If you’re thinking about livening up the boozy offerings at your 4th of July barbecue this weekend, look no further than these creative grown-ups only beverages. From patriotic shots to sweet sippers, there will be something for everyone at your home bar this year.

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Red,_White_&_BourbonRed, White & Bourbon
created by Chef Lee Anne Wong, serves 2

¼ cup lime juice, freshly squeezed and strained
¼ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed and strained
½ cup orange juice, freshly squeezed and strained
4 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
1 part simple syrup
4 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
Assorted berries: raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries
Splash club soda

Combine the juices, Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, simple syrup, and mint leaves in a large shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into 2 tall glasses over ice and add a splash of soda. Cut berries and mint leaves for garnish. Serve immediately.

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Taste of FreedomTaste of Freedom
2 oz American Harvest Organic Vodka
1/2oz Le Combier Triple Sec
1/2oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4oz Grenadine

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and add ice. Shake well and strain into the chilled glass. Garnish with the lemon twist.

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Grilled DaiquiriGrilled Fruit Daiquiri
2-3 Pieces of Grilled Fruit (Mango, Pineapple, or Cantaloupe)*
2 oz. Selvarey White
1 oz. Simple Syrup
3/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Lime wedge, for garnish

In a mixing vessel, muddle the grilled fruit with the simple syrup and lime juice. Add Selvarey White and ice. Shake vigorously, and fine strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

*Grilled Fruit: De-core or de-seed fruit first and cut so as to expose a large area of fruit flesh. Grill, flesh side down, until grill marks are present (about 2 minutes). Cut chunks of fruit from grilled flesh and use to muddle in cocktail.

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Malibu_AmerFlag_shotMalibu American Flag
.75 parts Blue Curacao
.75 parts Malibu Coconut Rum
.75 parts Campari

In a shot glass layer Blue Curacao, then Malibu and then Campari on the top for a very Patriotic-looking shooter or sipper.

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Cherry Rickey2 GINGERS Cherry Rickey
1.5 parts 2 GINGERS® Irish Whiskey
Juice from 1/4 lemon, freshly squeezed
1 tsp. maraschino cherry juice
Lemon-lime soda

Combine all non-carbonated ingredients in a shaker and add ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass. Then, fill the Collins glass with new ice and top with lemon-lime soda or soda water. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry and a round of lemon.

Strawberry FireworksStrawberry Fireworks
3 parts Hornitos® Plata Tequila
Handful of fresh strawberries
Juice from 1 lime
2 teaspoons superfine sugar
Fresh pepper
1 cup club soda

Put strawberries in a small pitcher and mash to your desired consistency. Add juice, club soda, Hornitos® Plata and combine along with 4 good grinds from the pepper mill. Fill 2 glasses halfway with ice and divide drink among glasses.

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