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Independence Day Cocktails

June 30, 2021 — The Fourth of July falls on Sunday this year which is great for anyone organizing a celebration.   The following recipes are festive, easy to make and definitely have the appropriate color scheme.  What’s more, they will carry you through every summer occasion.

Smirnoff Red, White & Berry Vodka’s patriotic red, white and blue bottle is a great table decoration and sets the mood for Independence Day and summertime parties to follow.  This year’s cocktails add Smirnoff Red, White & Berry Ice or Red, White & Berry Seltzer (zero sugar in this one) which can also be served well-chilled on their own.

This Fourth of July kick off your celebration with a Very Berry Smash or Strawberry Lemonade or both.  Smirnoff makes entertaining easy!

Bacardi Rum has just the recipe for a red, white and cool Fourth.  There’s nothing like watermelon to put summer in a glass.  Watermelon juice is available at Target, Trader Joe’s and other places or you can make your own in a juicer or blender.

And no summer party would be complete without a cocktail from Hornitos Tequila that also includes a few chunks of the quintessential fruit of summer – watermelon, of course.

Enjoy a relaxing, stress free Independence Day with any or all of these great suggestions.

Very Berry Smash

  • 1.5 ounces Smirnoff Red, White & Berry flavored vodka
  • ¼ cup fresh berries: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and cherries       
  • 4 ounces club soda
  • 2 ounces Red, White & Berry Smirnoff Ice
  • Mint for garnish

Method:  Add vodka, berries, and a few sprigs of mint to the bottom of a glass. Muddle to combine. Add ice to the glass. Top with club soda and Smirnoff Ice. Stir to combine. Garnish with mint and extra berries.

Strawberry Lemonade

  • 1 ounce Smirnoff Red, White & Berry Vodka
  • 4 ounces strawberry lemonade
  • Chopped strawberries and lemon wedges for garnish
  • 2 ounces Smirnoff Red, White & Berry Seltzer

Method:  Add vodka and lemonade to a shaker. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour over ice. Add chopped strawberries and lemon wedges. Top with seltzer; stir to combine.

Bacardi Summer Watermelon Cooler

  • 1.5 ounces Bacardi Superior
  • 0.75 ounces watermelon juice
  • 2 ounces grapefruit soda
  • Blueberries and lime wheel as a garnish 

Method: Fill a tall glass with ice. Add all ingredients. Give a quick stir to combine and garnish with blueberries on a cocktail pick and a lime wheel or wedge.

Hornitos What-a-Melon

  • 1 ½ parts Hornitos Plata Tequila
  • ¾ part simple syrup
  • ¾ part fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2-3 cubes fresh watermelon

Method:  Place watermelon and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and gently muddle. Add rest of ingredients with ice, shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a chunk of watermelon and half a lime wheel.

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