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Boom! Pow! Try these fun, festive drinks on Fourth of July

Sure, you can buy a bunch of beer for your Fourth of July bash — but why not serve up libations that are so much more memorable? Here, Tony Abou-Gamin — also known as The Modern Mixologist — shows how to make Zig Zag cocktails, fresh cherry daiquiris, pink sangria, coconut batidas and more.

Zig Zag

Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 ounces Citroen-flavored vodka
    • 1/2 ounces orange-flavored liqueur
    • 3 ounces fresh-pressed watermelon juice
    • 2 ounces fresh homemade lemon sour

Preparation

Baking Directions:

In an ice-filled mixing glass add Citroen-flavored vodka, orange-flavored liqueur, watermelon juice and fresh lemonade; shake until well blended, strain into an ice filled tumbler. Garnish with a watermelon spear and mint sprig.Hint: It is best to press your watermelon just before the mixing of the drinks to assure the freshest-quality juice. Hint: For a fun party, cut the top off a watermelon (approximately 4 inches) and reserve as the base. Carefully scoop all the meat out of the watermelon (use to make juice), leaving the body in tact. Batch-mix the drinks and pour into the watermelon punch bowl. Garnish with slices of lemon and serve with ice filled glasses garnished with watermelon spears.Option to create a batch of Zig Zag:Use the following measurements:1 750 ml bottle Citroen-flavored vodka8 ounces orange-flavored liqueur48 ounces fresh-pressed watermelon juice32 ounces fresh lemon sourNon-alcoholic option:Simply leave out the vodka and orange-flavored liqueur.To make homemade lemon sour:Mix 2 parts fresh-squeezed and filtered lemon juice with 1 part simple syrup.Simple syrup is made by dissolving an equal amount of granulated sugar (2 cups) into the same amount of boiling water (2 cups) and allowing to cool. Bottle and refrigerate for up to a month.

Fresh cherry daiquiri

Ingredients

    • 2 ounces fresh cherry-infused light-bodied rum (Infuse 1 pound pitted Bing cherries with 1 liter light rum for 48 hours)
    • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
    • 1 ounce simple syrup

Preparation

Baking Directions:

In a mixing glass add infused rum, fresh lime juice and simple syrup; shake with ice until well blended. Strain into a chilled cocktail cup/saucer. Garnish with a thin wheel of lime. Option to create Bing cherry caipiroska:2 ounces vodka4 fresh Bing cherries, pitted1/2 (half) fresh lime, quartered1 ounce simple syrupIn a mixing glass muddle lime and cherries with simple syrup, add black cherry fizz; shake with ice. Dump entire drink into an Old-Fashioned glass. Add more ice and swizzle stick.

Pink sangria

Ingredients

    • 1 bottle of rose wine, 750 ml
    • 8 ounces vodka
    • 4 ounces orange-flavored liqueur
    • 4 ounces simple syrup
    • 4 ounces pomegranate juice
    • 8 ounces fresh lemon juice
    • 4 ounces white grape juice
    • 2 lemons cut into thin quarters
    • 6 strawberries, sliced
    • 1 apple, sliced
    • Red and green grapes, sliced
    • 1 small orange cut into thin quarters
    • Chilled lemon-lime flavored soda as needed

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Place above ingredients (excluding lemon-lime flavored soda) into a large glass container, cover and refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, pour into an ice-filled pitcher until 2/3 full. Add fresh sliced fruits and top with lemon-lime flavored soda, stir gently to mix. Serve in fruit filled wine glasses.

Coconut batida

Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 ounces Cachaca
    • 2 ounces creme of coconut
    • 2 ounces half-and-half
    • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
    • 1 cup cracked ice
    • Blueberries, raspberries and/or toasted coconut for garnish

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients with crushed or cracked ice and blend until smooth. Garnish with toasted coconut, blueberries and raspberries.

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