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What To Drink Now: 4th of July Cocktails

Happy 4th of July week…if you’re getting ready for outdoor grilling and fireworks consider one of these festive drinks to top off the holiday with a bang.

Skyy Vodka just introduced a limited edition Lone Star bottle for the summer to cities throughout the state to celebrate and honor our Texas vets by teaming with the Boot Campaign, an organization that allows Texans to give back to the troops by purchasing, and wearing, original Army combat boots.  Or, through this partnership, by buying a bottle of Lone Star Skyy Vodka, available starting today through the beginning of October at local spirit retailers.

Mix up a Lone Star-ita or a Dusty Boot and toast our troops on this holiday.

SKYY Vodka Lone Star-ita
(Made for a pitcher)
2 parts SKYY Vodka
1 part Lime Juice
1/ 2 part Agave Nectar
Directions – Mix ingredients in pitcher and add cucumber slices. Let it sit for approximately 15-20 minutes, add ice and serve. If you don’t have time to let it steep then give the cucumbers a little “muddle,” add ice and serve in salt-rimmed martini glass.

Dusty Boot
2 oz SKYY Infusions® Coconut Vodka
2 oz SKYY Vodka
½ oz Olive juice
Directions – Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an olive.

For those who know that Bourbon is our true American spirit, Maker’s Mark has a punch that is sure to please.

Red, White and Blueberry
Created by Lee Anne Wong, Chef and Maker’s Mark Cookbook Editor
(Serves 3)
4 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
¼ part lime juice, freshly squeezed and strained
¼ part lemon juice, freshly squeezed and strained
½ part orange juice, freshly squeezed and strained
1 part simple syrup
4 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
Assorted berries: raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries
Splash club soda
Directions – Combine the juices, Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, simple syrup, and mint leaves in a large shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into 3 tall glasses over ice and add a splash of soda. Cut berries and mint leaves as garnish. Serve immediately.

Camarena Firecracker, a sweet, savory and fiery cocktail with the all American spirit.
2 oz Camarena Reposado Tequila
6 large Watermelon Chunks
1/4 Red Chili Pepper – seeded
1/4 oz Lemon Juice
Watermelon Slice Garnish
Directions – Place watermelon chunks and red chili pepper in mixing glass. Muddle to release juice and chili pepper spice flavor. Add remaining liquids with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into large rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with watermelon slice.

Americano, a cocktail classic that never goes out of style.
1 oz Campari
1 oz sweet vermouth
club soda
lemon twist or orange slice for garnish
Directions – Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Top with the Campari and vermouth, then top off with club soda. Garnish with the lemon twist or orange slice.

Apple SNAP, what is more American than apple pie; this one you can drink.
1 part SNAP
3 parts fresh apple cider
fresh sliced ginger
Directions – Pour ingredients over ice. Garnish with a slice of ginger.

Patriotic Cooler
Created by The Cocktail Guru, Jonathan Pogash
1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Cool Peach Vodka
1 oz. Pomegranate juice
2 oz. Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer
Directions – Build all ingredients over ice into a rocks glass.  Garnish with a lime wedge.

Patrón Lemon Martini
1 oz Patrón Silver
1/2 oz Patrón Citrónge
1 oz simple syrup
3 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
soda
lemon for garnish
Directions – Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Top with soda.

Nutty Independence
1.5 oz Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
1.5 oz banana liqueur
1 oz pineapple juice
1 dash bitters
Directions – Combine Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur, banana liqueur, pineapple juice and bitters over ice and stir.  Garnish for the holiday.

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