Who’s excited for the Fourth of July?! I am! I am! And I bet you are too. Even if you don’t have plans, you’re probably excited to see fireworks and enjoy a three day weekend. Last year I worked on July 4th until 9 pm. I remember when I got off of work I was STARVING, so I went and got food instead of going to see the fireworks. What does that say about me? Food ranks on the top of my priority list no matter what day of the year it is.
Fun fact: I’m no alcoholic drink expert. Like I said in yesterday’s post, I typically go for the hard ciders when they’re available. Since I’m not an expert, I had no idea what to call this recipe. I thought, ‘Red, White and Blue…..spritzer? mixed drink? beverage?!’ I had to Google what a spritzer was and it apparently has wine and seltzer water in it. Fail. So, I settled for “cocktail” instead.
And just to back up the fact that I’m NOT a drink expert (in case you don’t believe me).. I originally tried to mix Blue Curacao liquor with the blueberries and vodka with the strawberries into one drink. Tip: don’t ever do this–It’s gross. It did make a pretty blue color though if that counts for anything. I settled for plain blueberries as the pop of blue instead. As a side note, I have no idea why I have a bottle of Blue Curacao at my apartment. Not important, but I honestly have no idea.
Let’s slightly switch gears for a second and talk about sugar. If you know me at all then you know that I prefer sugar over salt any day, especially when it comes to fancy drinks. That being said, nothing makes me madder than when I order a cocktail from a restaurant or bar and it tastes like 99% sugar and 1% alcohol. I love my sugar, but c’mon! I mean, talk about a rip-off, especially because drinks can be so expensive. I think this drink does a great job at combining both my love for a sugar and alcohol into one simple drink.
I mean, what better way to celebrate Fourth of July weekend than by sipping on this red, white and blue cocktail? No better way my friends, no better way.
Red, White and Blue Cocktail
- Yield: 2
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 cup sparkling mineral water
- 1/2 cup sparkling flavored water (I used black raspberry but any “red” flavor would probably be good)
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 shots vodka
- Muddle the strawberries in a large bowl and the blueberries in a separate, smaller bowl. If you don’t own a muddler (I don’t), just use a wooden spoon.
- Add the flavored and non-flavored sparkling water to the bowl with the strawberries; squeeze lemon juice into the bowl.
- Fill two cup up about 1/3 of the way with ice; divide strawberry mixture evenly among both cups.
- Add 1 shot of vodka per glass (optional)
- Last, pour blueberries evenly in both cups.
: What’s your favorite alcoholic beverage? Wine? Beer? A cocktail?