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TIP OF THE DAY: Make A July 4th Cocktail

A star-spangled cocktail. Photo courtesy Congress Hall.


We serve Bloody Marys, Margaritas and Martinis year-round. But we love occasions that merit special cocktails.

So we were more than pleased when this red, white and blue “Star Spangled Banner” cocktail recipe arrived from Congress Hall, a 200-year-old classic American resort on the ocean in Cape May, New Jersey (so charming, we wanted to make a reservation—see the photo gallery).


This drink delivers delightful flavor from the two orange liqueurs and fresh raspberries.

Ingredients Per Drink

  • 3 tablespoons fresh raspberries, macerated and muddled
  • ¾ ounce orange liqueur (Cointreau, Curaçao, Grand Marnier, GranGala, triple sec)
  • ¾ ounce blue Curaçao
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • Coarse sugar or drink rimmer with red or blue flecks


    1. Moisten the rim of a Martini glass and dip it a half inch deep in sugar (use a shallow bowl for the sugar).

    2. Combine the muddled raspberries with the orange liqueur. Add to the bottom of the glass.

    3. Combine the vodka and blue Curaçao. Blue Curaçaos vary in color. If you want a darker blue, add a scant drop of blue food color (Curaçao is colored with food color. Cointreau, Grand Marnier and other high-end orange spirits are based on Cognac or other aged spirit, which yields a natural rusty orange color.)

    4. Shake with ice and strain into glass. Serve.


    For a red, white and blue effect, you can also use whipped cream and blueberries atop a red drink. You don’t have to sweeten the whipped cream; unsweetened, it provides a more sophisticated contrast atop a sweet drink.


    Adapted from a Congress Hall recipe.

    Ingredients Per Drink

  • 1 part vodka
  • 3 parts cranberry juice or pomegranate juice
  • Whipped cream (how about Bourbon whipped cream?)
  • Garnish: blueberries
  • Ice cubes
  • Straw

    1. Shake vodka and juice with ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour over ice cubes in a collins glass.


    Whipped cream and blueberries turn any sweet red cocktail into a patriotic one. Photo courtesy Congress Hall.


    2. Top with a small amount of whipped cream. Garnish with blueberries and serve with a straw.

    Find more of our favorite cocktail recipes.


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