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This month in celebration of perhaps the biggest national holiday in the USA – Independence Day on the 4th July – we are making a whistle stop tour of a few of the fifty US states which have inspired some of the most popular and well known cocktail recipes ever. We hope that you will enjoy the in-the-spirit mini US tour – and trying out all the recipes we have chosen.

Cape Cooler

Cape CoolerMoving from the East Coast to the West, we start off our selection with our Cape Cooler cocktail recipe (also known as the Cape Cod Cooler). Made from vodka, Cranberry juice, soda (or tonic water) and freshly squeezed lime juice, this is a deliciously long and refreshing summer cocktail. This cocktail recipe is believed to be named after the area around Cape Cod in the state of Massachusetts which produces America’s second largest cranberry crop.

Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced TeaStill on the East Coast, our next Stateside cocktail recommendation is the Long Island Iced Tea. According to many sources, this cocktail was created during the Prohibition era in the 1920’s and was thought to look like Iced Tea – hence the name. However just to re-assure you, it has absolutely no tea in it but does contain a range of alcohol ingredients you are likely to have in your drinks collection: white rum, gin, tequila, Triple Sec and vodka. Although this is quite a combination of spirit ingredients, if the recipe is served correctly using the modest measures specified and not overwhelmed with cola, then it is a cooling and refreshing, long cocktail with a splash of lime. Perfect for summer!


MiamiTravelling south – we have a splash of colour to Florida, we have the Miami cocktail. Perhaps the colour of this cocktail was inspired by the local Florida Everglades or even the pastel coloured designer suits worn by Don Johnson in the 1980’s Miami Vice TV series! Whatever its origin, this is an exquisite blend of White Rum and De Kuyper Crème de Menthe balanced with a dash of lemon juice. Served in a martini glass, this is a stylish cocktail to be seen with.

Lynchburg Lemonade

Lynchburg LemonadeMoving in a north-westerly direction, our US cocktail tour brings us to Lynchburg, Tennessee. Lynchburg is the home town of the Jack Daniels Distillery. Many people believe Jack Daniels is a bourbon – although it is a whiskey aged in charred barrels it is not actually a bourbon. It is in fact a Tennessee whiskey which, means that (unlike bourbon) it is filtered through up to 12 feet of ground up maple charcoal which can take up to 10 days. The whiskey then absorbs the essence of the charcoal, giving it a unique aroma and flavour. Jack Daniel himself set up his distillery in Lynchburg at the age of 20 in 1870. The Lynchburg Lemonade cocktail recipe is a tribute to the hometown of Jack. Made with Jack Daniels Tennessee whiskey, De Kuyper Triple Sec, lemon juice and topped up with lemonade – this is light and tangy and a very easy long drink.

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset BoulevardOur final stop on the in-the-spirit US tour brings us to the West Coast and California to the magical world that is Hollywood. The Sunset Boulevard cocktail could be inspired simply by the name of the stylish boulevard or by the 1950’s film of the same name about ageing film star Norma Desmond (later reworked into the successful stage musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber). Our recipe for the Sunset Boulevard cocktail is an elegant combination of vodka, Peach Schnapps mixed with cranberry and orange juice. This is a luscious combination of cocktail ingredients that will make you feel like a movie star.

We hope that you have enjoyed checking out our stateside serving suggestions and that you have fun trying them for yourself! Keep in-the-spirit!

As always, in-the-spirit recommends drinking all cocktail recipes on the site in moderation.



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