Pour It Up: The Best 4th of July Cocktails
Who's ready to celebrate the birth of our country by BBQin’ your favorite chicken, jammin’ to music and enjoying ice-cold drinks? We are, and you will be too after reading our list of must-have drinks for your holiday celebration. Flex your independence tomorrow with these tasty cocktails.
SMOKE Stars & Stripes
1.5 oz SMOKE Liqueur
1.5 oz. Rose Champagne
Splash of Pineapple Juice
Garnish with mint and a piece of watermelon
-1 ½ oz. SKYY Vodka
-2 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
-½ oz. Triple Sec
-1 oz.Simple Syrup
-½ oz. Blue Curacao
-½ oz. Water
Mix all ingredients together in a shaker and pour over crushed ice. Garnish with blackberries on a wooden or metal skewer
Star Spangled Punch
-The peel of 3 lemons, each cut in a ½ inch/15 mm wide spiral with a vegetable peeler
-¾ cup/180 ml sugar
-¾ cup/180 ml fresh-squeezed, strained lemon juice
-1 750-ml bottle Chilean Pisco
-1 quart/1 liter cold water
-1 star fruit
Muddle the lemon peels and the sugar together and let sit for at least 90 minutes. Muddle lemon and sugar again and stir in the lemon juice. Add the pisco and the water and stir. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Before serving, cut star fruit into ¼ to ½ inch slices. To serve, pour into a 1 gallon/4-liter punch bowl with a 1-quart/1-liter sized block of ice in it and float star fruit slices.
-2 oz Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum
-Garnish: Nutmeg or half a strawberry and an orange slice
Fill a shaker with finely cracked ice. Add the rum and fill with lemonade. Shake briefly and pour (unstrained) into a pint glass. Add a straw and garnish with either freshly grated nutmeg or half a strawberry and an orange slice.
-Peels of 6 lemons
-.75 cup Demerara sugar
-6 oz Lemon juice
-24 oz Water
In a bowl, muddle the lemon peels and sugar. Let stand for an hour or two to extract the lemon oil. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until the sugar dissolves. Refrigerate until needed.
Contributed by David Wondrich