Bottoms up! Try these star-approved cocktails at your July 4 party

By Jen Garcia and Alison Schwartz
Updated July 04, 2011 09:00 AM
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All men are created equal – but all cocktails are not. Make a toast to the founding fathers, and celebrate Independence Day with these celeb-approved cocktails that have Reese Witherspoon and Leonardo DiCaprio feeling proud to be an American.

Celebs who swill: Kirsten Dunst, Alexander Skarsgard, Lea Michele, Kellan Lutz and Reese Witherspoon

The Ultimat Summer Martini

  • 3 ½ oz. Ultimat Vodka
  • 1 oz. passion fruit puree
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1 lime wheel for garnish

In an ice-filled mixing glass, add all ingredients, and shake until well blended. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

The Ultimat Peach Punch

  • 1 ½ oz. Ultimat Vodka
  • splash of peach schnapps
  • ice cubes
  • peach sorbet
  • lime juice
  • peach-flavored sugar
  • fresh peach slices for garnish

Pour vodka into a blender. Add a splash of schnapps, sorbet and ice cubes. Pour into a serving glass rimmed with peach sugar. Garnish with peach slices.

Celebs who swill: Leonardo DiCaprio, Leighton Meester, Katy Perry and Jay-Z

The Firecracker

  • 2 oz. TY KU sake silver
  • 0.75 oz. Thai Chile agave nectar
  • 0.5 oz. lemon juice
  • 3 slices of English cucumber
  • 0.5 oz. club soda

Combine the sake, agave nectar and lemon juice in a shaker. Strain over ice, and then top with club soda and cucumber slices.

The Sparkler

  • 3 oz. TY KU Citrus Liqueur
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice

Put all three ingredients in a shaker. Strain over ice.

Celeb who swill: Beyoncé Knowles, Gwyneth Paltrow and Stella McCartney

Cherry Caipiroska

  • 2 oz. Belvedere Black Raspberry
  • 4 fresh cherries
  • ¾ oz. lemon juice
  • dash amaretto liqueur

Muddle cherries. Add the rest of the ingredients, and shake with cubed ice. Strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Stir and re-top with crushed ice. Garnish with a fresh cherry.

Belvedere Pineapple Mary

  • 1.5 oz. Belvedere BM
  • 3oz. fresh pineapple juice
  • 0.75 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 2 bar spoons simple syrup
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • ½ bar spoons smoked paprika (hot)

Shake and strain all ingredients into a rocks glass filled with cubed ice. Garnish with a pineapple chunk.