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This Fourth of July, we hope you’re inspired to invite some friends over to your apartment for a holiday celebration. It’s a perfect time to try out that new grill or mix up some festive cocktails. From spritzers to shooters to coolers, here are some of our favorite Fourth of July cocktail recipes.

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Star-Spangled Raspberry Spritzer
Made in a highball glass, the spritzer is cool and refreshing. The lime pairs oh so smoothly with the gin, adding a cooling bite to your cocktail. The fresh raspberries give the drink a sweetness and a vibrant red color that’s perfect for a star-spangled holiday.
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Ingredients
  • 1 ½ oz gin
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • Seltzer
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Lime slice
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Ingredients
  • 1 ½ oz gin
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • Seltzer
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Lime slice
Instructions
  1. Muddle 2 raspberries at the bottom of the glass
  2. Add gin, simple syrup and lime juice
  3. Fill each glass with ice and top with seltzer
  4. Garnish with a raspberry and lime slice

 

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Red, White and Blue Shooters
These tri-colored shooters are perfect for the Fourth of July. Unlike a red, white and blue jello shot, these shooters need no advance preparation. However, the key to getting three distinct color layers is a smooth, steady pour for each ingredient. If you pour too quickly, you’ll, unfortunately, end up with a purple shooter.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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  • 4 oz coconut rum
  • 3 oz kinky blue liqueur
  • 1 oz grenadine
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 4 oz coconut rum
  • 3 oz kinky blue liqueur
  • 1 oz grenadine
Instructions
  1. Add grenadine to the bottom of the glass
  2. Slowly add Kinky Blue so it forms a layer
  3. Top by slowly adding coconut rum

 

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Firecracker Margaritas
If you’re looking for something that will pop like a firecracker, these sizzling margaritas combine jalapeño, lime, and honey. The recipe is an adaptation from a blended margarita recipe that was included in our Ultimate Guide to Summertime Drinks. If some of your guests aren’t too keen on a spicy cocktail, just cut back on the jalapeño to make a milder version.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 4 oz silver tequila
  • ½ cup lime juice fresh-squeezed
  • ½ large green jalapeño sliced thin
  • 2 Tbsp sea salt
  • 2 lime wedges garnish
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
  • 4 oz silver tequila
  • ½ cup lime juice fresh-squeezed
  • ½ large green jalapeño sliced thin
  • 2 Tbsp sea salt
  • 2 lime wedges garnish
Instructions
  1. Muddle jalapeño slices and lime juice
  2. Add tequila and honey, then stir to combine
  3. Rim each glass with salt by dipping the glass into the margarita mixture and then in a small dish of salt
  4. Fill each glass with ice and pour in margarita mixture
  5. Garnish with lime wedge

 

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Blueberry Breeze Cooler
If you’re looking for a summer cocktail that’s easy to make and easy to drink, this Blueberry Breeze Cooler is the perfect combination of summertime flavors. Starting with refreshing lemonade, the addition of fresh mint, blueberries, and vodka make this cocktail a delicious way to enjoy Independence Day.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 1 oz blueberry vodka
  • 3 oz lemonade
  • club soda, blueberries, and fresh mint
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 1 oz blueberry vodka
  • 3 oz lemonade
  • club soda, blueberries, and fresh mint
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker, mix lemonade and blueberry vodka
  2. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass
  3. Top with a splash of club soda
  4. Garnish with a mint leaf and a toothpick skewered with blueberries

 

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Lady Liberty
What better way to celebrate Lady Liberty than with a glass of spiked iced tea. Combining bourbon with peach schnapps, this Southern classic instantly evokes the feeling of old Southern front porches, even if you’re sitting on the balcony of your two-bedroom apartment in the city. It’s an easy cocktail to make, and the recipe can easily be scaled for one glass or an entire pitcher.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 2 parts bourbon
  • 1 part peach schnapps
  • 3 parts sweetened iced tea
  • lemon to garnish
Cuisine Drinks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
  • 2 parts bourbon
  • 1 part peach schnapps
  • 3 parts sweetened iced tea
  • lemon to garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients and pour into an ice-filled tall highball glass
  2. Garnish with a lemon slice

 

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Watermelon Ginger Sparkler
Watermelon is a classic summertime flavor, and it pairs perfectly with the sharpness of ginger and the buzz of vodka. The key to this drink is picking the best watermelon. When choosing your melon, be sure to tap it and listen for that deep hollow thump so you know it will be ripe and juicy. And for a glimpse into what the insides of your melon might look like, check the store’s pre-cut fruit to make sure the cut watermelon looks red and juicy. It’s likely that chopped melon will be similar to the one you’re about to buy. Now mix up your ingredients and you’re set for a perfect Fourth of July with this tasty summer cocktail.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 2 oz grey goose vodka
  • 1 chunk watermelon
  • 1 slice ginger peeled
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • ginger ale
Cuisine Drinks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
  • 2 oz grey goose vodka
  • 1 chunk watermelon
  • 1 slice ginger peeled
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • ginger ale
Instructions
  1. In a shaker, muddle watermelon, ginger and simple syrup
  2. Add vodka and lime juice, then fill with ice and shake
  3. Strain into an ice-filled glass
  4. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a tiny watermelon wedge

 

Sources:
http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a4552/raspberry-gin-rickey-recipe-clv0612/
http://www.jimbeam.com/en-us/bourbon-drinks/kentucky-sweet-tea
http://www.liquor.com/recipes/basil-watermelon-cooler/#gs.fzJQCN4
https://growingupgabel.com/red-white-and-blue-shot/
http://fedandfit.com/2015/05/28/fresh-lime-jalapeno-margarita/
http://www.annsentitledlife.com/wine-and-liquor/blueberry-breeze-cooler/
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