The Fourth of July is an incredibly important date in American history as it marks our independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Every year on this day, Americans from coast to coast and every state in between celebrate this great country’s liberation with a good old American style barbeque. This day is truly about being with those you love and grubbing down on traditional summer food. Whether it be burgers and dogs, chicken and corn, fish and veggies or all of the above, a Fourth of July barbeque is just not the same without a celebratory red white and blue cocktail.
While tropical fruits are in their prime during the month of July, for this special day why not further honor our great country and imbibe locally grown, traditionally American summer fruits. The options are a plenty. With cherries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, apples and even grapes in season, the choosing can be tough. So lighten your load and take To Abigail for a taste run.
A day before the Declaration of Independence was signed, John Adams (part of the Committee of Five who signed the document) wrote a letter to his wife Abigail stating that this day "ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." This cocktail is John's letter in cocktail form, for Abigail.
With luscious red cherry juice, fresh summer blueberries and a white sippy-straw for slurping To Abigail is a festive, beautifully tasting libation that can easily be made in pitcher form ahead of time. So go ahead, focus on your burger toppings and music selection knowing this year’s show of cocktail patriotism is in the bag.
To AbigailServing Size: 1
1 ¾ oz Square One Organic Vodka
¾ oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1 oz bottled cherry juice
1 tsp blueberry preserves
¾ oz lemon juice
4 drops rose water
fresh blueberries for garnish
Place all ingredients in your cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake for 30 seconds and fine strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with a few fresh blueberries and a white straw. Then sit back, relax, watch the night sky light up with fireworks and enjoy.
Shari Stein Curry is one serious Mixologist. You can find her weeknights at Rivoli Restaurant in Berkeley, California creating delectable, seasonal libations as Rivoli’s Cocktail Program Lead. Shari is also a passionate writer. Aside from TheSpir.it she currently writes articles for Examiner.com San Francisco, and in her spare time she is working on a seasonal, nutrition based cocktail recipe book. Follow her on twitter at http://twitter.com/sharisteincurry.