Ask A Denver Expert: Fourth Of July Cocktail Recipes

June 19, 2014 6:00 AM


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With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, no doubt your thoughts have turned to barbecues, picnics and fireworks as you plan the perfect celebration for the big day. You may be attending a barbecue at a friend’s house, or maybe you are throwing the celebration on your own, but no matter how you choose to celebrate, you want to have the perfect cocktail recipe (or two) to show off your concoction skills. The right cocktail can bring a lot to a party, and when you have a holiday like the Fourth of July, there is so much you can do. So let your imagination wander, grab a few important ingredients, some fun holiday-themed garnishes and try out these fantastic recipes on your own.

Jeremy Matzke
Bar Car
819 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 524-8099

Inga’s Alpine Lounge
5151 Leetsdale Drive
Denver, CO 80246
(720) 389-6203

Jeremy Matzke, also known as the Drink Slinger, is the Owner/Operator of both Bar Car and Inga’s Alpine Lounge in Denver. Both bars are the type of friendly neighborhood joints where you can relax and enjoy a drink or two with your pals in a fun and charming environment. Bar Car is the only bar on Colorado Boulevard from I-25 to I-70, with a charming vintage train car style and plenty of friendly staff just waiting to help you release the stresses of the day. While Inga’s Alpine Lounge is a different type of neighborhood bar with a distinct retro feel where you’d be comfortable ordering a high-end martini while your friend enjoyed a draft beer. Plus with a huge 2,000-square-foot patio, it’s perfect for summer. Matzke offers up three fantastic cocktail recipes for you to try for your Fourth of July barbecue. Take a look and get ready for some truly tasty concoctions.

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Fourth of July Martini

This is the perfect cocktail to show your patriotism. Serve it up in a classy martini glass and make sure everything is very well chilled. The final look will be a fun red and blue layered drink, with just enough sweet and just enough tangy to make it go down easy.


  • One part vodka
  • One part Blue Curacao
  • One part Triple Sec
  • Dash of Grenadine


  1. Combine the Vodka, Blue Curacao and Triple Sec in a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour a dash of Grenadine in a chilled martini glass.
  3. Strain the shaken martini mixture over the Grenadine
  4. Enjoy!

Yankee Doodle

This bright blue drink is refreshing and crisp for a warm summer day. Get a couple of fun Fourth of July garnishes to add to your finished drink to really make this one pop for the holiday.


  • Two parts blueberry vodka
  • Splash of Blue Curacao
  • Two parts sweet and sour mix
  • Tonic


  1. Mix the blueberry vodka and the Blue Curacao with the sweet and sour.
  2. Pour in your favorite cocktail glass.
  3. Add tonic to fill.
  4. Enjoy!

Related: Top Holiday Drink Ideas From Denver Mixologists

Stars and Stripes

Pick a blue drink and then add this red one to keep the color scheme just right. This cocktail is very crisp and refreshing with just a little bite. You’ll love the combination of raspberry and lemonade and your guests will be asking for seconds and thirds.


  • One part raspberry vodka
  • One part sweet and sour
  • Lemonade
  • Cherry for garnish


  1. Simply mix the raspberry vodka with the sweet and sour.
  2. Add enough lemonade to fill the glass.
  3. Garnish with a cherry.
  4. Enjoy!

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