Turn up “The Star-Spangled Banner” and fire up your grills. It’s time to toast to our independence with a few festive cocktails.
We all know your neighbors will be setting off fireworks for days, so why not prolong your celebration too? Need a good reason? We can help and there's history to back us.
The Fourth of July officially marks America’s freedom from the British Empire, but the recognized date has been debated for centuries. Here’s the rundown.
The Adams argument: According to constitutioncenter.org, our second president’s stance was that Independence Day should be designated as July 2nd, the day the Continental Congress voted in favor independence. Cheers to starting early on the 2nd!
Every other Founding Father’s argument: Freedom may have been declared, but the deal wasn’t officially sealed until the ‘John Hancock’ was signed and printed July 4th. Cheers to the 4th!
Our argument: Both days are worth celebrating! So why limit yourself. Get festive with all things red, white and boozy and shake up one (or two) of these cocktails that pair with your pool party, picnic or barbecue.
Red White and Berry
Whether you are berry excited to see the beautiful array of fireworks light up the starry sky or don’t even make it that far, this cocktail will get you in the stars and stripes spirit.
Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass over ice. Stir in strawberries.
Red and White Cosmo
John Hancock may not have been celebrating independence with a cosmo, but you sure can. Sign the declaration of libation with this Red and White Cosmo in hand as you enjoy your backyard festivities!
- 1 ½ oz Svedka Vodka
- ½ oz Cointreau Orange Liqueur
- ¼ oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 2 oz White Cranberry Juice
- ½ oz Grenadine
- Fresh Blueberries
Combine Svedka, Cointreau, lime juice and cranberry juice in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Pour grenadine along the side of the martini glass so it sinks to the bottom. Garnish with a skewer of fresh blueberries.
Star Spangled Spritz
This cocktail gives proof that when life gives you lemons, you should squeeze them in your drink, put on your American flag swimsuit and let someone else do all the grilling.
- 1 ½ oz Absolut Vodka
- ½ oz Simple Syrup
- 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- 2 oz Soda Water
Fruit Ice (freeze fresh blueberries and chopped strawberries with water in an ice tray)
Combine Absolut, simple syrup and lemon juice in a rocks glass. Add frozen berry ice cubes and top with soda water.
July 4, 1776 marked the official separation and rebirth of a new nation, the United States of America. So, party like it’s 1776 again with these red, white and blue cocktails, your friends and family and some dang good barbecue this Fourth.
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