Happy Birthday America!!!

That’s my family’s official July 4th tagline, and while it might be cheesy, I still love it! Independence Day is pretty high on my list of favorite holidays for the simple reason that it’s so laid back. For my family, the 4th means hanging around outside with a beverage in your hand while enjoying a freshly grilled burger. That is, until your uncle throws you in the kiddie pool, you grab your super soaker, as many water balloons as you can carry, and wage water war on your entire family! Okay, okay… so maybe the grown up water fight portion of our 4th isn’t exactly “laid back”, but we still need some excitement! Am I Right?!

What IS laid back is this week’s cocktail. I wanted to showcase something quick, easy and crowd pleasing. There is nothing fancy here, and this will win no “cocktail of the year” awards, but it will taste amazing. That much I can promise you! For added fun, I made a special one-off 4th of July glass that I’m contemplating adding to my lineup. Let me know what you think!


2 oz vodka
1/2 oz Blue Curaçao (or less if you don’t want yours to look like a swimming pool)
4 oz Laurie’s Lemonade

Fill a glass with ice, pour in Blue Curaçao, then vodka, then the lemonade. Garnish with a lemon or cherry if you’re feeling fancy.

What is Laurie’s Lemonade?? My mom’s homemade recipe – AND the secret ingredient to this drink! Sure you could use Minute Maid or Country Time if you’re feeling lazy, but let me tell you… this makes it SO MUCH BETTER.

Laurie’s Lemonade:
4 cups sugar
4 cups water
4 cups lemon juice
1.5 gallons of water

Step one is to make a simple syrup by heating the water and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool. Step two is add the lemon juice and water together with the simple syrup and serve cold.

See! Simplicity at it’s finest!! Now, if you’ll excuse me… I have some water balloons to go fill.