We need to get our cool on for the July 4th holiday, so here are some patriotic cocktails to sip when waiting to watch the fab fireworks happening all over SoFla! There are a few recipes in case you’d like to stay by—or in—the pool.
And some venues have special dishes just on July Fourth—celebrate!
Boston’s on the Beach
Try The Patriot cocktail, an attractive drink made from Tito’s vodka, muddled strawberries, lemon and lime juices and blue Curacao liqueur ($10.99). 40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, 561/278-3364; bostonsonthebeach.com
Spoto’s Oyster Bar
Sip the Americada ($9), made with blue Curacao, Bacardi rum, piña colada mix and grenadine. 4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561/776-9448; spotos.com
- ¼ cup of Blue Curaçao
- 1¼ cup of Bacardi rum with piña colada mix
- ¼ cup of grenadine
Layer ingredients in a large wine goblet beginning with the grenadine. Slowly add piña colada and top with Blue Curaçao. Garnish with fresh pineapple.
A pretty Independence Royale ($7) is made with Chambord (blueberry liqueur), prosecco, club soda, blueberries infused with vodka and raspberry garnish. 4580 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561/622-3222; proseccocafe.com
- 1 ounce Chambord (blueberry liqueur)
- 6 ounce prosecco
- 1 ounce club soda
- 1 spoonful of blueberries infused with vodka
- 3 raspberries for garnish.
In a large wine goblet, add Chambord and a spoonful of blueberries that were soaked in vodka and sugar. Top with ice and slowly add the prosecco to keep the Chambord and blueberries at the bottom. Add the fresh raspberries on top for garnish.
Through July 7, the Star-Spangled Shake ($7.50) is available and includes a vanilla milkshake with red/white/blue sprinkles, whipped cream, a popsicle and lollipop! Add vodka, bourbon, rum or Kahlua if you want to. All locations, smokeybones.com
For July 4 only, the holiday special “Bubbles & BBQ” means $8 glasses of Veuve Clicquot and a BBQ menu including pulled pork sandwich ($17), smoked short rib plate ($32), Kobe hotdog ($15), smash burger ($18) and a root beer float ($6). 12300 S. Shore Blvd., Wellington; 561/793-2110; trophyroomrestaurant.com
On July 4, make reservations to taste an American-inspired menu at this French bistro, and then stay for the downtown WPB fireworks. Dishes include 24-hour chicken wings ($14), braised brisket ($29), blackened cobia ($38) and old-fashioned carrot cake ($10). 101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561/833-5090; pistachewpb.com
The newest venue from celebrity chef Todd English will have its first July 4th special with burgers and hotdogs—all with English’s special touch. That means hotdogs with bacon and a burger with all sorts of extra toppings. 2119 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/227-3511; emkopb.com/menu.html