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Alison Schwartz
July 03, 2010 11:25 AM

It’s time to party like it’s 1776 … or something like that. Celebrate Independence Day one sip at a time with these celeb-approved cocktails in honor of the founding fathers – we’re thinking they had to knock back a few to get through all that paperwork.

Blueberry Pomegranate Margarita

Get it: Dos Caminos, N.Y.C.
Celeb Connection: Jessica Simpson‘s favorite

• 1 oz. lowland white tequila (like Herradura)
• ½ oz. triple sec
• 1 lime
• 1 oz. blueberry-pomegranate juice
• 5 fresh blueberries

Combine tequila, triple sec, juice from half a lime and pomegranate juice with ice in cocktail shaker. Shake hard. Strain into glass over fresh ice. Garnish with blueberries and lime wheel.

Sunblush Martini

Get it: Kenmare, N.Y.C.
Celeb Connection: Restaurant co-owned by DJ Paul Sevigny (brother of Chloe Sevigny)

• 1 ½ oz. Stoli Gala Applik
• ¼ oz. Campari
• 1 oz. pink grapefruit juice
• 1 oz. pineapple juice
• ¾ oz. simple syrup
• 3 leaves of basil

Combine ingredients and shake well (do not muddle basil). Serve in a martini glass. Garnish with a basil leaf.


Get it: Macao Trading Co., N.Y.C.
Celeb connection: Top Chef Masters host Kelly Choi’s pick

• 2 oz. Charbay Meyer Lemon (or any lemon-flavored vodka)
• 1 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
• ½ oz. simple syrup
• 1 tbsp. chopped fresh mint
• 1 splash club soda

Pour all ingredients except club soda into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with a splash of club soda.

The Acai Eco-Tini

Get it: The Ainsworth, N.Y.C
Celeb Connections: Bill Bellamy, Anthony Mackie, Missy Elliot, David Boreanaz, Brody Jenner, Rachel Uchitel, Christian Siriano and Chef Morimoto have sampled

• VeeV Acai Spirit
• Pama pomegranate liquor
• Jose Cuervo Platino
• Fresh muddled oranges
• Simple syrup
• A splash of sour

Mix the ingredients and garnish with an orange slice.

Rocket’s Red Glare

Get It: Katsuya or Café Was, L.A.
Celeb Connections: Fans include Jessica Biel, Jeremy Piven, Jamie Foxx, Kate Hudson, John Mayer, Rosario Dawson, Bon Jovi and Michael Phelps

• 1 oz. TY KU Soju
• 1 oz. TY KU Liqueur
• Splash of sugar-free cranberry juice

Combine all ingredients and serve chilled.

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