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Happy Hour: Red, White and Blue


Crochet Yoke Dress (Calypso St. Barth’s, $199)

4th of July has long been my favorite holiday.  I think it’s better than Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, etc.  Maybe this is because I grew up in a small town. 

Every year, we’d go to the parade in the morning, nap in the afternoon, and then go to a family friend’s house for a BBQ where we’d play volleyball, jump on the trampoline and shoot off fireworks.  Typically, this included Patriot Mortars, which were basically 2.5″ cannons.  Our fireworks were so good that the other neighbors saved their money and just watched ours.  Good times.

This breezy cotton dress would probably not be appropriate for an aggressive men vs. women volleyball game.  Unless, of course, you were doing a tutorial on how to remove grass stains and blood from cotton.  But it is perfect for what I’ll be doing this year–sitting on a Pennsylvania Avenue rooftop drinking cocktails and eating pizzas made on the grill while we watch the national fireworks display.

The American Collins

from About.com

Obviously, I won’t be drinking this exact recipe since it contains gin.  I can’t imagine how busy GWU’s emergency room is on the 4th of July, and I don’t want to find out.  But I still think a muddled-berry cocktail is perfect for Independence Day.


1 1/2 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin
3/4 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
4 bing cherries, pitted
8 blackberries
club soda


In a collins glass, muddle the blackberries (you can use blueberries if you prefer, I don’t) and cherries in the lemon juice and simple syrup. Add Sapphire and ice and stir briefly.

Top with club soda. Garnish with a lemon wheel and berries.  I recommend serving with a straw…especially if your’re wearing white.


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  1. Ms. B says:

    Have an awesome 4th of July. Pizza and national fireworks display sounds like lovely time. We might be able to forgo the down coats and blankets this year! And…as the tramp will be up, I believe a backward somersault is in order. Taking bets on landing it now.

    July 1, 2011/Reply
  2. sara says:

    I've been looking for a 4th of July inspired cocktail! Now I'll have to try it (despite the clock saying 10am right now). Cheers to 3-day weekends! Hope you have a good one!

    July 2, 2011/Reply
  3. Nellie says:

    Ahh I love Tom Collinses and also cherries and blackberries (so glad they're seasonally cheap and fresh). But why can't you have gin, Belle?

    July 3, 2011/Reply
  4. Layne says:

    This dress is on sale on the calypso website along with other sample sale items (50% off)…

    July 4, 2011/Reply