‘Murica Shots and Orange Tea Bourbon Punch

I hope everyone had a fun, safe, delicious, and patriotic Fourth of July!  My friends and I had a great time, the few of us that were around in Ithaca for the weekend.  Today, I will focus on the delicious drink recipes concocted for the party thrown in my new apartment.

The Drinks

In the tradition of Ithaca 4th of July, we made a punch, but this one seems a lot classier than the Mountain Dew, Kool-aid, vodka, watermelon, and watermelon-soaked vodka monstrosity.  That’s not to say it wasn’t delicious; it was just deadly.

The first thing we made were these shooters, inspired by a recipe from Savory Reviews. When I arrived in Ithaca, the liquor store closed before 10 P.M., even though the flyer on the doors said that their summer hours were until 10. Instead, we had to mod the shots with some substitutes, seeing as the liquor store would also be closed for the Fourth of July.

Look how pretty it is!

Look how pretty it is!


How we actually wound up serving them because buying a dozen shot glasses at a grocery store is expensive.

‘Murica Shots

  • 1 oz. Grenadine syrup
  • 1 oz. Bailey’s coffee creamer
  • 1 oz. Blue lagoon Mojo Shot malt liquor
  • 1 shot glass
  1. Pour the grenadine to the bottom of the shot glass
  2. Using a spoon held very close to the top of the grenadine, pour the Bailey’s carefully on top
  3. Using the same method, pour the malt liquor on top
  4. Enjoy! 

Serves: 1 (but is very easy to multiply)

The second drink we made for those who did not feel like taking shots was a punch, the recipe inspired by Joy the Baker.  We bought Jim Bean for this recipe and David’s Tea never disappoints, especially when added in cocktail form.  Did I go to their shop in Flatiron and smelled all the ones with the word “orange” in them until I found the perfect one? (Yes.) The flavor I chose to go with was Main Squeeze, an orange-flavored yerba mate-based tea. We started the tea the night before the party so that it could cool to an acceptable punch temperature. It was so hot in my apartment, however, that we also needed to add ice cubes to increase palatability. This drink was a crowd favorite and I can’t wait to experiment with more varied and creative punches.

The punch in all its punch-y glory.

The punch in all its punch-y glory.

Orange Tea Bourbon Punch
  • 1-2 oz. Main Squeeze tea
  • 90 fl. oz. water
  • 2 sliced oranges
  • 16 fl. oz. of orange juice
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of simple syrup
  • 1-2 cups of Jim Bean bourbon
  • 45 fl. oz. teapot
  • Drink dispenser
  1. Brew the 1-2 oz of tea in the teapot at 200 degrees for 5 minutes.
  2. Empty into drink dispenser
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the same tea
  4. Put in the fridge to cool overnight
  5. Add orange slices
  6. Add orange juice
  7. Pour in bourbon
  8. Add about half the desired amount of simple syrup
  9. Taste
  10. Add more (if you want)
  11. Serve to friends

Servings: 8-10 10-fl. oz. cups

Can easily be refilled.

The Clothes

I am not a proponent of buying clothes just because you might wear them for one occasion during the year. So, for my outfit, I went with a red, white, and blue theme. But, if you do happen to own American flag gear, feel free to wear that too. Or you can be more subtle, just by wearing stripes.

On the left: Val in her American flag shirt. On the right: Miller in khaki shorts and red, white, and blue stripes.

On the left: Val in her American flag shirt. On the right: Miller in khaki shorts and red, white, and blue stripes.

Red (Urban outfitters), blue (Abercrombie and Fitch; yes, I know the comments and remarks recently made by their CEO; I've owned this shirt I was 14), and white (Tibet store in Williamburg)

Red (Urban outfitters), blue (Abercrombie and Fitch; yes, I know the comments and remarks recently made by their CEO; I’ve owned this shirt I was 14), and white (Tibet store in Williamburg)

The Allergies

If you want the shots to be dairy-free, just use a product like coconut milk. The most important part is that it has a higher sugar content than your blue component, but lower than the Grenadine, so that it doesn’t mix and ruin your pretty American-flag layers. I tried determining if malt liquors were gluten-free, but the only information I found was for beer. I only had one of the shots to taste and as a safety precaution, so please comment if some other information comes up.

Keep it boozey,


Next week: Look forward to a review of pizza from Luigi’s, a joint my friend recommended since they just started offering gluten-free pizza. Oh, and a one- or two-sentence review of Despicable Me 2.

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