3 Cocktails That’ll Make You See Stars (And Stripes) This July 4th

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Come back with us, if you will, to a mild September night in 1787. As the architects of modern democracy were winding up work on the Constitution, they apparently had quite a time at a Philadelphia tavern.

According to The Joy of Drinking, in which author Barbara Holland cites a preserved bar tab as a primary source, 55 delegates annihilated “54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, 8 of whiskey, 22 of port, 8 of hard cider, and 7 bowls of punch so large that, it was said, ducks could swim around in them.” This Saturday is our nation’s 239th birthday. As an American, it’s your duty to do what the Founding Fathers would have done: get tanked.

For your drinking pleasure, we’ve collected three delicious July 4th cocktails to consider during this weekend’s festivities. These bad boys are all made with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, the beloved all-American spirit. All we ask is that you get tanked responsibly.

1. Red, White & Bluegrass State Red, White & Bluegrass State

A good July 4th cocktail should be cool and patriotic. This tasty number rocks our nation’s colors while making the most of summertime fruit. The ginger ale adds a satisfying fizz that’ll quench your thirst, no problem.


  • 2 parts Maker’s Mark Bourbon
  • 2–3 large blackberries
  • ½ part raspberry liqueur
  • 2 parts ginger ale


Muddle 2 or 3 large blackberries in an Old Fashioned glass with a splash of raspberry liqueur. Add in equal parts Maker’s Mark Bourbon and ginger ale. Stir gently. Top off with ice.

2. Blueberry 46 Sparklermakers-46-done1

If you don’t have any sparklers on hand, you might consider mixing up a few of your own. This cocktail boasts flowery, fruity notes that’ll satisfy anyone at your July 4th celebration.


  • 2 parts Maker’s 46 Bourbon
  • 1 part St-Germain
  • 10 fresh blueberries
  • Splash of club soda


Muddle the St-Germain and blueberries together in a glass. Add ice and the Maker’s 46. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled rocks glass and top with splash of soda.

3. “Big Bourbon Apple” Julep

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Created by Niccole Trzaska, The Liberty, NYC

The mint julep is a classic warm weather cocktail. This cocktail combines a classic mint julep with one of the most American items of all — apple pie. So if you love mint juleps and America, the Big Bourbon Apple Julep should be right up your alley.


  • 2 parts Maker’s Mark Bourbon
  • 1 part brown sugar simple syrup*
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 part apple cider


Add the mint and brown sugar simple syrup into your julep glass and gently muddle.  Add crushed ice to top and garnish with sliced red apple and mint sprig. *Combine equal parts brown sugar and hot water until the sugar is fully dissolved.