This week we celebrate the 4th of July holiday which serves as the pinnacle of the summer season. If you’re like me and plan to celebrate in the sun with food, friends and fireworks then maybe some festive drinks might work their way into your menu. Want more than just cold beers with your bbq? Try these Red, White, and Blue themed cocktails this week.
The recipe for this red drink is adapted from The Classic Cocktail Bible (Spruce, 2012). This gin-based drink is filled with fresh berries with a sweet undertone that’s perfect for a sunny, summer day. The original recipe calls for a dash of strawberry syrup, but I think muddling fresh strawberries will work just fine.
Strawberries, or strawberry syrup (like Rose’s)
Muddle all the berries at the bottom of a tall glass. Fill the glass with ice. Pour over gin, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and simple syrup to taste. Stir to combine and top with club soda. Option to use extra berries for garnish.
How much more patriotic can a drink be when it’s garnished with stars? Sangrias are great to make because they yield larger quantities. Additionally, this sangria recipe – originally found on Serious Eats – doesn’t include a lot of fruit so there’s more liquid to go around.
Sauvignon blanc or dry riesling, chilled
Fresh lemon juice
Club soda or ginger beer
Pour wine, gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup and about ten dashes of bitters into a large pitcher. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Add about a cup of ice to chill it down. Add club soda or ginger beer to the pitcher to taste for a tinge of fizz. Slice starfruit into thin slices and line glasses to garnish. Pour the sangria into the glasses over ice.
Mojitos are usually a labor-intensive drink to make, but this one is quite simple. I found this recipe from Food & Wine and sounds like a perfect drink to sip on for some daytime imbibing.
Fresh lime juice
Club soda or Sprite
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves and blueberries with the simple syrup. Add ice to the shaker, along with the rum and a squeeze of lime juice. Shake to combine. Strain into a glass over ice and top with club soda or Sprite.
Have a great Independence Day!