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Celebrate the Fourth of July on Your Porch

Celebrate the Fourth of July on Your Porch


Don’t feel like hosting a big Fourth of July barbecue today? You can still invite a few friends over for patriotic festivities. Just have everyone come over and ring in the Fourth of July with you on your front porch.

Set the mood with party lights, citronella candles, and paper lanterns. Keeping your porch light on is sure to do nothing but attract moths and other uninvited guests. For that reason, flip off the switch and plug in some party lights and paper lanterns. Stringing these lights is sure to add an extra ambiance to your porch. Still feeling itchy? Make sure those bugs stay away by lighting a few citronella candles.

Keep everyone well-fed with barbecued hors d’oeuvres and patriotic fruit skewers. Serving strawberries, blueberries, and bananas on a skewer will prove to be both patriotic and healthy. Try avoiding foods that require the use of utensils, since it might be difficult to balance a plate of burgers and franks on your lap. But you don’t have to ignore the barbecue completely. Feature a variety of sliders and fries. Everyone will love trying and tasting your miniature sloppy Joes, fried chicken sandwiches, pulled pork, and hamburgers. For dessert, whip up some of these Fourth of July treats. Feeling lazy? Ben & Jerry’s has you covered with its patriotic pints of AmeriCone Dream ice cream.

Quench everyone’s thirst with patriotic cocktails, mocktails, and iced teas. While thinking about what drinks to offer your guests, stick to the tried and true — red, white, and blue. Mix up some passion iced tea and red and blue berry lemonade slush to help your guests beat the heat. Want to offer your guests something that has a bit more of a kick? Experiment with some of these patriotic cocktails.

Keep everyone entertained with music, stories, and a firework display. Some of your guests may want to test their historical trivia knowledge on this American holiday, while other guests may want to stick to watching the fireworks. All of your guests are sure to appreciate a patriotic playlist, complete with the "Star Spangled Banner" and "Born in the U.S.A."

Enjoy! All that is left is for you to lean back on your rocking chair, enjoy your neighbors’ firework displays, and celebrate America.


19 Upscale Fourth of July Cocktails for Independence Day

Patriotic cocktails don't need to be technicolor sugarbombs.

Once upon a time, celebratory sips for the Fourth of July were relegated to standard beer and primary-colored frozen monstrosities, but nowadays our options are getting a lot more elegant. While we'd certainly never turn down a refreshing hard seltzer or the chance to rosé all day, having a fun and festive cocktail can really take your Independence Day celebrations up a notch. So this year, celebrate America's birthday with one of these upscale, summery twists.

Ingredients

8-10 blueberries
2 oz Long Island Vodka
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
1-2 oz Oregon Pinot Noir

Instructions

Muddle blueberries at the bottom of a double old fashioned glass and top with ice. Add vodka, lemon, and simple syrup to a mixing glass and shake vigorously until chilled and combined. Strain over ice and blueberries. Carefully pour wine over a spoon into the cocktail to create a red wine "float."

Ingredients

1 liter Casamigos Blanco Tequila
17 oz lime juice
17 strawberries (plus more for garnish)
17 whole blackberries (plus more for garnish)
10 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Blend strawberries and blackberries in blender until liquefied. Strain into punch bowl and add other ingredients. Stir in 3-4 scoops of block ice to fill in and cool. Garnish with blackberries and thin strawberry slices. Stir before each serving.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
1.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz cherry heering
1 oz lemon juice
2 dashes of orange blossom water
Sparkling wine to top

Instructions

Add all ingredients except sparkling wine to a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with mint.

Ingredients

.75 oz Campari
2 oz Bulldog Gin
.75 oz Cinzano 1757
2 oz lemon juice
1.25 oz simple syrup
2 whole strawberries, tops removed

Instructions

Blend all ingredients with 1.5 cups of ice until smooth and pour into a tall glass. Garnish with a strawberry and orange twist.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Laphroaig 10 Year Old
.5 oz pineapple rum
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup
Barspoon Pomegranate Molasses

Instructions

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

1 oz The King's Ginger liqueur
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz sparkling lemonade or lemon soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients in a glass filled with ice and stir to combine. Strain into a coupe glass.

Ingredients

2 oz Bache-Gabrielsen American Oak
2 tsp Cherry Heering
2 tsp dry vermouth

Instructions

Stir all ingredients together, pour in a stemless snifter, and add 4 ice cubes. Garnish with a Cognac-marinated cherry bits and caramel cracker.

By Joel Cuellar of The Brandy Library in New York City.

Ingredients

750 ml Nolet's Silver Gin
750 ml sparkling Sake
24 oz watermelon juice
Fresh watermelon cubes
12.5 oz fresh lemon juice
12.5 oz agave nectar

Instructions

Stir all liquid ingredients well in a punchbowl, making sure agave liquefies properly with the other ingredients. Add watermelon cubes and a block of ice five minutes before serving.

Ingredients

2 oz Meteoro Espadin Mezcal
2.5 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz sour mix
.5 oz Aperol
Top with tonic

Instructions

Pour mezcal, grapefruit juice, and sour mix into cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 6 to 7 seconds. Fill white wine glass with ice and slowly pour contents over ice. Top with Aperol and tonic and garnish with a fresh slice of grapefruit.

Ingredients

6 muddled blueberries
2 oz Applejack
.5 oz grenadine
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Muddle blueberries in small tin and fill with ice. Add the remaining ingredients and shake vigorously. Empty all contents into rocks glass and garnish with fresh blueberries.

By Tommy Warren for Bedford & Co. in New York City.

Ingredients

1 bottle Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
6 oz fresh lime juice
6 oz fresh grapefruit juice
12 oz Falernum Syrup Liqueur
12 dashes Angostura Bitters
12 oz soda water

Instructions

Add all ingredients except soda to a punch bowl. Add ice cubes. Finish with soda water. Garnish with grapefruit wheels, lime wheels, and mint.

Ingredients

2 oz Laird&rsquos Straight Applejack 86
1 oz watermelon syrup (1:1 ratio of watermelon juice to sugar)
1 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

By Brett Esler of Whisler's in Austin

Ingredients

1.5 oz Blue Nectar Reposado Extra Blend
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz cranberry juice
.75 oz orange liqueur
4 lime quarters and 1 lime wheel

Instructions

Muddle the lime quarters with the simple syrup in a shaking tin. Add tequila, orange liqueur, and cranberry juice. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Frapin 1270
1 oz coconut water
.25 oz lime juice
2 oz tonic water
2 dashes of orange bitters

Instructions

Build the cocktail in a highball glass. Add ice and stir. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Privateer Rum
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 dash angostura bitters

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake. Strain into a coupe.

By Jackson Cannon of Greydon House in Nantucket, MA.

Ingredients

1 oz Nolet&rsquos Silver Dry Gin
1 oz sparkling sake
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz agave nectar
3 inch piece of watermelon

Instructions

Muddle watermelon with gin, lemon juice, and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake, and strain into a port glass. Top with chilled sparkling sake and stir lightly.

Ingredients

1 oz Belvedere Vodka
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1.25 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake well. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with edible flowers and rock candy.

Ingredients

1 oz Plantation Stiggins&rsquo Fancy Pineapple Rum
.75 oz Plantation Original Dark Rum
.25 oz Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum
.75 oz simple syrup
.75 oz lime juice
.25 oz pineapple juice
Top with soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients except soda in a shaker tine with ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with 4-6 mint leaves.

By James O&rsquoConnor at Ponyboy in NYC

Ingredients

2 oz Grand Marnier Cuvée Louis-Alexandre
.75 oz grapefruit juice
.5 bar spoon honey
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Stir all ingredients in a rocks glass. Add ice. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and sprayed with orange flower water.


19 Upscale Fourth of July Cocktails for Independence Day

Patriotic cocktails don't need to be technicolor sugarbombs.

Once upon a time, celebratory sips for the Fourth of July were relegated to standard beer and primary-colored frozen monstrosities, but nowadays our options are getting a lot more elegant. While we'd certainly never turn down a refreshing hard seltzer or the chance to rosé all day, having a fun and festive cocktail can really take your Independence Day celebrations up a notch. So this year, celebrate America's birthday with one of these upscale, summery twists.

Ingredients

8-10 blueberries
2 oz Long Island Vodka
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
1-2 oz Oregon Pinot Noir

Instructions

Muddle blueberries at the bottom of a double old fashioned glass and top with ice. Add vodka, lemon, and simple syrup to a mixing glass and shake vigorously until chilled and combined. Strain over ice and blueberries. Carefully pour wine over a spoon into the cocktail to create a red wine "float."

Ingredients

1 liter Casamigos Blanco Tequila
17 oz lime juice
17 strawberries (plus more for garnish)
17 whole blackberries (plus more for garnish)
10 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Blend strawberries and blackberries in blender until liquefied. Strain into punch bowl and add other ingredients. Stir in 3-4 scoops of block ice to fill in and cool. Garnish with blackberries and thin strawberry slices. Stir before each serving.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
1.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz cherry heering
1 oz lemon juice
2 dashes of orange blossom water
Sparkling wine to top

Instructions

Add all ingredients except sparkling wine to a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with mint.

Ingredients

.75 oz Campari
2 oz Bulldog Gin
.75 oz Cinzano 1757
2 oz lemon juice
1.25 oz simple syrup
2 whole strawberries, tops removed

Instructions

Blend all ingredients with 1.5 cups of ice until smooth and pour into a tall glass. Garnish with a strawberry and orange twist.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Laphroaig 10 Year Old
.5 oz pineapple rum
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup
Barspoon Pomegranate Molasses

Instructions

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

1 oz The King's Ginger liqueur
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz sparkling lemonade or lemon soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients in a glass filled with ice and stir to combine. Strain into a coupe glass.

Ingredients

2 oz Bache-Gabrielsen American Oak
2 tsp Cherry Heering
2 tsp dry vermouth

Instructions

Stir all ingredients together, pour in a stemless snifter, and add 4 ice cubes. Garnish with a Cognac-marinated cherry bits and caramel cracker.

By Joel Cuellar of The Brandy Library in New York City.

Ingredients

750 ml Nolet's Silver Gin
750 ml sparkling Sake
24 oz watermelon juice
Fresh watermelon cubes
12.5 oz fresh lemon juice
12.5 oz agave nectar

Instructions

Stir all liquid ingredients well in a punchbowl, making sure agave liquefies properly with the other ingredients. Add watermelon cubes and a block of ice five minutes before serving.

Ingredients

2 oz Meteoro Espadin Mezcal
2.5 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz sour mix
.5 oz Aperol
Top with tonic

Instructions

Pour mezcal, grapefruit juice, and sour mix into cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 6 to 7 seconds. Fill white wine glass with ice and slowly pour contents over ice. Top with Aperol and tonic and garnish with a fresh slice of grapefruit.

Ingredients

6 muddled blueberries
2 oz Applejack
.5 oz grenadine
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Muddle blueberries in small tin and fill with ice. Add the remaining ingredients and shake vigorously. Empty all contents into rocks glass and garnish with fresh blueberries.

By Tommy Warren for Bedford & Co. in New York City.

Ingredients

1 bottle Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
6 oz fresh lime juice
6 oz fresh grapefruit juice
12 oz Falernum Syrup Liqueur
12 dashes Angostura Bitters
12 oz soda water

Instructions

Add all ingredients except soda to a punch bowl. Add ice cubes. Finish with soda water. Garnish with grapefruit wheels, lime wheels, and mint.

Ingredients

2 oz Laird&rsquos Straight Applejack 86
1 oz watermelon syrup (1:1 ratio of watermelon juice to sugar)
1 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

By Brett Esler of Whisler's in Austin

Ingredients

1.5 oz Blue Nectar Reposado Extra Blend
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz cranberry juice
.75 oz orange liqueur
4 lime quarters and 1 lime wheel

Instructions

Muddle the lime quarters with the simple syrup in a shaking tin. Add tequila, orange liqueur, and cranberry juice. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Frapin 1270
1 oz coconut water
.25 oz lime juice
2 oz tonic water
2 dashes of orange bitters

Instructions

Build the cocktail in a highball glass. Add ice and stir. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Privateer Rum
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 dash angostura bitters

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake. Strain into a coupe.

By Jackson Cannon of Greydon House in Nantucket, MA.

Ingredients

1 oz Nolet&rsquos Silver Dry Gin
1 oz sparkling sake
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz agave nectar
3 inch piece of watermelon

Instructions

Muddle watermelon with gin, lemon juice, and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake, and strain into a port glass. Top with chilled sparkling sake and stir lightly.

Ingredients

1 oz Belvedere Vodka
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1.25 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake well. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with edible flowers and rock candy.

Ingredients

1 oz Plantation Stiggins&rsquo Fancy Pineapple Rum
.75 oz Plantation Original Dark Rum
.25 oz Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum
.75 oz simple syrup
.75 oz lime juice
.25 oz pineapple juice
Top with soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients except soda in a shaker tine with ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with 4-6 mint leaves.

By James O&rsquoConnor at Ponyboy in NYC

Ingredients

2 oz Grand Marnier Cuvée Louis-Alexandre
.75 oz grapefruit juice
.5 bar spoon honey
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Stir all ingredients in a rocks glass. Add ice. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and sprayed with orange flower water.


19 Upscale Fourth of July Cocktails for Independence Day

Patriotic cocktails don't need to be technicolor sugarbombs.

Once upon a time, celebratory sips for the Fourth of July were relegated to standard beer and primary-colored frozen monstrosities, but nowadays our options are getting a lot more elegant. While we'd certainly never turn down a refreshing hard seltzer or the chance to rosé all day, having a fun and festive cocktail can really take your Independence Day celebrations up a notch. So this year, celebrate America's birthday with one of these upscale, summery twists.

Ingredients

8-10 blueberries
2 oz Long Island Vodka
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
1-2 oz Oregon Pinot Noir

Instructions

Muddle blueberries at the bottom of a double old fashioned glass and top with ice. Add vodka, lemon, and simple syrup to a mixing glass and shake vigorously until chilled and combined. Strain over ice and blueberries. Carefully pour wine over a spoon into the cocktail to create a red wine "float."

Ingredients

1 liter Casamigos Blanco Tequila
17 oz lime juice
17 strawberries (plus more for garnish)
17 whole blackberries (plus more for garnish)
10 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Blend strawberries and blackberries in blender until liquefied. Strain into punch bowl and add other ingredients. Stir in 3-4 scoops of block ice to fill in and cool. Garnish with blackberries and thin strawberry slices. Stir before each serving.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
1.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz cherry heering
1 oz lemon juice
2 dashes of orange blossom water
Sparkling wine to top

Instructions

Add all ingredients except sparkling wine to a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with mint.

Ingredients

.75 oz Campari
2 oz Bulldog Gin
.75 oz Cinzano 1757
2 oz lemon juice
1.25 oz simple syrup
2 whole strawberries, tops removed

Instructions

Blend all ingredients with 1.5 cups of ice until smooth and pour into a tall glass. Garnish with a strawberry and orange twist.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Laphroaig 10 Year Old
.5 oz pineapple rum
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup
Barspoon Pomegranate Molasses

Instructions

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

1 oz The King's Ginger liqueur
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz sparkling lemonade or lemon soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients in a glass filled with ice and stir to combine. Strain into a coupe glass.

Ingredients

2 oz Bache-Gabrielsen American Oak
2 tsp Cherry Heering
2 tsp dry vermouth

Instructions

Stir all ingredients together, pour in a stemless snifter, and add 4 ice cubes. Garnish with a Cognac-marinated cherry bits and caramel cracker.

By Joel Cuellar of The Brandy Library in New York City.

Ingredients

750 ml Nolet's Silver Gin
750 ml sparkling Sake
24 oz watermelon juice
Fresh watermelon cubes
12.5 oz fresh lemon juice
12.5 oz agave nectar

Instructions

Stir all liquid ingredients well in a punchbowl, making sure agave liquefies properly with the other ingredients. Add watermelon cubes and a block of ice five minutes before serving.

Ingredients

2 oz Meteoro Espadin Mezcal
2.5 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz sour mix
.5 oz Aperol
Top with tonic

Instructions

Pour mezcal, grapefruit juice, and sour mix into cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 6 to 7 seconds. Fill white wine glass with ice and slowly pour contents over ice. Top with Aperol and tonic and garnish with a fresh slice of grapefruit.

Ingredients

6 muddled blueberries
2 oz Applejack
.5 oz grenadine
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Muddle blueberries in small tin and fill with ice. Add the remaining ingredients and shake vigorously. Empty all contents into rocks glass and garnish with fresh blueberries.

By Tommy Warren for Bedford & Co. in New York City.

Ingredients

1 bottle Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
6 oz fresh lime juice
6 oz fresh grapefruit juice
12 oz Falernum Syrup Liqueur
12 dashes Angostura Bitters
12 oz soda water

Instructions

Add all ingredients except soda to a punch bowl. Add ice cubes. Finish with soda water. Garnish with grapefruit wheels, lime wheels, and mint.

Ingredients

2 oz Laird&rsquos Straight Applejack 86
1 oz watermelon syrup (1:1 ratio of watermelon juice to sugar)
1 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

By Brett Esler of Whisler's in Austin

Ingredients

1.5 oz Blue Nectar Reposado Extra Blend
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz cranberry juice
.75 oz orange liqueur
4 lime quarters and 1 lime wheel

Instructions

Muddle the lime quarters with the simple syrup in a shaking tin. Add tequila, orange liqueur, and cranberry juice. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Frapin 1270
1 oz coconut water
.25 oz lime juice
2 oz tonic water
2 dashes of orange bitters

Instructions

Build the cocktail in a highball glass. Add ice and stir. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Privateer Rum
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 dash angostura bitters

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake. Strain into a coupe.

By Jackson Cannon of Greydon House in Nantucket, MA.

Ingredients

1 oz Nolet&rsquos Silver Dry Gin
1 oz sparkling sake
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz agave nectar
3 inch piece of watermelon

Instructions

Muddle watermelon with gin, lemon juice, and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake, and strain into a port glass. Top with chilled sparkling sake and stir lightly.

Ingredients

1 oz Belvedere Vodka
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1.25 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake well. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with edible flowers and rock candy.

Ingredients

1 oz Plantation Stiggins&rsquo Fancy Pineapple Rum
.75 oz Plantation Original Dark Rum
.25 oz Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum
.75 oz simple syrup
.75 oz lime juice
.25 oz pineapple juice
Top with soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients except soda in a shaker tine with ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with 4-6 mint leaves.

By James O&rsquoConnor at Ponyboy in NYC

Ingredients

2 oz Grand Marnier Cuvée Louis-Alexandre
.75 oz grapefruit juice
.5 bar spoon honey
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Stir all ingredients in a rocks glass. Add ice. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and sprayed with orange flower water.


19 Upscale Fourth of July Cocktails for Independence Day

Patriotic cocktails don't need to be technicolor sugarbombs.

Once upon a time, celebratory sips for the Fourth of July were relegated to standard beer and primary-colored frozen monstrosities, but nowadays our options are getting a lot more elegant. While we'd certainly never turn down a refreshing hard seltzer or the chance to rosé all day, having a fun and festive cocktail can really take your Independence Day celebrations up a notch. So this year, celebrate America's birthday with one of these upscale, summery twists.

Ingredients

8-10 blueberries
2 oz Long Island Vodka
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
1-2 oz Oregon Pinot Noir

Instructions

Muddle blueberries at the bottom of a double old fashioned glass and top with ice. Add vodka, lemon, and simple syrup to a mixing glass and shake vigorously until chilled and combined. Strain over ice and blueberries. Carefully pour wine over a spoon into the cocktail to create a red wine "float."

Ingredients

1 liter Casamigos Blanco Tequila
17 oz lime juice
17 strawberries (plus more for garnish)
17 whole blackberries (plus more for garnish)
10 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Blend strawberries and blackberries in blender until liquefied. Strain into punch bowl and add other ingredients. Stir in 3-4 scoops of block ice to fill in and cool. Garnish with blackberries and thin strawberry slices. Stir before each serving.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
1.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz cherry heering
1 oz lemon juice
2 dashes of orange blossom water
Sparkling wine to top

Instructions

Add all ingredients except sparkling wine to a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with mint.

Ingredients

.75 oz Campari
2 oz Bulldog Gin
.75 oz Cinzano 1757
2 oz lemon juice
1.25 oz simple syrup
2 whole strawberries, tops removed

Instructions

Blend all ingredients with 1.5 cups of ice until smooth and pour into a tall glass. Garnish with a strawberry and orange twist.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Laphroaig 10 Year Old
.5 oz pineapple rum
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup
Barspoon Pomegranate Molasses

Instructions

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

1 oz The King's Ginger liqueur
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz sparkling lemonade or lemon soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients in a glass filled with ice and stir to combine. Strain into a coupe glass.

Ingredients

2 oz Bache-Gabrielsen American Oak
2 tsp Cherry Heering
2 tsp dry vermouth

Instructions

Stir all ingredients together, pour in a stemless snifter, and add 4 ice cubes. Garnish with a Cognac-marinated cherry bits and caramel cracker.

By Joel Cuellar of The Brandy Library in New York City.

Ingredients

750 ml Nolet's Silver Gin
750 ml sparkling Sake
24 oz watermelon juice
Fresh watermelon cubes
12.5 oz fresh lemon juice
12.5 oz agave nectar

Instructions

Stir all liquid ingredients well in a punchbowl, making sure agave liquefies properly with the other ingredients. Add watermelon cubes and a block of ice five minutes before serving.

Ingredients

2 oz Meteoro Espadin Mezcal
2.5 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz sour mix
.5 oz Aperol
Top with tonic

Instructions

Pour mezcal, grapefruit juice, and sour mix into cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 6 to 7 seconds. Fill white wine glass with ice and slowly pour contents over ice. Top with Aperol and tonic and garnish with a fresh slice of grapefruit.

Ingredients

6 muddled blueberries
2 oz Applejack
.5 oz grenadine
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Muddle blueberries in small tin and fill with ice. Add the remaining ingredients and shake vigorously. Empty all contents into rocks glass and garnish with fresh blueberries.

By Tommy Warren for Bedford & Co. in New York City.

Ingredients

1 bottle Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
6 oz fresh lime juice
6 oz fresh grapefruit juice
12 oz Falernum Syrup Liqueur
12 dashes Angostura Bitters
12 oz soda water

Instructions

Add all ingredients except soda to a punch bowl. Add ice cubes. Finish with soda water. Garnish with grapefruit wheels, lime wheels, and mint.

Ingredients

2 oz Laird&rsquos Straight Applejack 86
1 oz watermelon syrup (1:1 ratio of watermelon juice to sugar)
1 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

By Brett Esler of Whisler's in Austin

Ingredients

1.5 oz Blue Nectar Reposado Extra Blend
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz cranberry juice
.75 oz orange liqueur
4 lime quarters and 1 lime wheel

Instructions

Muddle the lime quarters with the simple syrup in a shaking tin. Add tequila, orange liqueur, and cranberry juice. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Frapin 1270
1 oz coconut water
.25 oz lime juice
2 oz tonic water
2 dashes of orange bitters

Instructions

Build the cocktail in a highball glass. Add ice and stir. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Privateer Rum
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 dash angostura bitters

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake. Strain into a coupe.

By Jackson Cannon of Greydon House in Nantucket, MA.

Ingredients

1 oz Nolet&rsquos Silver Dry Gin
1 oz sparkling sake
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz agave nectar
3 inch piece of watermelon

Instructions

Muddle watermelon with gin, lemon juice, and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake, and strain into a port glass. Top with chilled sparkling sake and stir lightly.

Ingredients

1 oz Belvedere Vodka
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1.25 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake well. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with edible flowers and rock candy.

Ingredients

1 oz Plantation Stiggins&rsquo Fancy Pineapple Rum
.75 oz Plantation Original Dark Rum
.25 oz Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum
.75 oz simple syrup
.75 oz lime juice
.25 oz pineapple juice
Top with soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients except soda in a shaker tine with ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with 4-6 mint leaves.

By James O&rsquoConnor at Ponyboy in NYC

Ingredients

2 oz Grand Marnier Cuvée Louis-Alexandre
.75 oz grapefruit juice
.5 bar spoon honey
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Stir all ingredients in a rocks glass. Add ice. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and sprayed with orange flower water.


19 Upscale Fourth of July Cocktails for Independence Day

Patriotic cocktails don't need to be technicolor sugarbombs.

Once upon a time, celebratory sips for the Fourth of July were relegated to standard beer and primary-colored frozen monstrosities, but nowadays our options are getting a lot more elegant. While we'd certainly never turn down a refreshing hard seltzer or the chance to rosé all day, having a fun and festive cocktail can really take your Independence Day celebrations up a notch. So this year, celebrate America's birthday with one of these upscale, summery twists.

Ingredients

8-10 blueberries
2 oz Long Island Vodka
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
1-2 oz Oregon Pinot Noir

Instructions

Muddle blueberries at the bottom of a double old fashioned glass and top with ice. Add vodka, lemon, and simple syrup to a mixing glass and shake vigorously until chilled and combined. Strain over ice and blueberries. Carefully pour wine over a spoon into the cocktail to create a red wine "float."

Ingredients

1 liter Casamigos Blanco Tequila
17 oz lime juice
17 strawberries (plus more for garnish)
17 whole blackberries (plus more for garnish)
10 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Blend strawberries and blackberries in blender until liquefied. Strain into punch bowl and add other ingredients. Stir in 3-4 scoops of block ice to fill in and cool. Garnish with blackberries and thin strawberry slices. Stir before each serving.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
1.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz cherry heering
1 oz lemon juice
2 dashes of orange blossom water
Sparkling wine to top

Instructions

Add all ingredients except sparkling wine to a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with mint.

Ingredients

.75 oz Campari
2 oz Bulldog Gin
.75 oz Cinzano 1757
2 oz lemon juice
1.25 oz simple syrup
2 whole strawberries, tops removed

Instructions

Blend all ingredients with 1.5 cups of ice until smooth and pour into a tall glass. Garnish with a strawberry and orange twist.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Laphroaig 10 Year Old
.5 oz pineapple rum
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup
Barspoon Pomegranate Molasses

Instructions

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

1 oz The King's Ginger liqueur
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz sparkling lemonade or lemon soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients in a glass filled with ice and stir to combine. Strain into a coupe glass.

Ingredients

2 oz Bache-Gabrielsen American Oak
2 tsp Cherry Heering
2 tsp dry vermouth

Instructions

Stir all ingredients together, pour in a stemless snifter, and add 4 ice cubes. Garnish with a Cognac-marinated cherry bits and caramel cracker.

By Joel Cuellar of The Brandy Library in New York City.

Ingredients

750 ml Nolet's Silver Gin
750 ml sparkling Sake
24 oz watermelon juice
Fresh watermelon cubes
12.5 oz fresh lemon juice
12.5 oz agave nectar

Instructions

Stir all liquid ingredients well in a punchbowl, making sure agave liquefies properly with the other ingredients. Add watermelon cubes and a block of ice five minutes before serving.

Ingredients

2 oz Meteoro Espadin Mezcal
2.5 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz sour mix
.5 oz Aperol
Top with tonic

Instructions

Pour mezcal, grapefruit juice, and sour mix into cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 6 to 7 seconds. Fill white wine glass with ice and slowly pour contents over ice. Top with Aperol and tonic and garnish with a fresh slice of grapefruit.

Ingredients

6 muddled blueberries
2 oz Applejack
.5 oz grenadine
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Muddle blueberries in small tin and fill with ice. Add the remaining ingredients and shake vigorously. Empty all contents into rocks glass and garnish with fresh blueberries.

By Tommy Warren for Bedford & Co. in New York City.

Ingredients

1 bottle Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
6 oz fresh lime juice
6 oz fresh grapefruit juice
12 oz Falernum Syrup Liqueur
12 dashes Angostura Bitters
12 oz soda water

Instructions

Add all ingredients except soda to a punch bowl. Add ice cubes. Finish with soda water. Garnish with grapefruit wheels, lime wheels, and mint.

Ingredients

2 oz Laird&rsquos Straight Applejack 86
1 oz watermelon syrup (1:1 ratio of watermelon juice to sugar)
1 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

By Brett Esler of Whisler's in Austin

Ingredients

1.5 oz Blue Nectar Reposado Extra Blend
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz cranberry juice
.75 oz orange liqueur
4 lime quarters and 1 lime wheel

Instructions

Muddle the lime quarters with the simple syrup in a shaking tin. Add tequila, orange liqueur, and cranberry juice. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Frapin 1270
1 oz coconut water
.25 oz lime juice
2 oz tonic water
2 dashes of orange bitters

Instructions

Build the cocktail in a highball glass. Add ice and stir. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Privateer Rum
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 dash angostura bitters

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake. Strain into a coupe.

By Jackson Cannon of Greydon House in Nantucket, MA.

Ingredients

1 oz Nolet&rsquos Silver Dry Gin
1 oz sparkling sake
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz agave nectar
3 inch piece of watermelon

Instructions

Muddle watermelon with gin, lemon juice, and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake, and strain into a port glass. Top with chilled sparkling sake and stir lightly.

Ingredients

1 oz Belvedere Vodka
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1.25 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake well. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with edible flowers and rock candy.

Ingredients

1 oz Plantation Stiggins&rsquo Fancy Pineapple Rum
.75 oz Plantation Original Dark Rum
.25 oz Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum
.75 oz simple syrup
.75 oz lime juice
.25 oz pineapple juice
Top with soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients except soda in a shaker tine with ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with 4-6 mint leaves.

By James O&rsquoConnor at Ponyboy in NYC

Ingredients

2 oz Grand Marnier Cuvée Louis-Alexandre
.75 oz grapefruit juice
.5 bar spoon honey
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Stir all ingredients in a rocks glass. Add ice. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and sprayed with orange flower water.


19 Upscale Fourth of July Cocktails for Independence Day

Patriotic cocktails don't need to be technicolor sugarbombs.

Once upon a time, celebratory sips for the Fourth of July were relegated to standard beer and primary-colored frozen monstrosities, but nowadays our options are getting a lot more elegant. While we'd certainly never turn down a refreshing hard seltzer or the chance to rosé all day, having a fun and festive cocktail can really take your Independence Day celebrations up a notch. So this year, celebrate America's birthday with one of these upscale, summery twists.

Ingredients

8-10 blueberries
2 oz Long Island Vodka
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
1-2 oz Oregon Pinot Noir

Instructions

Muddle blueberries at the bottom of a double old fashioned glass and top with ice. Add vodka, lemon, and simple syrup to a mixing glass and shake vigorously until chilled and combined. Strain over ice and blueberries. Carefully pour wine over a spoon into the cocktail to create a red wine "float."

Ingredients

1 liter Casamigos Blanco Tequila
17 oz lime juice
17 strawberries (plus more for garnish)
17 whole blackberries (plus more for garnish)
10 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Blend strawberries and blackberries in blender until liquefied. Strain into punch bowl and add other ingredients. Stir in 3-4 scoops of block ice to fill in and cool. Garnish with blackberries and thin strawberry slices. Stir before each serving.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
1.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz cherry heering
1 oz lemon juice
2 dashes of orange blossom water
Sparkling wine to top

Instructions

Add all ingredients except sparkling wine to a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with mint.

Ingredients

.75 oz Campari
2 oz Bulldog Gin
.75 oz Cinzano 1757
2 oz lemon juice
1.25 oz simple syrup
2 whole strawberries, tops removed

Instructions

Blend all ingredients with 1.5 cups of ice until smooth and pour into a tall glass. Garnish with a strawberry and orange twist.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Laphroaig 10 Year Old
.5 oz pineapple rum
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup
Barspoon Pomegranate Molasses

Instructions

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

1 oz The King's Ginger liqueur
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz sparkling lemonade or lemon soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients in a glass filled with ice and stir to combine. Strain into a coupe glass.

Ingredients

2 oz Bache-Gabrielsen American Oak
2 tsp Cherry Heering
2 tsp dry vermouth

Instructions

Stir all ingredients together, pour in a stemless snifter, and add 4 ice cubes. Garnish with a Cognac-marinated cherry bits and caramel cracker.

By Joel Cuellar of The Brandy Library in New York City.

Ingredients

750 ml Nolet's Silver Gin
750 ml sparkling Sake
24 oz watermelon juice
Fresh watermelon cubes
12.5 oz fresh lemon juice
12.5 oz agave nectar

Instructions

Stir all liquid ingredients well in a punchbowl, making sure agave liquefies properly with the other ingredients. Add watermelon cubes and a block of ice five minutes before serving.

Ingredients

2 oz Meteoro Espadin Mezcal
2.5 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz sour mix
.5 oz Aperol
Top with tonic

Instructions

Pour mezcal, grapefruit juice, and sour mix into cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 6 to 7 seconds. Fill white wine glass with ice and slowly pour contents over ice. Top with Aperol and tonic and garnish with a fresh slice of grapefruit.

Ingredients

6 muddled blueberries
2 oz Applejack
.5 oz grenadine
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Muddle blueberries in small tin and fill with ice. Add the remaining ingredients and shake vigorously. Empty all contents into rocks glass and garnish with fresh blueberries.

By Tommy Warren for Bedford & Co. in New York City.

Ingredients

1 bottle Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
6 oz fresh lime juice
6 oz fresh grapefruit juice
12 oz Falernum Syrup Liqueur
12 dashes Angostura Bitters
12 oz soda water

Instructions

Add all ingredients except soda to a punch bowl. Add ice cubes. Finish with soda water. Garnish with grapefruit wheels, lime wheels, and mint.

Ingredients

2 oz Laird&rsquos Straight Applejack 86
1 oz watermelon syrup (1:1 ratio of watermelon juice to sugar)
1 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

By Brett Esler of Whisler's in Austin

Ingredients

1.5 oz Blue Nectar Reposado Extra Blend
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz cranberry juice
.75 oz orange liqueur
4 lime quarters and 1 lime wheel

Instructions

Muddle the lime quarters with the simple syrup in a shaking tin. Add tequila, orange liqueur, and cranberry juice. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Frapin 1270
1 oz coconut water
.25 oz lime juice
2 oz tonic water
2 dashes of orange bitters

Instructions

Build the cocktail in a highball glass. Add ice and stir. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Privateer Rum
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 dash angostura bitters

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake. Strain into a coupe.

By Jackson Cannon of Greydon House in Nantucket, MA.

Ingredients

1 oz Nolet&rsquos Silver Dry Gin
1 oz sparkling sake
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz agave nectar
3 inch piece of watermelon

Instructions

Muddle watermelon with gin, lemon juice, and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake, and strain into a port glass. Top with chilled sparkling sake and stir lightly.

Ingredients

1 oz Belvedere Vodka
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1.25 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake well. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with edible flowers and rock candy.

Ingredients

1 oz Plantation Stiggins&rsquo Fancy Pineapple Rum
.75 oz Plantation Original Dark Rum
.25 oz Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum
.75 oz simple syrup
.75 oz lime juice
.25 oz pineapple juice
Top with soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients except soda in a shaker tine with ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with 4-6 mint leaves.

By James O&rsquoConnor at Ponyboy in NYC

Ingredients

2 oz Grand Marnier Cuvée Louis-Alexandre
.75 oz grapefruit juice
.5 bar spoon honey
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Stir all ingredients in a rocks glass. Add ice. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and sprayed with orange flower water.


19 Upscale Fourth of July Cocktails for Independence Day

Patriotic cocktails don't need to be technicolor sugarbombs.

Once upon a time, celebratory sips for the Fourth of July were relegated to standard beer and primary-colored frozen monstrosities, but nowadays our options are getting a lot more elegant. While we'd certainly never turn down a refreshing hard seltzer or the chance to rosé all day, having a fun and festive cocktail can really take your Independence Day celebrations up a notch. So this year, celebrate America's birthday with one of these upscale, summery twists.

Ingredients

8-10 blueberries
2 oz Long Island Vodka
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
1-2 oz Oregon Pinot Noir

Instructions

Muddle blueberries at the bottom of a double old fashioned glass and top with ice. Add vodka, lemon, and simple syrup to a mixing glass and shake vigorously until chilled and combined. Strain over ice and blueberries. Carefully pour wine over a spoon into the cocktail to create a red wine "float."

Ingredients

1 liter Casamigos Blanco Tequila
17 oz lime juice
17 strawberries (plus more for garnish)
17 whole blackberries (plus more for garnish)
10 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Blend strawberries and blackberries in blender until liquefied. Strain into punch bowl and add other ingredients. Stir in 3-4 scoops of block ice to fill in and cool. Garnish with blackberries and thin strawberry slices. Stir before each serving.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
1.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz cherry heering
1 oz lemon juice
2 dashes of orange blossom water
Sparkling wine to top

Instructions

Add all ingredients except sparkling wine to a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with mint.

Ingredients

.75 oz Campari
2 oz Bulldog Gin
.75 oz Cinzano 1757
2 oz lemon juice
1.25 oz simple syrup
2 whole strawberries, tops removed

Instructions

Blend all ingredients with 1.5 cups of ice until smooth and pour into a tall glass. Garnish with a strawberry and orange twist.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Laphroaig 10 Year Old
.5 oz pineapple rum
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup
Barspoon Pomegranate Molasses

Instructions

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

1 oz The King's Ginger liqueur
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz sparkling lemonade or lemon soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients in a glass filled with ice and stir to combine. Strain into a coupe glass.

Ingredients

2 oz Bache-Gabrielsen American Oak
2 tsp Cherry Heering
2 tsp dry vermouth

Instructions

Stir all ingredients together, pour in a stemless snifter, and add 4 ice cubes. Garnish with a Cognac-marinated cherry bits and caramel cracker.

By Joel Cuellar of The Brandy Library in New York City.

Ingredients

750 ml Nolet's Silver Gin
750 ml sparkling Sake
24 oz watermelon juice
Fresh watermelon cubes
12.5 oz fresh lemon juice
12.5 oz agave nectar

Instructions

Stir all liquid ingredients well in a punchbowl, making sure agave liquefies properly with the other ingredients. Add watermelon cubes and a block of ice five minutes before serving.

Ingredients

2 oz Meteoro Espadin Mezcal
2.5 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz sour mix
.5 oz Aperol
Top with tonic

Instructions

Pour mezcal, grapefruit juice, and sour mix into cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 6 to 7 seconds. Fill white wine glass with ice and slowly pour contents over ice. Top with Aperol and tonic and garnish with a fresh slice of grapefruit.

Ingredients

6 muddled blueberries
2 oz Applejack
.5 oz grenadine
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Muddle blueberries in small tin and fill with ice. Add the remaining ingredients and shake vigorously. Empty all contents into rocks glass and garnish with fresh blueberries.

By Tommy Warren for Bedford & Co. in New York City.

Ingredients

1 bottle Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
6 oz fresh lime juice
6 oz fresh grapefruit juice
12 oz Falernum Syrup Liqueur
12 dashes Angostura Bitters
12 oz soda water

Instructions

Add all ingredients except soda to a punch bowl. Add ice cubes. Finish with soda water. Garnish with grapefruit wheels, lime wheels, and mint.

Ingredients

2 oz Laird&rsquos Straight Applejack 86
1 oz watermelon syrup (1:1 ratio of watermelon juice to sugar)
1 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

By Brett Esler of Whisler's in Austin

Ingredients

1.5 oz Blue Nectar Reposado Extra Blend
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz cranberry juice
.75 oz orange liqueur
4 lime quarters and 1 lime wheel

Instructions

Muddle the lime quarters with the simple syrup in a shaking tin. Add tequila, orange liqueur, and cranberry juice. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Frapin 1270
1 oz coconut water
.25 oz lime juice
2 oz tonic water
2 dashes of orange bitters

Instructions

Build the cocktail in a highball glass. Add ice and stir. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Privateer Rum
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 dash angostura bitters

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake. Strain into a coupe.

By Jackson Cannon of Greydon House in Nantucket, MA.

Ingredients

1 oz Nolet&rsquos Silver Dry Gin
1 oz sparkling sake
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz agave nectar
3 inch piece of watermelon

Instructions

Muddle watermelon with gin, lemon juice, and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake, and strain into a port glass. Top with chilled sparkling sake and stir lightly.

Ingredients

1 oz Belvedere Vodka
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1.25 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake well. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with edible flowers and rock candy.

Ingredients

1 oz Plantation Stiggins&rsquo Fancy Pineapple Rum
.75 oz Plantation Original Dark Rum
.25 oz Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum
.75 oz simple syrup
.75 oz lime juice
.25 oz pineapple juice
Top with soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients except soda in a shaker tine with ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with 4-6 mint leaves.

By James O&rsquoConnor at Ponyboy in NYC

Ingredients

2 oz Grand Marnier Cuvée Louis-Alexandre
.75 oz grapefruit juice
.5 bar spoon honey
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Stir all ingredients in a rocks glass. Add ice. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and sprayed with orange flower water.


19 Upscale Fourth of July Cocktails for Independence Day

Patriotic cocktails don't need to be technicolor sugarbombs.

Once upon a time, celebratory sips for the Fourth of July were relegated to standard beer and primary-colored frozen monstrosities, but nowadays our options are getting a lot more elegant. While we'd certainly never turn down a refreshing hard seltzer or the chance to rosé all day, having a fun and festive cocktail can really take your Independence Day celebrations up a notch. So this year, celebrate America's birthday with one of these upscale, summery twists.

Ingredients

8-10 blueberries
2 oz Long Island Vodka
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
1-2 oz Oregon Pinot Noir

Instructions

Muddle blueberries at the bottom of a double old fashioned glass and top with ice. Add vodka, lemon, and simple syrup to a mixing glass and shake vigorously until chilled and combined. Strain over ice and blueberries. Carefully pour wine over a spoon into the cocktail to create a red wine "float."

Ingredients

1 liter Casamigos Blanco Tequila
17 oz lime juice
17 strawberries (plus more for garnish)
17 whole blackberries (plus more for garnish)
10 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Blend strawberries and blackberries in blender until liquefied. Strain into punch bowl and add other ingredients. Stir in 3-4 scoops of block ice to fill in and cool. Garnish with blackberries and thin strawberry slices. Stir before each serving.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
1.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz cherry heering
1 oz lemon juice
2 dashes of orange blossom water
Sparkling wine to top

Instructions

Add all ingredients except sparkling wine to a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with mint.

Ingredients

.75 oz Campari
2 oz Bulldog Gin
.75 oz Cinzano 1757
2 oz lemon juice
1.25 oz simple syrup
2 whole strawberries, tops removed

Instructions

Blend all ingredients with 1.5 cups of ice until smooth and pour into a tall glass. Garnish with a strawberry and orange twist.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Laphroaig 10 Year Old
.5 oz pineapple rum
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup
Barspoon Pomegranate Molasses

Instructions

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

1 oz The King's Ginger liqueur
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz sparkling lemonade or lemon soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients in a glass filled with ice and stir to combine. Strain into a coupe glass.

Ingredients

2 oz Bache-Gabrielsen American Oak
2 tsp Cherry Heering
2 tsp dry vermouth

Instructions

Stir all ingredients together, pour in a stemless snifter, and add 4 ice cubes. Garnish with a Cognac-marinated cherry bits and caramel cracker.

By Joel Cuellar of The Brandy Library in New York City.

Ingredients

750 ml Nolet's Silver Gin
750 ml sparkling Sake
24 oz watermelon juice
Fresh watermelon cubes
12.5 oz fresh lemon juice
12.5 oz agave nectar

Instructions

Stir all liquid ingredients well in a punchbowl, making sure agave liquefies properly with the other ingredients. Add watermelon cubes and a block of ice five minutes before serving.

Ingredients

2 oz Meteoro Espadin Mezcal
2.5 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz sour mix
.5 oz Aperol
Top with tonic

Instructions

Pour mezcal, grapefruit juice, and sour mix into cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 6 to 7 seconds. Fill white wine glass with ice and slowly pour contents over ice. Top with Aperol and tonic and garnish with a fresh slice of grapefruit.

Ingredients

6 muddled blueberries
2 oz Applejack
.5 oz grenadine
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Muddle blueberries in small tin and fill with ice. Add the remaining ingredients and shake vigorously. Empty all contents into rocks glass and garnish with fresh blueberries.

By Tommy Warren for Bedford & Co. in New York City.

Ingredients

1 bottle Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
6 oz fresh lime juice
6 oz fresh grapefruit juice
12 oz Falernum Syrup Liqueur
12 dashes Angostura Bitters
12 oz soda water

Instructions

Add all ingredients except soda to a punch bowl. Add ice cubes. Finish with soda water. Garnish with grapefruit wheels, lime wheels, and mint.

Ingredients

2 oz Laird&rsquos Straight Applejack 86
1 oz watermelon syrup (1:1 ratio of watermelon juice to sugar)
1 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

By Brett Esler of Whisler's in Austin

Ingredients

1.5 oz Blue Nectar Reposado Extra Blend
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz cranberry juice
.75 oz orange liqueur
4 lime quarters and 1 lime wheel

Instructions

Muddle the lime quarters with the simple syrup in a shaking tin. Add tequila, orange liqueur, and cranberry juice. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Frapin 1270
1 oz coconut water
.25 oz lime juice
2 oz tonic water
2 dashes of orange bitters

Instructions

Build the cocktail in a highball glass. Add ice and stir. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Privateer Rum
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 dash angostura bitters

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake. Strain into a coupe.

By Jackson Cannon of Greydon House in Nantucket, MA.

Ingredients

1 oz Nolet&rsquos Silver Dry Gin
1 oz sparkling sake
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz agave nectar
3 inch piece of watermelon

Instructions

Muddle watermelon with gin, lemon juice, and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake, and strain into a port glass. Top with chilled sparkling sake and stir lightly.

Ingredients

1 oz Belvedere Vodka
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1.25 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake well. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with edible flowers and rock candy.

Ingredients

1 oz Plantation Stiggins&rsquo Fancy Pineapple Rum
.75 oz Plantation Original Dark Rum
.25 oz Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum
.75 oz simple syrup
.75 oz lime juice
.25 oz pineapple juice
Top with soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients except soda in a shaker tine with ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with 4-6 mint leaves.

By James O&rsquoConnor at Ponyboy in NYC

Ingredients

2 oz Grand Marnier Cuvée Louis-Alexandre
.75 oz grapefruit juice
.5 bar spoon honey
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Stir all ingredients in a rocks glass. Add ice. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and sprayed with orange flower water.


19 Upscale Fourth of July Cocktails for Independence Day

Patriotic cocktails don't need to be technicolor sugarbombs.

Once upon a time, celebratory sips for the Fourth of July were relegated to standard beer and primary-colored frozen monstrosities, but nowadays our options are getting a lot more elegant. While we'd certainly never turn down a refreshing hard seltzer or the chance to rosé all day, having a fun and festive cocktail can really take your Independence Day celebrations up a notch. So this year, celebrate America's birthday with one of these upscale, summery twists.

Ingredients

8-10 blueberries
2 oz Long Island Vodka
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
1-2 oz Oregon Pinot Noir

Instructions

Muddle blueberries at the bottom of a double old fashioned glass and top with ice. Add vodka, lemon, and simple syrup to a mixing glass and shake vigorously until chilled and combined. Strain over ice and blueberries. Carefully pour wine over a spoon into the cocktail to create a red wine "float."

Ingredients

1 liter Casamigos Blanco Tequila
17 oz lime juice
17 strawberries (plus more for garnish)
17 whole blackberries (plus more for garnish)
10 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Blend strawberries and blackberries in blender until liquefied. Strain into punch bowl and add other ingredients. Stir in 3-4 scoops of block ice to fill in and cool. Garnish with blackberries and thin strawberry slices. Stir before each serving.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
1.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz cherry heering
1 oz lemon juice
2 dashes of orange blossom water
Sparkling wine to top

Instructions

Add all ingredients except sparkling wine to a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with mint.

Ingredients

.75 oz Campari
2 oz Bulldog Gin
.75 oz Cinzano 1757
2 oz lemon juice
1.25 oz simple syrup
2 whole strawberries, tops removed

Instructions

Blend all ingredients with 1.5 cups of ice until smooth and pour into a tall glass. Garnish with a strawberry and orange twist.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Laphroaig 10 Year Old
.5 oz pineapple rum
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup
Barspoon Pomegranate Molasses

Instructions

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

1 oz The King's Ginger liqueur
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz sparkling lemonade or lemon soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients in a glass filled with ice and stir to combine. Strain into a coupe glass.

Ingredients

2 oz Bache-Gabrielsen American Oak
2 tsp Cherry Heering
2 tsp dry vermouth

Instructions

Stir all ingredients together, pour in a stemless snifter, and add 4 ice cubes. Garnish with a Cognac-marinated cherry bits and caramel cracker.

By Joel Cuellar of The Brandy Library in New York City.

Ingredients

750 ml Nolet's Silver Gin
750 ml sparkling Sake
24 oz watermelon juice
Fresh watermelon cubes
12.5 oz fresh lemon juice
12.5 oz agave nectar

Instructions

Stir all liquid ingredients well in a punchbowl, making sure agave liquefies properly with the other ingredients. Add watermelon cubes and a block of ice five minutes before serving.

Ingredients

2 oz Meteoro Espadin Mezcal
2.5 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz sour mix
.5 oz Aperol
Top with tonic

Instructions

Pour mezcal, grapefruit juice, and sour mix into cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 6 to 7 seconds. Fill white wine glass with ice and slowly pour contents over ice. Top with Aperol and tonic and garnish with a fresh slice of grapefruit.

Ingredients

6 muddled blueberries
2 oz Applejack
.5 oz grenadine
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Muddle blueberries in small tin and fill with ice. Add the remaining ingredients and shake vigorously. Empty all contents into rocks glass and garnish with fresh blueberries.

By Tommy Warren for Bedford & Co. in New York City.

Ingredients

1 bottle Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
6 oz fresh lime juice
6 oz fresh grapefruit juice
12 oz Falernum Syrup Liqueur
12 dashes Angostura Bitters
12 oz soda water

Instructions

Add all ingredients except soda to a punch bowl. Add ice cubes. Finish with soda water. Garnish with grapefruit wheels, lime wheels, and mint.

Ingredients

2 oz Laird&rsquos Straight Applejack 86
1 oz watermelon syrup (1:1 ratio of watermelon juice to sugar)
1 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

By Brett Esler of Whisler's in Austin

Ingredients

1.5 oz Blue Nectar Reposado Extra Blend
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz cranberry juice
.75 oz orange liqueur
4 lime quarters and 1 lime wheel

Instructions

Muddle the lime quarters with the simple syrup in a shaking tin. Add tequila, orange liqueur, and cranberry juice. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Frapin 1270
1 oz coconut water
.25 oz lime juice
2 oz tonic water
2 dashes of orange bitters

Instructions

Build the cocktail in a highball glass. Add ice and stir. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Privateer Rum
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 dash angostura bitters

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake. Strain into a coupe.

By Jackson Cannon of Greydon House in Nantucket, MA.

Ingredients

1 oz Nolet&rsquos Silver Dry Gin
1 oz sparkling sake
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz agave nectar
3 inch piece of watermelon

Instructions

Muddle watermelon with gin, lemon juice, and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake, and strain into a port glass. Top with chilled sparkling sake and stir lightly.

Ingredients

1 oz Belvedere Vodka
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1.25 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake well. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with edible flowers and rock candy.

Ingredients

1 oz Plantation Stiggins&rsquo Fancy Pineapple Rum
.75 oz Plantation Original Dark Rum
.25 oz Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum
.75 oz simple syrup
.75 oz lime juice
.25 oz pineapple juice
Top with soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients except soda in a shaker tine with ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with 4-6 mint leaves.

By James O&rsquoConnor at Ponyboy in NYC

Ingredients

2 oz Grand Marnier Cuvée Louis-Alexandre
.75 oz grapefruit juice
.5 bar spoon honey
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Stir all ingredients in a rocks glass. Add ice. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and sprayed with orange flower water.


19 Upscale Fourth of July Cocktails for Independence Day

Patriotic cocktails don't need to be technicolor sugarbombs.

Once upon a time, celebratory sips for the Fourth of July were relegated to standard beer and primary-colored frozen monstrosities, but nowadays our options are getting a lot more elegant. While we'd certainly never turn down a refreshing hard seltzer or the chance to rosé all day, having a fun and festive cocktail can really take your Independence Day celebrations up a notch. So this year, celebrate America's birthday with one of these upscale, summery twists.

Ingredients

8-10 blueberries
2 oz Long Island Vodka
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
1-2 oz Oregon Pinot Noir

Instructions

Muddle blueberries at the bottom of a double old fashioned glass and top with ice. Add vodka, lemon, and simple syrup to a mixing glass and shake vigorously until chilled and combined. Strain over ice and blueberries. Carefully pour wine over a spoon into the cocktail to create a red wine "float."

Ingredients

1 liter Casamigos Blanco Tequila
17 oz lime juice
17 strawberries (plus more for garnish)
17 whole blackberries (plus more for garnish)
10 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Blend strawberries and blackberries in blender until liquefied. Strain into punch bowl and add other ingredients. Stir in 3-4 scoops of block ice to fill in and cool. Garnish with blackberries and thin strawberry slices. Stir before each serving.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
1.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz cherry heering
1 oz lemon juice
2 dashes of orange blossom water
Sparkling wine to top

Instructions

Add all ingredients except sparkling wine to a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with mint.

Ingredients

.75 oz Campari
2 oz Bulldog Gin
.75 oz Cinzano 1757
2 oz lemon juice
1.25 oz simple syrup
2 whole strawberries, tops removed

Instructions

Blend all ingredients with 1.5 cups of ice until smooth and pour into a tall glass. Garnish with a strawberry and orange twist.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Laphroaig 10 Year Old
.5 oz pineapple rum
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup
Barspoon Pomegranate Molasses

Instructions

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

1 oz The King's Ginger liqueur
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz sparkling lemonade or lemon soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients in a glass filled with ice and stir to combine. Strain into a coupe glass.

Ingredients

2 oz Bache-Gabrielsen American Oak
2 tsp Cherry Heering
2 tsp dry vermouth

Instructions

Stir all ingredients together, pour in a stemless snifter, and add 4 ice cubes. Garnish with a Cognac-marinated cherry bits and caramel cracker.

By Joel Cuellar of The Brandy Library in New York City.

Ingredients

750 ml Nolet's Silver Gin
750 ml sparkling Sake
24 oz watermelon juice
Fresh watermelon cubes
12.5 oz fresh lemon juice
12.5 oz agave nectar

Instructions

Stir all liquid ingredients well in a punchbowl, making sure agave liquefies properly with the other ingredients. Add watermelon cubes and a block of ice five minutes before serving.

Ingredients

2 oz Meteoro Espadin Mezcal
2.5 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz sour mix
.5 oz Aperol
Top with tonic

Instructions

Pour mezcal, grapefruit juice, and sour mix into cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 6 to 7 seconds. Fill white wine glass with ice and slowly pour contents over ice. Top with Aperol and tonic and garnish with a fresh slice of grapefruit.

Ingredients

6 muddled blueberries
2 oz Applejack
.5 oz grenadine
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Muddle blueberries in small tin and fill with ice. Add the remaining ingredients and shake vigorously. Empty all contents into rocks glass and garnish with fresh blueberries.

By Tommy Warren for Bedford & Co. in New York City.

Ingredients

1 bottle Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
6 oz fresh lime juice
6 oz fresh grapefruit juice
12 oz Falernum Syrup Liqueur
12 dashes Angostura Bitters
12 oz soda water

Instructions

Add all ingredients except soda to a punch bowl. Add ice cubes. Finish with soda water. Garnish with grapefruit wheels, lime wheels, and mint.

Ingredients

2 oz Laird&rsquos Straight Applejack 86
1 oz watermelon syrup (1:1 ratio of watermelon juice to sugar)
1 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

By Brett Esler of Whisler's in Austin

Ingredients

1.5 oz Blue Nectar Reposado Extra Blend
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz cranberry juice
.75 oz orange liqueur
4 lime quarters and 1 lime wheel

Instructions

Muddle the lime quarters with the simple syrup in a shaking tin. Add tequila, orange liqueur, and cranberry juice. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Frapin 1270
1 oz coconut water
.25 oz lime juice
2 oz tonic water
2 dashes of orange bitters

Instructions

Build the cocktail in a highball glass. Add ice and stir. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Privateer Rum
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 dash angostura bitters

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake. Strain into a coupe.

By Jackson Cannon of Greydon House in Nantucket, MA.

Ingredients

1 oz Nolet&rsquos Silver Dry Gin
1 oz sparkling sake
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz agave nectar
3 inch piece of watermelon

Instructions

Muddle watermelon with gin, lemon juice, and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake, and strain into a port glass. Top with chilled sparkling sake and stir lightly.

Ingredients

1 oz Belvedere Vodka
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1.25 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake well. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with edible flowers and rock candy.

Ingredients

1 oz Plantation Stiggins&rsquo Fancy Pineapple Rum
.75 oz Plantation Original Dark Rum
.25 oz Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum
.75 oz simple syrup
.75 oz lime juice
.25 oz pineapple juice
Top with soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients except soda in a shaker tine with ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with 4-6 mint leaves.

By James O&rsquoConnor at Ponyboy in NYC

Ingredients

2 oz Grand Marnier Cuvée Louis-Alexandre
.75 oz grapefruit juice
.5 bar spoon honey
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Stir all ingredients in a rocks glass. Add ice. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and sprayed with orange flower water.


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