It’s patio season, and Independence Day will be here before you know it.
What better time to add a little red, white and blue to your party or cookout?
Try these all-American cocktails chock full of the U.S. spirit.
Ingredients: 1/3 oz. grenadine 1/3 oz. crème de cacao 1/3 oz. blue curacao
Pour the grenadine, crème de cacao and blue curacao – in that order – into a shot glass and serve. The finished product has a flavor similar to that of a chocolate-covered cherry, but will appear in layered red, white and blue.
All American Daiquiri
Ingredients: 1 ½ oz. light rum 1 ½ oz. sour mix 10 blueberries
2 cups ice
Blend ¾ oz. rum, sour mix, blueberries and 1 cup ice until very thick. Separately, blend ¾ oz. rum, strawberries and 1 cup ice until similarly thick. Pour blueberry mix into a daiquiri glass, then layer strawberry mix on top of it. Top with whipped cream and serve.
Fourth of July Cocktail
Ingredients: 1 oz. watermelon schnapps 1 ½ oz. tequila ¼ oz. blue curacao ½ oz. simple syrup 1 splash cranberry juice 1 thin slice of jalapeno or Serrano pepper 1 slice lemon 1 slice lime
Mix the schnapps and cranberry juice in a shaker and pour into an ice-filled glass. Muddle the pepper, lemon and lime slices, and combine with tequila, blue curacao and simple syrup in the shaker. Slowly strain into the glass, creating a layered effect. Garnish with a wedge of watermelon if desired.
2 Tbsp. pureed strawberries
2 Tbsp. dark rum
2 Tbsp. coconut milk
2 Tbsp. pineapple juice
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
½ cup crushed ice
Combine rum, coconut milk, pineapple juice, lime juice and ice in a blender with strawberry puree and blend until smooth. Pour 2 Tbsp. HPNOTIQ into a margarita glass, top with 2 Tbsp. of the mixture and serve. Yields five servings.
Via Coastal Living magazine
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