Three Refreshing Cocktails for 4th of July

In the heat of the summer nothing sounds better than refreshing cocktails. The three refreshing cocktails below are perfect for 4th of July parties. They are quick and easy to make so you won’t spend all your time in the kitchen or behind the bar.

Sorrento Sling Recipe

Sorrento Sling is just one of many refreshing cocktails for 4th of July. Sorrento Sling is easily made with Limoncello, Gin, Lemon Juice and Club Soda. - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Sorrento Sling is just one of many refreshing cocktails for 4th of July. Sorrento Sling is easily made with Limoncello, Gin, Lemon Juice and Club Soda. – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Extremely light and refreshing cocktail. Where Limoncello can often come across rather sweet on the tongue, it feathers out quite nicely in perfect balance with fresh lemon tartness and pleasant gin botanicals. This just might be the ideal adult Lemonade substitute without all the sugary tart fuss. Alternative serve: Sorrento Sling can also be dressed with Brut Champagne rather than Club Soda for more formal affairs.

Sorrento Sling

2 ounces Limoncello

1 ounce Gin

1 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

3 ounces Club Soda

Sliced Lemon Wedge Garnish

Combine limoncello, gin and lemon juice in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled Collins glass. Top with chilled club soda. Garnish with lemon wedge.

Scarlet Pimpernel Recipe

Scarlet Pimpernel is just one of many refreshing cocktails for 4th of July. Scarlet Pimpernel contains Orange Liqueur, Pimm's No. 1, Cranberry Juice, Apple Juice and Fresh Lime Juice. - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Scarlet Pimpernel is just one of many refreshing cocktails for 4th of July. Scarlet Pimpernel contains Orange Liqueur, Pimm’s No. 1, Cranberry Juice, Apple Juice and Fresh Lime Juice. – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Pleasant, light flavor of Pimm’s beneath this fruited long drink. Leans slightly toward the sweet side which could be remedied in a jiff by dialing down the orange liqueur slightly or adding just a wee bit more lime juice for tartness factor. Sure fire winner by far with simple build, cool name and easy, flavorful sipping. Alternative’s: Would also be lovely to try the Scarlet Pimpernel with Aperol, Cynar or Campari in exchange for the Pimm’s No. 1.

Scarlet Pimpernel

1 ounce Premium Orange Liqueur

1 ounce Pimm’s No. 1

1-1/2 ounce Cranberry Juice

1-1/2 ounce Apple Juice

1/4 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

Lime Wheel Garnish

Place ice in highball glass. Build liquids over ice in order given. Stir briefly. Garnish with lime wheel.

Sassy Melon Recipe

Sassy Melon is an easy three ingredient drink ideal for 4th of July and all summer long sipping. Sassy Melon is made with Cachaca, Fresh Watermelon and Lime Juice. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Sassy Melon is an easy three ingredient drink ideal for 4th of July and all summer long sipping. Sassy Melon is made with Cachaca, Fresh Watermelon and Lime Juice. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

This is perhaps one of the easiest on the fly fruit flavored Caipirinhas imaginable. With watermelon juice now available in ready to pour containers, this drink is merely seconds from construction to relaxation. Alternative: Add 1/2 measure Mad Melon Liqueur and increase Fresh Lime Juice to 3/4 measure.

Sassy Melon – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Cachaca

3 ounces Watermelon Juice

1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

Lime Twist Garnish

Place ice in large rocks glass or goblet. Combine liquids over ice. Stir. Garnish with lime twist.

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    Great stuff Cheri. Keep up the good work.

    Cheers!
    G-LO