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    >>> it would not be the fourth of july without cocktails.

    >> and the best part is your guests can have fun mixing them up so you can mix with your guests.

    >> here with some great recipes is the modern mixologist, tony.

    >> hello, tony. happy fourth to you.

    >> happy fourth to you.

    >> what are we mixing up?

    >> one of my favorite summertime drinks. the pachita. it's a brazilian drink.

    >> it's like a brazilian rum. we take some half and half , coconut rum. you can do this with anything. peanut butter , blueberries.

    >> and you dump it all in there.

    >> a little red , white and blue garnish for you.

    >> okay. hoda is cooking. there she goes.

    >> i'm going to pour some pink sangria.

    >> we tried that earlier.

    >> yummy.

    >> what's different about it?

    >> we are using rose wine . quantro, vodka.

    >> the cups are so tiny.

    >> i like the fish bowl . it's important.

    >> thank you.

    >> you're welcome.

    >> i'll go ahead and cheers with you.

    >> that's delish.

    >> now let's move on, baby. what are we doing next?

    >> let's get to the you making drinks portion of the segment.

    >> okay. kathie lee , i think you remember using the boston shaker last time.

    >> oh, yes.

    >> somewhat wild, as i remember.

    >> so i want you to make a fresh bing cherry daiquiri. we're going to squeeze the juice of one lime into the mixing glass.

    >> a whole lime?

    >> a whole lime.

    >> hoda, you want to come over here and start muddling?

    >> yes.

    >> she does it all.

    >> that's only half of one.

    >> oh, should have been over the glass.

    >> you want to put some bing cherries in here and a little simple syrup.

    >> whole lime.

    >> whole lime.

    >> oh, that screwed me up. one at a time.

    >> i don't want to do -- i want to do it my way, tony. don't ask me to help and then --

    >> put some muscle into it.

    >> oh, tony. tony, tony, tony.

    >> don't get mama mad. don't get mama mad.

    >> give it a shake.

    >> this is taking too long.

    >> you muddle all that up. once you get it tasting really delicious, add some ice.

    >> okay. now what?

    >> two ounces of our cherry infused rum.

    >> i like the way you measure.

    >> well, did you premeasure it? am i supposed to measure it as well.

    >> stop yelling at our guest.

    >> you stop it.

    >> now simple syrup.

    >> how much of the simple syrup.

    >> that's lime juice . one ounce. okay. perfect. all right.

    >> shake it. shake it, mama.

    >> you shake it, hoda.

    >> pop it.

    >> pop it.

    >> shake it.

    >> go!

    >> i like wine.

    >> watch her arms.

    >> i knew i should have worn a better bra.

    >> i can't get it off.

    >> did you put the vodka in?

    >> of course. i thought that was simple syrup.

    >> that's the sweet spot . you just want to pop it. pop it like you mean it. okay. perfect. comes right apart. strainer goes in there. pour it into the glass.

    >> we have to rock 'n' roll. we're going to sip whatever she made.

    >> that looks good.

    >> delicious.

    >> fresh bing cherries. this is a zigzag. we've made --

    >> thank you.

    >> the watermelon into a punch bowl .

    >> i know you're talking, but

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updated 7/3/2013 1:50:47 PM ET 2013-07-03T17:50:47

Recipe: Zig Zag

  • 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

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 vodka
8 ounces orange-flavored liqueur
48 ounces fresh-pressed watermelon juice
32 ounces fresh lemon sour

Non-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.

Recipe: Fresh cherry daiquiri

  • 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

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 vodka
4 fresh Bing cherries, pitted
1/2 (half) fresh lime, quartered
1 ounce simple syrup

In 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.

Recipe: Pink sangria

  • 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

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.

Recipe: Coconut batida

  • 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

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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