5 Colorful Cocktails For Independence Day

Jul 4th 2015 | lifestyle

If you’re looking to turn your 4th of July celebration into a ‘red, white and booze’ blast, there are simple ways to make cocktails and mixed drinks perfect for the occasion. We've pulled together a list of some of our favourite patriotic beverages that are sure to be a hit with this Independence Day!

THE all blue 4TH of JULY MARTINI

Ingredients
1 1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz triple sec
1/2 oz blue curacao
1/2 oz sweet-and-sour mix
1 dash grenadine
Lemon Peel to decorate

Directions: Mix all ingredients except grenadine in shaker and chill. Pour into martini glass. Slowly pour the grenadine down the side of the glass and it will sink to bottom.

loud n' proud patriotic mojito 

Ingredients:
2 oz white rum
1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
10 whole mint leaves
3 whole strawberries
15 whole blueberries
1 packet of silver edible glitter stars

Directions: In a glass muddle lime juice, simple syrup, mint, strawberries and blueberries. Add rum and stir. Fill glass with crushed ice and top off with club soda. Garnish with a skewer of strawberries and blueberries and sprinkle edible glitter stars on top.

Watermelon Queen's Knees

Ingredients:
2 slices watermelon (large slices, cut from rind)
1 bottle (4 cups) champagne
3/4 cup sugar (preferably fine like caster sugar)
10 whole star anise pods
2 1/2 cup water

Directions: To make the star anise syrup, put the sugar, star anise and water into a saucepan and stir over a medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat slightly and boil for 7-8 minutes until thickened to a light syrup. Take off the heat and leave to cool completely. Puree watermelon, then strain the watermelon through a mesh strainer. Pour ½ cup champagne into each of four glasses. Add ¼ cup watermelon and ½ cup anise syrup to each glass. Optionally, serve with a watermelon star (cut with a cookie cutter) on the glass.

Fouth of July Sangria 

Ingredients:
1 bottle Pinot Grigio
1 cup fresh strawberries (diced)
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz fresh orange juice

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and top with one bottle of Ginger Ale. Refrigerate overnight. Add some fresh mint sprigs. Serve and enjoy!

FOUTH OF JULY JELLY SHOTS

Ingredients:
1 packet (3 oz) berry blue jelly
1 packet of Watermelon jelly
1 packet (3 oz) berry blue jelly
2 cups Malibu coconut rum
2 cups boiling water
8 oz heavy whipping cream
1/2 - 3/4 cup sugar 

Directions: Boil 1 cup of water. Empty watermelon jello packet into a large bowl. Pour boiling water over jello powder. Stir until jello dissolves. Add one cup of coconut rum. Stir. Pour into shot glasses filling the glass only 1/3 of the way. Refrigerate for 4-8 hours or until jello is firm. Boil 1 cup of water. Empty berry blue jello packet into a large bowl. Pour boiling water over jello powder. Stir until jello dissolves. Add one cup of coconut rum. Stir. Pour into shot glasses over red jello filling the glasses only 2/3 of the way. Refrigerate for 4-8 hours or until jello is firm. In a large bowl, beat heavy whipping cream and sugar together until stiff peaks form. When ready to serve, top shots with whipped cream! 

It’s really lovely to have assurance from the company arranging the night that we will be looked after, even after we have paid the money - Charlotte