July 4th Cocktail Recipes To Try
Independence Day is usually all about barbeque, beer and blasting fireworks. But, this time around, class it up with some holiday sips. A few local joints have gone out of their way to share some unique, D.I.Y. recipes for our thirsty readers, just in time for next week’s festivities. Toast to freedom next Wednesday, July 4th with one of this patriotic sips from around town.
If you're heading for the beach on July 4th, take a sip of the good life over at the W South Beach. Stirring up a bubbly blend for the upscale drinkers, enjoy an Old Glory, laced with fresh fruit and tart accents.
1 ½ oz. Tito's Texas Vodka
2 oz. strained watermelon purée
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
¼ oz. Hum Botanical Liquer
2 oz. champagne
In a mixing glass, add all ingredients except champagne and fill with ice. Shake vigorously for approximately 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled, oversized (6 oz. or more) martini glass and top with champagne. Garnish by floating a red, white and blue rose petal.
Sangria is one of those chilled beverages that goes great with summer in Miami. The folks at Peacock Garden Café in Coconut Grove are mixing up a flavorful Red, White and Blue Sangria, filled with fresh fruit and tons of unique accents that will marry in one large pitcher.
Red, White and Blue Sangria
½ bottle of brandy
½ bottle of triple sec
¼ bottle of Peach Schnapps
8 oz. orange juice
4 oz. lime juice
2 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. basil syrup (water and fresh basil leaves)
Red or white whine
Splash of lemon-lime soda
Mix first seven ingredients into gallon pitcher. Fill remainder of pitcher with red or white whine. Top with a splash of lemon-lime soda. Fill wineglasses with ice. Pour sangria into each glass and add a handful of blueberries into each glass before serving.
We recently learned all about the new beverage program at MiMo’s hot modern American gastropub, The Federal Food & Drink Provisions. And, like any true patriot, the folks at The Fed are closing their doors for the holiday. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t create a signature cocktail, The Federalist, at home with curious imbibers.
1 ½ oz. Cocchi Barolo Chinato
1 ½ oz. Dolin Sweet Vermouth
1 squirt Bittermens Boston Bitters
2 halves wheel orange (one for muddling, one for garnish)
Muddle one-half orange wheel in a shaker glass. Add ice, vermouth, aromatized wine, bitters and shake. Strain into a classic coupe glass and garnish with other half orange wheel.
If you’re heading a bit north over the county line, make at pit stop at SA1A at the B Ocean Fort Lauderdale. Pictured above is the refreshingly awesome Rocket Pop, a nostalgic treat from the past, featuring equal parts strawberry daiquiri, piña colada and blue frozen margarita. But, the SA1A Salute is a refined and stunning sip as well, and quite creative, to boast.
2 oz. Pisco Patron
1 fresh egg white
1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. blue Curacao
1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
Combine the first four ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake, strain into martini glass. Pour a dash of bitters in the center. Create star using toothpick.
Our favorite Southern comfort spot on South Beach, Yardbird is creating three different cocktails for Wednesday’s big occasion. And, though we love the White Peach Ginger Sling and the Blue Balsamic Breeze, it’s the Red Raspberry Bourbon Sour we fancy most.
Red Raspberry Bourbon Sour
1 ½ oz. Benchmark Bourbon
½ oz. raspberry puree
¾ oz. lemon juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
1 egg white
1 splash of Angostura Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a Boston shaker. Shake and pour into a chilled rocks glass with no ice. Top with Angostura Bitters.
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