It’s Friday, and for the last day of Fourth of July eats, it felt appropriate to send you off into the weekend with a cocktail recipe. And obviously, this cocktail has to don those patriotic colors to reflect the holiday festivities. So let’s ring in the holiday weekend with an Old Glory cocktail. Cheers!
The inspiration for the Old Glory cocktail actually comes from a recipe I saw published by Town & Country. It’s a shared recipe from Kingsley NYC, a Michelin rated restaurant in the city. While I’ve made some slight adjustments to my cocktail, a majority of it is based on the same recipe shared by this restaurant. And I’m an honest gal, so I’ll be giving credit where credit is due.
The colors from the Old Glory cocktail are coming from three separate parts. The blue is from the muddled blueberries at the bottom of the glass. If you’re not familiar, “muddling” something is to smash it down at the bottom of a glass with a muddler. If you don’t have a muddler, you could always do this in a small bowl with the back of a spoon.
The second part is the white in the cocktail, which comes from the part of the cocktail that you mix in your shaker. It’s a mixture of vodka, lemon, and simple syrup. While you could make your own simple syrup, you can also easily buy it at the store or on Amazon. I’m personally a huge fan of Swoon—a zero-sugar simple syrup sweetened naturally with monk fruit. I have a roundup of all the tools, liquors, and mixers we have if you’re looking to stock up on your own at-home bar.
The last part of the cocktail is from a generous red wine float. I know it may sound strange, but coming from someone who kind of despises vodka cocktails, this one was pleasantly surprising. Having that red wine float smoothes out that punchy vodka. However, if you’re into stronger cocktails, you can easily do less of a float (1 oz. also works well). I’ll leave that up for you to decide.
Other cocktails & snacks for Fourth of July
As we wrap up this fun week of Fourth of July eats, I wanted to share a few other recipes with you that you can easily serve at your cookout this weekend. Even if your get together is smaller than normal this year, and socially distant, I still think meeting with people and sharing a meal together does create such significant change—mentally, emotionally, physically, all of the above.
Here are a few more things you can whip up this weekend.
- Italian Bruschetta with Goat Cheese
- Salsa Verde
- Prosciutto Cucumber Bites
- Oven-Baked Carrot Fries
- Roasted Artichokes
Mains & Sides
And if you’re looking for more main course meals, don’t forget, I have a free cookbook for you.
Did you like this themed week?
Shoot me an email or a DM on Instagram and let me know! I had a lot of fun dedicating a week of eats to a specific holiday, and I would love to do more stuff like this in the future. If you have other “themed week” ideas, hit me up! I’m always listening to what readers have to say, and using their suggestions in my content. Because ultimately, this is all for you!
Old Glory Cocktail
- 10 blueberries
- 2 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. lemon juice
- 1/2 oz. simple syrup
- 2 oz. red wine
- Place the blueberries in your tumbler glass. Squish them down with a muddler or an end of a spoon.
- In a cocktail shaker, add vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice. Close the shaker and shake it up for 30 seconds.
- Add fresh ice to your tumbler glass.
- Strain the cocktail into the glass with the blueberries. Do not add the ice from the cocktail shaker!
- Float with 2 oz. of wine. If you want a stronger cocktail, float only 1 oz. of wine.