The Cocktail Cock Tale 

With independence day quickly approaching, great care must be taken when confronting your taste buds. Sake and Guinness should be thrown to the curb in celebration of the gutsy moves the men on our money made in the pursuit of life, liberty, and a good time. Here are just a few cocktail suggestions to grace your tongues during fireworks, baseball games, and barbecue. And a few songs to wash down the day.

The Red

Red Pomegranate Martini

1 1/2 oz. Tito’s Vodka

1 1/2 oz. pomegranate juice

1/4 oz. simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. This beverage tastes best when listening to The Hold Steady’s Boys And Girls in America.

The White

White Margarita Martini

1 1/2 oz. white tequila (try Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo)

1/2 oz. triple sec

1/2 oz. lime juice

Shake all ingredients well and strain into a martini glass; garnish with a lime. Listen to some David Lee Roth while fireworks explode in the sky. 

The Blue

Blue Martini

1 3/4 oz Bluecoat American Gin

2 oz. sour mix

1/2 oz. blue curacao

Shake violently and strain into a martini glass. Listen to the Violent Femmes American Music and ask yourself why bands aren’t this good anymore.

Of course, the greatest of American cocktails is a little something I call the Rude Timmy. This glorious beverage is made with Maker’s Mark Kentucky Bourbon, and a few ice cubes. The Rude Timmy is best when you are 22 years old, sitting in the dark, listening to Mazzy Star, and chatting on your cell phone with a co-ed about how cool Dr. Timothy Leary was. Thank you to the men on our money.


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