With the weekend of July 4th quickly approaching, it’s time to talk about seasonally appropriate 4th of July cocktails.  This is the day of celebrating America, so drink American-themed drinks.  There are so many good ones, from cocktails to punch, just be careful.  Day drinking has rules.  Here are five of our favorite libations for the 4th:

 

Born Free

 

1½ oz. vodka

1 oz. watermelon schnapps

½ oz. cranberry juice

½ oz. lemon juice

½ oz. simple syrup

¼ oz. blue curacao

Soda water

 

Instructions:

 

To make simple syrup, mix equal parts hot water and sugar until sugar is dissolved over low medium-low heat. Chill to cool.

This is a three-layer beverage: red, white, and blue. Combine the chilled simple syrup with watermelon schnapps and cranberry juice over ice. This is the red. Carefully add lemon, simple syrup, and vodka to create the white layer, then very carefully add the blue curacao to create the final, blue layer, and gently top with soda. Yum!

 

 

Red Hound

 

2 oz. vodka

¼ oz. Maraschino Luxardo

1½ oz. grapefruit juice

Splash simple syrup

Garnish: grapefruit wedge

 

Instructions:

 

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

 

Red, White, & Blueberry

 

4 oz. Maker's Mark Bourbon

¼ c. lime juice

¼ c. lemon juice

½ c. orange juice

1 oz. simple syrup

4 mint leaves

Splash club soda

Garnish: mint leaves, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries

 

Instructions:

 

Combine juices, bourbon, simple syrup, and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice and add a splash of soda. Garnish with mint leaves, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries.

 

Patriot Punch

 

2 parts Whiskey

1 part Apricot Brandy

1 part Cranberry Juice

2 parts Champagne

Lemon Wheel (thinly sliced)

 

Instructions:

 

To Serve As A Punch: Double the recipe and multiply by the number of guests you plan to serve. Add Whiskey, Apricot Brandy and cranberry juice to a punch bowl, stir and refrigerate. When guests arrive, add champagne and lemon wheels. Serve over ice in red wine glasses.

 

Budweiser

 

Cardboard box with 12 cans of all-American goodness

 

Instructions:

 

Pour cans into a cooler.  Cover with ice and allow time to chill.  Serve with a koozie.