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BLUEBERRY MARGARITAPhoto courtesy of Drew Jordan

Blueberry Margarita
¼ cup fresh blueberries
2 ounces tequila
¾ ounce lime juice
1 ounce triple sec
Splash of simple syrup
Splash of soda

In a cocktail shaker, smash the blueberries until you obtain a paste. Add the tequila, lime juice, triple sec, simple syrup, and one cup of ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Top with soda. Garnish with lime and blueberries.

Independence Daiquiri
1 or 2 strawberries
2 ounces peach vodka
¾ ounce lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
Splash of soda

Smash the strawberries in a cocktail shaker. Add the vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, and one cup of ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Top with soda. Garnish with lime and strawberries.

RED AND BLUE SHOTPhoto Courtesy of Drew Jordan

Red and Blue Shot
1/3 ounce grenadine
1/3 ounce vodka
1/3 ounce blue Curacao

Pour the grenadine in a shot glass. Using a spoon, gently add the blue Curacao on top, to create a second layer. Still using the spoon, add the vodka (also gently) on top of the blue Curacao. A colorful and delicious way to end any party!

Simple Syrup
When mixing drinks, always use syrup instead of granulated sugar. You’ll avoid those unpleasant sugar crystals at the bottom of your glass. To make your own syrup, simply dissolve a cup of sugar in a cup of hot water. Chill the mixture and use it in all your favorite cocktails.

Tips
Experiment! Try mixing raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries with apple vodka. Insist on using locally grown fruits to support your community and ensure quality.

For even more festive drinks, add your favorite berries to the trays when making ice cubes. Your drinks will be more colorful, and your guests will enjoy this refreshing surprise at the bottom of their glasses.

Links
Want more? Check About.com’s exhaustive list of red, blue, and white drinks to get into the Fourth of July spirit.

 

 
 
 
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For step-by-step instructions from bartender Jay Dietershagen, from Alís Wine & Whiskey Lounge in Syracuse, N.Y, check out this video.

 
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