Four Great Cocktails for the 4th of July

Santo’s Mezca-Fresca Margarita is the perfect festive 4th of July cocktail. (©Santo Spirit)

Three cheers to the 4th of July! We’ve got the perfect cocktails for your holiday celebrations—read on for recipes!

Mezca-Fresca Margarita (from Santo Spirit)

2 oz. Santo Mezquila
0.5 oz. Cointreau
2 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 oz. strawberry puree
1 oz. simple syrup
Garnish: Raspberry Salt Rim Quartered Strawberries Lime Wheel

Rim 16 oz. glass with raspberry salt blend, fill with ice and set aside. Fill mixing glass 2/3 full with ice and add Mezquila, Cointreau, strawberry puree, lime juice and simple syrup. Cap mixing glass with shaker tin and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Strain contents from shaker tin into the rimmed 16 oz. glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and strawberries.

The Coconut Margarita (©Santo Spirit)

The Coconut Margarita (from Santo Spirit)

2 oz. Santo Reposado
.5 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. coconut cream
.75 oz. lime juice
.5 oz. simple syrup
Garnish: Dehydrated lime wheel and/or edible flowers

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add, tequila, Cointreau, coconut cream, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake for 30 seconds. Strain into a glass filled with ice and garnish.

The ‘Go & Tonic (©Saluti Sisters)

The ‘Go & Tonic (from INDOGGO Gin)

5 oz. tonic water
1 oz. grapefruit juice
Garnish: Grapefruit slice/peppercorns/citrus peels/juniper berries

In a tonic glass with ice, add INDOGGO and grapefruit juice. Add peppercorns, citrus peels and juniper berries. Top with tonic water. Garnish with a fresh grapefruit slice.

Bourbon Strawberry Iced Tea (©Loews)

Bourbon Strawberry Iced Tea (from the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, courtesy Steve Turk, director of food & beverage)

1 oz. strawberry syrup
1 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. bourbon of choice
.75 oz. simple syrup
Top with fresh-brewed iced tea

Add the strawberry syrup. lemon juice, simple syrup, bourbon and ice to a cocktail shaker and mix the cocktail. Strain into a highball glass. Top with the fresh-brewed iced tea. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint, blackberries and a strawberry.

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