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BFFs! We've Got Some Great Cocktails For You To Prepare For The Fourth!

Sat, July 3, 2010 10:00am EDT by HL Intern 2 Comments


With Independence Day right around the corner, pack your picnic basket with some yummy cocktails to while you watch some fireworks! We had our very own mixologist create some fun and festive drinks for the big weekend!

BFFs, check out these Independence Day cocktails! As the fireworks color your city, make a splash with some colorful drinks. Our mixologist, Somer Perez concocted these delicious little numbers that will blow your mind! Get ready to boost your patriotism as Somer’s inspiration is our First Lady, [Michelle Obama] and of course red, white, and blue! Try out these recipes and let us know what you think! But remember ladies, if you’re not 21 you can always make it non-alcoholic and it’s just as delicious!

Sparkly and Sassy:

Nothing better than having an outdoor get together with friends and family. Complete your holiday party with this blasting punch!

It’s low on the calories and you can prepare 8 servings with this recipe:

24 oz.  White Grape Juice

½ oz. bottle Montecristo White Rum

5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

5oz. Orange Juice

3 oz. Lillet Blanc

Dry Sparkling Wine for Float

Mix all the ingredients in a pitcher with ice and serve in stemless bubble glasses with a skewer with three grapes.  Once the drink is poured, top the glass with bubbles.

You can prepare the grape skewers before hand and leave the bottle of sparkling wine so your guests can go ahead and self-serve.

Michelle’s Mint Cooler:

Following  our First Lady’s “Healthy Eating Campaign,” Somer prepared a seasonal, local , and sustainable drink. Impress your guests with this healthy concoction!

You can find all the following  ingredients at your local green market:

4 sprigs fresh mint

6-7 White Cherries, pitted and sliced

2 oz. lemon Juice

1 tablespoon brown, raw sugar

2 oz. Bluecoat Gin

Club Soda

In a mixing glass, muddle the mint and cherries.  Add all other ingredients and shake.  No need to strain, just add club soda to the mixing glass and pour cocktail in a tall glass – the mint and cherry bits in the glass should be the garnish.

Red, White, and Blueberry:

It ain’t an American holiday without alcohol! Put the “Happy” in “Happy-Hour” with this fiery drink!

3 oz. Blueberry Puree*

1 ½ oz. Zyr Vodka

½ oz. Lime Juice

½ oz. Simple Syrup

1 St-Germain Whipped Egg White**

2 Raspberries for garnish

In a mixing glass, combine the puree with the vodka, lime juice and simple syrup and shake.  Strain into a champagne glass (it’s ok if there are some blueberry bits in there). Top with the egg white (use a small demi spoon).  Garnish with the raspberries on the side of the glass.

*to make the puree, blend a cup of fresh blueberries in a blender and strain through a cheesecloth.

**to make the egg white, combine one raw egg white with ½ oz of St-Germain and whip until stiff (about a minute).

Enjoy these delish cocktails while you toast to America! Cheers BFFs! Be sure to tell us what you think of these original drinks!

-Salimah Khoja and Chloe Melas