I love the enthusiasm surrounding 4th of July.  Other then Thanksgiving it's got to be the biggest American holiday.  It of course, comes with all the bells and whistles you'd expect – Flags, Fireworks and Family.    American's are just proud to BE American. They look at the world and say: “Yup this is us.  We are who we are. Take it or leave it.”  On some level, I love that idea of self-acceptance and outward confidence.  So, when it comes time to create a drink to celebrate our pals south of the border my mind harkens back to my numerous trips to the states.  No matter where I was, it seemed flags hung with pride lined the streets of every town.  I decide to make a red, white and blue drink that's stands strong and proud.  The Star-Spangled Shooter while pretty, packs a punch that proudly screams “USA, USA, USA”.  Happy 4th of July America – keep being you!

Here's what you'll need:


2 oz Three Olives Cake Vodka

1.5 oz Sour Puss Raspberry liquor

1 oz Hypnotiq

.5 oz McGuiness Blue Curacao


(serves 2)



Pour half the vodka into each shot glass.  Using a bar spoon to break the surface tension slowly pour the sour puss against the spoon. It should sink to the bottom.  Next slowly pour the hypnotiq over the bar spoon then add the blue curacao last.



Make sure all your ingredients are well chilled before you pour.  If they aren't, add them to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, quickly shake to chill then strain out the ice.  Just don't leave it on ice too long otherwise you'll dilute your ingredients.


Sometimes the easiest looking things are the hardest to get right so go slow when pouring.  Your patience will be rewarded I assure you.


If you don't like tart tasting raspberry you can substitute the sour puss with grenadine.  It's far sweeter so you'll want to tread lightly on how much you use but it will give you that beautiful red base.

This inspired 4th of July cocktail creation is courtesy of Laurie Martel - No, I'm not a chef but I love cooking, baking, mixing cocktails and sharing my creations as a way to express myself