The Fourth of July is right around the corner. The one day a year where every American should take time off to celebrate the red, white and blue. This means patriotic face paint, hot dogs, potato salad and — everyone’s favorite — boozing (responsibly, of course). So in honor of our great nation’s history, here are 11 historic, all-American drinks The Daily Caller recommends this holiday weekend.
No. 11: Breakfast Old Fashioned
This variation of the classic Old Fashioned is a Daily Caller exclusive. The perfect cocktail for waking up and starting Fourth of July festivities. After all, what’s more American than bourbon and maple syrup?
What To Do: Muddle together 1/2 oz of maple syrup, a twist of grapefruit and 3 dashes of grapefruit bitters. Stir in 2 oz of bourbon whiskey and add ice.
No. 10: Phipps Fizz
The Phipps Fizz is another under-the-radar All-American cocktail we recommend this Independence Day. Rye whiskey production dates back to the 18th century in the colonial Northeast, particularly in Pittsburgh. With a combination of this Prohibition-surviving whiskey and carbonated ginger beer, this fizzy cocktail is great for cleansing your palette between 4th of July meals.
What To Do: Combine 2 oz American rye whiskey, 1/2 oz lemon juice and a dash of Angostura bitters. Pour over ice, then top off with ginger beer.
No. 9: Cape Codder
In the early 1940s, Ocean Spray inaugurated this refreshing summer cocktail to promote cranberry juice cocktail, originally calling it “The Red Devil.” Cape Cod, being one of the initial points of settlement for colonial pilgrims in America and still known for its cranberry cultivation, soon became the namesake of this refreshing summer-day drink.
What To Do: Combine 2 oz of vodka and 4 oz of cranberry juice. Pour over ice and garnish with lime. (For an even more refreshing taste, top it off with soda water!)
No. 8: Apple Pie Punch
This summer drink is about “as American as apple pie” and perfect for gathering to drink in large groups. This patriotic beverage is a combination America’s favorite pre-colonial dessert and American rum made famous by the 16th-19th century Triangle Trade in which Africa exported slaves to South America, South America exported sugar and molasses to New England, and New England used those resources to make rum. On top of that, the earliest American politicians would lure voters to to the polls using punch — particularly our founding president and king of the rum punch, George Washington!
What To Do: Blend together 2 cups apple cider, 4 oz Captain Morgan rum, 2 oz Fireball whiskey. Serve over ice and garnish with slices of red apple.
No. 7: Applejack
Originally called “Jersey Lightning,” this apple cooler was used as currency in colonial New Jersey to pay off the crews of men who built the city roads. Although it was historically made by concentrating cider, this American cocktail is now made by mixing different spirits and is yet another good and historic Fourth of July drink.
What To Do: Stir 1/2 tsp. sugar, 2 dashes of bitters and a splash of club soda until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in ice and 1 1/2 oz. Laird’s AppleJack, then garnish with an apple slice and a cherry.