2 Refreshing Cocktails for Your Independence Day Celebration

What’s better in the summertime than sipping on a cold, refreshing cocktail while sitting in the sunshine? Try these tasty twists on classic cocktails.

Watermelon Moscow Mule
Courtesy of the Watermelon Board


-4 ounces vodka
-2 ounces ginger beer
-2 ounces watermelon simple syrup
-1 ounce lime juice
-2 small watermelon wedges
-2 large mint sprigs

Combine the vodka, simple syrup and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour vodka mixture into two ice-filled mule mugs. Top each glass with 1 oz. of ginger beer. Garnish with watermelon wedges and mint sprigs and enjoy your cocktails.

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-1.5 oz. tequila
-.5 oz. Triple Sec or Cointreau
-2 oz. lemon-lime mixer of choice
-Splash of cabernet for floater
-Salt (optional)
-Lime (optional)

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Combine tequila, Triple Sec or Cointreau, and margarita mix and shake until chilled. Place salt on a plate and press a cocktail glass into the salt to rim the edges. Pour mixture into the glass. For the cabernet floater, flip a spoon upside down and hold it over the glass. Pour the wine slowly over the spoon to layer it on top. Garnish with lime and serve your cocktails.


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Written by Lyndsay Fogarty

Lyndsay Fogarty has had many roles at Central Florida Lifestyle, working her way from intern to contributing writer to managing editor. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication where she earned her degree in journalism. Along the way, she has learned that teamwork and dedication to your craft will get you far, and a positive outlook on the present will get you even farther.

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