Best 4th of July Drinks
Part of the fun of the Fourth of July is to mix a little bit of alcohol in with the cookout and fireworks – with those dandy little explosives only being handled by those who aren't drinking. (Like that's going to happen.) Traditionally, people do the beer thing on this particular, and often hot, summer evening. There's nothing wrong with that, but that doesn't mean we can't mix things up a bit. Literally.
The beauty of it is how diverse a choice one has here. Things can be made simple or complex, and can also be tailored to fit the feel of the party. You can go hardcore patriot and full-blown Americana, or you can take things down a notch and serve drinks that are more about summer in general than our country’s birthday. The choice is yours, as is cited in the Declaration of Independence. I’m sure it’s somewhere.
You and your guests can be as cool as a cucumber (had to say it) with this drink.
1. Wet the rim of a margarita glass, dip in salt and let dry.
2. Fill the glass with ice.
3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add in the Cucumber-Infused Tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup.
4. Shake until well chilled.
5. Strain the cocktail into the glass and garnish with a cucumber slice.
This drink will end up looking like the turquoise waters on the beach of the most beautiful tropical paradise you can imagine.
0.5 oz. spiced rum
1 oz. blue curacao
2 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. or top with ginger beer
1. Combine the spiced rum, blue curacao, and pineapple juice in a cocktail shaker.
2. Shake and strain into a Collins glass or clear mug filled with ice.
3. Garnish with a pineapple leaf, top with ginger beer, and serve.
Blueberry Lavender Lemonade
Lemonade goes with summer about as well as anything. This will give any 4th of July gathering an extra bit of nostalgic, Americana fueled kick.
- 15 Blueberries2 Juiced Lemons ½ Teaspoon (minimum) of agave nectar
- 1 ½ oz of vodka or gin
- 3 sprigs of lavender and 2/3 cup of cold water
- (2/3 cup of lavender tea will work too) Lots of ice
1. In the mixing glass, mix-up the blueberries with the lavender sprigs (fresh if possible). Then squeeze in the lemon juice, agave nectar, and the booze of choice.
2. Pour in the water, and stir with a fork.
3. Pour the drink into the serving glass (Mason Jars are a great idea here) and stir one last time with a spoon.
Easy, fun, and perfect for the 4th where the red, white, and blue colors belong. It will please everyone from the dignified patriot to that friend or neighbor who is the living embodiment of ‘MURICA!!!!
1.5 oz. vodka
1 oz. lemon juice
1.5 oz. blue curacao
1. oz. grenadine A splash of maple syrup
1. Fill a tall glass with ice.
2. Slowly add in the grenadine.
3. Now add the blue curacao, also slowly. The liquids have different weights, which separates the colors. The red grenadine floats to the top.
4. Place ice, lemon juice, the syrup, and non-communist vodka into a shaker. Cover and shake then slowly add to the glass.
5. Add an optional garnish. A cherry works wonders.