Before I go on a mass texting spree in the hopes of figuring out what “the move” is this Fourth of July weekend, I figured it seemed only right to share a handful of Independence Day inspired cocktails with you guys. Below, you’ll find my personal Fourth of July picks from brands including from Belvedere Vodka, Basil Hayden’s, Courvoisier, and more.
Cheers! And be sure to keep safe this weekend. (Remember to keep a bucket of water on hand if you plan on celebrating with your own fireworks. I heard that on the news yesterday and for some odd reason felt compelled to share.)
Oh! One last thing. I plan (emphasis on “plan”) to take part in my first Periscope (live-streaming app) on July 4th (7 to 10 P.M.) at the Georgia Aquarium’s Red, White & Brew event. So, be sure to follow me! Username is @Lushworthy.
Himalaya Blues (Pictured Above)
1 oz Snow Leopard Vodka
½ oz Blue Curacao
½ oz Lemon Juice
3 oz Sprite
1 Mini Rose
1 Lemon Wedge
Combine Snow Leopard Vodka, Blue Curacao, and lemon juice in a shake with ice. Shake and strain into highball glass. Add ice, top with Sprite, and add a mini rose and lemon wedge garnish.
Basil Hayden’s® Independence Spice (Created by Kristi Green)
1 ½ parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
½ part Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ parts Simple Syrup
7 Mint Leaves
2-3 parts Sparkling Wine
Muddle 6 blackberries and 6 mint leaves in a Boston Shaker with ¼ part simple syrup. In the mixing glass, combine Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, lemon juice and remaining simple syrup and add to the muddled blackberries and mint leaves. Add ice and shake. Double strain into a Collins glass with fresh crushed ice. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a skewered mint leaf and blackberry.
Berry American (Created By JimBeam.com)
1 1/2 parts Jim Beam® Original
2 parts fresh Mixed Berries
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
1 part Simple Syrup
Lemon-Lime Soda (to taste)
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and serve over ice in a cocktail glass. Garnish with berries.
2 parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
1 part club soda
Watermelon balls, frozen
Shake vodka with ice. Pour into martini glass and top with club soda. Spear frozen watermelon with a toothpick and drop in glass.
Courvoisier Sparkling Sangria
4 parts Courvoisier® VS Cognac
4 parts DeKuyper® Peach liqueur
2 bottles Prosecco
½ cup white grape juice
Thinly slice peaches. Cut the grapes in half. Put sliced fruit in a pitcher with Courvoisier, peach liqueur and grape juice. Let sit in the fridge for 1-3 hours. Immediately before serving, pour 2 bottles of Prosecco and stir. Serve over ice.
Wild Berry Smash
1.5 oz Belvedere Wild Berry
Half a lemon, cut into quarters
1 oz simple syrup
1/4 cup fresh berries (could be blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries or a combination of any and all.)
In a mixing glass, muddle the lemon quarters and berries with the simple syrup. Add the Belvedere Wild Berry. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain contents over ice. Garnish with fresh berries and serve.