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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