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Day 69, Cocktails 67 & 68

The Fourth of July is a day of parades, backyard BBQ, swimming, tailgating, fireworks…and a cocktail or two mixed in with a cold beer here and there.  Our day will start with getting ready for the Germantown parade.  We get the added thrill of watching daughter #1 march with the high school band for the first time, including the fancy uniform!  As we’ve done for the past several years we will get to our spot at the Ivee’s parking lot before the streets close and set up a good ol’ fashioned tailgate with Bloody Mary’s, beer, brats and a whole bunch more food than we’ll ever eat.  Our good friends Greg and Patty will be there with us and who knows who else will drop by.

A fun part of the morning is mixing and sipping on our Bloody Marys.  Everyone has their recipe, and I’m no exception.

    Bloody Mary

  • 2 oz Sobieski vodka
  • 2 dashes worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 2 dashes ground black pepper
  • V8 juice

Fill a pint glass with cracked ice.  Add the all the ingredients, topping the glass with the V8 juice last.  Stir to mix.  Garnish with a pickled aspargus spear, a dill pickle spear and 3 green olives. 

This recipe gives just a little bit of bite and with all the garnish and V8, you practically have a full days allotment of vegetables!  As I wrote above, we’ll be enjoying these at the tailgate and during the parade.  If you want to add a real Wisconsin flair, add a cube of pepper jack cheese to the garnish and add a beer chaser!

After the parade the fun moves the Patio Lounge and Swim Club for swimming, chilling and grilling as the day turns to evening.  To continue to celebrate the 4th, I like to have an All-American cocktail ready.  This means a cocktail featuring bourbon or rye as the truly original American spirit.  This year it will be my tall version of a Kentucky Kiss, which I found on Colleen Graham’s cocktail website.

  Tall Kentucky Kiss

  • 2 oz Maker’s Mark bourbon
  • 1 oz strawberry puree
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz maple syrup

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with 4-5 ice cubes.  Shake to chill and mix.  Strain into a collins glass filled 2/3 full with cracked ice.  Top with seltzer water and garnish with a strawberry.

This is a delicious, bourbon based cooler that’s not too sweet, not too tart, but just right!

Have a happy and safe 4th!  I’ll see you again on the 5th!


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