10 American-Themed Cocktails For July 4th

american flagThis weekend, we will be celebrating the birth of our nation, and in order to honor our country properly, let's sip on some American-themed cocktails at our Fourth of July parties.

Here are ten of my favorite patriotic drinks -- God bless America.


Our icons:

The Bald Eagle is our national bird, and is an iconic symbol of our nation. So drink a cocktail (or two) in it's honor -- the Bald Eagle martini and the Eagle Eye. For the martini, shake 2 oz. of tequila, 1 oz. pink grapefruit juice, 1/2 oz. cranberry juice, 1/2 oz. lime juice, and 1/2 oz. lemon juice over ice and strain into a martini glass with a salted rim. To create the Eagle Eye cocktail, shake vodka, passoa, orange juice, and cranberry juice and pour into a highball glass over ice, garnished with a lime.

We all love the white-haired man with the stars-and-stripes hat pointing at us, saying "I want you," even if he is a little scary looking. Uncle Sam has been a national persona since 1812, urging patriotism and support during bad times and good. So be patriotic and shoot an Uncle Sam (the shot, not the man) made of equal parts peppermint schnapps, cinnamon liqueur, and rumple minze. And we all know how behind every good man there's a better woman. Okay, so this person actually existed, and she is known for creating the very first American flag -- Betsy Ross. For a Betsy Ross cocktail, combine 2 oz. of brandy, 1 1/2 oz. of tawny port, and 1/2 tsp of triple sec into a mixing glass half-filled with crushed ice. Stir well and strain into a cocktail glass.

The final, and probably most recognizable icon, is the Statue of Liberty. Our ancestors eyes filled with tears when they saw her as they approached the harbor from faraway lands in search of something. She symbolizes everything that our country was built upon. The Statue of Liberty shot also symbolizes something: fun times. But be careful, this is a flaming shot.

  • 1/3 ounce grenadine
  • 1/3 ounce white creme de cacao
  • 1/3 ounce blue curacao
  • 1/8 ounce 151 rum

Pour the grenadine into a shot glass.   Gently layer the white creme de cacao on top of the grenadine, then repeat with the blue curacao and rum. Light. Hold the burning red, white, and blue shot/ torch high, like the Statue of Liberty.

Let's get patriotic:

Old Glory has waved since 1777, and is proudly displayed by American everywhere. But you can drink it as well. The flag shot is made of 1/3 blue curacao, 1/3 cream (coffee creamer works well), and 1/3 grenadine. Using a tall shot glass and spoon, layer the grenadine, blue curacao, and cream.

Even if you don't support the war, we should support our troops. Toast to our men and women who fight to keep our country free with an army green shot made of Goldschlager, Jagermeister, and tequila. That one will put hair on your chest. 

Washington D.C., the capitol of our nation, has been the home to our country's leaders since 1790. You know they'll be in full celebration mode this weekend, so try a Washington shot, made of 1 1/2 oz. dry vermouth, 3/4 oz. brandy, 1/2 tsp sugar syrup, and 2 dashes of bitters.

Just plain ol' good American tradition:

Baseball has been dubbed as America's favorite past-time, so a baseball pleasure cocktail is in order. Just make a standard screwdriver (vodka and orange juice) and add amaretto and whiskey. Mix and serve.

How much more American can you get than a sweet apple pie? And the shot is about as tasty as the real thing. In an iced shaker, combine 1 oz. light rum, 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth, 1 tsp applejack, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp of grenadine. Shake and strain into cocktail glass.

Have you ever had an American-themed drink?


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