Celebrate Independence Day the way the Founding Fathers would want you to: Drinking Americana cocktails in honor of the 4th of July.
Here, three custom beverages that pair perfectly with barbecues and fireworks. Bottoms up!
Fourth of July Adult Sno Cone, Created by Celebrity Event Planner and Entertainment Expert Jung Lee
1 cup Clos du Bois Rouge
1 cup sugar
Make Clos du Bois Rouge Syrup by mixing the wine and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat until the sugar has dissolved. Cool the syrup completely before pouring over the shaved ice.
Red, White & Bourbon, Created by Chef Lee Anne Wong
1/4 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed and strained
1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed and strained
1/2 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed and strained
4 parts Maker's Mark Bourbon
1 part Crown Maple Syrup
4 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
Assorted berries: raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries
Splash club soda
Combine the juices, Maker's Mark Bourbon, Crown Maple Syrup, and mint leaves in a large shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into 2 tall glasses over ice and add a splash of soda. Cut berries and mint leaves for garnish. Serve immediately.
Mr. American Berry, Created by Moses Laboy, Le Colonial NYC
1 1/2 parts Maker's 46
1/2 part fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 part fresh steamed black raspberry juice*
Touch of sugar
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice; strain into a short rocks glass over ice and garnish with a blackberry.
Steamed Blackberry Juice Modification
1/2 quart fresh blackberries
1/2 quart fresh raspberries
3 oz. fresh lime juice
5 oz. simple syrup
5 oz. water
Combine all ingredients in a blender and strain through a cheesecloth to yield juice.