The Best 4th of July Cocktails

This 4th of July, sip some stylish cocktails in celebration of our independence. Sources claim that while writing the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers drank eight barrels of wine and other spirits. Even George Washington brewed his own beer and would encourage colonists to buy American-based ales, rather than those imported from England.

4th of July reigns as the largest summer holiday, so there’s no reason why we can’t start a stylish new tradition of raising our colorful glasses to celebrate the country we live in. Whether you’re hosting swanky soirees or posh pool parties, we’ve compiled some tantalizing, lip-smacking cocktails that are guaranteed to light up any celebration.

The Americano

The Americano may have originated from Italy, but it was Americans whom made this red hot number famous. During Prohibition, tourists throughout Milan would order this highly bitter, zesty cocktail to satisfy their cravings. Today in Europe, it’s considered good manners to order an Americano when hanging out with American visitors.

1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Vermouth
Club Soda
1 Orange twist

Pour Campari and vermouth over ice in a rocks or highball glass. Add a splash of club soda. Garnish with an orange twist.

The Firecracker

On the 4th of July in 1778, Washington celebrated with his troops by offering them a double ration of liquor. In the spirit of the first president, toast the 4th of July in an extra special way this year by whipping up a cocktail with a little extra spark.

1 1/2 oz Plymouth gin
3/4 oz canton ginger liqueur
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1 tsp agave nectar
5 watermelon chunks
Sparkling wine

Muddle the watermelon then add remaining ingredients, except for sparkling wine, and shake well with ice. Strain into tall glass, top with the wine and stir gently. Garnish with a watermelon slice.

The Yankee Doodle

Get festive with this vodka-based delicious drink. The Yankee Doodle incorporates ripe fruits that soak up vodka, giving you an ice cold pick-me-up without paying for it the next day. Best of all, it’s one of the few drinks that always look stylish with little effort. Keep it up you Yankee (and all fashionistas everywhere)!

1 ½ oz. Grape flavored vodka
1 tsp. Raw sugar
4 Slices of peeled ginger
5 Large green grapes
Clear soda

Muddle grapes, ginger, and sugar in pint glass. Add ice and vodka. Shake vigorously and strain drink into a cocktail glass over ice. Top with soda and garnish with raspberries and blueberries.

The All-American Blue

Savoring azure-hued cocktails are as American as sipping on some blue Kool Aid during a hazy summer day. In honor of a traditional holiday that never fails to make us feel good, we’ve got our eyes on an All-American Blue, a stunning drink that’s sure to bring out the true patriot in anyone. The All-American Blue is made with orange-flavored curacaos, white grape juice, and vodka for a subtly sweet cocktail with a clean, silky finish. Just like a pair of Levis, the All-American Blue never goes out of style.

2 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Blue curacao
2 oz. White grape juice
Club soda
1 Lime or apple slice

Pour all ingredients except soda in a shaker and shake hard. Pour into a highball glass with ice. Garnish with a lime or green apple slice.

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