We are so close guys. Wrapping up Friday work duties and looking forward to the three-day weekend that is upon us has me dreaming of cocktails. So, I decided to extend an olive branch, get you prepared for your 4th of July festivities, assuming you have any (this includes watching Netflix on your couch), by creating a few DIY cocktails. Quick, easy and making you the life of the party, below are a few options to show just how independent you really are!
WHITE WINE BERRY SANGRIA
1 bottle dry white wine
1 cup lemon-lime soda
1/2 cup raspberry vodka
1/4 cup brandy
In a pitcher, combine wine, soda, vodka and brandy.
Put a few raspberries and a small handful of chopped strawberries into the bottom of each glass and muddle. Fill glass with ice, then top with sangria and a few blueberries. Stir.
Makes 1 tall cocktail
6 ounces watermelon
1 ounce blueberry vodka
1-2 lemon wedges
blue decorating sugar, optional for rim
Puree watermelon, vodka and juice of one lemon wedge in a blender. Add ice (to desired thickness) and blend until smooth.
If sugaring the rim, pour a small amount of blue decorating sugar onto a plate. Run lemon wedge around the rim of the glass. Dip rim in sugar.
Pour cocktail into glass.
CHERRY WHISKEY SMASH
Add 1 ounce cherries to the bottom of the glass and muddle until smashed.
In a cocktail shaker add 1 ounce Jack Daniels, 1 ounce cherry juice, 1/2 ounce amaretto and brandy, shake for 15 seconds – to combine.
Pour over ice, and top off with cherry cola. Stir.
Serve with additional cherries if desired.
Happy Independence Day!