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PHOTOS: Declare your independence from boring cocktails

These sparklers are sure to give the fireworks a run for the money.

All American Beauty

1 ½ oz. SKYY Vodka
1 oz. freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
½ oz. Simple Syrup
3 Meyer Lemon Peels

Muddle lemon peels, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add the vodka and ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice cubes. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Heat Wave

1 part Pinnacle Atomic Hot Vodka
1 part DeKuyper Hot Damn! Cinnamon Schnapps
2 parts club soda
Splash of grenadine

Mix in a martini glass with ice and garnish with a cherry.

Red Stripes

1 oz. Wild Turkey 101
3/4 oz. Wild Turkey 81
3/4 oz. Cointreau
1/2 oz. Carpano Antica
1/2 oz. cranberry juice
Dash of orange bitters

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour over fresh ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

Bahama Mama

1 oz. Coconut Rum
1 1/4 oz. Gold Rum
1 1/2 oz. Nassau Royale Liqueur
2 oz. orange juice
2 oz. pineapple juice
Dash of Angostura Bitters (optional)
1/6 oz. grenadine

Mix ingredients and shake well. Pour over crushed ice in a tall glass and garnish with a slice of orange and two cherries.

Purple Melon’s Majesty

3 oz. Purity Vodka
4 watermelon cubes
1 small handful of blueberries

Muddle watermelon and blueberries in a mixing glass. Add Purity Vodka and ice. Stir until cold, then double-strain and garnish with watermelon and blueberries.

American Sparkler

1 1/2 oz. American Harvest Vodka
3/4 oz. pomegranate liqueur
2-3 oz. of chilled Champagne or dry sparkling wine

Combine all ingredients in a chilled champagne flute in this order: American Harvest, pomegranate liqueur, chilled Champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Malibu American Flag

3/4 parts Blue Curacao
3/4 parts Malibu Coconut Rum
3/4 parts Campari

In a shot glass layer Blue Curacao, then Malibu and then Campari on the top for a very Patriotic-looking shooter or sipper.

Hennessy Sparkler

1 oz. Hennessy VS
1 oz. Grand Marnier
Lemon peel
Dash of peach bitters
3 oz- Moet Imperial

Muddle lemon peel in a shaker. Add Hennessy, Grand Marnier and bitters and shake. Strain into a sugar-rimmed Champagne flute. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Red, Lemon & Blue

1.5 oz. Devotion Black & Blue Vodka
3.5 oz. lemonade
Dash of grenadine
Blueberries

In an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice, add 1.5 oz. of Devotion Black & Blue Vodka and fill the remainder of the glass with lemonade. Add a dash of grenadine. Garnish with blueberries.

Red, White & Blueberry

4 parts Maker’s Mark Bourbon
¼ cup freshly squeezed and strained lime juice
¼ cup freshly squeezed and strained lemon juice
½ cup freshly squeezed and strained orange juice
1 part simple syrup
4 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
Assorted berries: raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries
Splash of club soda

Combine the juices, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, simple syrup and mint leaves in a large shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into 2 tall glasses over ice and add a splash of soda. Cut berries and mint leaves as garnish. Serve immediately.

SMOKE Stars & Stripes

1 1/2 oz. SMOKE Liqueur
1 1/2 oz.Rose Champagne
Splash of Pineapple juice

Combine ingredients. Garnish with mint and a piece of watermelon.

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