It’s the 4th and it’s time to celebrate this great country’s birthday! Why not do it in style with the layered cocktail the 4th of July? It’s perfect for sipping while watching the fireworks show.

To make this drink you will need the following:

1/2 oz. of Grenadine
1 oz. Blue Curacao
1 1/2 oz. of chilled Vodka

When making this drink it is important to remember to pour the ingredients in order. First you will add your 1/2 oz or Grenadine. Next, with a spoon turned over so that the round side is up, slowly pour your Blue Curacao over the spoon into the glass. It will be approximately 1 oz. or the same width as your 1/2 or Grenadine. Finally, pour your chilled Vodka, the same way you did the Curacao, into the glass. This will be approximately 1 1/2 oz. or the same width as your Curacao. And there you have it, The 4th of July Cocktail!

Learn to make delicious drinks from expert bartender and Liquor.com contributor Charlotte Voisey. She visits the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco and then creates a couple tasty cocktail recipes using late summer’s bounty of fruit.

Raspberry Bellini

.75 oz Stoli Razberi Vodka
2 oz Raspberry-White Peach Puree*
2 oz Sparkling wine

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a Champagne flute.

*Raspberry-White Peach Puree:
2 White peaches, pitted and chopped
4 Raspberries
.5 oz Fresh lemon juice

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend to a uniform puree.

Fresh Berry Delicious Cocktail

3 Large strawberries
1.5 oz Fresh lemon juice
.5 oz Honey syrup (one part honey, one part water)
.5 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
.5 oz Licor 43
1 oz Stoli Razberi Vodka
Garnish: Half a strawberry
Glass: Martini

In a shaker, muddle the strawberries. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake very well and double strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with half a strawberry.

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, which thrills me to no end. I have finally stopped shivering and I am all kinds of ready to dip my toes in the sand and the sea. In fact, I’ll be doing that this weekend when I head to the beach for a Memorial Day party. And for that, I will be making a Red, White and Blue Sangria that I found on (where else???) Pinterest!

Ingredients:
Strawberries, sliced
Blueberries
Pineapple, cut into star shapes
2 bottles dry white wine
1 cup triple sec
1/2 cup berry-flavored vodka
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup simple syrup

Directions:
Combine all of the fruit in a large pitcher and then pour liquid ingredients over top—stir well, and then chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours. For best results, I recommend making this the morning of your gathering, to allow the fruit to infuse the wine, vodka and triple sec for as long as possible.

While you’re enjoying barbeques and good times with your family and friends, be sure to take a moment to remember those who have given their lives to protect our freedom. Happy Memorial Day, Flicksters. Cheers!

Photo credit: Punchbowl.

Good news! I don’t think I mind tequila! Which is great, because Cinco de Mayo is Friday! Have you ever had a Mexi-tini? Well, you’re about to!

Ingredients:
2 oz orange vodka
2 oz tequila
2 oz orange juice
Orange slices for garnish

*Feel free to add more orange juice, to taste, if you prefer.

Directions:
Pour all ingredients over chopped or crushed ice, into a cocktail shaker. Let stand for 1 minute and then shake vigorously for 5 – 10 seconds. Strain and pour into chilled martini glasses and garnish with orange slices. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Cheers!

The Bourbon Chocolate Cherry Soda Float is both a cocktail and a dessert, which is brilliant. I love multitasking.

Can’t wait to try it? I don’t blame you. Here is your grocery/liquor list:

Ingredients:
1 pint of dark chocolate ice cream
2 to 4 shots (to taste) of Bourbon
2, 12 ounce bottles of dark cherry soda

Directions:
Scoop the dark chocolate ice cream into some fancy highball glasses and pour the bourbon over top. (You may want to try 1 shot in each at first; add more if you want them a bit stronger). Next pour the dark cherry soda over the ice cream, top with a straw and slurp away. No one will blame you. Cheers!

Images via www.howsweeteats.com

Spring has finally sprung where I live; how about in your neck of the woods? If not, you can close your eyes and pretend while you sip this Spring Fling Cocktail.

Now this one does step out of my comfort zone, just a bit. I’m normally not a gin girl but I’m easing my way in by trying it with ingredients I already know I like. Join me, won’t you?

Ingredients:
– 2 ounces of dry gin
– 2 ounces of lemon-lime soda
– 2 ounces of cranberry juice
– lemon or lime for garnish

Directions:
Pour gin into a tall glass filled with ice. Add the cranberry juice and then top with the soda. Stir with a straw and then place your lemon or lime wedge on the rim. Raise your glass and toast to a Happy Spring! Cheers!

So? Do we like cocktails with gin?