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NYC's 5 Best July 4th Cocktails, 2013

Toast to Independence Day with a red, white and blue inspired cocktail in New York City. Visit these restaurants and bars on July 4th to celebrate the holiday and summer in the city. By Sarah Shaker.

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Patriot cocktail
(credit: Craft)

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Beverage Director Greg Majors has created The Patriot to sip this Fourth of July at Craft. Tito's vodka, crème yvette, fresh blueberries, cracked black pepper and fresh lemon make for a sweet seasonal cocktail. Pair with something light from their fresh raw bar to celebrate the summer or go all out and order one of their meals for two, like the Roasted and Braised Suckling Pig.

red, white, blue lemonade
(credit: BLT Steak)

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BLT Steak and BLT Fish have created two festive cocktails for our national holiday. The "Red, White and Blueberry Spiked Lemonade" features muddled raspberries and blueberries, gin, lemon sour mix, triple sec and a splash of water for a refreshing sip of summer. The "Peach Patriot" combines Jack Daniel's, peach liqueur, lemon juice and unsweetened iced tea shaken and poured into a glass. These strong cocktails offer a fun twist on classic American ingredients to cheers to July 4th.

Blueberry Scone cocktail
(credit: Whiskey Park)

One of our favorite bars near Central Park is offering a sweet and creamy cocktail this Fourth of July. Stoli Vanilla, Bailey's Irish Crème, Half & Half, over 20 muddled blueberries, a splash of Simple Syrup, a dash of cinnamon powder and cinnamon stick finish off the Blueberry Scone at Whiskey Park. Enjoy stunning views of the park or hit the pool table with your crew for a fun Upper West Side celebration.

Stars & Striples Cobbler
(credit: Dream Downtown)

PH-D Rooftop Lounge is throwing an Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, July 4 starting at 4pm. Cheers with Beverage Director Bill Ward's specialty red, white and blue cocktail, the Stars & Stripes Cobbler, featuring Dickel Rye, Zinfandel Syrup, lemon juice, blackberries and soda water at The Beach level by the pool before heading up to the party, where you can snack on gourmet All-American dishes including Watermelon Caprese Salad Skewers and Pulled Pork Sliders. This beautiful rooftop at the Dream Downtown offers a gorgeous view as the sun goes down and to watch the spectacular fireworks show.

red, white, blue martini
(credit: 40/40 Club)

Jay Z's The 40/40 Club is offering a festive cocktail this July 4th to enjoy at their all-you-can-eat BBQ party. The Red, White and Blue martini layers Grenadine, Godiva White Chocolate and shaken Blueberry Vodka, Vanilla Vodka and Blue Curacao. For $40, guests can get down on the BBQ menu including 8 oz Texas BBQ Burger with bacon, slow cooked beef BBQ ribs, grilled 1/2 BBQ chicken and sides like corn on the cob, sweet potato fries and collard greens.

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Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.
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