Today I have a trio of cocktails for your 4th of July or patriotic celebration from Tommy Bahama, one in red, one in white, and one in blue. Rum is a part of American history, so why not make it a part of your celebration. Let your guests say a toast to history in red white and blue.
Bahama Basil Smash (red)
2 Â½ parts Tommy Bahama White Sand Rum
2 parts sour mix
3 fresh blackberries
4 basil leaves
4 slices of ginger
Â¼ part lemon-lime soda
Muddle blackberries, basil and ginger in a mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients, shake well and strain into a mixing glass. Top with a splash of lemon-lime soda. Garnish with an orchid.
Tommy Bahamaâ€™s Coconut Cloud Martini (white)
1 Â½ parts Tommy Bahama White Sand Rum
1 Â½ parts vanilla vodka
1 Â½ parts coconut rum
Â½ part cream of coconut
Shake in a cocktail shaker and strain. Garnish with toasted coconut.
Tommyâ€™s Blue Hawaiian (blue)
1 part Tommy Bahama White Sand Rum
1 part blue curacao
1 part coconut cream
2 parts pineapple juice
Pour all ingredients into a blender with a scoop of crushed ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with a fresh pineapple slice and maraschino cherry.
Why include rum in your 4th of July celebration? The story of rum is classically American and includes its rise, its fall during prohibition and its comeback. Today, rum still holds an important place in our nation.
A little rum trivia:
- It is said, Paul Revere had a swallow of the stuff to stiffen his resolve partway through his famous midnight ride.
- Benjamin Franklin penned a small ode to it.
- In 1778, General George Washington marked July 4th with a double ration of it for his soldiers and an artillery salute.
Remember to drink responsibly this 4th of July.
Images and recipes courtesy of Tommy Bahama