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Red, White and Booze: DIY Cocktail Ideas for July 4th

Let’s face it, the Fourth of July is less about independence than fireworks, food and adult refreshments. For the sake of my digits, I’ll leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals, and as I’m a vegetarian, you’d be better served getting barbecue advice from a meat eater, but as a kid who played ‘Bar’ with her older brothers and sisters, I feel somewhat qualified to pass on a few drink recipes.

Yankee Doodle
Combine and serve in a rocks glass over ice:

  • 1 part UV Blue Raspberry-flavored vodka
  • 2 parts sour mix
  • 1 part tonic water

(For a non-alcoholic version, substitute raspberry-flavored fruit juice for vodka.)

Patriotic Punch
Combine and serve in a rocks glass over ice:

  • 1 part UV Red Cherry-flavored vodka
  • 3 parts lemonade

(For a non-alcoholic version, substitute cherry-flavored fruit juice for vodka.)

Stars and Stripes Forever

  • 1 oz. UV Blue Raspberry Vodka
  • 2 oz. sour
  • Fill with lemonade fill glass
  • Top off with a cherry

(For a non-alcoholic version, substitute raspberry-flavored fruit juice for vodka.)

The Patriot

  • 1 oz. UV Red Cherry Vodka
  • Fill with 7-Up
  • Garnish with orange slices.

(For a non-alcoholic version, substitute cherry-flavored fruit juice for vodka.)

The Fourth of July

Layer in order as listed starting with the Grenadine on the bottom.

  • ½ shot Grenadine
  • 1/3 shot Vodka
  • 1/3 shot Blue Curacao

For more festive cocktails, visit bartender.com and cocktailtimes.com. And, if you do choose to imbibe on the upcoming holiday, please do so responsibly. That means no drinking and driving, drinking and boating, and drinking and swimming just to name the most obvious.

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jasimar on Jul 06, 2007:

love these drinks.  and ha, i'm a veggie, too.  well, mostly. 


sillygirl on Jul 03, 2007:

Wow, you must really like UV Vodka


badbadivy on Jul 02, 2007:

Oh, these sound awesome! Thanks for the recipes!


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