Whether or not you celebrate U.S. Independence Day, this is a fun drink. The Fourth of July cocktail is a layered shooter. It’s pictured here with cream on top for a true red, white and blue look, but you can also layer vodka on top to make it stronger.
The overall flavor of this drink is a blend of pomegranate and orange – fruity, but not too sweet, and agreeable to most people’s palates. You can pour these before a party starts and put them in a tray in the refrigerator and bring them out as a surprise after dinner drink for guests. The presentation possibilities are amazing.
If you’re intimidated by the thought of pouring a layered cocktail, it’s easier than you think. I’ve got a tutorial for you on how to pour a layered cocktail, or you can just watch the video here:
Layering does take a little bit of practice, but it’s really not that hard. And if you get the hang of pouring these, and you’re feeling confident, you can pour them right front of your guests and really impress everybody.
If you’re actually serving these for the Fourth of July, I suggest putting a cup of sand with a lit sparkler in it on the tray or somewhere nearby. Just don’t put it in the drinks since it would mess up the layers. This is a really fun way to present the drinks.
You may also want to check out my post of 24 Fourth of July drinks, which features cocktails that are red, white and/or blue, drinks that have an Americana theme, and some drinks that are just great for a barbecue.
Fourth of July Cocktail Recipe
Layer equal amounts of the following, in this order:
- 1 part grenadine
- 1 part Blue Curacao
- 1 part Cream or Vodka
Enjoy responsibly while watching the fireworks!
Originally published July 3, 2009