Updated: Jun 29, 2021
Celebrate this year's 4th of July with some deliciously red, white and blue boozy concoctions, featuring the best spirits from the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. From Margaritas to Martinis and everything in between, with one of these in your hand, you'll be feeling patriotic in no time!
1. Star Spangled Paradise
Featuring Platinum and Coconut Rums from Bootlegger's Distillery in Hartford, Tennessee
Bootlegger's Distillery is a hidden gem, tucked away in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. A moonshine distillery in a tiny shack painted orange, nestled along the Little Pigeon River and set against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountains? Picture perfect! If you happen to find yourself in the area, I highly recommend that you make the drive out to Hartford to visit this distillery to taste their collection of flavored moonshine, whiskey, and rum!
Bootlegger's has been distilling moonshine for 16 generations, and is still a family run operation.They're proud of their craft, and they have every reason to be. As they say on their website and will tell you when you visit, they distill every drop of alcohol that they sell. And it shows in their product.
“If You Only Get One Shot” make it Bootleggers Distillery."
1 oz Grenadine
1 cup of Crushed Ice
1 oz Bootlegger's Coconut Rum
1 oz Bootlegger's Platinum Rum
1 oz Pineapple Juice
2 oz Coconut Water
1/2 oz Blue Curaçao
1 oz Water
The layering of this drink is the key to it's gorgeous appearance. Prepare all three layers in advance, then add each one as follows. In a tall glass, pour the grenadine into the bottom, then add the ice. The ice needs to be crushed in order to hold the layers. Slowly pour layer 2 over the ice, then very slowly pour layer 3 on top. If you just dump it in, it will sink down to the bottom! Garnish with a strawberry and enjoy. Three cheers for the red, white and blue!
2. Americana Moonshine Margarita
Featuring Smooth Shine Tennessee Moonshine from Old Glory Distilling in Clarksville, Tennessee
Old Glory Distilling is just north of Nashville in Clarksville, Tennessee, and believe me, it is more than worth the drive to visit this lone distillery up near the Kentucky border. They have a state of the art production facility, and are happy to tell you all about it on their fun and educational tour and tasting experience. If you make it up here, make plans to stay awhile. Their spirits will tempt you to try out one (or more) of their creative cocktails or slushes!
Old Glory gets an extra nod in my book because they stopped distilling production last year in order to fill the need for hand sanitizer. I like a business that's committed to their community in such a way, and they make very high quality spirits too! I like using Old Glory's Smooth Shine in place of tequila for this Moonshine Margarita because it's got just enough of a kick to rival a good tequila, but goes down dangerously smooth.
"The products we proudly craft are a representation of the hardworking, patriotic, and unyielding character that embodies our city and this great country.
2 oz Smooth Shine TN Moonshine
1 oz Blue Curaçao
1 oz fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1 Tbsp Granulated Sugar (optional)
Fresh Strawberries (optional)
Wet rim of glass with water, or run a lime around the edge. Scatter the sugar on a small plate. Dip or roll the rim of the glass in sugar to coat. Combine moonshine, sour mix, and Curaçao in a cocktail shaker and shake to combine. Drop ice in by hand to the level desired. Garnish with strawberries.