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Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

Looking for some fun to shake up for the Fourth of July or any time you need a tasty, cool and refreshing cocktail? Here are some kicky cocktails and punches made with gin, vodka and whiskey. So, take your pick. Have some fun. And remember: Handling cocktails and handling fireworks don’t mix.

For a taste of some frozen “pop-tails,” click here.

Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

3 (1-inch) chunks watermelon
2 slices cucumber chunks, plus an extra slice for garnish
1 1/2 ounces Aviation American Gin
1/2 ounce simple syrup
3/4 ounce freshly pressed lime juice
Pinch of salt
1 ½ ounces soda water

Muddle watermelon and reserve 1 ½ ounces of the juice. Place cucumber in mixing glass and muddle. Add reserved watermelon juice, gin, syrup, lime juice and a pinch of salt. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Fine strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with soda water. Garnish with a cucumber slice on rim.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Aviation American Gin

Strange Brew

Strange Brew

Strange Brew

1 ½ ounces Aviation American Gin
1 ½ ounces freshly pressed pineapple juice
½ ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur
½ ounce freshly pressed lemon juice
1 ½ ounces Widmer Hefeweizen
Mint, for garnish

In a mixing glass, add gin, pineapple juice, St-Germain and lemon juice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Fine strain into a pilsner glass filled with crushed ice. Top with beer. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Aviation American Gin

Cele-Berry Punch  

24 blackberries
8 strawberries
24 blueberries
12 ounces Aviation American Gin
4 ounces Cointreau
4 ounces simple syrup
6 ounces freshly pressed lemon juice
16 ounces soda water

In a mixing bowl, muddle berries. Add gin, Cointreau, syrup and lemon juice. Mix. Fine strain into a punch bowl. Cover and cool until ready to serve. When ready, add a block of ice and soda water. Mix. Garnish with mixed berries and mint.

Makes 8 servings.

From Aviation American Gin

Old Glory Punch

1 1/2 ounces Belvedere Lemon Tea Vodka
½ ounce almond syrup
¾ ounces lemon juice
3 ounces green tea
Lemon wedge, for garnish

To serve as a cocktail: Pour vodka, syrup, juice and tea over ice. Stir. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

To serve as a punch:

375 milliliters Belvedere Lemon Tea Vodka
100 milliliters almond syrup
175 milliliters lemon juice
700 milliliters green tea
Lemon slices, for garnish
Blueberries, for garnish

Add all ingredients to a pitcher or punch bowl over ice. Garnish with lemon slices and blueberries.

From Belvedere Vodka

Patriot Punch

Patriot Punch

Patriot Punch

2 parts Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
1 part DeKuyper Apricot Brandy
1 part Cranberry Juice
2 parts Champagne
Lemon slices, for garnish

To serve as a cocktail: Pour all ingredients over ice in a stemless red wine glass. Stir. Garnish with a lemon slice.

To serve as a punch: Double the recipe and multiply by the number of guests you plan to serve. Add Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, DeKuyper Apricot Brandy and cranberry juice to a punch bowl, stir and refrigerate. When guests arrive, add Champagne and lemon wheels. Serve over ice in stemless red wine glasses.

From Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey

 

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