Fourth of July Celebration is upon us, and it would be easy to indulge in some refreshing cocktails, given the current heated political climate, to feel much more at ease about the Freedom we are granted and thus celebrate during the Fourth of July holiday. There’s one American invention that we can always get pumped about: cocktails!!
Let’s face it, the foundation of this country was built on plenty of mixed drinks, so let’s salute our forefathers in the only appropriate fashion: So Raise Your Glass & #Cheers!
Sweet Tea Smash
We could never get away with a Fourth of July drinking index that didn’t celebrate whiskey, one of our greatest claims to fame. And while a Mint Julep might be the more obvious choice, this tea-infused smash is a little less austere and much more our speed for a day usually spent at the beach or by the pool.
2 Lemon wedges
4 Mint leaves
1.33 oz Unsweetened iced tea
1 oz George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Whisky
1 tsp Strega
1 tsp Cane syrup
How To Mix
In a shaker, muddle the lemon wedges and mint leaves.
Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice.
Shake, and strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
There’s Clover Club, the New York City bar, which is named for Clover Club, the pre-Prohibition drink, which is named for Clover Club, the organization. Simple, right? Okay, let’s back up: The original Clover Club was a men’s society made up of lawyers and thought leaders who met at the Bellevue-Stratford hotel in Philadelphia during the late 1800s and all the way through World War I. The drink came about through the organization but fell out of fashion until Julie Reiner’s Brooklyn bar resurrected the name (and brought renewed energy to the drink).
2 oz Plymouth gin
1 Egg white
.5 oz Fresh lemon juice
.5 oz Raspberry syrup
3 Speared raspberries, for garnish
How To Mix
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with three speared raspberries.
Corn “N” Oil
Call this one a nod to two of our country’s most valued commodities (cue Darth Vader theme song). The drink itself, a powerful mixture of black strap rum, falernum, lime juice and bitters, is much less controversial than its namesakes.
2 oz Cruzan Black Strap rum
.5 oz falernum
.5 oz Lime juice
3 dashes Angostura bitters
How To Mix
Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add the velvet falernum, top with the rum and squeeze the lime juice on top. Add the bitters and stir ingredients until chilled and fully combined.
Sour Watermelon Shandy
The components of this cocktail (watermelon and beer) are staples at most Fourth of July barbecues. So if you’re going to someone else’s party this year, keep this recipe handy; you’ll know what to do (and be the hero of the day) when the punch runs out.
1 cup chopped fresh watermelon
juice of 1 fresh lemon (About 1/4 cup of juice.)
1 12-ounce bottle of your favorite vegan sour beer (Barnivore lists lots of vegan sours, so it should be really easy to find one!)
How To Mix
In your blender, puree the watermelon and lemon juice until you have a nice, smooth puree.
Divide the watermelon puree between 2 pint glasses full of ice, and top with the beer. There is a little bit of finesse required here, because pouring beer over ice can make a lot of foam. Tilt your glass, and very slowly pour the beer down the tilted side, stopping to stir gently if it starts to foam up. This is more a trickle of beer than a pour. Take your time pouring, and you’ll end up saving time that you would have spent waiting for half a pint of foam to settle down. Continue tilting and slowly pouring until you have a full glass. Stir to combine, garnish with a lemon round, and serve!
Article By: Milo A.