Either way, we're all looking for a way to beat the heat before the sweat situation has us feeling red, white and eww.
Keep your cool with these adult popsicles conceptualized by celebrity mixologist Rob Floyd, who works with Basil Hayden's because of its low 80 proof which is why #1 it freezes and #2 the recipes call for the other amounts of liquid (there needs to be a specific ratio of alcohol to non-alcohol to get them into frozen form)! Or you can try an equally refreshing cocktail (below) should you not want to wait to get the party started.
Berry American PopsicleMakes 6 popsicles
7 parts bourbon
1½ parts elderflower syrup
2 parts water
2 parts fresh lime juice
4 to 5 strawberries, medium size
Poke a hole in each blueberry, and soak in four parts of bourbon for 30 minutes. Set aside. Add the strawberries to a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add the fresh lime juice, elderflower syrup, remaining bourbon and water to the cocktail shaker. Shake hard. Add the mixture to the popsicle molds. Add three bourbon-soaked blueberries to each mold and freeze.
Spiced Chocolate Independence PopsicleMakes 6 popsicles
2 parts bourbon
16 parts low-fat milk
1½ parts unsweetened chocolate
1½ parts sugar
1 bar of dark chocolate (4 oz. bar)
4 to 5 dashes chipotle chili pepper
In a saucepan over low heat, combine the milk, unsweetened chocolate, sugar and dark chocolate. Warm the mixture, and stir continuously until all of the ingredients are combined. (Do not boil.) Remove it from heat and let cool. Add bourbon and chipotle chili pepper and stir. Add to the popsicle mold and freeze.
Courtesy Skyy Vodka
Patriot Cocktail 1½ oz. vodka
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. pomegranate juice
½ oz. agave nectar
1½ oz. ginger beer
½ oz. cold water
Pour all of the ingredients in a bottle, and close with a metal cap. Chill before serving.