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As part of our 'throw your own 3st' for July, we've put together a bunch of fireworks-themed cocktails. Though it may take a little prep and planning, this cocktail is worth the effort. 

And just like we think any cocktail collection must have something with bourbon or whiskey, we feel the same about TEQUILA!

This one is really serving a few purposes. Obviously the booze has a specific role to play, and the fruit in the ice cubes is borderline fruit salad. But the coconut water in the mixer is the ideal way to stay hydrated during your summer cocktail sessions! Isn't it some sort of super food or something?

To make your ice cubes, place a few berries (we used blueberries and raspberries) in your ice cube trays and fill with water. Freeze 'em overnight and they're done. So, go ahead, make the store run now... you can thank us later when people are complimenting your patriotic ice cubes. 

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
ice cube trays (for the fruit cubes)

ingredients:

2 oz Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila
.5 oz fresh lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup
4 oz coconut water
fruit ice cubes

 

method:

Place the tequila, lime juice, simple syrup and coconut water in your cocktail shaker with plain ice cubes. Shake to chill and strain into your glass with those fancy-ass fruit ice cubes. Serve and gloat in your cocktail glory.

Morning Glory

If you know us at all by now, you know we can't put any collection of cocktails together without some sort of whiskey or bourbon option. Honestly, who would?

But most people don't think of the brown water when it comes to summertime cocktails. The key is pairing it with bright, refreshing fruit flavors and adding some sort of bubbles to make it gulp-able without completely knocking you on your ass. 

The key to this cocktail is all in the raspberry liqueur. DO NOT just use any kind. Invest in the most incredible raspberry liqueur you'll ever try from St George Spirits. It begins as a raspberry brandy before they add pure raspberry juice. The result is as far as the typical cough syrup liqueur as you'll ever find and well worth having a bottle in your liquor cabinet. Trust. Us.

Starting with great bourbon from Four Roses and the St. George Raspberry Liqueur, we add one more key ingredient - St Germain Elderflower Liqueur. If you don't already own a bottle of this then we're revoking your 3st membership. Just kidding.

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
large cooler or cocktail glass

ingredients:

2 oz Four Roses Bourbon
1 oz St. George Raspberry Liqueur
1 oz lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
4-6 oz club soda or seltzer
fresh fruit for garnish

 

method:

Combine your three spirits, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice to chill and strain into your glass with fresh ice. Fill with seltzer and stir lightly to combine. Garnish and serve. 

Blue Flame

We couldn't make cocktails for the 4th of July weekend without making a blue one, could we? Of course not.

Though it's not actually blue, Pickers Blueberry Vodka is made with real fruit, so the blueberry (which we notice is really more like a purple berry) is definitely the star of the show with this one. Pickers is made right here in Nashville with non-gmo corn, so it's naturally gluten free (and also really delicious). They also have the original and a really tasty Blood Orange Vodka, also made with real fruit. 

But the color had to come from somewhere, so we put a full ounce of blue curacao in this puppy. But don't go thinking just because it's bright blue that it's going to be too sweet. Pickers is just lightly sweetened and we mixed this simple drink with plenty of club soda, so it's light and refreshing - just what you need for a summer cocktail!

 

equipment:

cooler or tumbler glass

ingredients:

2 oz Pickers Blueberry Vodka
1 oz blue curacao
6 oz club soda or seltzer
cherry for garnish


method:

Add the Pickers and blue curacao to your glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and stir lightly to combine. Garnish and serve.


The Sparkler

Remember when you were a kid and nothing was exciting as being handed a sparkler? Well, these are not for kids but they're still pretty exciting. 

To keep with our theme of fireworks-inspired cocktails, we're putting a spin on a traditional Champagne Cocktail by adding a little Campari. Imported from Italy and both bitter and sweet, the Campari adds depth and complexity to the bubbles, balanced by the sugar cube slowly dissolving at the bottom. 

If making these in a large batch (we encourage that), go ahead and mix the bubbles and Campari, just save the sugar cube to be dropped in at the last second. 

We should note that we're actually not using Champagne, but Bolla Prosecco instead. Similar to Champagne, but uniquely Italian, it is fruity and acidic. Oh, and also delicious. 

 

equipment:

champagne flute

ingredients:

Bolla Prosecco, chilled
.5 oz Campari
1 sugar cube


method:

Drop the sugar cube in the bottom of your glass and add the Campari. Fill with prosecco and enjoy.


Bottle Rocket

As you probably know, we're taking July off from throwing our own 3st of the Month event.

Why? There's a few reasons. The first is that we already have an event that we're going to (you're welcome to join us). The second reason is that we're just kinda beat. We've been throwing these parties for almost a year. Which brings us to our third reason...we're working on one hell of a party in August to mark our 1 year anniversary! 

But just because we have good reason to take a month off doesn't mean we don't just feel a little guilty. So, we're making up for it by putting together this series of fireworks-themed cocktails so you can throw your own 3st in July - complete with a playlist and all. 

We couldn't do fireworks-themed cocktails without a bottle rocket. And like the flammable kind, this one packs a BANG! It's double-boozy thanks to the locally-made Pennington's Strawberry Rye Whiskey and a base of Anthem Cider (remember them from last December's "Bubbles" event?). Anthem is a great-tasting dry apple cider (not sweet) and perfect for this cocktail. 

We just ask that, like with real fireworks, you handle these safely. 

 

equipment:

10 oz resealable bottle
small funnel

ingredients:

2 oz Pennington's Strawberry Rye Whiskey
.5 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz cranberry juice
6 oz Anthem Apple Cider


method:

Make these in advance so you can ice them down. Using a funnel, add all ingredients to the bottle and reseal. Chill until drinking. 

Roman Candle

Yup, the 4th of July is right around the corner and we're working on a special batch of fireworks-themed cocktails. Enter the Roman Candle.

But it's not just a name that makes a drink good for the 4th. It needs to be relatively easy to make, refreshing and easy to drink. Well, the Roman Candle meets all those criteria. 

We've basically taken a gin and tonic and added a little zest with the Italian liqueur Aperol. Italy...Rome...Roman... get it? Okay, so it's kinda a stretch.

We've also used one of our favorite gins, Prairie Gin. Unlike our attempt to make this drink firework-themed, this gin is no joke. It's totally organic and made with a hint of juniper and has a light finish that you need for a summer cocktail. 

 

equipment:

cooler glass

ingredients:

1.5 oz Prairie Gin
.5 oz Aperol
tonic water
lime wedge for garnish

 

method:

Pour the gin and Aperol in the glass filled with ice. Top with tonic water and garnish with a lime. Think you can handle that?

 


Molotov Cocktail

We're gearing up for the 4th with fireworks-inspired cocktails. And before you go saying "that's not a firework, it's a Russian bomb" check this out. See?

Now that we've settled that, let's talk about the drink. It starts with Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka. Made in Texas with real lemon juice, it's kinda perfect for the heat of the summer. And it's vodka, so it's kinda Russian, right?

But the fire of this cocktail comes from something you might just have a bottle of sitting in your freezer right now. Fireball. Yup, that Fireball. Believe it or not, the cinnamon and lemon taste pretty good together. See, it's not just for shots.

And like the original Molotov cocktail, this drink might just knock you on your ass. 

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
rocks glass

ingredients:

2 oz Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka
1 oz Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
.25 oz grenadine


method:

Shake the Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka and Fireball with ice. Hard. Strain into a rocks glass with ice (we like a single jumbo cube for effect) and pour the grenadine on top. 

Black Cat

If you attended our "Bitter Lovers" event in February or "Tres de Mayo" in May, you likely got to taste Black Magic Rum. A delicious dark spiced rum, Black Magic is fantastic whipped into all sorts of cocktails - like that crazy-delicious Black Magic Margarita they served in May?!?

But, we're getting ready for the 4th of July (and taking a month off from hosting), so we're playing around with cocktails and using fireworks as our inspiration. As far as fireworks go, if you didn't have Black Cat Firecrackers as a kid then you didn't have a childhood. Just saying.

And although this drink is not quite black, it does have quite a bang due to the 2.5 total ounces of booze and some tasty juices. The color gets a little darker thanks to a splash of blue curacao, but it's honestly pretty good (and a slightly more appealing color) without it. 

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
highball or cooler glass

ingredients:

2 oz Black Magic Rum
.5 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz cranberry juice
.5 oz blue curacao
splash of club soda


method:

Combine the first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill and pour into a glass. Top with club soda.