July 4th is not only a celebration of our nation’s independence...it also happens to be Z’s birthday. I am reminded every year that the fireworks are actually in his honor – who knew?
Tomorrow, in celebration of the U.S. and Z, we’re having a barbecue in our backyard with a bunch of our friends, complete with lots of food, lawn games and plenty of beverages. And since tomorrow is all about the red, white and blue (and Z), why not sip on a drink that’s the color red? It’s only festive.
Yields: 1 cocktail
-1 oz. vodka
-Splash of simple syrup
-2 oz. cherry juice
-Splash of lime juice
1.) Pour all ingredients, except for the club soda, in a cocktail shaker. Shake lightly, then pour into a chilled martini glass.
2.) Top off your glass with a generous splash of club soda. Serve with a lime wedge (preferred).
The end result is a tart and sweet libation that's dangerously easy to gulp down. The sweetness from the cherry juice and the citrus from the lime juice are the main flavors of this drink, although the simple syrup and club soda help to smooth out the entire beverage. I highly recommend sipping this cocktail in your backyard in the sunshine tomorrow...while someone else cooks for you on the grill. ;)
Have a great 4th of July! How are you celebrating the holiday?