Fourth of July 2015: Five patriotic drink recipes to toast America's independence

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By: Danielle Waldron
dwaldron@flavor574.com

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Three cheers for the red, white and blue! 

Whenever you raise your glass this year on Saturday, July 4, be sure the drink inside is fit for the occasion.

Punches, cocktails and margaritas are great for a huge backyard bash or a small get together. Lemonades and punches are fine, but brightly colored and layered mixed drinks will make your celebration even more festive. 

FIRECRACKER
From Cosmopolitan

Ingredients

  • 1¼ oz. vodka 
  • 1 oz. lemon juice 
  • 1¼ oz. blue curacao
  • ¾ oz. grenadine 
  • splash of simple syrup (will need sugar and water) 

Directions

  1. To make simple syrup, mix equal parts hot water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. 
  2. Pour grenadine into bottom of an empty Collins glass. Add ice. Pour curacao over the grenadine. 
  3. In cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup. Strain over curacao and serve with straw. 

RED, WHITE AND BLUE SANGRIA
From Liquor.com

Ingredients

  • strawberries, sliced
  • blueberries 
  • pineapples, cut into star shapes
  • 2 bottles dry white wine 
  • 1 cup Triple Sec 
  • ½ cup berry-flavored vodka 
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice 
  • ½ cup simple syrup 

Directions

  1. Prepare and combine all ingredients in a pitcher, stir and let chill for several hours. 

AMERICAN SLUSHIE
From Style Estate

Ingredients

Red layer: 

  • 1 oz. raspberry vodka 
  • 3 oz. fruit punch Gatorade or sports drink 
  • ½ oz. grenadine 

White layer: 

  • 1 oz. coconut rum 
  • 3 oz. Sobe Pina Colada 

Blue layer: 

  • 1 oz. blue raspberry vodka 
  • ½ oz. blue curacao 
  • 3 oz. blue Gatorade or sports drink 
  • strawberry garnish 

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients in red layer. Pour in glass and place in freezer. 
  2. Blend white layer and use a spoon to put it gently on top of red layer. Place in freezer. 
  3. Blend blue ingredients and spoon on top of white layer. Garnish with strawberry. 

PATRIOTIC PUNCH
From Six in the Suburbs blog

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. fruit punch 
  • 3 oz. blue sports drink 
  • 3 oz. diet lemon lime soda (must be sugar free) 

Directions

  1. Fill the glass one-third of the way full with ice. Pour fruit punch almost to top of ice cubes.
  2. Fill another third with ice and slowly pour blue sports drink to top of cubes. 
  3. Pour final third with ice and slowly pour soda. 

RED AND BLUE LEMONADE
From Betty Crocker

Ingredients

  • 2 12-oz. cans frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed 
  • 12 cups sparkling water 
  • 2 medium lemons, cut into slices
  • 2 cups blueberries 
  • 2 cups raspberries 
  • 1 lb. strawberries, stemmed and halved 
  • 1 cup mint leaves 

Directions

  1. Fill a bowl with water, add one sliced lemon. Freeze completely for about four hours. 
  2. In large pitcher or glass drink dispenser, add lemonade concentrate. Pour in sparkling water and mix well. 
  3. Remove bowl from freezer. Dip bowl into warm water and turn ice out. Put ice in pitcher of lemonade mixture. Add other sliced lemon, berries and mint leaves. 
  4. Pour into glasses and serve. 

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