When your friends and family gather, celebrate your independence from humdrum drinks with colorful cocktails that sparkle just as much as the fireworks.
Hot weather and grilled foods call for icy cold libations. While beer and wine are always popular and appropriate, adding a drink or two that keep with the spirit of the holiday can increase the fun.
When putting together cocktails for the Fourth of July or any summer occasion, remember to keep them cool. Traditional holiday fare includes heavy grilled hamburgers and sausages, barbecued ribs, baked beans and potato salad. Beer is a good complement to these flavors, but cocktail sippers are best kept light to provide a counterbalance to the strong flavors of the food.
Use lemonade, juice, low-alcohol liqueurs, light wine and plenty of fruit to keep drinks refreshing. Let the colors of the day be your guide with red berry liqueurs and blue curacao, an orange-flavored liqueur that gives drinks both a tropical flavor and festive color.
See page XX for a lineup of red, white and blue cocktails (and two nonalcoholic coolers) that are both light and festive for the day’s celebrations.