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It doesn’t matter if you’re headed out of town or staying at home, your Independence Day celebration deserves some delicious drinks. I have concocted a red, a white, and a blue cocktail that are perfect for sipping over this holiday weekend. Make one or make them all and serve them side by side for a range of cocktail flavors at your Fourth of July party.
Red Fourth of July Cocktail Recipe: The Lexington Sour
This is a rif on the classic New York Sour, but since I played with the ratios a bit, I decided to create a new name. The bourbon is classic, American Maker’s Mark and the wine is a Virginia wine, Barboursville Vineyards Merlot, so I thought it fitting to choose a name that honors the home states of both key ingredients. Meet the Lexington Sour. You can use pretty much any red wine in this drink, but something lighter will give a more balanced flavor.
2 oz. Maker’s Mark bourbon
3/4 oz. lemon juice
3/4 oz. agave nectar (I used TRES AGAVES Organic Cocktail Ready Agave Nectar for Margaritas, which is a bit thinner than traditional agave nectar, you can also use simple syrup, but I might suggest reducing the amount to 1/2 oz.)
3/4 oz. red wine (I used Barboursville Merlot in honor of Independence Day)
Fill a rocks glass with ice. Combine Maker’s Mark, lemon juice and agave nectar in a shaker without ice. Shake to combine. Strain into rocks glass over ice. Pour red wine gently over the back of a spoon on top of the rest of the mixture to create a two-layer drink. Garnish with a lemon twist.
White Fourth of July Cocktail Recipe: The 5-0 Salute
Named for Hawaii, the 50th state, this cocktail has lots of tropical flavor, but it’s not heavy or sticky sweet. Replacing heavy coconut cream with a combination of coconut water and Lakewood Organic Coconut Juice reduces the calories and the weight factor. Gin adds a fresh note and lime makes the drink taste fresh and citrusy.
1/2 ounce gin (to stick with the holiday, I chose locally made Commonwealth Gin)
3 oz. coconut water
1 oz. Rose’s Lime Juice
1 oz. Lakewood Organic Coconut Juice
Dried coconut flakes for garnish, optional
Lime wedges, for garnish
If desired, dip rim of a glass in extra Rose’s Lime Juice then in coconut flakes to rim glass. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all ingredients. Close and shake vigorously until combined. Strain into glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Blue Fourth of July Cocktail Recipe: Two If Bai Sea
Obviously the name here is a play on the famous line from Longfellow’s poem about Paul Revere’s ride from Boston to Concord at the start of the Revolutionary War. However, the spelling of Bai refers to the Bai Brasilia Blueberry that adds the rich blueberry flavor to this drink. If you haven’t tried Bai beverages yet, they are tasty low-calorie drinks made without added chemicals for sweetness. I don’t know how this is, but I do know they taste good. Sticking with my theme of American liquor, this drink also features Belle Isle Honey Habanero Moonshine, which is made right here in Richmond, Va.
Fill a glass with ice. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker without ice. Shake to combine. Pour over ice. Garnish with a cocktail pick of blueberries if desired.