Red, White & Booze: July 4th Cocktails

July-4-cocktails

July 4th is two days away, and we all know what that means. It’s time to break out the sparklers, throw some meat on the grill and turn up the party to celebrate America’s independence. And because no party is complete without booze, we have a few ideas on how to drink up properly this year. Sure, you’ll want to stash that cooler full of beer, but America is all about choices. If you’re throwing a party for everyone’s favorite summer holiday, we have the best July 4th cocktails to get it started and keep it going all night. Whether you’re just mixing a few or making a big batch, don’t watch the fireworks without one of these boozy concoctions in hand.

Maestro Dobel Wake Me Before You LeaveMaestro Dobel Wake Me Before You Leave
2 oz Maestro Dobel Tequila
1 oz lime
3/4 oz Aperol
1/2 oz amber agave nectar
2 dashes Fee Brother’s Aztec Chocolate Bitters
1 pinch of salt

Shake and serve over a large rock with a full orange peel around it as the garnish.

Sundowner Over HavanaSundowner Over Havana
1 ½ parts BACARDĺ Superior
2 parts fresh pineapple juice
¾ parts Sorel Liqueur
½ parts fresh lemon juice

Build in a cocktail shaker and dry shake. Add ice, then shake again. Pour in a tall glass over ice and garnish with a pineapple slice or leaves. Enjoy!

DEWAR'S SmashDEWAR’S Smash
2 parts DEWAR’S White Label Blended Scotch Whisky
1–2 mixing spoons granulated sugar or ¾ parts simple syrup
2 lemon wedges
3–4 fresh mint sprigs
Seltzer

Build the first three ingredients in a tall glass over ice and stir. Top with seltzer and garnish with mint sprigs.

Sapphire Peppered Peach Tea CollinsSapphire Peppered Peach Tea Collins
1½ oz. BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup*
1½ oz. peach iced tea
Pinch of black pepper
Club soda

Build with ice in a Collins glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with a peach slice and lemon twist.

*To make simple syrup, dissolve one part sugar into one part water.

Caliche Lady LibertyLady Liberty
1 1/2 oz of Caliche Rum
3/4 pink grapefruit liquor (We suggest Combier Pamplemouse)
The juice of a medium size ripe lime
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/4 oz spiced rum for garnish (We like Black Beard)
1/2 lime husk, cleaned
Cinnamon stick for garnish.

In a cocktail shaker, combine the first four ingredients. Shake vigorously until chilled, and strain into a crushed ice-filled double old-fashioned or large rocks glass. Set the lime husk on top of the crushed ice and fill it with the spiced rum. Light the spiced rum, and grate cinnamon over the fire. Using a spoon, sink the charred lime into the cocktail and serve.