Fourth of July Mixology: Cocktails Worthy of Your Independence Day Party


Jul. 1 2014, Published 7:11 p.m. ET

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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 & Bourbon

created by Chef Lee Anne Wong, serves 2

¼ cup lime juice, freshly squeezed and strained

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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.

Taste of Freedom

Taste 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 Daiquiri

Grilled Fruit Daiquiri

2-3 Pieces of Grilled Fruit (Mango, Pineapple, or Cantaloupe)*

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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.


Malibu 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 Rickey

2 GINGERS Cherry Rickey

1.5 parts 2 GINGERS® Irish Whiskey

Juice from 1/4 lemon, freshly squeezed

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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 Fireworks

Strawberry 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.

What do you stock your bar with for summer parties? Tell us in the comments or tweet @OKMagazine.


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