Cocktail Corner: Festive Drinks for the Fourth

Posted on Jul 3 by Leslie Dinaberg

IMG_8263A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg

What better time to raise a glass than on the 4th of July. Here a few fun recipes to impress your guests, both this weekend and throughout the entire summer!

True Blue Cocktail, courtesy photo

True Blue Cocktail, courtesy photo

True Blue Cocktail

1 oz. CÎROC Vodka

1/2 oz. Blue Curacao

1/4 oz. Grapefruit Juice

1/2 oz. Simple Sugar

Mix ingredients and serve in a martini glass.

 

Grand Lemon-Peach Sparkler 

Grand Peach Lemon Sparkler, courtesy photo

Grand Peach Lemon Sparkler, courtesy photo

1/2 oz. simple syrup

1 oz. Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

2 oz. Chandon Limited Edition American Summer Rosé

Lemon wedges for garnish

Pour the Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach, lemon juice and simple syrup into a rocks glass. Stir to combine. Add the Rosé. Fill the glass with ice and add a lemon wedge. Serve with a straw.

Hendrick's Cucumber Lemonade, courtesy photo

Hendrick’s Cucumber Lemonade, courtesy photo

Hendrick’s Cucumber Lemonade

3 parts Hendrick’s Gin

2 parts fresh lemon juice

2 parts simple syrup

Sparkling Water

In a long glass combine ingredients. Add ice, top with sparkling water, give a gentle stir and garnish with a cucumber spears.

 

Hard Shandy

Hard Shandy, courtesy photo

Hard Shandy, courtesy photo

1 ½ Oz   Tullamore D.E.W. Original

1/3 Oz Freshly squeezed Lemonade

8 ½ Oz Wheat Beer or Hefeweizen (Fill remaining of 10.5 Oz glass)

In a pilsner glass add Tullamore D.E.W. followed by lemonade. Finish with beer and garnish with a lemon wheel.

Long Island Iced Tea, courtesy photo

Long Island Iced Tea, courtesy photo

Long Island Iced Tea

0.5 Oz Reyka Vodka

0.25 Oz Hendrick’s Gin

0.25 Oz Milagro Silver Core Tequila

0.75 Oz Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

1 Oz Lemon Juice

0.75 Oz Honey

3 Dashes Angostura Bitters

1.5 Oz Ginger Beer

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into tall glass with ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with mint sprig.

 

White Star Peach cocktail, courtesy photo

White Star Peach cocktail, courtesy photo

White Star Peach

1 oz CÎROC Peach

0.25 oz Apple Liqueur

0.25 oz Rioja White Wine

1.5zoz Ginger Ale

0.5 oz Simple Syrup
Combine ingredients on the rocks and garnish with a slice of ginger and a lime wheel.

Berry Explosive, courtesy photo

Berry Explosive, courtesy photo

Berry Explosive

4 parts Milagro Silver Tequila

1 part Fresh Lime Juice

2 parts Agave Nectar

8 Raspberries per batch

12 Blueberries per batch

 

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Fill two glasses with crushed or shaved ice and pour over. Top with raspberries and blueberries.

 

Solerno Blood Orange & Berry Punch

(Serves 25 people)

1 Bottle Lillet Rouge

Solerno Blood Orange and Berry Punch, courtesy photo

Solerno Blood Orange and Berry Punch, courtesy photo

12 oz. Red Zinger Tea (brewed at 2x strength)

6 oz. agave nectar

6 oz. fresh lemon juice

6 oz. berry blend puree (Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Red Grapes)

Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl and stir well. Float an ice block in the center and garnish with floating blueberries, raspberries, halved grapes, blood orange slices and a few mint leaves

Lillet Rouge Sangria, courtesy photo

Lillet Rouge Sangria, courtesy photo

Lillet Rouge Sangria

3 parts Lillet Rouge

½ part fresh lime juice

Lemon-lime soda (2 – 2 liter bottles)

Diced fresh fruit of choice (blueberries, raspberries or blackberries and oranges, etc.)

Build cocktail over ice in a wine glass or Collins glass and stir to combine. Top with lemon-lime soda and garnish with an orange slice.

 

Flor de Caña Pineapple Daiquiri 

Flor de Caña Pineapple Daiquiri, courtesy photo

Flor de Caña Pineapple Daiquiri, courtesy photo

2 parts Flor de Caña 7 Rum

2 parts pineapple juice

1/3 part fresh lime juice

2/3 part extra-fine sugar

Combine the pineapple juice, rum, lime juice, sugar, and ½ cup ice in a cocktail shaker and shake to chill. Strain into a stemmed cocktail glass. Garnish with pineapple wedge.

Have a wonderful holiday. Cheers!

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Recipes courtesy Susan Magrino Agency and Ciroc.

Leslie Dinaberg

When she’s not busy working as the editor of Santa Barbara SEASONS, Cocktail Corner author Leslie Dinabergwrites magazine articles, newspaper columns and grocery lists. When it comes to cocktails, Leslie considers herself a “goal-oriented drinker.”

 

 

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