Fourth of July Cocktails
Cocktails Worth Celebrating
This year, the Fourth of July falls on a Monday, giving all of us a long weekend to celebrate, see family and watch some spectacular firework displays. The holiday is best enjoyed with friends and good food, but, as everyone knows, an essential part of Fourth of July fun is imaginative cocktails.
Whether you’re headed to a barbecue or hosting your own get-together, we have some recipes for sweet and tangy drinks that are sure to be absolute crowd-pleasers. Pair with hot dogs, barbecued meats, corn on the cob and any type of dessert. With these cocktails in tow, all you need for a good time is great friends and some sunny weather.*
*Warning: don’t plan on operating fireworks after a few of these cocktails.
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Jack Honey Lemonade
Jack Honey Lemonade
With its 150th anniversary this year, Jack Daniel’s has something to celebrate, too. Take part in two festivities with this delicious and simple cocktail.
1 part Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey
3 parts lemonade
1 Maraschino cherry
Combine ingredients in a tall glass over ice and garnish with a cherry.


Recipe courtesy of Jack Daniel’s.
Peach Elder Sangria
Peach Elder Sangria
Serves 4
A popular drink in Portugal and Spain, Sangria is a slightly sweet drink with citrus undertones. This recipe from St. Elder is a crisp twist on a classic summer drink.
1 bottle white wine
1 cup St. Elder
¼ cup Peach Schnapps 
1 liter club soda 
2 fresh peaches, sliced 
Mint for garnish 
Combine ingredients in pitcher. Pour into wine glasses and garnish with mint. 
Recipe and image courtesy of St. Elder.
Angry Orchard Cinnful Angry Pie
Cinnful Angry Pie
Serves 1 
There are no two things quite as American as baseball and apple pie. And even though that’s a cliché, this Angry Orchard cocktail feels like a new take on our country’s favorite dessert.
4 ounces Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple
1 ounce bourbon
3 brandied cherries
Pour Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple and bourbon over ice in a small mixing glass; stir and strain over ice into rocks glass. Garnish with cherries. If you can’t use brandied cherries, soak fresh ones in sweet vermouth overnight. Really want to get that apple pie taste? Rim the glass with honey and crushed graham crackers before adding the ingredients.
Recipe and image courtesy of Angry Orchard.
Sonoma Ice Tea
Sonoma Ice Tea
Iced tea makes up more than 85 percent of America’s tea consumption, and it has become a staple of Southern life. No throwing in the harbor necessary to enjoy this tea.
½ ounce Korbel California Brandy
½ ounce Gordon’s Gin
½ ounce Smirnoff Vodka
½ ounce Bacardi Rum
2 ounces Sour Mix
Splash Cola
Combine all ingredients except cola in a mixing glass with ice. Shake and pour into tall glass with ice. Top with cola. Garnish with lime.
Recipe courtesy of Korbel California Brandy.
New Amsterdam Electrolyte
Watermelon is another one of summer’s best foods, and it only seems appropriate to honor the melon with a delicious cocktail. But be sure to save some for everyone else.
2½ parts New Amsterdam® Gin
1 teaspoon tsp. sugar
1 part pineapple juice
2 slices fresh watermelon (or 2 parts watermelon juice)
A splash of lemon juice
Muddle the watermelon slices and combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Add plenty of ice. Shake vigorously for eight seconds. Pour contents into a glass and garnish with a watermelon slice.
Recipe courtesy of New Amsterdam.


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