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4th of July

Party in the U.S.A.

June 20, 2011 By: Alissa Ponchione


When it comes to celebrating the United States, there's no shortage of ways to show your penchant for the red, white and blue: Fireworks, sparklers, barbecues, parades, flag pins — they all work, but your guests will expect more than just fireworks, so offer your parched patrons some patriotic drinks to quench their thirst. By infusing your Fourth of July celebration with cocktails that will make this holiday truly jubilant, you'll have your guests chanting "U.S.A.," while imbibing these American-inspired cocktails.

Firework FizzFirework Fizz
Created by Jon Gasparini, co-founder of Rye on the Road, a premier cocktail catering company in San Francisco.

1½ ounces SKYY Infusions Grape Vodka
1 teaspoon of raw sugar
4 slices of fresh peeled ginger
4 blackberries
Ginger ale
Blackberries and candied ginger, for garnish

Muddle fresh blackberries, ginger and sugar in a pint glass. Add ice and SKYY Infusions Grape Vodka. Shake vigorously and strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with blackberries and candied ginger.


FirecrackerCabo Wabo Firecracker
Courtesy of Mixologist Andres Masso and Jacques Bezuidenhout of Bar Drake in San Francisco.

2 shots Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila
¼ shot sugar syrup
6 fresh pomegranate seeds and juice
1 shot fresh passion-fruit mix

Muddle pomegranate seeds in base of shaker. Add other ingredients, shake with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass.


Summer PicnicSummer Picnic
Courtesy of Monin Gourmet Flavorings.

1 ounce Monin Watermelon Syrup
1 ounce citrus rum
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
2 ounces cranberry juice
Sparkling water
Ice
Watermelon wedge, for garnish

Combine ice, Monin Watermelon Syrup, rum, fresh lemon juice and cranberry juice in a shaker. Shake vigorously. Pour into a 10-ounce serving glass and top with sparkling water. Garnish with a watermelon wedge.


All-American BeautyAll-American Beauty
Created by Adam Wilson for Beretta in San Francisco.

2 ounces SKYY Infusions Ginger Vodka
½ ounce orange juice
½ ounce fresh grapefruit juice
½ ounce lime juice
1½ tbsp. fresh cranberries
3 chunks pineapple
Club soda
Ice

Muddle cranberries and pineapple in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and rest of ingredients except soda and shake vigorously. Pour into a Collins glass with fresh ice and top with soda. Garnish with chunk of pineapple and/or three cranberries on a toothpick laid horizontally over rim of the glass.


Wild TurkeyWild Turkey American Honey Wild Mustang
Courtesy of Wild Turkey Bourbon.

3 ounces Wild Turkey American Honey liqueur
6 ounces fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Ice
1 sprig rosemary, for garnish
 

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


Yankee DoodleSKYY Infusions Yankee Doodle
Courtesy of SKYY Vodka.

1½ ounces SKYY Infusions Grape Vodka
1 tsp. raw sugar
4 slices of fresh peeled ginger
5 large green grapes
Ice
Raspberries and blue berries, for garnish

Muddle grapes, ginger and sugar in a pint glass. Add ice and SKYY Infusions Grape Vodka. Shake vigorously and strain into cocktail glass over fresh ice. Top with soda and garnish with raspberries and blueberries.


Summer in the City
Created by Mixologist Sean Kenyon for Spring44 Vodka.

2 ounces Spring44 Vodka
4 cardamom pods
2 one-inch squares of fresh pineapple
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
¼ ounce agave nectar
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 ounces soda

Crush cardamom pods in a mixing glass. Add pineapple and muddle. Add Spring44 Vodka, lemon juice and bitters. Double strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass. Top with soda. Garnish with pineapple slice.


Purity VodkaRed, White, & Blueberries (or Yankee Doodle Swizzle)
Courtesy of Purity Vodka.

2 ounces Purity Vodka
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce St-Germain
12-15 fresh blueberries

In a tall glass, muddle the blueberries in the St-Germain and lemon juice. Fill the glass with crushed ice. Slowly add the Purity. Refill glass with more crushed ice to compensate for melting. Slowly add Campari to the top of the glass. Serve with a red and white striped straw and some skewered blueberries.


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