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July 4th American Cocktails

Yes! It’s that time of year again. Time to get out the red, white and blue; relax; and have fire-cracking fun with some cool, classic, festive cocktails! So let’s get started!

What is a cocktail?

It is a type of liquor composed of sugar, water, and bitters.

In the not-so-distant past, picking out liquor was an easy task. Now, with so many choices, it’s getting a lot more interesting and exciting. This is what I say: Drink what you like, and don’t be afraid of trying new concoctions. Creating your own cocktail from your favorite liquors can be fun and tasty.
Let’s talk about some great 4th of July festive cocktails:

The Fire Cracker

The Fire Cracker is spicy and leaves your taste buds tingling! *Yum Yum*

2 oz. Milagro blanco tequila
3 dashes of hot sauce
2 small slices of serrano pepper
1 oz. fresh orange juice
½ oz. agave nectar
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
¼ oz. Orange Curaçao
1 orange twist


  1. Place all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with an orange twist.

Patriotic Margarita

This is a refreshing drink with lots of tropical fruit flavors.

1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
2 tbsp Myers’s dark rum
2 tbsp coconut milk
2 tbsp pineapple juice
2 tbsp lime juice
1/2 cup crushed ice
2 to 4 tbsp Hpnotiq liqueur


  1. Puree thawed frozen strawberries.
  2. Blend 2 tablespoons each of the strawberry puree, dark rum, coconut milk, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, and ½ cup crushed ice in a blender until smooth.
  3. Pour 2 to 4 tablespoons Hpnotiq into a glass, and top with 2 to 4 tablespoons of the strawberry mixture

Sweet Independence

1 oz. Smirnoff marshmallow-infused vodka
1 oz. Blue Curacao.
Maraschino cherry


  1. Pour the marshmallow-infused vodka into a chilled martini glass.
  2. Drop a maraschino cherry in. It will fall to the bottom and make a pretty red glow there.
  3. Carefully layer the Blue Curacao over the vodka to make three beautiful layers–red, white and blue. The flavor is orange, cherry and a hint of vanilla.

Have a lovely Independence Day, and enjoy!


Memorial Day Cocktails

Barbecues, picnics, and pool parties are on the horizon as Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. To treat the summer heat and spice up any party, we have whipped up some refreshing, easy cocktails that will make your summer party a hit!

Blue Lemonade

What is it about drinking something blue that makes you feel like a kid again? This sweet and tart drink will fulfill both the kid and adult sides of you. Go ahead! Stick out your tongue and show your friends!

1.5 oz Blue Curacao
2 oz Citrus Vodka
Juice of 2 Lemons
1 tsp Powdered Sugar
2 oz Polar Lemon Soda

Fill a pint glass with ice and add all ingredients except soda. Stir vigorously, making sure that the sugar has dissolved. Top with Polar Lemon Soda, stirring one last time, and add a maraschino cherry and lemon wedge for garnish.

American Mojo

The US is a melting pot, and this drink is a good example. The Canadian company, Mojo (the Spanish word for magic), has created a drink that tastes like a favorite American summertime treat, the Bomb Pop.

1 oz. Mojo Shot Sour Berry
1 oz. Mojo Shot Blue Lagoon
3 oz Sprite

Pour all ingredients over ice in a pint glass and stir.

Apple Pie Float

Instead of having apple pie for dessert, offer an adult alternative!

4 oz Evan Williams Apple Orchard Liqueur
2 oz Vernors Ginger Ale
1 Scoop Hudsonville Vanilla Ice cream

Shake the Evan Williams Apple Orchard Liqueur in a shaker till ice cold. Pour in a tall pilsner or pint glass and top with Vernors and Ice Cream. Serve with a straw and a spoon.

Strawberry Shake Surprise!

Spring is the best time for strawberries, and they are always the best at Nino’s!

4 oz Vine Smoothies Strawberry
2 oz Stoli Blueberry Vodka
4 Large Strawberries, Sliced
1 Strawberry
Handful of Small, Mostly Thawed, Frozen Blueberries
Whipped Cream

Fill a blender with ice and add Vine Smoothies Strawberry, Blueberry Vodka, and 4 strawberries. Blend until smooth. Fill the bottom of a pint glass with blueberries and top with blended mixture. Garnish with a strawberry, split up the middle on the side of the glass and add whipped cream. Use an extra-wide bubble tea straw to suck up the ice-cold blueberries.

So while the burgers are flipped and the rays are caught, shake up these tasty treats and soak up the summer!


– Jennifer Laurie

5 Easy St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

Hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party this year? Looking for some new and flavorful cocktails to serve? Serving Bailey’s with coffee or Irish Mist on the rocks is standard, but how do you set your party apart? Well, look no further, because we have whipped up some easy and delicious libations that will bring your party the luck of the Irish!

Green Mini Beers

One of the top-selling liquors in the country right now is Licor 43. It’s sweet, with notes of vanilla, and its success is due, in part, to the very popular and very cute shot: the Mini Beer.

2 oz. Licor 43
1 oz. Heavy Cream, poured slowly over top

This shooter is simple and easy, so why not try some variations, such as green crème de Menthe or Midori instead of Licor 43? How about having it as a Jell-O shot, made with lime Jell-O, citrus vodka and whipped cream on top?

Over the Rainbow Martini

There’s a sweet golden treat at the end of this rainbow!

1 oz. Pinnacle Cake Vodka
1 oz. Cruzan Coconut Rum
2 oz. Pineapple Juice

Shaken and served in a martini glass rimmed with rainbow-colored sprinkles

Leprechaun’s Gold

Looking for something a little less sweet? Try this fizzy mix!

2 oz. Jameson’s Irish Whisky
3 oz. Vernor’s Ginger Ale (Canada Dry for something a bit less sweet)
Squeeze of Lime

Serve in a highball glass rimmed with green sugar and a lime wheel.


Black Velvet

This classic cocktail uses Guinness, Ireland’s favorite stout.

5 oz. Guinness
5 oz. Champagne

Chill the Guinness and the champagne. Pour the wine into a Champagne flute first, allow it to settle for a moment, and then carefully float the Guinness on top. Pour the stout slowly so that the two do not mix, and try to keep foaming to a minimum. It’s tricky but delicious!

Traditionally, you can also make this drink with a less-expensive hard cider in place of the pricier Champagne. For this variation, pour the cider first, Guinness second. This is known as a “Poor Man’s Black Velvet.”
In both cases, draught cans of Guinness work best.

Long Isles Ice Tea

An emerald play on the classic Long Island Ice Tea
½ oz. Vodka
½ oz. Rum
½ oz. Irish Whisky
½ oz. Gin
½ oz. Triple Sec
½ oz. Midori Melon Liqueur
Shake all ingredients except Midori.
Pour into a Pilsner glass and add Midori over top.

All of these cocktails are fun, easy, and flavorful. So whichever way you decide to celebrate this Irish holiday, be sure to stay safe, get a driver, and try something new!