Drink like a proud American: Red, white and blue cocktails

Indulge in these red, white and blue cocktails for a festive Fourth. All of the true patriots will be known by their slightly uneven gait and vaguely purple teeth this weekend.

(But seriously: Drink responsibly. And maybe pack mouthwash.)

RED

American Harvest Firecracker
Try the American Harvest Firecracker this weekend if you’re a vodka fan who’s into organic alcohol.
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‘American Harvest Firecracker’ (Courtesy of American Harvest)

Ingredients

1.5 oz. American Harvest
¾ oz. Fresh lemon juice
¾ oz. Concord grape syrup (see below)
Soda water

Instructions

Combine equal parts Concord grape juice and sugar in a large container and shake until dissolved. In a shaker, combine all liquid except the soda. Add ice and shake well. Strain into a Collins glass full of fresh ice. Top with soda and gently stir. Garnish with a lemon slice.

WHITE

Polar Bear by Naren Young
It’s not summery in name. But “Lost” had a seasonally inappropriate Polar Bear and nothing bad happened there, so.
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‘Suit and Tie’ (Courtesy of ​Stone Rose Lounge)

Ingredients

1.5 oz. Absolut Elyx vodka
.75 oz. Plymouth Gin
.75 oz. Dolins Blanc vermouth
.25 oz. Maraschino liqueur
2 dashes Regans orange bitters

Instructions

Stir the ingredients together with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with a lemon twist.

BLUE

Aviation
The Aviation is unavoidably purple-y, but unless you’re keen for the unnatural-looking Curacao and Hypnotiq, this is your best option.
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‘Aviation’ (Courtesy of Kingside)

Ingredients

.75 oz. lemon
.5 oz. Creme De Violette
.5 oz. Maraschino liqueur
2 oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin

Instructions

​Combine all ingredients, shake and serve in a martini coupe. Garnish with three bourbon-soaked cherries on a bamboo pick.

BONUS!

Purple Haze
The Purple Haze blends pinks and purples and clears, but if you squint, you’ve got an American-looking drink in your hand. Maybe try the other three first, then come back to this one — then you won’t have to remember to squint.
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Crafty cocktail makers may go for the trifecta with this drink that, if layered correctly, will offer a red, white and blue hues in one glass. Impressive, but it’s actually not very difficult to make.

‘Purple Haze’ (Courtesy of Whiskey Blue New York)

Ingredients

1.5 oz. Stoli Orange
.5 oz. Creme De Violette
.75 oz. pink grapefruit juice
.5 oz. lemon juice
.25 oz. simple syrup
Champagne

Instructions

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a highball glass. Let the drink settle so that the grapefruit is heavier on the bottom of the glass, with the Violette dominating the middle. Top with champagne (or prosecco, if you’re so inclined — the clearer, the better). Garnish with an orange peel.



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