Booze plays a proud role in American history.
The settlers at Jamestown were distilling corn whiskey by the year 1620, more than a century before we had our “disagreement” with Great Britain over tea, taxes and representation.
First Lady Martha Washington was a fan of rye whiskey and in the 1790s the farmers/distillers of Pennsylvania rebelled against her husband over taxes on spirits. They moved into Kentucky and invented bourbon, moonshine and eventually NASCAR.
Fast forward more than 200 years and today we’re witnessing the rebirth of American Craft Spirits.
So we have a lot to celebrate this holiday weekend. Here are some red, white and blue cocktails that were born for the Fourth Of July.
The Rockets Red Glare
Stories about rum runners along the Oregon coast during Prohibition inspired us to craft the first rum distillery in the state’s history. Here’s a cocktail to celebrate freedom of choice.
1.75 oz Rogue Spirits Dark Rum
.5 oz Dry vermouth
.25 oz Fresh orange juice
.25 tsp sugar
Pour the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
Don’t Fire Till You See The Whites Of Their Eyes
Rogue Spirits Oregon Single Malt Vodka is made with all Rogue ingredients, including the Risk™ malting barley we grow at Rogue Farms. Here’s a toast to farmers everywhere!
1.5 oz. Oregon Single Malt Vodka
1 oz. lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
3 lemon peels
Muddle lemon peels, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add the vodka and ice. Shake and strain into a glass filled with ice cubes.
Oh Bluetiful For Spacious Skies
Just about every recipe for blue cocktails calls for blue colored liquor or liqueur. We figured it be more interesting, and flavorful, to run over the farmers markets and pick up some fresh blueberries instead.
1 oz. Oregon Single Malt Whiskey
2 oz. fresh lemon sour
Club soda to taste
Simple syrup or honey to taste
4-6 Fresh Blueberries
Combine in a mixing glass and stir. Pour over ice into a glass and garnish with blueberries.
Not enough choices for you? We respect that. Head over to Rogue Spirits and get more cocktail recipes. Happy Fourth Of July from all of us at Rogue Spirits!