The Best Cocktails For Your Fourth Of July Bash

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The Fourth of July is finally upon us and most of us are lucky enough to have the day or two off of work to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. And celebrate we will. We’ll attend a party or throw our own, eat mountains of food, and treat ourselves to a few glasses of wine, bottles of beer, or cocktails.

Since we’ve already written about festive beers to drink while you watch fireworks, today we turn our attention to the mixed drinks. In between games of ladderball and bocce, mix up one of these cocktails — each of which pair perfectly with our nation’s birthday.

From single cocktails to punches to large batch drinks, we’ve got you covered this year.

Dragan Sawa – From Sarah Patterson at Drunken Dragon in Miami

Drunken Dragon
  • 2 parts Widow Jane American Oak Aged Rye
  • ¾ parts yuzu
  • ¾ parts simple syrup
  • Layer of Malbec
  • Mix in a shaker, add ice and shake. Pour over fresh ice in a Collins glass. Layer on the Malbec floater. Garnish with a lemon twist.

St. Mark’s Boulevard – From Ben Lowell at The Hanoi House in New York

Hanoi House
  • 1 part Widow Jane Bourbon
  • ¾ parts Ibisco
  • ¾ parts Pirorat in CO2 charged five-gallon batches
  • On draft. Served up express, garnished with an orange wheel.

That’s My Jam – From Thomas Mooneyham, Bacardi Single Malts Brand Ambassador

  • 1.5 oz. Aberfeldy 12 Year Old
  • 0.75 oz. Lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz. Honey syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Apricot jam
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 oz. Iced tea
  • Combine all ingredients and shake.
  • Garnish with a lemon round and dried apricots.

The Wayfarer – From Mark Tubridy, Head Bartender of 21 Club in New York

The 21 Club
  • 2 oz. Aberfeldy 12 Year Old
  • 1.25 oz. Pineapple juice
  • 0.75 oz. Lime juice
  • 1 oz. Orgeat
  • 10 drops Tiki bitters
  • Combine in a mixing tin.
  • Add ice, shake and strain over a large cube in a rocks glass.
  • Garnish with a slice of grilled pineapple.

Blueberry Mint Smash – From Hornitos Tequila

Hornitos Tequila
  • 1 ½ parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
  • ½ part fresh lime juice
  • ½ part simple syrup
  • Blueberries
  • Mint sprigs
  • Lightly muddle 6-8 blueberries and 3-5 mint leaves in a shaker.
  • Add remainder of ingredients into the shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
  • Strain into a julep cup over crushed ice.
  • Garnish with a mint sprig and blueberries.

Poke A Mango – From Christine Wiseman, Bar Manager of Broken Shaker in Los Angeles

Broken Shaker
Batch Ingredients:
  • 1 liter Tequila Cazadores Blanco
  • 12.5 oz. Aperol
  • 16 oz. Mango puree
  • 16 oz. Sage agave
  • 16 oz. Lime juice
  • 32 oz. Blood orange juice
  • 15 dashes of Tiki bitters

Berry United Lemonade – From Diplomatico Rum

Diplomatico Rum
  • 2 cups Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
  • 3 cups lemonade
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 4-6 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Lemons (garnish)
  • Blueberries (garnish)
  • Ice
  • In a pitcher, pour Diplomatico Rum, lemonade and water.
  • Add in lemon and bitters.
  • Garnish with lemon slices and blueberries.
  • Serve chilled.

Red Rum Punch – From Bacardi Rum



  • ¾ parts BACARDÍ Limon
  • ¾ parts BACARDÍ Raspberry
  • ¾ parts BACARDÍ Superior
  • ½ parts Grenadine
  • 2 parts sweet & sour
  • 1 parts Cranberry juice
  • Garnish with lemon wedge or mint
  • Pour all ingredients into a punch bowl that is filled with ice blocks.
  • Stir.
  • Garnish the bowl with lemon wheels and raspberries.