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Before I go on a mass texting spree in the hopes of figuring out what “the move” is this Fourth of July weekend, I figured it seemed only right to share a handful of Independence Day inspired cocktails with you guys. Below, you’ll find my personal Fourth of July picks from brands including from Belvedere Vodka, Basil Hayden’s, Courvoisier, and more.

Cheers! And be sure to keep safe this weekend. (Remember to keep a bucket of water on hand if you plan on celebrating with your own fireworks. I heard that on the news yesterday and for some odd reason felt compelled to share.)

Oh! One last thing. I plan (emphasis on “plan”) to take part in my first Periscope (live-streaming app) on July 4th (7 to 10 P.M.) at the Georgia Aquarium’s Red, White & Brew event. So, be sure to follow me! Username is @Lushworthy.

​Himalaya Blues (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

1 oz Snow Leopard Vodka ½ oz Blue Curacao ½ oz Lemon Juice 3 oz​ Sprite 1 Mini Rose

1 Lemon Wedge

DIRECTIONS

Combine Snow Leopard Vodka, Blue Curacao, and lemon juice in a shake with ice. Shake and strain into highball glass. Add ice, top with Sprite, and add a mini rose and lemon wedge garnish.

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Boozy popsicles have become somewhat of a summer staple this season. They may not pack a lot of punch, but they’re a tasty and refreshing way to enjoy your favorite spirits when the summer heat is at its peak.

It’s somewhat rare to come across a spiked popsicle recipe that calls for the addition of bourbon, so I was pretty excited when I came across two recipes for popsicles that are made using Basil Hayden’s Bourbon. They were created by Los Angeles-based mixologist Rob Floyd and both sound and look pretty amazing. Check out the recipes below, cheers!

Basil Hayden’s Berry American

INGREDIENTS

7 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

1 1/2 parts Elderflower Syrup

2 parts Water

2 parts Fresh Lime Juice

4-5 Strawberries, medium size

12 Blueberries

DIRECTIONS

Poke a hole in each blueberry and soak in 4 parts of bourbon for 30 minutes. Set aside. Add strawberries to cocktail shaker and muddle. Add fresh lime juice, Elderflower syrup, remaining bourbon and water to the cocktail shaker and shake hard. Add to the popsicle molds. Add three bourbon-soaked blueberries to each mold and freeze.

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