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The Fourth of July is about as democratic as a holiday can get. So why not make the drink menu just as equal-opportunity as the buffet of hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad and—if you’re lucky—pie?
For the second year in a row, we asked our DrinkWire contributors to share their best freedom-loving recipes with us. This year’s five large-batch drinks cover the spectrum from gin and grapefruit to tequila and hibiscus—and everything in between.
Want more enticing punch? Find all of the mouth-watering recipes from our DrinkWire contributors here: Punch of July.
Named in honor of the year the United States won its freedom, this recipe from Paula Lukas might have you seeing fireworks after a few cups. It’s got a boozy base of lemon- and grapefruit-flavored vodkas, ginger liqueur and Pavan Liqueur, made from muscat grapes. Add to that some blueberry juice, sparkling rosé and fresh fruit, and this punch is an instant Independence Day hit.
Gastronomista knows the value of a good punch—especially when she’s the one hosting the party. Put away the shaker and enjoy the festivities with this tequila-based bowl. Dreamt up by Saxon + Parole’s master barman Masa Urushido, this punch also includes Lillet Rose, falernum, grapefruit juice, hibiscus tea, oleo saccharum and prosecco. Like Gastronomista says, “It is just the right amount of boozy, fruity and refreshing, everything you want in a nice summer punch!”
It’s not uncommon to find red and white cocktails. But what about the blue? This punch from Home Bar Girl’s Dani DeLuna celebrates the full trio of colors on the U.S. flag. A slice of watermelon for garnish has the red and white covered, but the real magic comes with the combination of tequila, blue curaçao, Cointreau, lime juice and bitters. This blue elixir isn’t so different from a Margarita, so you know your guests will be plenty happy.
What screams summer more than the Fourth of July? Well, strawberries and rhubarb. The fruity duo usually appears in pie, but this lemonade from Beautiful Booze’s Natalie Migliarini is a great way to incorporate it into your celebration, sans oven—and with vodka.
Though she may not be a fan of the heat, Cocktail Crafty’s Nikki G. Davidson sure does love a communal cocktail. Luckily, that’s a pretty good antidote to a scorching summer in the city. This aptly named Fourth of July treat comprises unsweetened black tea (to keep you awake, you know?), grapefruit and lime juices, mint syrup, Kümmel Liqueur and gin bottled with fresh honey. It will taste great with hot dogs and keep you refreshed all day.