Celebrate America with These 4th of July Cocktails

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July 4th is the day we, as Americans, celebrate our independence from Great Britain. It’s been a few years, but we continue to party in the only way we know how: by shooting fireworks into the sky, creating giant explosions above our heads for our amusement. The only thing that could make a loud, violent sky filled with fire better would be by imbibing one of these tasty Independence Day-themed cocktails that are as fun to make as they are to drink.

Celebrate With These 4th of July Cocktails:

Patriotic Punch

Courtesy of Svedka Vodka
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Ingredients:

  • 1½ parts SVEDKA Cucumber Lime
  • ¾ part simple syrup
  • ¾ part fresh lime juice
  • 1 strawberry (top removed)

Instructions: 

Muddle strawberry in a cocktail shaker, add remaining ingredients, and fill with ice. Shake well and fine strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Garnish with strawberries and a cucumber slice.

 

American Cucumber Cocktail

Courtesy of Kim Crawford Wines

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 seedless cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime thinly sliced
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup of lime juice
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1 bottle of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 liter bottle carbonated water, chilled

Instructions: 

In a large pitcher, combine cucumber, lime slices and 12 mint leaves in a large pitcher. In a small bowl, stir together lime juice and honey until combined. Pour over cucumber mixer, add wine, stirring gently. Cover and chill for at least two hours. (Recipe makes a batch. For single serving, use parts;1 oz = 1 part)

 

THE SPARKLER

Courtesy of Martini & Rossi

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Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces Martini & Rossi Prosecco
  • 1 scoop Raspberry Sorbet
  • Garnish: Raspberries

Preparation:

Using a melon baller, add a scoop of raspberry to a chilled champagne flute. Fill with Martini & Rossi Prosecco. Garnish with raspberries.

 

BERRY AMERICAN

Courtesy of St-Germain

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Ingredients:

  • 1 part St-Germain French Elderflower Liqueur
  • 2 parts Vodka
  • ¾ part Fresh Lemon
  • ¼ part Simple Syrup
  • 1 part Muddled Strawberry
  • Top with Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rosé

Preparation:

Shake and strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass. Top with Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rosé. Garnish with strawberries.

 

Smoke & Spice

By Spoke & Steele’s Tyler Burns

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Ingredients:

  • 1 oz rittenhouse rye
  • 1 oz monte alban reposado
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz lazzaroni amaretto
  • 1/2 oz spiced simple syrup 
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 dash apple bitters
  • 2 dash San Francisco alpine herb bitters
  • Cedar plank

Preparations:

Build all ingredients in a cocktail tin over ice, shake and strain into the beaker. Using a blowtorch, torch a small circle on one end of the cedar plank until smoking. Quickly use the inverted coupe glass to trap in some of the smoke and serve with the cocktail on the side.

 

Red, White & Bluegrass State

Courtesy of Maker’s Mark

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Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
  • 2–3 large blackberries
  • ½ part raspberry liqueur
  • 2 parts ginger ale

Preparation:

Muddle 2 or 3 large blackberries in a Collins glass with a splash of raspberry liqueur. Add in equal parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon and ginger ale. Stir gently. Top off with ice.