25 oz. of cranberry juice in a bowl. Serve mixture directly into ice filled glasses and stir to cool the mixture. Garnish with lime twist.

 

Firecracker

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Organic Vodka
  • 1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • pinch of fresh basil
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon chopped chilies

Preparation -Muddle basil and chilies in simple syrup. Combine ingredients, shake and strain into a martini glass, garnish with a basil leaf.

 

Comments

mnagy

Glad you like them, Kristen...Have a great 4th weekend! Let me know how it turns out.