Fourth of July Cocktails: A Toast to Our Founding Fathers

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Courtesy Blackbird Ordinary
A toast to our independence
Fourth of July is here and on Friday we'll celebrate our country's 238th birthday with hot dogs, picnics, fireworks, and cocktails.

Cocktails, you say? Of course. After all, our founding fathers loved a good nip. Legend has it that the father of our nation, George Washington, loved his daily rations of wine and whiskey so much his wooden teeth would get stained. Thomas Jefferson's estate at Monticello housed both a winery and a brewery.

And let's not forget Benjamin Franklin who is oft quoted in bars as saying "In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria."

So, this Independence Day, let's toast to our founding fathers and life, liberty, and the pursuit of a good cocktail. Here are some patriotic libations to get you started:

See also: Miami's Fourth of July 2014: Ten Best Parties

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Courtesy Batch Gastropub
Batch Gastropub
This Imperial Negroni is the perfect way to drink to our independence from British rule. This firecracker red cocktail is $15 at Batch Gastropub or make it at home with this recipe:

Imperial Negroni

  • 1 oz Mandarine NapolĂ©on
  • 1 oz Spring 44 gin
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz dry vermouth

Equal parts of all stirred for 20 seconds. Strain into a old fashion glass over ice, and servers with an orange peel garnish.

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Courtesy Earl's Kitchen + Bar
Earl's Kitchen + Bar
Sure the restaurant is Canadian, but that doesn't stop it from celebrating the U.S. of A with a special Stars & Stripes cocktail. This strawberry margarita with blue Curacao also has the distinction of being the only true red, white, and, blue cocktail on our list. It's available on July 4 for $4.50.


Location Info

Batch Gastropub

50 SW 12th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Blackbird Ordinary

729 SW 1st Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Broken Shaker

2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

Earls Kitchen + Bar

7535 North Kendall Drive, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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