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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

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

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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

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

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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?

July 4th Cocktail | Kilbeggan Patriot Punch

Toast to America’s independence with a patriotic cocktail this July 4th holiday. Kilbeggan is a a smooth, sweet-tasting whiskey with a lovely malt finish. The finest grain and malt whiskeys are blended together for a characteristic of their pot still that is over 180 year old and still at the heart of Kilbeggan® Irish whiskey. In celebration of the 4th, they bring you this rich cocktail perfect for the holiday

Kilbeggan Patriot Punch

2 parts Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
1 part DeKuyper Apricot Brandy
1 part Cranberry Juice
2 parts Champagne
Lemon Wheel (thinly sliced)

To Serve As A Cocktail:
Build all ingredients over ice in a stemless red wine glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

To Serve As A Punch:
Double the recipe and multiply by the number of guests you plan to serve. Add Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, DeKuyper Apricot Brandy and cranberry juice to a punch bowl, stir and refrigerate. When guests arrive, add champagne and lemon wheels. Serve over ice in stemless red wine glasses.

Happy 4th and safe celebrating.

Red Carpet Manicure’s Guide to Patriotic Drag Art Nails

Hey All, Nelly here with a trend I’m excited to try this holiday. The newest and hottest nail polish trend out now is Drag Art and in celebration of The July 4th holiday (and the fact that I will be doing this trend myself), I present Red Carpet Manicure’s Guide to Patriotic Drag Art Nails. You may remember me writing a few times about the awesomeness of Red Carpet Manicure, the first at-home LED gel system. Danielle Candido, a Red Carpet Manicure’s Nail Technician has presented a step by step guide to achieve the Patriotic drag nails look for the 4th of July.

Photo Courtesy of http://nailartgallery.nailsmag.com/fcnails/photo/211940/red-white-and-blue-drag/user

To begin, you need the colors

The above three colors are: Red Carpet Reddy, White Hot and Drop Dead Gorgeous

  1.  Paint the whole nail with Red Carpet Reddy 
  2. Before curing the second coat of color, take a striping brush and lay down a stripe of Drop Dead Gorgeous. Do not cure this layer. 
  3. Clean the brush and lay down a stripe of White Hot either right next to the first stripe or even down the center of the first stripe. Do not cure this layer. 
  4. Clean the brush. 
  5. Next, with the thin edge of the flattened striping brush, pull the tip of the brush through all the lines in a pre-determined pattern and cure. 
  6. Apply a thin coat of Brilliance Top Coat. Cure and wipe with Purify 

And that is it. You can drag the lines horizontal, vertical or diagonal – whatever your heart desires. Happy July 4th.

Attn Veggie Lovers – Add Dominex Veggie Fries to your July 4th Celebrations

This 4th of July, while we gorge ourselves on hot dogs and burgers, remember there is a way for you and your kids to eat their veggies that is delicious and enjoyable – Dominex Veggie Fries, a fresh take on the fry. This all-natural product, made with hearty eggplant, also boasts 65% less sodium per serving than the leading brand of French fries.

Dominex Veggie Fries are the perfect side dish for a festive 4th of July celebration and during the big holiday weekend they will be on sale at Publix supermarkets across the southeast. Not only that but you get to sample the Veggie Fries alongside Cheeseburger Subs and Ice Cream Soda Sparklers from June 30 till July 3 just to show you how perfectly they fit in with your July 4th menu.

For more information, visit Dominex on Facebook or at www.dominexeggplant.com.