July Fourth Crowd-Friendly Cocktail Recipes

July 4th is around the corner and a party-friendly cocktail means fresh ingredients, easy, pre-made punches, and things that go great with barbecue. Here are our top picks for crowd-friendly cocktails that will keep you having fun, and out of the kitchen.  


Uncle Sam’s Back Porch Lemonade
by Cassandra Rosen
Makes 10+ servings

•    8 oz Azzurre Vodka
•    16 oz lemonade
•    8 oz black tea, brewed
•    Small bunch mint leaves
•    4 oz soda water
•    Crushed ice
•    Garnish: lemon slice and mint sprig

Muddle mint, 4 ounces of lemonade, and half of the vodka in a shaker. Fill with ice, shake. Strain into a punch bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Add the soda water, stir to mix. Garnish with mint and lemon slices.


Summertime Watermelon Punch
by Cassandra Rosen
Makes 8-10 servings

•    12 cups watermelon, seeded and cubed
•    ½  cup water
•    ¼ cup lime juice
•    8 tbs simple syrup
•    32 mint leaves
•    8 oz Azzurre Vodka
•    Top soda
•    Garnish: mint sprigs, lime slices
•    Glass: Collins

Add the watermelon, lime juice, simple syrup, and water to a blender, and puree gently. Press through a mesh strainer into a pitcher, cover and refrigerate at least two hours, or overnight.

Add 4 large mint leaves to a glass, muddle. Add ice, pour in the watermelon agua fresca. Add vodka and soda, stir. Garnish as desired.


Betsy’s Berry Cobbler
by Cassandra Rosen
Makes 8 or more servings

•    8 oz Azzurre Vodka
•    8 oz fresh sour mix
•    4 oz cranberry raspberry juice
•    1 cup fresh raspberries 
•    1 cup fresh blueberries, divided
•    Soda water 
•    Garnish: fresh raspberries, mint

In a shaker, muddle raspberries, half of the berries, half of the vodka, and half of the sour mix. Add half of the cranberry juice and ice, shake. Add berries to a punch bowl, strain in cocktail. Top with soda, stir. 


Cherry Lime Punch
by Cassandra Rosen
Makes 8 or more servings

•    8 oz Azzurre Gin
•    10 oz cherry juice
•    2 oz lime juice (juice of two limes)
•    4 tbs cherry jam
•    Simple Syrup (to taste)
•    Club soda or ginger ale

Fill a shaker with ice. Add Azzurre vodka, juices, and jam. Shake well, strain into a pitcher. Stir in simple syrup to taste. If desired, top with soda for a sparkling treat! Garnish with fresh cherries, lime slices, or cranberries.


About the Editor


Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Buena decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

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