Summer wouldn’t be complete without a cocktail to help celebrate all the holidays while showing off your patriotism!
Last summer I was visiting my old neighbors (from 10 years ago), which I do every year, and we enjoyed the best cocktail! I thought it was one of the most delicious drinks I had ever tasted.
Maybe that was because we were together, maybe because it was happy hour and it was the dead of summer, maybe it was because we were in the middle of a summer afternoon storm in the middle of a popular water park.
Whichever previously stated reason, or a combination of all three made that cocktail so refreshing, I wanted to keep drinking them until the summer was over!
Drink responsibly and have a happy 4th of July!
I asked the bartender what was in it (it was listed on the specials board with just a title and no description and I was feeling adventurous) and she scribbled out an ingredients list on the back of my receipt.
I found that receipt a few weeks ago wedged in my mountain range of cooking magazines and scribbled notepads that are covered in partial recipes and ideas.
I had misplaced this treasured piece of paper when I put it “somewhere safe, where I would remember it…” and just now found it.
I thought it would be a great drink for this year’s 4th of July festivities so I started experimenting with the mixture to get it as close to the recipe that genius bartender had, and tweaked it a bit so that it would represent the RED, WHITE, AND BLUE with pride. Try this drink this weekend while you are watching the fireworks with friends and family!
- 8 ounce Hendricks gin or Vodka
- 4 ounces of pink champagne
- 4 ounces simple syrup
- 4 ounces fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 8 maraschino cherries
- Divide the blueberries among four glasses and smash with a muddler or other tool. Sometime I use my pestle from my mortar set or you can use the back of a spoon. Frozen ones smash easier when you leave them out for a few minutes (no blueberries were harmed in the taking of this photo. Please feel free to smash yours!).
- Mix the gin or vodka, simple syrup, and juice in a separate container.
- Place two ice cubes in each glass over the blueberries.
- Slowly pour the cocktail mixture into the glasses carefully, to try not to disturb the blueberries. This should hopefully give you a clear layer of ice and a blue layer of berries.
- Gently pour 1 ounce (1 tablespoon) of the pink champagne on the top and add your cherry. Hopefully you will see the red (pink), white (clear), and blue layers.
- Sometimes my hands are not as still as I would like so mine mixes. If you are shaky like me, you can mix it up like the fireworks for a nice color explosion!
- You will still have the red from the cherries and champagne, the white from the ice cubes, and the blue from the berries.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 0g
This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.
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