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Credit: Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs (www.elegantaffairscaterers.com)

When it comes to holidays like The 4th of July, it is necessary to enjoy a good cocktail or two to really celebrate the day as a whole.  Seeing as cocktails and the summertime pair really well with each other, it is good to have some fresh ideas to really impress your friends and family when you are hosting your own “4th” type party.  Well, celebrity caterer Andrea Correale, who resides in my hood of Long Island, has come up with some really tasty cocktail recipes for you to try and enjoy for the big day!

Take a look at the delicious cocktail recipes she has come up with, and for more information on Andrea, check out her official site.

Credit: Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs (www.elegantaffairscaterers.com)
Credit: Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs (www.elegantaffairscaterers.com)

Red, White & Blue Sangria

(Makes One Large Pitcher)

Ingredients:

2 bottles dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc is good)

1 cup triple sec

1/2 cup berry-flavored vodka

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 cup simple syrup (see tips below)

1 cup blueberries

1 1/2 cups hulled and sliced strawberries

1 cup raspberries

1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks (use star shaped cookie cutter to cut out patriotic star shapes)

To Make the Simple Syrup:

To make 1/2 cup simple syrup, boil 1/2 cup water and add 1/2 cup granulated white sugar. Turn heat to simmer and stir until dissolved. Turn off the heat and let cool.

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl or pitcher and stir well. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Serve well-chilled with a good scoop of fruit floating in each drink, or serve over ice.

Credit: Credit: Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs (www.elegantaffairscaterers.com)
Credit: Credit: Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs (www.elegantaffairscaterers.com)

Blue Raspberry Fizzies

Ingredients

3/4 oz vodka

5 oz champagne

1/4 oz Blue Curacao liqueur

Sparkling Sugar for rim

Raspberries & Cranberries for Garnish Skewer

Directions

Wet the rim of the glass with a lime wedge and dip the mouth of the glass in the sparkling sugar. Pour vodka, champagne and blue curacao liquor into glass. Skewer raspberries and blueberries and garnish glass.

Credit: Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs (www.elegantaffairscaterers.com)
Credit: Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs (www.elegantaffairscaterers.com)

Lady Liberty Lemonade

Ingredients:

2 ounces Triple Sec

2 ounces Limoncello

1 handful of raspberries

2 Oz Mint Leaves

A dash of grenadine for color

Juice of two lemons

Club soda

Raw sugar

 Directions:

Add raspberries and mint to the bottom of the glass and sprinkle raw sugar on tome. Muddle these ingredients until it has the appearance of jam. Add the Triple Sec, Limoncello and lemon juice to your glass. Add a dash of grenadine for color, and then add the ice and top if off with club soda. Stir and serve with a sprig of fresh mint on top!

Credit: Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs (www.elegantaffairscaterers.com)
Credit: Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs (www.elegantaffairscaterers.com)

Star-Spangled Spiked Smoothie

Ingredients

1 oz. vodka

1 cup mixed (or fresh) frozen berries

1 (8 ounce) container vanilla yogurt

Directions

Combine the vodka, berries, and vanilla yogurt in a blender; blend until smooth. Garnish with fresh blueberries and coconut flakes