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Ah, July. The official start of the summer weather. It’s time to celebrate Independence Day and backyard BBQs. Now that things are beginning to open, there is no better time to whip up a cocktail inspired by the national days. This month, when hosting dinners or family gatherings, add one of these five cocktails to the drink menu.

Check out these five essential cocktails to make all July long.

The Firework

The Fourth of July is a summer favorite we couldn’t miss. To celebrate the day of independence in the U.S., shake up this firework cocktail! With swirls of red, white, and blue, you’re bound to feel festive while drinking this one. For any parties you have planned, amaze your family and friends with this.

Must Mix: The Firework Cocktail

The Firework Cocktail


Sugar Cookie Martini

Celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day on July 9 with, you guessed it, a Sugar Cookie Martini. While it may seem like a winter cocktail, there is nothing better than a sugary cookie. This martini is a great one for those cooler summer nights. Make this creamy cocktail and indulge.

Sugar Cookie Martini

Sugar Cookie Martini


Barrilito Sour

Cherries are a summer classic fruit! Mix up this easy yet delicious cocktail from Ron del Barrilito. It’s a mixture of cherry syrup, bitters, and fresh lime juice. It’s a great drink to sip on at the end of the night while sitting around a fire. Pair this sour cocktail with your favorite summer dessert.

Barrilito Sour

Barrilito Sour


85 and Sunny

The perfect name for a cocktail to drink in July. Sip on this Sherry cocktail for National Wine and Cheese Day! Sometimes a charcuterie board is exactly what the doctor ordered. Get together with your friends and sip on this Sherry cocktail. The perfect cheese to pair with Sherry is a block of hard cheese like parmesan or very mature cheddar.

85 and Sunny

85 and Sunny


Hot Lips Chocotini

This spicy and sweet cocktail is a delicious sipper for the summer. If you like chocolate-covered fruit, then this one is for you. Celebrate Milk Chocolate Day (7/28) and make this indulgent Kahlua and the chocolate vodka martini. Adding the addition of orange wedges brings out the summer flavor.

Hot Lips Chocotini