Celebrate Your Freedom This Fourth of July

Tony Bowles
Jul 2 · 13 min read

The Fourth of July is in the middle of the week this year, giving everyone a break during the work-week. Here’s a list of ways you can celebrate your freedom this year whether you want to cookout, enjoy some specialty cocktails or the cliche fireworks. Take a look below:

Festive Cocktail Recipes & Ideas

Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge | Berry Bubbly, $17 — Courtesy of Nikki McCutcheon, Beverage Director at Moxy Time Square

DESCRIPTION:

The Berry Bubbly, $17, found at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar is the perfect rooftop cocktail for summer. With wild berry vodka, agave, and fresh raspberries and topped with Moet Ice, this semi-sweet cocktail will keep you wanting more.

RECIPE:

1 oz Belvedere Wild Berry

.25 oz Agave

.25 oz Combier Framboise

.25 oz Lemon Juice

Topped with Moet Ice

INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine all ingredients into tin over ice (besides the Moet Ice) and shake well. Strain into a wine glass with fresh ice. Top with Moet Ice, and garnish with 3 raspberries on a skewer.

The Lookup | #3, $16 — Courtesy of Pamela Wiznitzer

DESCRIPTION:

The #3, $16, at The Lookup is the perfect hybrid between a paloma and a margarita — with added spice! You won’t want to miss this amazing concoction that can be made spicier upon request, and has an additional half rim of spices and salts to add another kick of flavor to the drink.

RECIPE:

1.5 oz Calle 23 Blanco

.5 oz Grapefruit

.5 oz Lime Juice

.5 oz Ancho Reyes Verde

Pomegranate Syrup

Pinch of Pink Sea Salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine all ingredients to a tin over ice and shake. Coat the glass with a spiced rim (salt, sugar, pomegranate dust and cayenne) and strain into a highball with fresh ice. Sprinkle in a pinch of pink sea salt.

The Beach at Dream Downtown | Femme Fatale, $16 — Courtesy of Inigo Salazar, Food & Beverage Director at Dream Hotels NYC

DESCRIPTION:

The Femme Fatale, $16, from The Beach at Dream Downtown is a light and refreshing cocktail that any vodka enthusiast would enjoy. Garnished with fresh edible flowers and rock candy, this fun and beautiful drink will be the most Instagrammable cocktail of the summer.

RECIPE:

1 oz Belvedere Vodka

1 oz Lillet Blanc

1.25 oz Grapefruit Juice

½ oz Simple Syrup

INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake well. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with edible flowers and rock candy.

PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown | Pompelmo Rosa, $18 — Courtesy of Phil Testa, Beverage Director at Dream Midtown

DESCRIPTION:

The Pompelmo Rosa, $18, from PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown is a cocktail inspired by Positano, Italy. The elevated take on the Aperol Spritz, is complimented with grapefruit and lemon juice and an orange wedge — super light and refreshing!

RECIPE:

1.5 oz Grey Goose Vodka

1.5 oz Grapefruit Juice

.75 oz Aperol

.5 oz Lemon

Prosecco

Orange Wheel

INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine all ingredients, except bubbles, in shaker and shake with ice. Pour contents into a wine glass with fresh ice and top it off with Prosecco. Garnish with a orange wheel.

BACARDÍ Lime Frozen Daiquiri

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts BACARDÍ Lime Flavored Rum
  • 1 part fresh Lime Juice
  • ¾ parts Simple Syrup
  • Lime Zest
  • Lime Wheel

Method: Combine all ingredients in a blender with 2 cups of ice. Blend until smooth. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Red Rum Punch

Ingredients:

· ¾ parts BACARDÍ Limon

· ¾ parts BACARDÍ Raspberry

· ¾ parts BACARDÍ Superior

· ½ parts Grenadine

· 2 parts Sweet & Sour

· 1 parts Cranberry Juice

· Garnish with Lemon Wedge or Mint

Method: Pour all ingredients into a punch bowl that is filled with ice blocks. Stir. Garnish the bowl with lemon wheels and raspberries.

The NEO Fleur

Ingredients:

  • 1½ parts FACUNDO NEO
  • ¾ parts Hibiscus Syrup
  • ½ parts Cucumber juice
  • ¾ parts Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ parts Martini Bianco

Method: Add ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Serve in a chilled Champagne glass, and garnish with an elegant Cucumber twist.

SVEDKA Limited Edition Party Bottle

SVEDKA RED, WHITE, & BOOM

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ¾ parts SVEDKA Vodka
  • ½ part triple sec
  • ¾ part lemonade
  • 1 part cranberry juice
  • 1 part fresh lime juice

INSTRUCTIONS: Combine all ingredients in a pitcher with plenty of room for ice. To begin, add 5–6 cups of ice and stir. Garnish with strawberries and blueberries. As the party grows, keep adding ice and fruit.

SVEDKA AMERICAN DREAM PUNCH

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 parts SVEDKA Vodka
  • ½ part Orange Curaçao
  • ½ part simple syrup
  • 1-part fresh lime juice
  • Dash grenadine

INSTRUCTIONS: Combine ingredients in a pitcher and top with ice. Garnish with blackberries and mint.

Summer Solstice Punch

  • Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum — 1 Bottle
  • Fresh Lime Juice — 6 oz
  • Fresh Grapefruit Juice — 6 oz
  • Falernum Syrup Liqueur — 12oz
  • Angostura Bitters — 12 dashes
  • Soda Water — 12 oz

Add Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, Fresh Lime Juice, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Falernum Syrup Liqueur, Angostura Bitters to a punch bowl. Add large format ice cubes. Finish with Soda Water. Garnish with Grapefruit Wheels, Lime Wheels, Bitters, and Mint.

Chandon American Summer Brut Spritz

· 3 parts Chandon Limited-Edition American Summer Brut

· 2 parts quality Italian Aperitif

· 1 part Sparkling Water

Method: Add Italian Aperitif to wine glass with ice. Add splash of sparkling water and stir. Top with Chandon. Garnish with an orange wheel.

Sustainably harvested in the rolling hills of Yountville, Chandon’s superior sparkling wines are the perfect complement to a trendy summer cocktail like the Spritz. Enhance everyone’s favorite Italian-inspired cocktail with Chandon Brut’s sophisticated signature profile of apple, pear and citrus with a soft, dry finish.

Try Chandon American Summer Brut with a fresh Caesar salad or oysters for an upscale holiday picnic pairing.

The Vintner’s Reserve

This wine has been America’s #1 selling Chardonnay for the past 25+ years, integrated with flavors of pineapple, mango, and papaya, highlighting citrus notes that dazzle the palate. These flavors delicately intertwine with aromas of vanilla and honey to create depth and balance throughout, hints of toasted oak and butter rounds out the lingering finish.

The Red, White, and Boozy via @sareish

Ingredients:

Instructions: To create this cocktail, first combine the coconut water and vodka in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Grab a handful of ice in a tumbler glass. You will layer the liquids based on heaviness with Blue Curacao at the bottom. After pouring Blue Curacao into the glass, take a spoon and flip it over. Be sure to slowly pour the mixture in the shaker over the back side of a spoon — do not pour it directly into the glass because it will mix with the blue layer. Take the Maca Berry Health-Ade Kombucha and slowly pour over the spoon until the layers are stacked.

Strawberry Mint Mojito

Ingredients:

· 8oz Original Health-Ade Kombucha

· Fresh Mint

· Fresh Strawberries

· Fresh Blueberries

· Mint garnish

· Muddled mint and strawberries

· Optional: Make it a cocktail with 1oz of rum

Instructions: To create this cocktail, you will need to freeze fruit ice cubes at least 3–4 hours before serving. First rinse and chop fresh strawberries and blueberries to make the fruit cubes. Place a mixture of blueberries and strawberries in an empty ice tray and fill with water. Place in freezer. To make the mojito, muddle fresh strawberries and chopped mint in a cocktail shaker. Add optional rum and handful of ice cubes. Shake well. Pour into bottom of cocktail glass. Take fruit ice cubes out of the freezer and stack in the glass. Slowly pour Original Health-Ade Kombucha over cubes and garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Vanilla-Raspberry Kombucha Float

Ingredients:

· 1 bottle Original Health-Ade Kombucha, chilled

· 2 large scoops of vanilla ice cream

· 1 scoop raspberry sorbet

· ¼ cup fresh raspberries

· Fresh mint for garnish

Instructions: Place half of the raspberries into a large glass and lightly crush them with the back of a spoon. Layer in scoops of ice cream and sorbet, alternating vanilla-raspberry-vanilla. Top with remaining raspberries. Slowly pour the kombucha into the glass. Top with a sprig of mint and enjoy.

Pool Side Splash

2 oz. Pineapple juice

1 oz. Chilled coconut water

4 oz. Mezza di Mezzacorona

Pour pineapple juice and coconut water into a large wine glass with ice. Top with chilled mezza di Mezzacorona. Garnish with a festive paper straw, orange slide & enjoy!

Lemon Berry Blizz

1 Tbsp of frozen blueberries

1 oz. limoncello

5 oz. chilled Mezza di Mezzacorona

Fresh mind for garnish

In a large wine glass mix the frozen blueberries, limoncello and ice. Top with chilled Mezza di Mezzacorona. Garnish with fresh mind and a paper straw.

Citrus Fizz

1 oz. Aperol

3 oz. blood orange juice

Dash of orange bitters

Chilled Mezza di Mezzacorona

Combine Aperol, blood orange juice and orange bitters in a shaker with ice; strain into a coupe glass. Top with Mezza di Mezzacorona sparkline wine and garnish with a lemon twist.

Ginger Lime Spritzz

1 small piece of peeled ginger chopped

1 oz. fresh lime juice

1 oz. Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

6 oz. chilled Mezza di Mezzacorona

Mint for garnish

Place chopped ginger in a highball glass, add lime juice, ginger liqueur and ice. Mix well. Top with Mezza di Mezzacorona. Garnish with fresh mint and a paper straw.

Tropical Mystery

What you Need:

2 oz pineapple juice

1 oz lime juice

3 oz Mystery Flavor Sparkling Ice

1 oz Tequila

Flavor Sparkling Ice

Pinch of nutmeg, for garnish

Lime twist, for garnish

How to Make it:

In an ice-filled cocktail shaker add pineapple juice, lime juice, tequila and shake until cold. Pour into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg and lime twist.

Sparkling Pina Colada

What you Need:

2 Bananas

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 cup Coconut Rum

1/3 cup White Rum

1 Bottle Mystery Flavor Sparkling Ice

1 cup Almond Milk

How you Make it:

Place bananas, vanilla extract, and rums in a blender then blend for 30 seconds. Stop the blender and add Mystery Flavor Sparkling Ice, Almond Milk, and 3 cups of ice. Puree until smooth. Serve and garnish with a pineapple leaf.

Best Parties, Views & More

Profundo Day Club

Profundo Day Club at Ravel Hotel is perfectly situated adjacent to the East River with a front row seat to all festivities. It is an unforgettable experience to see Manhattan from a rooftop in Long Island City and if you bring a camera, you will leave with incredible images capturing this holiday.

The Profundo Day Club continues to fill a void in New York City by providing a sophisticated pool scene with great music, elevated pool-side bites, craft cocktails, plenty of sun, and the most amazing #views. The space gives city-dwellers and beyond a retreat right outside the city.

The Rickey

Officially launching on July 1 available through July 15, Midtown’s intimate craft cocktail lounge home to some of the most classic liquors will be running two flight specials, each for $17.76. The Rickey’s Owner and Wine Curator Matt Strauss hand-picked the following varietals to perfectly pair with the following bites to celebrate independence in a festive way.

  • Red White & Blue Flight ($17.76): (1 glass) Prisoner Red Blend + (1 glass) White Lioco Chardonnay + (1 glass) Balcones Blue Corn Whiskey
  • Red White & Blue Bites ($17.76): Filet Mignon Skewer + Fruits & Cheese Skewer + Chocolate Dipped Blueberries Skewer

The Prisoner red blend features a bold and flavorful taste that signifies the greatness of American wines, Lioco Chardonnay that was perfected in an alley behind a famed Los Angeles restaurant by a sommelier in effort to create great wines in USA for high end restaurants, finished off with Balcones Blue Corn Whiskey which was the first Texas whiskey released on the market since prohibition.

Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge

On Thursday, July 4 the indoor-outdoor rooftop will be throwing a 12-hour Independence Day party, presented by Deep Roots. The rooftop will be transformed into a full-on festival-style event in the New York skies where Francis Mercier and other talented guest DJs will be rocking two different DJ booths spinning a variety of music for a total of 12 hours. Highlights include: carousel seating, oversized topiary gardens, and Foreplay: a miniature putt-putt featuring life-size animals in flirty poses. A 1-hour Vodka open bar will start at 3PM.To purchase tickets: https://www.dr2tickets.com/event/MagicHourJuly4

Refinery Rooftop

Where else would you rather spend the holiday weekend than on a NYC rooftop taking in the breathtaking skyline views and summer sunshine while sipping on tasty cocktails and delicious bites? Make your way to Refinery Rooftop on July 4th and 5th for these $14 Summer Specials — Shrimp, Scallop and Corn Ceviche, Pork Belly Sliders with a Spicy Apricot Glaze, Lobster Cakes with Lemon Dill Aioli, Duck Tacos with Mango Salsa, and Watermelon, Feta, Mint and Watercress Salad. Reservations can be made through reservations@igchospitality.com.

Parker & Quinn

From Thursday, July 4th to Sunday, July 7th Parker & Quinn is offering guests a delicious backyard BBQ experience with succulent BBQ Baby Back Ribs ($29), Pulled Pork ($27) and BBQ Chicken accompanied by all the fixins of Coleslaw, German Potato Salad and Corn Bread. Reservations can be made by emailing reservations@igchospitality.com.

Boulton & Watt

For a full patriotic feast, Boulton & Watt is serving up a Summertime BBQ Plate special of your choice of two small burgers or two speciality hot dogs with sides of corn, pasta salad, homemade potato chips and watermelon for $15 followed by Red, White & Blue Bite-Sized Ice-Cream Cones for $10. If seafood is more your style, there will be a delicious Lobster Roll special for $20. For reservations please call (646) 490 6004 or email info@boultonandwattnyc.com.

Social Drink & Food

Come ready to party, because this beautiful outdoor terrace is hosting a Fourth of July BBQ Bash! Take in the stunning views of Manhattan while enjoying food from the grill including Hotdogs, Hamburgers and Corn-on-the-Cob. The bar will be featuring the special Declaration Cocktail made with White Whisky, Orange Liqueur, Prickly Pear Purée, Lime Juice and Rhubarb Bitters.

Entertainment for the day includes Giant Jenga, Connect 4, Corn Hole and Mini Golf as well as a special Fourth of July Beer Pong Tournament with prizes such as a $100 gift card for the terrace to the first place team. The party is open to the public.

Virgil’s Real BBQ

This Fourth of July, this favorite BBQ spot is offering a meaty Rib-Fest that will feed any craving for barbecue. Big enough to feed two, Virgil’s Rib-Fest features regional styles of ribs from across the U.S including their signature Memphis Style Pork Spare Ribs, Lamb Ribs, St. Louis Ribs, Baby Back Ribs and Beef Ribs accompanied with a choice of two sides, Cucumber Salad and housemade Corn Bread.

Carmine’s

There’s nothing that screams Fourth of July more than wings at a BBQ, so skip the trouble of making them and order the famed Scarpariello Wings from the legendary Carmine’s. These sweet and spicy wings are marinated in Garlic, Rosemary, Oregano, Cayenne Pepper and onion and are served alongside a house made Gorgonzola dipping sauce. With two locations in Manhattan, the restaurant makes it easy for pickup on your way out whether you’re on the Upper West Side or in Midtown headed to Grand Central, Port Authority, NJ Transit, LIRR or Amtrak.

Tony Bowles

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Anthony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He has had the privilege of interviewing today’s most well-known celebrities.

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