It’s time to plan the menu for your backyard barbecue or day at the beach. Along with burgers and beers, don’t forget about a patriotic cocktail to cheers with family and friends as America celebrates its 239th birthday.  We have pulled together several patriotic recipes to help celebrate the holiday. Enjoy and please drink responsibly!

Cruzan Caribbean Dream

Cruzan Rum believes in living the “Don’t Hurry” and embracing every day. With the Independence Day weekend coming up next week, embrace the “Don’t Hurry” by kicking off an evening of fireworks with the Cruzan Caribbean Dream. With colors of red, white and blue, this refreshing rum shooter has idyllic patriotic flair that will leave you (and your guests) wanting another!

Cruzan_Caribbean Dream

Cruzan Caribbean Dream

Ingredients: 
1 1/2 part Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum
1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 part Cream
Cinnamon
Maraschino Cherries
Method: Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and double strain into a shot glass. Garnish with freshly grated Cinnamon and a speared Maraschino Cherry.

 

Firecracker Red Manhattan

There is a lot to celebrate this 4th of July weekend — with marriage equality, freedom, and the World Cup truly at the forefront this Independence Day!  So, what better way to celebrate than with a Miss Independence or a Firecracker Red Manhattan featuring DeLeón Tequila?!  These festive drinks will be sure to get all of your friends and family in the spirit of celebration.  Un-aged and unrivaled in finish, the DeLeón Tequila line-up starts at $60 per 750ml and is made from 100% Highland agave and rich, complex agave honey that is slow-fermented and twice-distilled.

Deleon Firecracker Red Manhattan

Deleon Firecracker Red Manhattan

This tequila-based variation on a Manhattan celebrates the flavors of Mexico through DeLeón’s oak-aged Reposado and a play on traditional mole flavor. Instead of whisky, Reposado tequila is used to impart an aged, oaky flavor, while Cardinal Mendoza Spanish Brandy takes the place of vermouth. Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao and Bittermans Hellfire Shrub marry to create an original and compelling flavor profile boasting warm spiced notes and clove, with just a hint of chocolate.

Recipe:

2 oz. DeLeón Reposado

½ oz. Cardinal Mendoza Spanish Brandy

¼ oz. Tempus Fugit Creme de Cacao

½ dropper Bittermans Hellfire Shrub

Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass over cracked and cubed ice until thoroughly cold. Strain into a chilled coupe and serve up.

 

Miss Independence

Deleon Miss Independence

Deleon Miss Independence

A modern play on the traditional margarita, Miss Independence uses clarified lime juice (from which all of the juice solids have been strained) to give this drink an incredibly silky mouthfeel, highlighting the smoothness of the Platinum tequila. The herbaceous qualities of the DeLeón Platinum are enhanced by the addition of sage, adding a uniquely herbaceous twist to the margarita’s classic flavor profile.

Recipe:

2 oz. DeLeón Platinum infused with fresh sage

¾  oz. clarified lime juice

¾  oz. fresh cane syrup

Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass over cracked and cubed ice until thoroughly cold. Strain into a chilled coupe and serve up garnished with a sage leaf.

RyeBall

Known for its distinctive bold flavor, Alberta Rye Dark Batch is an award-winning, super-premium rye whisky from the highly acclaimed Alberta Distillers, Ltd. Ideal for whisky enthusiasts wanting to create their own twists on classic cocktails, July 4th is the perfect summer occasion to rethink your rye in a refreshing and unexpected way.

We recommend mixing up the RyeBall this 4th, featuring crisp hard cider and a dash of bitters.

Rye Ball

Rye Ball

INGREDIENTS
1 part Alberta® Rye Dark Batch™ Whisky
4-5 parts hard cider
1 dash aromatic bitters

METHOD
Build in collins glass over ice.

 

FIRE IN THE SKY

This all-American-themed cocktail from Jack Daniel’s is the perfect way to celebrate  Independence Day with

FIRE IN THE SKY

FIRE IN THE SKY

family and friends this summer. This whiskey cocktail brings together the perfect amount of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Apple Juice and Ginger Beer for a great drink that will keep you refreshed from the BBQs during the day to the fireworks lighting up the sky at night.

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz Jack Daniel’s Fire

1 oz Apple Juice

Ginger Beer

Apple slices for garnish

Shake Jack Fire with apple juice and ice. Strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass. Top with a mild ginger beer. Garnish with apple slices and fun 4th of July decor.

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