Taste the Freedom: Independence Day 2010

- Melanie Zieba,

To all of our American friends out there, happy Independence Day! In honor of this July 4th long weekend we are taking a tour across the country to help get your party going with some great drinks that are local favorites.

First stop, New York City.

As the most populated city in America, you know there’s going to be some celebrating going on this weekend. And if you are in the city, be sure to indulge in the pyrotechnic spectacular of the Macy’s July 4th fireworks display on the Hudson River off the West side of Manhattan. Before the show declare your independence with a Manhattan. A lovely cocktail that all fine men and woman know how to enjoy.

To make a Manhattan you will need:
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 maraschino cherry

Pour ingredients into a mixing glass with ice, stir well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

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Looking for a great place to get a Manhattan? Check out the Jumeirah Essex House and drop by their South Gate dining room to enjoy their seasonally inspired cuisine along with your cocktail, or visit their Tavern and enjoy the view overlooking central park.

Welcome to Miami!

Housed in the sunshine state, Miami is the place to be for some outdoor fun. Head down to the Ocean Drive on South Beach to enjoy some live music and beachfront fireworks.  And what better way to live it up in the city than sipping on a Miami Cocktail?

To make a Miami Cocktail you will need:
-1 1/2 oz white rum
-1/2 oz crème de menthe
-1 dash lemon juice

Pour ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker, shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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If you happen to be in Miami for Independence Day, be sure to check out The Betsy Hotel. This beach-side haven located on Ocean Drive is perfect for sipping on your Miami Cocktail on The Deck, a roof top patio that allows you to look over the palms and enjoy the amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Don’t mess with Texas.

Heading over to the lone star state, you can never go wrong with a Texas Margarita, especially in Huston. Buffalo Bayou and Eleanor Tinsley Park will host Houston’s “official” Fourth of July Celebration with local musicians, an Apache helicopter flight simulator, beer garden and an amazing fireworks display. And before you go be sure to gather all you need for you cocktail.

To make a Texas Margarita

-1 1/2 ounces tequila
-1 ounce blood orange juice
-1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
-3/4 ounce Cointreau liqueur

Add ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker, shake, and strain into a salt rimmed, ice filled cocktail glass.

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If you can’t make it out to the park, take a visit to the Hotel Granduca where you can celebrate in style to the sound of cool jazz at their Bar Malatesta and enjoy your many margaritas well into the evening.

California Dreamin’

This Independence Day the west coast is calling, and in Los Angeles, there’s always a party going on. Enjoy the fireworks display at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum or head over to Venice Beach for some good times and watch the bodybuilding pageant on the beach. If those events don’t suite your fancy,  just drink the day away with a California Dream Cocktail.

To make your California Dream Cocktail
-2 oz Tequila
-½ oz Sweet Vermouth
-½ oz Dry Vermouth
-Maraschino Cherry

Add ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker, shake, strain and serve in a cocktail glass garnished with a maraschino cherry.

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If you are looking to have a beach-side California dream, head over to the Terranea Resort were you can look out over the Pacific ocean, play a round of golf or chill out at Cielo Point for some cocktails in a cabana.

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