Five Red, White and Blue Cocktails for the Fourth of July

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Celebrate in style this Fourth of July with your very own red, white and blue cocktails. Not only will you impress your friends with your expert bartending skills, these cocktails contain enough booze to make you forget the fact that you are sitting outside next to a hot grill in 110+ heat staring at your pool that is hotter then bath water, wishing you could fast forward to October. Or November. 

Check out our top five Fourth of July cocktail picks, then get to the liquor store and start mixing! 

1. All-American Shooter 
To achive the "layered" effect of this patriotic pleaser, place a cherry on the inside edge of the shot glass and slowly pour the curacao and then the vodka over said cherry. This will keep the liquors separate and makes for a nice garnish. 

  1. 1/2 Part Grenadine
  2. 1 Part Blue Curacao
  3. 1 Part Vodka
Layer in a shot glass and enjoy! 
2. The Independence Day Margarita
Nothing say "America" like a refreshing frozen margarita. The favorite after-work cocktail of office dwellers everywhere gets a Fourth of July makeover with strawberries, pineapple and blue curacao. This one may take a little extra time but the results are well worth it. For extra flair, use colored sugar to coat the rim instead of plain ol' salt. Click here for the recipe. 

3. The Patriotic Pour - This adventurous drink off sets all of its super sweet ingredients with the spicy kick of muddle jalapeno. Use an upside down spoon to layer the blue over the red and garnish with star fruit for the white. 

1 oz watermelon pucker/schnapps
1 splash of cranberry juice cocktail 
2 slices of jalapeno
1 slice each of lemon and lime
1 1/2 oz silver tequila
splash of blue curacao
1/2 oz simple syrup

Mix the first two ingredients and pour into an ice filled glass. Muddle the jalapenos, lemon and lime in a shaker, add tequila, curacao and simple syrup and shake. Layer over the red and garnish. 

4. Red, White and Shirley Temple - Since we can't make it to Chicago to try the Trump International's Fireworks cocktail (pictured above), we decided to make up our own by putting a Fourth of July twist on the alcoholic version of our favorite childhood cocktail. 

1 part vodka
2 parts lemon-lime soda of choice
1 part pineapple
splash of grenadine
whipped cream 

Combine first four ingredients in a shaker and pour over ice. Garnish with whip cream and blueberries. 

5. The Fourth Martini - Straight booze. No mixers. Using the cherry method from the first drink, layer equal parts chilled UV cherry vodka (UV is the only brand that makes colorful vodka), Pinnacle whipped cream vodka and, you guessed it, blue curacao, in a martini glass. Sip s-l-o-w-l-y, these suckers will sneak up on you. 

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