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8 Red, White and Boozy Cocktails To Serve Up This 4th of July

Essence logo Essence 7/3/2020 Kimberly Wilson
a person looking at the camera: Happy multiracial couple drinking cocktails sitting at the table in a beach cafe - multicultural couple and family concept © Getty Images/iStockphoto Happy multiracial couple drinking cocktails sitting at the table in a beach cafe - multicultural couple and family concept

The 4th of July may not be “our” Independence Day, but with an extra day off, it’s a perfect day for spending time with family and friends — safely, of course — even if you don’t celebrate. While most of us are preparing BBQ and grill recipes for socially distanced gatherings at home for close relatives, it's important not to forget that the most critical preparation of all, are the cocktail menu selections.

a bottle of wine on a table: Ingredients: 1 oz Don Papa Rum, 1 oz cognac, 3 dashes walnut bitters, 3 leaves basil. Served up or on one large piece of ice. Instructions: Be sure to first bruise the basil and rip on the inside of the glass the cocktail is served in. Mix all ingredients and stir cold. Float one pedal of basil on a cocktail. © Provided by Essence Ingredients: 1 oz Don Papa Rum, 1 oz cognac, 3 dashes walnut bitters, 3 leaves basil. Served up or on one large piece of ice. Instructions: Be sure to first bruise the basil and rip on the inside of the glass the cocktail is served in. Mix all ingredients and stir cold. Float one pedal of basil on a cocktail.

So while you’re dressed in patriotic black, red and green attire — for the culture — sip on these red, white and boozy cocktails to keep you cool (and a little bit turnt) in the hot 4th of July heat. Ranging from class summer drink recipes to sweet beverages there’s a boozy drink option for every palate!

a glass of wine sitting on top of a wooden table: Ingredients: 4 ounce Tussock Jumper Moscato Rosé, 6-8 blueberries, 1/2 ounces lemon juice. Instructions: Put the blueberries in the bottom of a shaker, add the lemon juice, and muddle. Add the Tussock Jumper Moscato Rosé, then strain over rocks into a glass, and serve.

Ingredients: 4 ounce Tussock Jumper Moscato Rosé, 6-8 blueberries, 1/2 ounces lemon juice. Instructions: Put the blueberries in the bottom of a shaker, add the lemon juice, and muddle. Add the Tussock Jumper Moscato Rosé, then strain over rocks into a glass, and serve.
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