On this great American holiday, I tend to start the libation process a little early, which can be very dangerous by the time it is dark enough for fireworks. Like that time when Uncle Trucker lit himself and the chicken coop on fire when he decided that it would be a better effect if he dipped bottle rockets into Everclear before firing them off. It struck me then that maybe we needed a lighter “all day” drink to sip on. This drink has great Fourth of July colors and is refreshing on a hot summer day.
Gluten free. 21+.
1/2 cup simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar heated up to a boil, turned off and chilled)
2 bottles of sauvignon blanc or pinot gris
1 cup triple sec
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 cup of a berry-flavored vodka
1 cup sliced starfruit (slice across to get the “stars”)
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup sliced strawberries (remove the tops)
Lightly stir all ingredients together and pour over ice in a glass pitcher so that your guests can see your red, white and blue creation. Cheers!
Courtesy of Chef Troy Louis Chandler.