4th of July Drink Recipes

When we think of the 4th of July, we think of gatherings with friends and family, cookouts and fireworks. But how about cocktails? If you are having a party, a terrific way to make it stand out is to offer a signature cocktail. Here are a list of some special cocktails just for the 4th of July. Make two or even one of these cocktails and your guests will be impressed with your skills.

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Pantone Color of 2013 is Emerald

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The Pantone color of 2013 has been announced. The color of choice for 2013 by Pantone is Emerald green. The bright shade of green “enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green.“

Color extends beyond wardrobe and décor. Are you hosting a party this year? Chances are the answer is yes. Why not serve tasty cocktails in honor of the color of the year: Emerald. Here are some drink recipes you may want to include. And don’t forget the beautiful glasses you’ll need to serve theses drinks.

Green Apple Martini
Cinnamon and sugar for rimming glass
5 tablespoons vodka
5 tablespoons sour-apple schnapps
5 tablespoons lemonade
5 tablespoons lemon-lime soda (such as 7-Up or Sprite)
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, schnapps, lemonade and lemon-lime soda. Cover and shake vigorously. Dip rim edge of martini glasses in a shallow dish with 1/4-inch water, then in a shallow dish with 1/4-inch of equal parts sugar and cinnamon mixture. Strain shaken mixture into prepared glasses and serve.

Green Tea Mint Julep
1 1/2 oz of Charbay Green Tea vodka
1 oz of simple syrup
3 lemon wedges
8 mint leaves
Muddle 3 lemon wedges with mint leaves. Pour green tea vodka, simple syrup and shake. Strain into highball glass over ice. Top with sprite. Garnish with mint leaves.

Recipe Source: http://matadornetwork.com/

Emerald Isle
You will need: 1 teaspoon Creme de Menthe, 1 ounce Gin, a couple of dashes of Bitters, ice and a shaker.
• Add ice to shaker
• Pour ingredients over ice
• Shake well
• Strain into glass

Here are just a few cocktail recipes you can use to show off the color of this year – Emerald. Don’t forget to stock up on cocktail and barware glasses for any get togethers or parties.