Posted: Jun 27, 2014 11:00 AM
 
Let freedom ring this Independence Day while you spend time with good friends and enjoy good food. Just don't forget to include a few of these 4th of July cocktails to complete the festivities.

When we think of 4th of July cocktails, two things come to mind — red, white and blue colors and/or fresh fruit. So that's the theme we are going with for these patriotic cocktails. Invite your friends over and have fun celebrating America.

allParenting Red, white and blue mojito

Red, white and blue mojito

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • Water
  • 12 to 15 mint leaves
  • 1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup, adjusted to taste
  • 1-1/2 ounces white rum
  • Soda water
  • Sprig of mint for garnish

Directions:

  1. To make the ice cubes: Divide sliced strawberries and blueberries into 5 or 6 ice cube tray squares. Fill with water and freeze until solid (this is best done the day before).
  2. To make the cocktail: Add mint leaves, lime juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add white rum, fill the shaker with ice and shake.
  3. To assemble the cocktail: Add the fruit-filled ice cubes to a highball glass and strain the cocktail into the glass. Top with soda water, stir and garnish with a sprig of mint before enjoying.

^For another tasty mojito recipe, check out the watermelon mojito.

allParenting Watermelon limeade cocktail

Watermelon limeade cocktail

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup cubed watermelon
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 bar spoon agave nectar, adjusted to taste
  • 1-1/2 ounces gin
  • Soda water
  • Frozen watermelon cubes and lime wheel for garnish

Directions:

  1. Add 1/4 cup watermelon cubes to a cocktail shaker and muddle.
  2. Add lime juice, agave nectar and gin.
  3. Fill shaker with ice, shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with frozen watermelon cubes (or ice if you don't have frozen watermelon on hand).
  4. Top with soda water, stir and garnish with a lime wheel before enjoying.

^Serving a crowd? Try the watermelon lime sangria.

allParenting Blackberry lemonade cocktail

Blackberry lemonade cocktail

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 6 blackberries
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup (infuse with thyme or other herb for added flavor if desired)
  • 1-1/2 ounces vodka
  • Soda water
  • Slice of lemon, a blackberry and a sprig of fresh herb for garnish

Directions:

  1. Add blackberries, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and muddle.
  2. Add vodka and fill the shaker with ice.
  3. Shake and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.
  4. Top with soda water, stir and garnish with a slice of lemon, a blackberry and sprig of fresh herb if you have one on hand before enjoying.

^Blackberries are also great with gin in a blackberry smash cocktail.

Looking for even more treats to serve at your 4th of July party? Check out these quickie red, white and blue tarts, summer Jell-O shots or this collection of red, white and blue foods.

Cheers! We have lots of cocktail recipes!

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