Patriotic Cocktails for the 4th of July!

red-white-and-blue-cocktailsAre you looking for some all-American cocktails to accompany your Independence Day picnic and fireworks display?

We have five star-spangled cocktail recipes that are sure to add a sparkle to any July 4th gathering!

 

Red, White & Blue Sangria, courtesy of Punchbowl.com

What You Need:

  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple, cut into star shapes
  • 2 bottles dry white wine
  • 1 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/2 Cup berry-flavored vodka
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup

What You Do:

Combine the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir. Chill in the refrigerator for at least four hours.

Red White & Blue Sangria

Red White & Blue Sangria

 

Liberty Cocktail, courtesy of MixThatDrink.com

What You Need:

  • 2 ounces Calvados apple brandy
  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • Squeeze of lime (optional)

What You Do:

Shake everything with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge, if you’d like.

Liberty Cocktail

Liberty Cocktail

 

Americano, courtesy of MixThatDrink.com

What You Need:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Campari
  • 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 3 ounces soda water

What You Do:

Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour in the Campari and vermouth, and then finish with soda. Garnish with an orange slice or twist.

Americano

Americano

 

Fourth of July Cocktail, courtesy of The Food Network

What You Need:

  • 1 ounce watermelon schnapps
  • 1 big splash cranberry juice
  • 1 very thin slice jalapeno or serrano pepper
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 1 slice lime
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1/4 ounce blue curacao
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Watermelon wedge, for garnish (optional)

What You Do:

Mix the schnapps and cranberry juice in a shaker; pour into an ice-filled glass.

Muddle the jalapeno pepper, lemon and lime slices, tequila, blue curacao and simple syrup (to make a batch, dissolve sugar in equal parts hot water and chill) in the shaker. Slowly strain into the glass over the red layer. Garnish with watermelon, if desired.

Fourth of July Cocktail

Fourth of July Cocktail

 

Firecracker Jell-O Shots, courtesy of UV Vodka

What You Need:

  • 1 6-oz package strawberry Jell-O
  • 3 cups UV Blue Raspberry
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 6-oz package berry blue Jell-O

What You Do:

1.       Combine strawberry Jell-O and 2.5 cups hot water in large bowl; stir. Add 1.5 cups UV Blue Raspberry; stir. Use spoon to fill shot glasses 1/3 of the way. Refrigerate 60-90 minute.

2.       Combine 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin and 1.5 cups hot water in large bowl. Stir until gelatin has dissolved; mix in sweetened condensed milk; stir. Use spoon to fill shot glass 2/3 of the way. Refrigerate 60-90 minutes.

3.       Combine berry blue Jell-O and 2.5 cups hot water in large bowl; stir. Add 1.5 cups UV Blue Raspberry; stir. Use spoon to fill shot glasses to top. Refrigerate 60-90 minutes.

Firecracker Jell-O Shots

Firecracker Jell-O Shots

 

Have a happy and safe 4th, and as always, please drink responsibly.

 

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