The Best Fourth of July Cocktails!

What is a Fourth of July party without some festive drinks to loosen the occasion up a little? And with the new marriage equality laws and World Cup turnout, there will be plenty to discuss this coming Saturday. Keep reading for some of the best Fourth of July cocktails you could offer your guests.

These first two drinks are made with DeLeón tequila, a liquor made from 100% Highland agave and rich, complex agave honey that is slow-fermented and twice-distilled.  A 750 ml bottle goes for $60, and will blow your guests away.


Firecracker Red Manhattan

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This tequila-based variation on a Manhattan celebrates the flavors of Mexico through DeLeón’s oak-aged Reposado and a play on traditional mole flavor. Instead of whisky, Reposado tequila is used to impart an aged, oaky flavor, while Cardinal Mendoza Spanish Brandy takes the place of vermouth. Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao and Bittermans Hellfire Shrub marry to create an original and compelling flavor profile boasting warm spiced notes and clove, with just a hint of chocolate.

Recipe:

  • 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

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A modern play on the traditional margarita, Miss Independence uses clarified lime juice (from which all of the juice solids have been strained) to give this drink an incredibly silky mouthfeel, highlighting the smoothness of the Platinum tequila. The herbaceous qualities of the DeLeón Platinum are enhanced by the addition of sage, adding a uniquely herbaceous twist to the margarita’s classic flavor profile.

Recipe:

  • 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.

This next recipe creates two layered frozen cocktails that will keep your guests cool under the hot summer sun.

 

Dobel Patriotic Margarita

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Layer 1 – Blue

In a blender, combine the following ingredients:

  • 2 oz. DOBEL Tequila
  • 0.5 oz. Agave Nectar
  • 0.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 0.75 oz. Blue Curacao

Fill your blender with ice and turn on the machine. Blend until the ice has completely broken up. Pour this concoction one-third the way up your rocks glasses. This is your base layer.

Layer 2 – White

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Rinse out the blue concoction out of the blender jar and prepare for round 2. In a clean blender, combine the following:

  • 2 oz. DOBEL Tequila
  • 0.5 oz. Agave Nectar
  • 0.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

Fill your blender with ice and turn on the machine. The mixture should be consistent with the blue layer. Using a spoon, carefully spoon the margarita into the glasses until you’ve filled another third of the glass. This will allow you to avoid blended the layers with the force of the pour.

Layer 3 – Red

Your last layer will be the final topper of this delicious patriotic margarita. Wash out the blender and add the following ingredients:

  • 2 oz. DOBEL Tequila
  • 0.5 oz. Agave Nectar
  • 0.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 0.75 oz. Grenadine

Fill the blender with ice and blend again. Spoon it out into the glasses for the final layer and top with a maraschino cherry. Serve cocktails with straws.

These next three recipes all feature the remarkable thirst-quenching Ketel One Vodka. Colorful and refreshing, they are sure to be a hit.

 

The Flag

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  • 1 oz Ketel One Citroen Flavored Vodka
  • .5 oz Blue Curacao
  • .5 oz Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1 Egg White

Glass: Nick & Nora
Ice: None
Garnish with a cherry

Bottom Blue Curacao in glass. Dry shake egg white. Add ingredients. Shake vigorously.  Strain over Curacao. Garnish with a cherry.

 

Ketel One Fire Cracker

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  • 1.25 oz Ketel One Vodka
  • .25 oz Campari
  • .5 oz Fresh Orange Juice
  • .5 oz Simple Syrup

Top: Soda Water
Top: Hot Sauce
Glass: Collins
Ice: Yes
Garnish with an orange slice

Shake.  Strain.  Top with soda water.  Top with hot sauce.

 

 

All Summer Long

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  • 1.5 oz Ketel One Oranje Flavored Vodka
  • .25 oz Simple Syrup

Top: Lemonade
Glass: Collins
Ice: Yes
Garnish with red sugar rim
Build in a Collins glass.

We hope you and your guests enjoy these cocktails and have a marvelous Fourth of July!

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