The Independent – A 4th of July Cocktail

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Every 4th of July we get together with family and friends and celebrate Independence Day. This year we were looking for an easy drink that we could make ahead of time so we could take our boys to the parade before heading home to party around our pool.  Of course having friends who are followers of this blog means that we have to make something that not only tastes good, but looks good. We were playing around with different colored ice cubes for another recipe when we had the idea that we could make some layered ice cubes that would look like the colors on the flag. Add in a bit of coconut water infused vodka and some ginger ale and this drink has a nice sweet and tropical flavor that will be perfect for a warm 4th of July!

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We started out by filling some ice cube trays about 1/3rd of the way up with red cherry Kool-aid and placing them in the freezer for about 2 hours.  We used large square ice cube trays so that we would get large cubes, but you can use small cube trays if you don’t have the large sized trays (channeling our inner Ina Garten).  After the first layer was frozen solid, we layered in another 1/3rd of the cube with coconut milk and waited till that was fully frozen.  Our final layer was blue raspberry Kool-aid, filling the rest of the space up with the blue.

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The Independent

  • 1.5 oz Three Olives Coconut Water Infused Vodka (The one with Elvis on it!)
  • 3.5 oz Ginger Ale or Lemon Lime soda
  • 1 Red White and Blue Ice Cube

Place the ice cube in the bottom of a rocks glass.  Add in the vodka and top with the ginger ale. Enjoy!

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