Your Independence Day Cocktails

Celebrate Independence Day with these festive red, white and blue cocktails for your sipping pleasure.



We’re turning the traditional Italian Bellini on its ear, using a summer seasonal favorite, cherries. Cherry-Meyer Lemon Bellinis are a simple and refreshing addition to any summertime soiree, and the festive red makes it the perfect start to our Independence Day celebrations. Cheers!

 Cherry-Meyer Lemon Bellini

Cherry-Meyer Lemon Bellini

  • ½ pound of pitted cherries (2 cups)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 oz. fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • 1 ½ bottle of brut Champagne (or Prosecco)

Puree cherries in a food processor. Pass the puree through a fine strainer, pushing on the solid mash—this should give you a ½ cup of cherry juice. Put cherry juice in a small saucepan and stir in sugar. Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar. Refrigerate until chilled.

   In a large pitcher, stir cherry and Meyer lemon juice together. Slowly pour in Champagne. Serve in a Champagne flute over ice.



An IBA Official Cocktail, the White Lady is a classic evening sip for the sophisticate. Known by many names (Delilah, Chelsea Side-car, Lillian Forever), the White Lady is essentially a SidecarWhite Lady cocktail made with gin instead of brandy and some avian extras, an egg white. The egg white gives the drink that frothy texture and white appearance, but also means a bit more elbow grease is needed on the shaker.


White Lady

  • 2 oz. Plymouth Gin
  • ½ oz. Cointreau
  • ½ oz. lemon juice
  • 1 egg white 

Add all ingredients in a shaking tin over cracked ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

 Blue Lagoon cocktail

and Blue!

Wrapping the Red, White and Blue festivities is the Blue Lagoon, an adult version of lemonade with an aqua hue.


Blue Lagoon


Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add vodka and Curaçao and top with lemonade; stir well. Garnish with an orange slice or get fancy with a lemon twist.

Tools of the Trade

Become a master mixologist, or at least look like one, with the tools that make the trade.

Your Weekend Cocktails - Tools to Make a Pro - Williams-Sonoma


  • Muddler: This little tenderizing stick is a godsend and a must for any home bar. If fruity cocktails are in your future, the muddler is the only way to unlock fruits’ flavor.
  • Handheld Citrus Juicer: Nothing beats freshly squeezed juice, but it can be a pain. Invest in a handheld citrus juicer; they are cheap and do the trick tout de suite.
  • Cocktail Shaker: Don’t be a chump stirring your martini like a noob; purchase a nice shaker and become a master home barkeep.
  • Jigger: This little apparati will make mixing the perfect drink as easy as pie. It’s equipped with 1½ oz. and 1 oz. cups for perfectly measured pours every time.

*Pictured available at Williams-Sonoma

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