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Celebrate The Fourth Of July With These Tasty Drink Recipes

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Americans across the country will be celebrating our independence tomorrow with fireworks and cook outs, and you can be sure that we’ll also be enjoying an ice-cold cocktail or two to help beat the heat. As such, we’ve compiled a list of great cocktail recipes for you and your guests that are sure to please!

Cruzan Independence Blend
Independence Blend

Ingredients:
2 parts Cruzan Estate Diamond Light Rum
1 part Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut
4 parts Fresh Pineapple Juice
1/2 of a Banana
1/2 part Strawberry Purée
12 parts Ice

Add all but the Strawberry Purée to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour Strawberry Purée in the bottom of a large glass and add blended mix to combine. Garnish with an American Flag.

 
Strawberry Fireworks
Strawberry Fireworks

Ingredients:
3 parts Hornitos Plata Tequila
Handful of fresh strawberries
Juice from 1 lime
2 teaspoons superfine sugar
Fresh pepper
1 cup club soda

Put strawberries in a small pitcher and mash to your desired consistency. Add juice, club soda, Hornitos Plata and combine along with 4 good grinds from the pepper mill. Fill 2 glasses halfway with ice and divide drink among glasses.

 
Honey White & Blue
*Created by Bobby “G” Gleason, Beam’s Master Mixologist
Honey White & Blue

Ingredients:
2 parts Jim Beam Honey
1 part Blue Curacao
2 parts White Cranberry Juice
Juice of one half lime

Shake all but the Curacao and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Slowly pour the Curacao against the inside of the glass so that it sinks to the bottom. Garnish with a strawberry on the rim.

 
Liberty Lemonade
*Created by Bobby “G” Gleason, Beam’s Master Mixologist
Liberty Lemonade

Ingredients:
1 part Jim Beam Honey
2 fresh Lemon Sour
4-6 fresh Blueberries
Club Soda
Simple Syrup

In a mixing glass, muddle the blueberries with a splash of simple syrup. Add the Red Stag by Jim Beam Honey Tea, lemon sour and shake with ice then fine strain over fresh ice in a tall glass then top with Club Soda.

Garnish with 3 fresh blueberries and a lemon wheel on the rim.

 
Basil Hayden’s Stars & Stripes Spiced Ice
*Created by Chris Wilkins, Louisville, KY
Stars & Stripes Spiked Ice

Ingredients:
2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
1 part Simple Syrup
1/2 Lemon, Juiced
1 inch of Vanilla Bean
5 Basil Leaves
1 Basil Sprig

Combine Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, simply syrup, lemon juice, vanilla bean and basil in a blender. Add ice and pulse until ice is pea-sized. Pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a sprig of basil.

 
Knob Creek Summer Spice
*Created by Celebrity Chef Michael Symon
Summer Spice

Ingredients:
1 ¼ Parts Knob Creek Rye Whiskey
½ Part Fresh Lime Juice
½ Part Orange Liqueur
¼ Part White Creme De Cocoa

Pour all ingredients into a shaker. Shake vigorously with ice and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

 
Laphroaig Suntanned Scotsman
Suntanned Scotsman

Ingredients:
1 1/2 parts Laphroaig 10-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
1 1/2 parts Pineapple Juice
1 1/2 parts Cranberry Juice

Build over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a slice of pineapple on the rim.

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