America’s Birthday is just a week away, and that means it’s time to start planning the festivities. Hot dogs? Check! Fireworks? Check! Fourth of July Cocktails? Check!
That’s right, cocktails! What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with these showcase sippers, all done up in Red, White and Blue! We’ve got a collection of taste bud-tempting delights for you to try out with your friends and family.
Fourth of July Cocktail
- 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)
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.
- 6 oz watermelon
- 1oz blueberry vodka
- 1-2 lemon wedges
- Blue decorating sugar
Puree watermelon, vodka and juice of one lemon wedge in a blender. Add ice (to desired thickness) and blend until smooth.
If sugaring the rim, pour a small amount of blue decorating sugar onto a plate. Run lemon wedge around the rim of the glass. Dip rim in sugar.
Pour cocktail into glass.
Red, White and Blue DaiquirisThe Cocktail Base:
- 1 – 6-oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate (2/3 c.)
- 1/2 of a 6-oz. can frozen limeade concentrate (1/3 c.)
- 2/3 c. light rum *you can use the 6 oz. lemonade can to measure
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup powdered sugar (or more to taste)
- 3 c. ice cubes
- Garnish (see below)
White Daiquiris: In a blender combine lemonade and limeade concentrates, rum and powdered sugar. Cover and blend until smooth. Add ice blending until slushy.
Blue Daiquiris: Prepare as for white daiquiris, except add 1/4 c. blue curacao along with the frozen lemonade and limeade concentrates, rum and powdered sugar.
Red Daiquiris: Prepare as for white daiquiris, except use one 6-oz. can of frozen lemonade orlimeade concentrate. Add 2 cups frozen unsweetened strawberries or slightly sweetened red raspberries to the blender with the concentrate, rum and powdered sugar.
For Non-Alcoholic Daiquiris: Substitute pineapple juice or water for the rum. Add a touch of blue food coloring for the blue “daiquiris”.
- 1 cup finely crushed ice
- ¼ fl. oz. blue curacao liqeuer
- 2 fl. oz lemon-flavored vodka
- ¼ fl. oz. raspberry flavored liqueur
- Divide the ice into 3 bowls.
In the first bowl, mix ½ cup of ice with 1 fl. oz of lemon-flavored vodka.
In the second bowl, mix ¼ cup of ice with ¼ fl. oz. of blue curacao liqueur and ½ fl. oz of lemon-flavored vodka.
In the third bowl, mix ¼ cup of ice with raspberry liqueur and ½ fl. oz. of lemon-flavored vodka.
Layer ice into glasses, blue, white and red.
Invent Your Own Cocktail
Here’s some ideas for adding red, white and blue flair to your own cocktail inventions!
- UV Vodka Blue
- WKD Original Vodka Blue
- Blue Curacao liqueur
- Berry Blue Kool-Aid
- Blueberry ice cubes
- Red wine
- Maraschino cherries or strawberries
- Cranberry juice