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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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The days of summer are now numbered and if you’re hoping to get your fruity fix with a summer cocktail or two then you may want to do so soon. And to ensure that you enjoy those last few summer cocktails, Courvoisier teamed up with One Flew South’s Tiffanie Barriere to create a handful of summer-friendly libations that are inspired by the mixtress’ Creole/Texan roots. With ingredients that include fresh watermelon and blueberries, the “5 O’Clock” and “Louisiana Purchase” cocktails are heavily indicative of the season we’ll soon be bidding adieu to. Enjoy!

5 O’Clock (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

2 parts Courvoisier® Rosé Liqueur

6 blueberries

½ part fresh lemon juice

½ part simple syrup

Soda

DIRECTIONS

Muddle blueberries. Add lemon juice, simple syrup and Courvoisier® Rosé. Shake. Top with soda. Garnish with blueberries.

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When Fourth of July rolls around this Thursday, the last thing you want to do is rack your brain in the hopes of coming up with a cocktail that’ll impress the bevy of guests you’ve invited to your Fourth of July fete. With so many great Independence Day-inspired drink recipes out there coming up with a great cocktail for the holiday should be the last of your concerns. Whether you’ve invited half the neighborhood to your backyard BBQ or simply plan on celebrating with a handful of friends at an intimate rooftop gathering you’re sure to find a fitting cocktail, courtesy of SKYY Vodka, Alize, and more, below. As always, be sure to drink responsibly.

Lady Liberty (Pictured Above – Far Left)

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ oz. SKYY Vodka 1 ½ oz. White Grapefruit Juice 1½ oz. White Grape Juice ½ oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice ½ oz. Simple Syrup

½ oz. Cold Water

DIRECTIONS

Pour all ingredients in a bottle and close with a metal cap. Chill before serving.

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When the clock strikes 5 P.M. today and your work week officially ends, chances are pretty high that you’ll then scramble to the mall for that perfect Mother’s Day gift. Or if that’s not the case, you’ll probably immediately whip out your smartphone and scour OpenTable in the hopes of finding the ideal Mother’s Day brunch spot. Am I right? Well, since you’re likely going to spend most of the weekend planning for Sunday, if anything, at least you don’t have to put in too much effort finding that winning Mother’s Day cocktail. I’ve gone ahead and included the drink recipes to a handful of Mother’s Day-inspired drink recipes to make your weekend a little easier. From tequila-based to those heavy on the vodka, from the sweet to the savory, you’ll likely find at least one cocktail mom will go head over heels for. Enjoy!

Relaxi Taxi Spa-Tini (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz. SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light Lemon 1.5 oz. Club soda .05 oz. Lemon juice 0.5 oz. Agave nectar

10 slices cucumber (Garnish)

DIRECTIONS

Muddle cucumber slices in the bottom of a mixing glass with SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light Lemon, lemon juice and agave nectar. Strain into a chilled martini glass and top with club soda.

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