20 Fourth of July-friendly cocktails worth preparing at home

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More summer-friendly cocktail recipes worth preparing at home for the Fourth of July:

Two To Mango

Crook & Marker’s new Spiked Teas, Spiked Lemonades and Spiked Coconut varieties can be enjoyed on their own but are also cocktail-ready.

Ingredients:

Method:

  • Mix ingredients.
  • Enjoy the drink.

Picnic Paloma

The earlier-mentioned Spiked Teas, Spiked Lemonades and Spiked Coconuts are USDA Organic and can be found sold in retail stores nationwide, including Target, Whole Foods Market, Wegmans, ABC Wine & Spirits, Total Wine & More, Publix and Giant Eagle.

Ingredients:

Method:

  • Blend ice.
  • Combine other ingredients with blended ice.
  • Drink up.

North Coast Margarita

Humboldt’s Finest is California-made, hemp-infused vodka. Humboldt’s Finest uses locally-grown hemp to create a unique herbal flavor that is THC-free and legal in all 50 states.

Ingredients:

Method:

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin.
  • Add ice and shake thoroughly.
  • Double strain in a bucket or old fashioned glass half rimmed with salt.
  • Add ice to top.
  • Garnish with cucumber slice.

Green Gardens

The Humboldt Distillery also has a certified organic Spiced Rum on the market. Tastings and tours are offered on-site by appointment at the distillery’s Fortuna, California location.

Ingredients:

  • 1.75 oz. Humboldt’s Finest Vodka
  • .25 oz Green Chartreuse
  • .75 oz Lime Juice
  • .5 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1/4 of a small yellow bell pepper
  • Fresh oregano (3 leaves plus 1 stem for garnish)

Method:

  • Add 1 heaping tbsp of chopped pepper to shaker and muddle well.
  • Add 3 slightly smashed (use fingers, to release oils) oregano leaves, Humboldt’s Finest, Green Chartreuse, lime and simple syrup.
  • Add ice and shake vigorously.
  • Strain into a cocktail coupe.
  • Garnish with oregano sprig and cut pepper wedge.

Mr. Pepper

Having scored 93 points at both the 2017 Utimate Spirits Challenge and a 2012 Wine Enthusiast Magazine rating, Clyde May’s Alabama Style Whiskey is aged 6 to 7 years in oak barrels and finished with a hint of apple.

Ingredients:

Method:

  • Mix, whiskey as the base, and enjoy.

Clyde’s Alabama Slammer

Another great recipe using Clyde May’s Alabama Style Whiskey, this one puts a fun spin on a famous party cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 oz. Clyde May’s 85 Proof Alabama Style Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz. Disaronno
  • Orange juice
  • Grenadine

Method:

  • Mix the spirits.
  • Fill the rest of the glass with OJ.
  • Add a splash of grenadine.

The Bogart’s Adult Whiskey Sour Apple

The Bogart brand not only produces highly-regarded spirits, but also has the coolness of being sanctioned by the estate of legendary actor Humphrey Bogart.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. of Bogart’s Whiskey
  • 1/4 cup of Apple Cider or Apple Juice
  • 1 oz. of Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer
  • 1 Squirt of Lemon Juice

Method:

  • Pour all ingredients over ice.
  • Stir those ingredients.
  • Enjoy that fine drink.

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