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!

Just because summer is long gone doesn’t mean you have to drink like it is! Enjoy this delicious and spicy margarita recipe even on the most blustery of winter days! Bring a little bit of the beach into your home, cozy up, and enjoy!

Recipe/Instructions:

Lime
Chile Powder
Jalapeños

Muddle!

Add ice

Add spicy lime margarita mix

Stir

Garnish

Enjoy!

Halloween just isn’t as fun as it used to be. Whatever happened to the days of gorging ourselves on free candy we got from our creepy neighbors? Now we just get to watch our kids do the same thing. That is, until now! Steal some of your kids’ Jolly Ranchers (they totally won’t notice) and whip up this delicious vodka overnight.

Here’s how to make your own Jolly Rancher candy flavored vodka! We soak jolly rancher hard candies in vodka to create the perfect infusion. We have vodka in all the jolly rancher candy flavors; green apple, cherry, watermelon, grape and blue raspberry.”

The best part about summer is that your kids’ bedtimes happen while it’s still light out, letting you kick back on the porch with a drink in your hand while you watch the sunset.

That is, until someone decides to get up to ask you for a glass of water and your moment is over. Oh well… if the cocktail is good enough, it’s all worth it! Here are our 5 favorite summer cocktails to keep you going!

Blue Hawaiian With Coconut Rum Soaked Pineapple

Ingredients
1 fresh pineapple, cut into bite sized pieces
16 ounces of coconut rum
Bottle of Blue Curacao
Larger can of DOLE pineapple juice
Coconut Rum, that is now infused with pineapple
Ice
Pitcher

Directions

After cutting up your fresh pineapple, place the pieces into a large bowl and pour 16 ounces of coconut rum over top. Seal bowl with either a lid or foil and refrigerate as long as possible; preferably overnight. Keep this in mind—the longer it soaks, the more rum-soaked the pineapple becomes :) The next day, just before your gathering, strain pineapple over a container and reserve the rum. You will need it!

Now this recipe will be done to taste, as you may not have the same amount of coconut rum left that I had. So, in a chilled pitcher, add ice, coconut rum, pineapple juice, and blue curacao. It will be very similar to a Blue Hawaiian, but again, made to taste. If you’d prefer a frozen drink, simply add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until slushy.

Next, impress your guests by presenting them with the coconut rum soaked pineapple as an appetizer or dessert, and the cocktail you have made from infusing coconut rum with pineapple. I guarantee they will be singing songs of praise to you. And if they don’t? You probably need to consider getting new friends ;)

Pineapple Mimosa

Liven up brunch with a refreshing mix on a classic.

Ingredients
1/4 cup DOLE Pineapple Juice, chilled
1/4 cup pink sanding sugar
1 bottle (750-ml) sparkling apple cider or champagne
1/4 cup orange juice

Directions
Step 1: Dip rims of champagne flutes or other glasses in water. Dip again into sanding sugar.
Step 2: Divide sparkling cider (or champagne), pineapple juice and orange juice between 4 glasses.

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Pineapple Mojito

Ingredients

4 oz pineapple rum*
4 oz DOLE pineapple juice
8 lime wedges
20+ pineapple mint or regular mint leaves
2 oz mojito mix
club soda

Directions
Lightly muddle lime wedges and pineapple mint leaves in 2 hurricane glasses (because they’re fancy) and fill with ice. In a cocktail shaker, shake rum, pineapple juice and mojito mix with ice and strain into glasses. Top with a couple of splashes of club soda, add a straw and gently stir. Garnish with a lime wedge, pineapple chunk, or mint leaf.

White Sangria

This lightly sweet, fruity punch makes white wine pretty for the party.

Ingredients
8 cups DOLE Pineapple Juice, chilled
2 cups fruity white wine, chilled
1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur
1/4 cup sugar
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 lime, thinly sliced
2 cups DOLE frozen sliced strawberries, partially thawed
ice cubes (as needed)

Directions
Combine all ingredients except ice in punch bowl or pitcher. Serve over ice.

Piña Colada
Experience paradise with this perfect poolside companion.

Ingredients
1/2 cup DOLE Pineapple Juice
1/4 cup cream of coconut
2 cups of crushed ice
3 oz rum

Directions
Step 1: Combine pineapple juice, rum, coconut and ice in blender. Cover; blend until smooth.
Step 2: Garnish with pineapple leaf and pineapple slice, if desired.

* Brought to you by Dole.
For more delicious ways to incorporate pineapple juice into your recipes as well as summer party tips and more, visit Dole.com/Sunshine.

What makes a cocktail feminist? It’s bigger, it’s better, and it’s sangria… according to some Oxford University students who came up with this amazing cocktail menu.  Where can we get a consensual sex on the beach? We’ll take two, please.

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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.