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With Independence Day less than a week away, it’s time to start thinking about how to celebrate. Whether you’re planning on heading to the beach or grilling in your backyard, a refreshing cocktail is the perfect way to enjoy the holiday.

 

Strawberry Firecracker

Strawberry Firecracker

Created by John Henderson, The Happiest Hour, NYC

This sweet & bubbly concoction adds an exotic island flair to any beach bound fireworks celebration.

1.5 parts Sugar Island Coconut

1-2 strawberries

0.5 parts fresh lime juice

1-2 packets of your choice of sugar substitute

Splash of ginger ale or ginger beer

Muddle sweetener and strawberries together; add lime, rum and ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass with ice. Top with a splash of ginger ale (diet optional) or ginger beer.  Garnish with half a strawberry on the rim of the glass.

A Fiery Menage

A Fiery Ménage

By Niccole Trzaska of The Liberty, NYC, NY

Show your pride this Independence Day with this mouthwatering mix of fresh ingredients and gluten-free California-made vodka.

1 ½ parts Ménage à Trois Triple Berry Vodka

¼ part cinnamon simple syrup

½ part lemon juice

¼ part wild berry syrup

5 parts dry sparkling wine (such as Ménage à Trois Prosecco)

Add all ingredients over ice. Shake and strain into a champagne flute, top with Champagne.

Red, White & Bluegrass State

Red, White & Bluegrass State

Nothing is more Americana than America’s native spirit – bourbon! Raise a glass this 4th with a bit of the good stuff: Maker’s Mark.

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.

Q Tonic_Ledger's Lemonade

Ledger’s Lemonade

– Q Tonic

– 2 parts premium gin

– 1 part fresh lemon juice

– Dash simple syrup

– Lemon wedge, for garnish

METHOD: Add 2 parts premium gin, 1 part fresh lemon juice and a dash of simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Vigorously shaker and pour into a tall glass with ice. Top with Q Tonic as desired. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Q Grapefruit - The Saluki copy

The Saluki

INGREDIENTS:

– 6 parts Q Grapefruit

– 2 parts vodka

– Salt, for rim of glass

– 1 lime wedge, for garnish

METHOD: Rim a highball glass with salt and fill it with ice. Pour in the vodka, top with Q Grapefruit and garnish with a lime wedge.

JackFire

FIRE IN THE SKY

1 1/2 oz Jack Daniel’s Fire

1 oz Apple Juice

Ginger Beer

Apple slices for garnish

Shake Jack Fire with apple juice and ice. Strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass. Top with a mild ginger beer. Garnish with apple slices and fun 4th of July decor.