PATRIOTIC COCKTAILS

 

 

Nothing says summer like thirst-quenching drinks by the pool or beach

BY RACHAEL VAN NOORDT AND JENNIFER BARNETT

 

Let music swell the breeze, and ring from all the trees, Sweet Freedom’s song….”  This is one of my favorite lyrics of America – My Country ‘tis of Thee. We don’t normally sing this verse. Patriotic songs tend to be stoic and proud, as they should be. However during a time when we are celebrating our freedom and liberty, I prefer to have fun! I like to celebrate “out loud” and with friends, to honor our troops and the price they pay for our Independence! It’s because of our military and military families that we are safe to express ourselves. With that in mind the staff here a Southport Magazine gathered a list of patriotic and very delicious cocktails to serve at your summer gatherings. (All of these can be converted to non-alcoholic if you like) Enjoy them and “Let freedom ring”!

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THE CHERRY BOMB

INGREDIENTS-  

Maraschino Cherries (or fresh cherries)

Vodka

White Chocolate melting chips

Blue sugar

Soak the cherries overnight in the Vodka.

Dry before proceeding. Dip in melted white chocolate half way up Dip the tip in blue sugar Enjoy!

 

Sparkling-White-Peach-Sangria

 

 

Sparkling White Peach Sangria

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

2 to 3white peaches, sliced

3/4 cup peach or apricot brandy

1 bottle moscato wine, chilled

1 liter peach seltzer water, such as Seagram’s Sparkling White Peach, chilled

In a pitcher place 3/4 of the sliced peaches (saving some for garnish) and brandy.  lightly muddle… Then add the Moscato and seltzer water Stir with wooden spoon to mix. Pour into ice-filled glasses and top with a couple of fresh peach slices.

 

Triple-Berry-Wine-slush

 

TripleBerry Wine Slush  

Quick, easy and the perfect way to end any day!

Serves: 10

Ingredients

(2) 12 ounce bags frozen mixed fruit (We used raspberries, strawberries,and blueberries)

· 1 (750mL) bottle of your favorite red wine (we used a sweettable red wine)

· 2 cups ginger ale

· 2 tablespoons sugar (optional)

Place all of the ingredients in a large blender (or make in half batches in a smaller blender)  Blend until well combined. Pour mixture into a large freezer friendly container and freeze for at least 6 hours. Take out of freezer and break up with an ice pick of fork. Spoon into wine glasses and enjoy!

 

Electric-Lemonade

ELECTRIC LEMONADE

 

makes 1 serving

Ingredients  

· 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger citron vodka

· 1/2 fluid ounce Blue Curacao

· 2 fluid ounces sour mix

· 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle of lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage

· 1 lemon – cut into wedges, for garnish

Fill a Collins glass with ice. Pour in vodka, blue curacao and sour mix. Fill to the top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with lemon wedge, and serve with straw.

 

 

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The Sparkler  

Ingredients:  

Lemon Lime Soda

Pop Rocks – any red or blue flavor

Blueberry flavored Vodka

Fresh Strawberries

Fresh Blueberries

Grenadine (optional but I think it tastes better with it)

Spread out 1 package of Pop Rocks (either blue or red works) on a plate. On a different plate pour some grenadine or simple syrup. Dip your glass first into the plate with syrup on it. Next dip your glass into the pop rocks – you will hear them start to pop, but don’t fret they will still pop in your mouth when you drink it! stir all other ingredients in your glass carefully and Enjoy!

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