Red, White and Booze: Independence Day Cocktails

We are days away from celebrating the 240 years that the United States of America has no longer been a part of the British Empire. Naturally, we all will be raising a glass or two celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Today we’re sharing a few Independence Day cocktails from a melting pot of brands. Just like the USA is a melting pot, we’re bringing you some delicious cocktails from Cruzan Rum, Pinnacle Vodka, Sauza Tequila, Skinnygirl Cocktails, Cascade Ice Water.

Citrus-Spangled Spritzer

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1 part Pinnacle Citrus Vodka
1 part DeKuyper Blue Curacao Liqueur
2 parts Lemon Soda
1 part Grenadine
Lemon for garnish
Blueberries for garnish
Mint Sprig for garnish
Lightly mix the vodka and lemon soda in a cocktail shaker with ice and set aside. In a tall glass, add the grenadine slowly to the bottom. Fill the glass with crushed ice. Strain the vodka soda mixture over the back of a bar spoon, followed by the blue curacao. Garnish with fresh mint, lemon rind star and berries (optional).

Raspberry Sparkler

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1 part Pinnacle Raspberry Vodka
2 parts Club Soda
Raspberries for garnish
Lemon wheel for garnish
Mix ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with raspberries and a lemon wheel.

Cruzan Independence Sparkler

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1 part Cruzan Strawberry Rum
1 part Cruzan Aged Light Rum
1/2 part Sugar
1 half of a Fresh Lime, cut into quarters
6 Fresh Basil Leaves
Soda Water
Muddle lime and basil with sugar in a tumbler. Add Cruzan Strawberry and Aged Light Rums and ice, then
shake 2 times to mix. Pour into a rocks glass and top with soda. Garnish with basil & a fanned strawberry slice.

Sauza Watermelon Margarita (serves 8)

Sauza Watermelon Margarita
1 cup Sauza Tequila
½ cup Lime juice
½ cup Triple sec
1 cup Watermelon juice
Drop of Honey
Add ingredients to an ice-filled pitcher and stir. Pour into salt or sugar-rimmed glasses and garnish with a watermelon wedge.

For those of you looking for lower calorie Independence Day cocktails, you’ll love the following drink recipe options from 100 calorie Skinnygirl, and zero calorie Cascade Ice.

Berry Patriotic

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1 part Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka
1 part DeKuyper Blueberry Schnapps
Splash of club Soda
5 muddled strawberries
20 blueberries
Add muddled strawberries to a glass and top with ice. Shake Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka and DeKuyper Blueberry Schnapps in a shaker with ice. Strain into the glass and top with club soda and blueberries.

Skinnygirl Watermelon Lime Margarita

Bethenny Frankel and her “Skinnyguys” toast the launch of new Skinnygirl Watermelon Lime Margarita following an appearance in Chicago on June 18, 2016. (Jean-Marc Giboux/AP Images for Skinnygirl Cocktails)

Chill Bottle
Pour over ice in a margarita glass and garnish with a watermelon and lime wedge. Serve and enjoy.

Wild Berry Bomb

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Two parts Cascade Ice Wild Berry sparkling water.
Add a splash of vodka and a handful of blueberries and strawberries.
Muddle the fruit just a bit to release the flavor and serve over ice.

Coconut Spritzer

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Two parts Cascade Ice Coconut sparkling water and add in one part rum, one part pineapple juice.
Stir well and serve over ice in a cold glass.
Decorate the rim of the glass with blue and/or red sugar crystals for a festive look!

Blue Hawaiian

Blue Hawaiian

Two parts Cascade Ice Coconut Pineapple and one part Blue Curacao.
Add your choice of rum with the juice of two lime wedges.
Stir and pour into a hurricane glass over ice with a cherry garnish.

Well, there you have it, some delicious Independence Day cocktails for you to try out to toast the Fourth of July. There are quite a few we can’t wait to indulge in. Which cocktails are you looking forward to sipping?

Celebrate America’s Independence w/ Red, White, and Blue(berry) Cocktails

With all the recent tumultuous events we as American have been experiencing, there is not a better time to come together and celebrate the fact that we have freedom to live our lives without threat of persecution…..or at least we shouldn’t be. Let us not forgot the words of our Founding Fathers who wanted us to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. What better way than a patriotic cocktail to help us celebrate life, our liberty and our continuous pursuit of happiness. In the spirit of celebration, let’s raise a glass or two of these delicious cocktail recipes from Basil Hayden Whiskey, Cruzan Rum, DeLeón Tequila, and Skinnygirl Cocktails. All of these delicious cocktail recipes are the perfect companion to the fireworks, and fun-filled cookouts.

Toast to America’s Independence with a one of two firecracker cocktails (your choice of tequila or vodka), a sparkler, odes to Independence, and living the dream. This weekend, kick back, be wowed by the beauty of the fireworks, and embrace your freedom to enjoy life.

Firecracker Red Manhattan

2 oz. DeLeón Reposado
½ oz. Cardinal Mendoza Spanish Brandy
¼ oz. Tempus Fugit Creme de Cacao
½ dropper Bittermans Hellfire Shrub
Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass over cracked and cubed ice until thoroughly cold. Strain into a chilled coupe and serve up.

Miss Independence

2 oz. DeLeón Platinum infused with fresh sage
¾ oz. clarified lime juice
¾ oz. fresh cane syrup
Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass over cracked and cubed ice until thoroughly cold. Strain into a chilled coupe and serve up garnished with a sage leaf.

The Firecracker

2 parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
1 part club soda
Watermelon balls, frozen
Toothpick/mini umbrella
Shake vodka with ice. Pour into martini glass and top with club soda. Spear frozen watermelon with a toothpick and drop in glass.

Blueberry Sparkler

2 parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka
5 muddled blueberries
Dash of grenadine
Splash of club soda
Lemon wedge for garnish
Muddle blueberries at the bottom of a glass, add in Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka and grenadine. Then, top off glass with club soda. Garnish with lemon wedge.

Star Struck Sipper

5 parts Skinnygirl® White Peach Margarita
Star fruit wedge for garnish
Pour Skinnygirl® White Peach Margarita over ice. Garnish with star fruit.

Basil Hayden’s Independence Spice (Created by Kristi Green)

1 ½ parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
½ part Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ parts Simple Syrup
7 Blackberries
7 Mint Leaves
2-3 parts Sparkling Wine
Muddle 6 blackberries and 6 mint leaves in a Boston Shaker with ¼ part simple syrup. In the mixing glass, combine Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, lemon juice and remaining simple syrup and add to the muddled blackberries and mint leaves. Add ice and shake. Double strain into a Collins glass with fresh crushed ice. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a skewered mint leaf and blackberry.

Cruzan Caribbean Dream

1 1/2 part Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum
1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 part Cream
Cinnamon
Maraschino Cherries
Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and double strain into a shot glass. Garnish with freshly grated Cinnamon and a speared Maraschino Cherry.

Celebrate the 4th of July w/ Red, White & TY KU Cocktails

It’s time once again to toast America’s independence and what better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with delicious summer cocktails that are red, white and TY KU. These patriotic themed cocktails are made with TY KU Coconut Sake and TY KU Sake Silver respectively. TY KU Coconut Sake is a premium Nigori Sake, imported from Nara, Japan, that is infused with the refreshingly sweet taste of Coconut and hints of vanilla, while TY KU Sake Silver is a premium Junmai Sake brewed and imported from Nara, Japan. The fresh and slightly sweet sake features subtle pear notes and is crafted from sake rice that is polished so only 70% of the grain remains, a process which removes impurities and refines taste.

Summer Sake Splash

3 oz. TY KU Coconut Sake
Muddle in fresh Raspberries

Coconut Dream

2 oz. TY KU Coconut Sake
1 oz. Orange Juice
1 oz. Pineapple Juice
Shake well, serve chilled

Silver Shooter

2 oz. TY KU Sake Silver
3 oz. Soda Water

Whether you’re looking for low calorie options or want to try a non-traditional cocktail this July 4th, the above easy to make TY KU Sake cocktail recipes will have you feeling patriotic upon the first sip!