This 4th of July, shake it up a little and indulge your inner mixologist. Go gluten-free with “A Fiery Ménage” created by Niccole Trzaska at The Liberty in NYC using the California-made Ménage á Trois Triple Berry Vodka. Got rum and fruit lovers? Try the Strawberry Firecracker, concocted by John Henderson of The Happiest Hour in NYC made with the California-bottled Sugar Island Coconut Rum. For the harder core drinker? Break out Kentucky’s own Maker’s 46 for the Blueberry 46 Sparkler. Recipes are below, so get to shaking! –Ronda Racha Penrice
A Fiery Ménage
1 ½ parts Ménage à Trois Triple Berry Vodka
¼ part cinnamon simple syrup
½ part lemon juice
¼ part wild berry syrup
5 parts dry sparkling wine (such as Ménage à Trois Prosecco)
Add all ingredients over ice. Shake and strain into a champagne flute, top with Champagne.
1.5 parts Sugar Island Coconut Rum
0.5 parts fresh lime juice
1-2 packets of your choice of sugar substitute
Splash of ginger ale or ginger beer
Muddle sweetener and strawberries together; add lime, rum and ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass with ice. Top with a splash of ginger ale (diet optional) or ginger beer. Garnish with half a strawberry on the rim of the glass.
Blueberry 46 Sparkler
2 parts Maker’s 46™ Bourbon
1 part St-Germain
10 fresh blueberries
Splash of club soda
Muddle the St-Germain and blueberries together in a glass. Add ice and the Maker’s 46™. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled rocks glass and top with splash of soda.