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Perfect July 4th Sips

Red, White and Booze: Perfect July 4th Sips to Enjoy

Are you ready to raise your glass in a patriotic toast to celebrate America’s independence from England? No adult 4th of July celebration is complete without one or more delicious red, white, and blue cocktail to raise to old glory. Luckily we’ve got you covered with the perfect July 4th sips, a collection of patriotic cocktail options to enjoy while you party the day way.

Perfect July 4th Sips

We’ve got decadent libations from some of the most distinctive spirit brands, including Bacardi Rum, Facundo Rum, Tanteo Tequila, and Nosotros Tequila. We’ve even included a very patriotic cocktail from Miami’s Casa Tua Cucina at Saks Brickell City Centre. For those not currently enjoying Miami’s weather and beaches, you can create this drink (and all featured above) right at home thanks to the recipes below.

American Dream

American Dream Cocktail

2 oz. Blue Lavender Infused Gin
2 oz. Raspberry Sour Foam
1 oz. Lemon Juice
1 oz. Simple Syrup
1 Mint Leaf
Blue base: infuse the gin with dock anchan flower and dry lavader, add 1 oz of fresh lime juice and 1 oz of simple syrup, shake vigorously and pour on wine glass over ice.
Raspberry foam: fill the siphon with fresh strained raspberry juice, 2 egg white, 1 oz simple syrup. Charge the siphon with 1 cream charges. Spray in the glass. Decorate with a fresh mint leaf.

Bacardi Lime Frozen Daiquiri

Bacardi Lime Frozen Daiquiri

2 parts Bacardi Lime Flavored Rum
1 part fresh Lime Juice
¾ parts Simple Syrup
Lime Zest
Lime Wheel
Combine all ingredients in a blender with 2 cups of ice. Blend until smooth. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Red Rum Punch

Bacardi Red Rum Punch

¾ parts Bacardi Limon
¾ parts Bacardi Raspberry
¾ parts Bacardi Superior
½ parts Grenadine
2 parts Sweet & Sour
1 part Cranberry Juice
Garnish with Lemon Wedge or Mint
Pour all ingredients into a punch bowl that is filled with ice blocks. Stir. Garnish the bowl with lemon wheels and raspberries.

The NEO Fleur

Facundo Rum The NEO Fleur

1½ parts Facundo NEO
¾ parts Hibiscus Syrup
½ parts Cucumber juice
¾ parts Fresh Lime Juice
½ parts Martini Bianco
Add ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Serve in a chilled Champagne glass, and garnish with an elegant Cucumber twist.

Sweet Heat Margarita

Tanteo Tequila Sweet Heat Margarita

2 oz. Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
3/4 oz. Agave Nectar
4 – 5 Raspberries
Rim with Tanteo Jalapeño Salt
Shake, muddle and stir the Sweet Heat Margarita for a flavorful twist on the spicy margaritas you already love. The subtle sweetness will draw you in, and the spicy jalapeño will keep you wanting more.

Habanero Coconut Margarita

Tanteo Tequila Habanero Coconut Margarita

2 oz. Tanteo Habanero Tequila
1 oz Coconut Cream
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1/4 oz. Agave Nectar
Garnish with Red
Coconut is a unique addition to a spicy margarita, adding the tropical flair that just feels right when you’re hovering around the grill on a steamy July afternoon. A dash of lime juice takes it over the top.

Chipotle Blueberry Margarita

Tanteo Tequila Chipotle Blueberry Margarita

2 oz. Tanteo Chipotle Tequila
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
3/4 oz. Agave Nectar
Garnish with a Blueberry skewer
Blueberries pack in plenty of flavors without the sweetness overload you’d get from other fruits. Surprisingly low in sugar, the flavor plays nicely with Chipotle infused Tequila and Blue Curacao, combining for a blue that tastes as appetizing as it looks.

Nosotros Blood + Sand

Nosotros Reposado Blood + Sand

¾ oz Nosotros Reposado
¾ oz orange juice (preferably blood orange)
¾ oz Cherry Heering
¾ oz dry vermouth
3 dash vanilla extract
Shake and double strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with an orange peel and a cherry

We hope you have a safe time celebrating the July 4th weekend celebrations and partake in one or more of these perfect July 4th sips.

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Red, White + Booze: Vodka Cocktails to Enjoy this Weekend

While the current state of our country doesn’t put most of us in a celebratory mood, our nation will be celebrating its independence in a few days. For those who still want to raise a glass to the freedoms we have left or for those who need a drink to take their minds off the craziness, we present the following cocktails to enjoy this weekend and beyond.

Join us in celebrating the U.S’s Independence or drowning in our sorrows this July 4th with some great tasting cocktails to enjoy this weekend from two great vodka brands, Three Olives Vodka and Van Gogh Vodka. Whether you’re left, right, or somewhere in between, it’s safe to say, we could all use a delicious drink to ease all tensions.

Red, White & Rosé

1 Part Three Olives Rosé Vodka
Top with Soda Water
2 Dash Peychaud’s Bitters
Pour vodka into a glass with ice, top with club soda and a dash of bitters. Garnish with grapefruit twist.

Boozy Berry Snow Cone


2 oz. Van Gogh Açaí-Blueberry, chilled
4 oz. pink lemonade, chilled
1 cup of ice
Add chilled vodka and lemonade to a mixing glass, stir and set aside. Blend ice cubes in a blender until desired snow-like consistency, then scoop into a glass or white container. Top with chilled Van Gogh Açaí-Blueberry and lemonade mixture, and garnish with red berries.

RWB Spiked Lemonade


1/2 oz. grenadine
1/2 oz. blue curaçao
1/2 oz. lemonade
1-1/2 oz. Van Gogh Vodka

Crushed ice: Combine crushed ice with grenadine and 1/2 ounce Van Gogh Vodka, add to the bottom of a highball glass. Combine crushed ice with lemonade and 1/2 ounce Van Gogh Vodka and place in glass on top of the red layer. Combine crushed ice with blue curaçao and remaining 1/2 ounce of Van Gogh Vodka and place in glass on top of the white layer. Garnish with floating blueberries and a mint sprig.

Bomb Pop Cocktail

Red Layer:
1 oz. Van Gogh Raspberry Vodka
3 oz. fruit punch
½ oz. grenadine

White Layer:
2 oz. Van Gogh Pineapple Vodka
1 heaping tsp. coconut cream
1 oz. pineapple juice

Blue Layer:
1 oz. Van Gogh Vodka
½ oz. blue curacao
3 oz. lemonade
Blend red layer, pour in a glass and place in freezer until a good slush consistency is achieved. Blend white layer, rest gently on top of the red layer and place in freezer. Blend blue layer and fill to the top of the glass. Freeze until ready to drink. Garnish with a mint sprig.

A Trio of Red, White & Blue Martinis

Classics never go out of styles and these traditional vodka drinks are high on the list of cocktails to enjoy. Whether you opt for a Pomegranate Martini, classic vodka Martini, or Acai-Blueberry vodka martini, all it takes is minimal ingredients, a little shaking and serve.

What are your thoughts on these vodka libations? Will you be making one or two of these cocktails to enjoy for July 4th?

Red, White and Blue Pinnacle Vodka Cocktails for Fourth of July

It’s that time again to celebrate the freedoms that we have (still have?), or at least raise a glass to all of us who are fighting for our freedom and rights. You know, what this country was built on!  Today we’re taking this time to cheer those who continue to fight, to those who remember what the red, white and blue stands for. In honor of the celebration of Independence Day, we present these red, white, and blue Pinnacle Vodka cocktails for the Fourth of July celebration. These two simple and delicious vodka cocktail recipes are the perfect libations to celebrate the holiday and make a great companion for a festive July 4th. Each of these cocktails uses Pinnacle Original Vodka, the award-winning, five times distilled French vodka.

Flirty Fizz

1 part Pinnacle® Original Vodka
2 parts Cranberry Juice
Splash of Club Soda
Garnish with Cranberries
Mix ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with cranberries.

Classic Lemon Drop

1 1/2 parts DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
1/2 parts Pinnacle® Original Vodka
1/2 parts Lemon Juice
1 Sugar Cubes
Combine ingredients into an ice-filled shaker. Shake until sugar is dissolved, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist (optional).

When you enjoy at a bar, or at a get together with friends and family at home, or basking in solitude, we hope you take this time to think about the freedoms we still do have, and how wonderful it is to have them. We, like our ancestors, might fight for those freedoms; many gave their lives so we could enjoy them now. So while you’re enjoying your time off from work, we hope you join us in raising a glass or two of these Pinnacle Vodka cocktails to the freedoms that we enjoy. Remember, like Pinnacle Vodka, a vodka of French creation and ancestry, we the citizens of the USA all came (or were brought here against our wills) for better opportunities. So we toast to you, the ones who make America the melting pot it is today, the ones who fought and continue to fight for freedom.

We hope you have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July!!

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

Citrus-Spangled Spritzer Lifestyle 3

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

Raspberry Sparkler Lifestyle 2

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

Skinnygirl Cocktails 2
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

CI Wild Berry Bomb

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

CI-Coconut-Spritzer

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.