A pretty toast to all things red, white and blue!

Red, White and Blue(berry) Margaritas

Frozen Strawberry Ingredients:
2 cup (12 ounces) frozen strawberries
1/2 cup tequila
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup agave nectar (or honey)
extra ice, if needed

Frozen Blueberry Ingredients:
1 cup (12 ounces) frozen blueberries
1/2 cup tequila
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup agave nectar (or honey)
extra ice, if needed

Frozen Coconut Margarita Ingredients:
1/2 cup coconut milk (full-fat)
1/2 cup silver tequila
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup agave nectar or honey
extra ice, if needed

For each of the margarita recipes, add the five ingredients to a blender and pulse until completely smooth. If the mixture is too thin, add extra ice until it is the consistency of a thick slushy. Pour into a container, and store in the freezer while you rinse the blender to make the next batch.
Use a spoon to scoop your desired first flavor of margaritas into the bottom of your serving glasses until they are 1/3 full. Add your second flavor, and then your final flavor. Serve immediately.

Tip for clean lines:
Once your first layer is in, add just a few small spoonfuls of the next color in small piles around the edges of the first layer until you have made a circle border. Then fill in the center. Add in larger spoonfuls on top. (Repeat with the third layer.)
But hey, after about 5-10 minutes, the colors will start to seep and combine anyway. So however yours turn out, no worries — they will be delicious!

Rim your glasses with salt or sugar, make a small slit in a fresh lime wedge and run it around the tops of your glasses to wet the edges. Then invert the glasses, and dip them in a bowl of salt or sugar to coat the rims.

Kentucky Kiss

2 large fresh strawberries, sliced
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce maple syrup
2 ounces bourbon whiskey
1 splash club soda
Fresh strawberry, for garnish

In an old-fashioned glass, add the strawberries, lemon juice, and maple syrup. Muddle well, until the berries are mashed.
Add the bourbon and fill the glass with ice. Stir well.
Add a splash of club soda.
Garnish with a strawberry.

Slicing strawberries makes them easier to muddle. The easiest way to prepare them is to rinse them, remove the green part, then cut them into three pieces lengthwise.
You can use frozen strawberries as well. Make sure to thaw them first.
Fresh lemon juice is definitely recommended. To get the 1/2 ounce needed, you should be able to simply squeeze half a lemon directly into the glass.
Use real maple syrup rather than pancake syrup for the best drink. In a pinch, you can even make mock maple syrup with white and brown sugars, water, butter, and maple (or vanilla) extract.

The Lady Liberty

If you’re up for a cocktail adventure, the Lady Liberty is sure to please.

2 ounces light rum
1/4 ounce Green Chartreuse
1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce orgeat syrup
1 dash absinthe