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Vodka cocktails for the Fourth of July

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5 ways vodka can make Independence Day better

Because watching fireworks is always a little more fun with an adult drink in hand, we came up with five different vodka cocktail recipes that are totally Fourth of July friendly. Of course, these tasty cocktails all come in variations of red, white and blue — and even better, they're refreshing enough to hit the spot on a hot July afternoon.

Make them to order or try a big batch for your next Fourth of July bash:

1. The Pom patriot

5 ways vodka can make Independence Day better
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Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce pomegranate Juice
  • 1/2 ounce agave nectar
  • 1-1/2 ounces ginger beer
  • 1/2 ounce cold water

Directions:

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

More: 25 Big-batch cocktails perfect for easy entertaining

2. Lady liberty

5 ways vodka can make Independence Day better
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Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1-1/2 ounces white grapefruit Juice
  • 1-1/2 ounces white grape juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce cold water

Directions:

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

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3. All-American beauty

5 ways vodka can make Independence Day better
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Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 3 Meyer lemon peels

Directions:

  1. Muddle lemon peels, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Add the vodka and ice.
  3. Shake and strain over fresh ice cubes.
  4. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

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