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Cocktails for Independence Day 2014

American Harvest vodka
American Harvest vodka
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Fourth of July or Independence Day - no matter what you call the day, it is the celebration of our official separation from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and is one of the biggest celebration days of the year.

Fireworks boom! Grills sizzle with hamburgers and hot dogs, and we create beautiful and full of flavor cocktails. The star of this edition’s recipe collection is American Harvest vodka - handcrafted in small batches from American winter wheat and water from deep beneath the Snake River Plain.

American Harvest is handcrafted in small batches from USDA-certified organic winter wheat, which is grown on a family-owned farm located in Rigby Idaho. Throughout the production process, American Harvest adheres to strict sustainability guidelines including:

Sustainable Agriculture: The producers of American Harvest support sustainable agriculture by using organic, locally-sourced materials including water from aquifers deep beneath the Snake River plain – which gives a distinctly clean and crisp character.

Wind Power: One-third of the monthly electrical consumption at the distillery comes from local wind generated power.

Reuse & Repurpose: Unused materials from the distillation process are used as cattle feed.

Recyclable Glass: American Harvest bottles are 100% recyclable and are coated and decorated with organic inks and water-soluble varnishes.

Below are three cocktails featuring American Harvest vodka

Red, White and Fizz

  • 1/2 oz American Harvest
  • 3/4 oz PAMA or other Pomegranate Liqueur (Stirrings or Dekuyper)
  • 2-3oz of Chilled champagne or dry sparkling wine.

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a chilled champagne flute in this order: American Harvest, pomegranate liqueur, chilled champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist, if desired.

American Harvest Firecracker

  • 1/2 oz American Harvest
  • 3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz Concord grape syrup*
  • Soda water

Instructions:

*Combine equal parts Concord grape juice and sugar in a large container and shake until dissolved. In a shaker, combine all liquid except the soda. Add ice and shake well. Strain into a Collins glass full of fresh ice. Top with soda and gently stir. Garnish with a lemon slice.

Taste of Freedom

  • 2 oz American Harvest
  • 1/2 oz Le Combier Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 oz Grenadine

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and add ice. Shake well and strain into the chilled glass. Garnish with the lemon twist.

Have a safe and responsible Fourth of July.

“Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.”
~ Ogden Nash