The Ultimate Fourth Of July Cocktail Guide (Recipes From Wild Turkey, Van Gogh Vodka, Baileys & More)

Nothing says “I love the U.S. of A” like an amazing Fourth of July shindig. And no party is complete without an array of tantalizing cocktails. Now while your cranberry and vodka and gin and tonic’s are cool and all they’re just not going to cut it for the Fourth of July.  For this patriotic holiday you’re going to need something with a little more pizzazz, something with a little spark to it, a sort of Lushworthy firecracker. And I’ve got just the cocktail for ya. In fact, I’ve got a quite few. I normally post three drink recipes tops when it comes to blog posts, but I figured I’d go all out for the Fourth. So take your pick and have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Wild Turkey American Honey Wild Mustang (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

3 oz. Wild Turkey American Honey

6 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

2 Dashes Orange Bitters

1 Sprig Rosemary

DIRECTIONS

Combine American Honey, grapefruit juice and bitters in a tumbler with ice and stir. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Cruzan Beach Umbrella

INGREDIENTS

1 Part Cruzan® Orange Rum
1 1/2 Parts Cruzan® Aged Light Rum
1 Part Orange Juice
1/2 Part Lime Juice
1/2 Part Simple Syrup
Cruzan® Blackstrap Rum Float
Ground Cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients over ice in a tumbler and shake for 20 seconds. Pour into a rocks glass. Float Cruzan Blackstrap on top. Garnish with a dash of cinnamon.

Basil Hayden’s Summer Glow

INGREDIENTS

1 1/4 Part Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
1 Part Coconut Water
1 Part Pink Lemonade
1 Part Ginger Ale
Lemon Wedge
DIRECTIONS
Add Basil Hayden’s Bourbon to a highball glass and fill with ice. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Camarena Americana
INGREDIENTS
2 oz Camarena Reposado Tequila

1/2 Cup Strawberry Simple Syrup*

2 oz Fresh Lime Juice

Splash Of Orange Liqueur

2 Tablespoons Of Fresh Basil, Chopped Roughly

6 Sliced Strawberries

DIRECTIONS

Place the basil in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, pour in the tequila. Use the back of a spoon (or muddler) to mash the basil leaves into the tequila. Fill the shaker with ice and add strawberry simple syrup, lime juice, Cointreau. Fill with ice, shake and strain into a high ball glass over ice. Garnish with sliced strawberries on the rim and ribbons of basil mixed in the drink.

*Strawberry Simple Syrup Recipe:

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

4-5 strawberries, sliced

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Cool the syrup, then strain the liquid through a sieve, pressing the strawberries to extract all liquid.

Patriotic Cooler

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Cool Peach Vodka

1 oz. Pomegranate Juice

2 oz. Ginger Ale Or Ginger Beer

DIRECTIONS

Build all ingredients over ice into a rocks glass.  Garnish with a lime wedge.

Feeling Blue

INGREDIENTS

1-1/2 oz Van Gogh Blue Vodka

1/2 oz Orange Liqueur

1/2 oz Blue Curacao

1 oz Orange Juice

2 Splashes Of Sour Mix

DIRECTIONS

Build all ingredients in a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a wedge of orange.

Independence On Ice

INGREDIENTS

1/2 oz. Baileys Original Irish Cream

1/2 oz. Orange Liqueur

1/2 oz. Meyers Dark Rum

1 oz. Of Chilled Espresso

1/2 Inch Piece of Ginger

DIRECTIONS

Muddle ginger in a cocktail shaker with the Orange Liqueur. Add Baileys Original Irish Cream, Meyers Dark Rum, and Chilled Espresso. Add ice, shake vigorously and strain into a pint glass. Fill with ice and garnish with a slice of Ginger on the side of the glass.

CAMUSRita

INGREDIENTS 

1.5 oz. CAMUS VS Elegance Cognac

.5 oz. Cointreau

.5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

.5 oz. Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur

1 Lime, As Garnish

DIRECTIONS

Shake over ice and strain into a sugar-rimmed, chilled glass.

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