July 4th Cocktail Recipes To Try
The boys at SLS Hotel’s Bazaar Bar donned their red, white and blue suspenders and created these Independence Day celebratory cocktails for your party pleasure.
And just because bartenders Rob Floyd and his trusty sidekick Conor O’Brien make some seriously crazy cocktails at the Bazaar Bar, it doesn’t mean you have to bona fide liquid chef to pull these off.
From their BBQ bash to yours, here are six, sexy 4th of July libations with a little history lesson to boot:
Shake well and pour into a lightly sugared martini rim.
We started with Applejack, aka Jersey lightning! Why you might ask? Because it was our nation’s first licensed alcohol from New Jersey in 1780. George Washington himself used to ask and receive the "cider spirits" recipe and libation from none other than Robert Laird who was serving in the Revolutionary Army. Robert Laird went on to build a small empire of Lairds Applejack, once our nations most popular drink.
Shake and finish over rocks with a light grating of nutmeg, topped with a little mint and lemon for garnish.
Punches were hugely popular at this time in our young nation’s history. It is said that Martha Washington made something similar.
Blue Coats Colada
1 ½ oz pineapple juice (fresh is best!)
¾ oz Blue Curaco
¾ oz rum
¾ oz creme de coconut
Blend with ice in blender, garnish with a pineapple, cherry, or both and an American flag toothpick.
We thought we should include a rum based drink because George Washington was so fond Barbados rum, he demanded a barrel of it for his inaugural party. And you can beat the blue patriotic color!
Party Like It’s 1776 Sparkler
2 oz aperol
2 oz champagne
1 oz club soda
Garnish with a flair of lemon twists or blueberries. If you need a sophisticated drink for your patriotic party, a little bubbly will always put your friends in the celebratory mood.
Betsy Ross Beer Cocktail
1 ½ oz of Gin
¾ oz Lemon juice
½ oz simple syrup
First, in a mixing tin add Gin, Lemon juice, and simple syrup. Ice down and then strain into 4 oz of Miller Light or the domestic beer of your choice. Garnish with blueberries. Corona or Peroni just won’t do for a true American salute.
Beer cocktails are all the rage right now and we felt it warranted having something yummy like that for the 4th of July.
Liberate yourself from being stuck behind the bar at your party. Multiple this recipe by ten, and you’ve got yourself an easy cocktail for a crowd.
Bazaar Bar, 465 South La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Images by Rob Floyd