4th of July Cocktails

Independence Day is nearly upon us! Our country will soon come together to honor the liberation of the colonies hundreds of years ago and the bravery of those who came before us. The 4th of July is a lively and hopeful day, with many choosing to celebrate one way or another. At Newburyport Landing, residents are able to make use of the waterside views and relax on their porches as fireworks pop in the distance and the sun starts to set. The only thing that could make this experience better might just be a 4th-of-July-themed cocktail to cool down in the summer sun. Whether you’re a novice drink-maker or a licensed mixologist, you can’t go wrong with these four delicious drink recipes.

Red, White, and Blue Wine Spritzer

Ingredients

*Yields 4 servings*

  • 1 cup simple syrup (1 part sugar plus 1 part water, boiled until dissolved and cooled)
  • ½ cup fresh strawberries (sliced in half)
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • Club soda or tonic water
  • Ice
  • Mint sprigs fro garnish

Directions

  1. Fill pitcher with ice and top with berries.
  2. Pour in simple syrup and wine until pitcher is ¾ full.
  3. Top off with club soda or tonic water, stir and serve in ice filled glasses. Garnish with mint sprig.

Watermelon Sangria

Ingredients

*Yields 6 servings*

  • 4 c. cubed watermelon
  • 750-ml. bottle moscato
  • 1 c. rum
  • Juice of 4 limes
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • Orange/lime/strawberry/small watermelon slices, for garnish

Directions

  1. In a blender combine all of the ingredients (except lime slices) and blend until smooth.
  2. Garnish glasses with fruit/lime slices and serve.

Blueberry Coconut Sparkler

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh blueberries
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup coconut rum
  • 2 1/2 cups ginger ale
  • Ice
  • Coconut Flakes (optional garnish)

Instructions

  1. Muddle the blueberries in the bottom of a medium bowl.
  2. Add the lemon juice and coconut rum; stir until uniformly combined. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the mixture and discard the blueberry skins.
  3. Add the ginger ale and gently stir until combined.
  4. Pour mixture over ice and garnish rims of glasses with coconut flakes (optional).

Red, White, and Boozy Margaritas

Ingredients

*Yields 2 servings*

For Red Layer:

  • 3 c. ice
  • 2 oz. silver tequila
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 2 oz. grenadine

For Blue Layer:

  • 3 c. ice
  • 2 oz. silver tequila
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 2 oz. blue curaçao

For White Layer:

  • 3 c. ice
  • 2 oz. silver tequila
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 2 oz. lime juice

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients for red layer and divide evenly into two glasses.
  2. Repeat with blue and white layer and serve!

You can spend your 4th however you’d like to; celebrating with family; socializing with friends; making fancy cocktails. At the end of the day, this holiday is an opportunity to connect with others and to appreciate the beautiful country that we all share. Happy Independence Day!