For many people, the soon to be upon us July 4th weekend is their biggest outdoor celebration of the year. The weather tends to be better than it was on Memorial Day and by the time the Fourth comes around official summer has been underway for over a week, so most of us are ready for that first really big party of the season.
As the BBQs are fired up all over the country and as amateur chefs everywhere don their aprons and unpack their tools of the trade (the cooking trade that is) it is equally important to ensure that there is a great supply of July 4th drinks on hand as well.
In addition to the good supply of soft drinks you should have on hand to help beat the heat here are some ideas for truly special – and refreshing – Fourth of July cocktails you can serve up to your of age guests:
The Whiskey Rebellion
The Whiskey Rebellion was one of the first acts of civil disobedience in a young United States’ history. In North Western Pennsylvania, the locals objected to a government plan to tax whiskey. Most of the farmers there had joined the whiskey trade years before, using their corn and wheat and other grains into whiskey, something that was proving very lucrative and the new tax was going to cut into that profit.
The protest grew to the point where 6,000 of these men formed a militia and tried to storm Pittsburgh. However, as the story goes, President George Washington dusted of his old military uniform, grabbed Alexander Hamilton and some men – 13,000 of them in fact – and quickly put paid to the unrest.
Although they failed in their quest, and Americans have been drinking taxed whiskey ever since, this cocktail is a tribute to their effort!
2 oz whiskey of your choice
1 teaspoon lime marmalade
Juice of 1/2 a lime
Garnish: Lime wedge
Combine all ingredients with the exception of the ginger beer in a cocktail shaker, shake well and pour into an ice filled beer mug. Top off with ginger beer and serve with a lime wedge.
The Yankee Doodle
History says that one of the most familiar patriotic songs, one that we have all known since we were kids, Yankee Doodle, actually has its roots in a song that the British soldiers used to entertain themselves with. It was a song, composed by a British surgeon written to mock the disheveled, disorganized colonial “Yankees” with whom they served in the French and Indian War, especially one Ephraim Williams, a Massachusetts colonel who was, for reasons unknown, very unpopular with the Brits.
Over the years that was forgotten though and the Americans embraced the song and made it their own, turning it back on those who had used it to mock them, changing the lyrics to the ones we are so familiar with today, the ones to keep in mind while indulging in this rather delicious drink.
1½ oz. vodka
3 oz. of coconut water
¾ oz. lime juice
8 mint leaves
Garnish: lime wheel, slice unpeeled coconut
Muddle the mint leaves in your cocktail shaker, add vodka and coconut water and shake well. Serve over ice garnished with a lime wheel and a slice of coconut to represent a feathered cap!
Liberty Belle Mojito
This is a North Eastern United States version of a Southern classic that was very popular in upper class bars and restaurants in Philadelphia, the home of the Liberty Bell, at the turn of the twentieth century. It also happens to be a wonderfully refreshing drink to cool down with on a hot afternoon.
1½ oz. extra dry rum
12 mint leaves
½ lime, quartered
1 tsp. sugar
Garnish: lime wedge and mint sprig
Muddle mint leaves in a cocktail shaker and then combine rum, club soda and sugar on top of them. Shake well and serve over ice in a tall Portico cooler glass.Unique Personalized Gifts for Life’s Special Occasions. Shop Epic Personalized Gifts when an ordinary gift just won't do!