07/02/2012 02:08 pm ET | Updated Sep 01, 2012

Star Spangled Cocktails for 4th of July

Spike up summer's favorite fruits and create refreshing cocktails that will add a spark to your 4th of July celebration. Invite your friends over for some star-spangled fun, these tasty libations are better by the batchful!

Watermelon Crush

Serves 4

8 oz. tequila
2 cups watermelon cubes
6 mint leaves, more for garnish
1 oz. agave nectar
1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

Muddle watermelon and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker or large glass, add tequila, agave nectar and lime juice. Shake well. Pour into ice filled glasses, top with seltzer, garnish with mint and serve.

Strawberry Sparkler


Serves 4

8 oz. vodka
2 oz. Chambord
2 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 oz. agave nectar
12 fresh strawberries
fresh mint for garnish

In a large cocktail glass or shaker, muddle together strawberries and vodka. Add Chambord, lemon juice and agave nectar. Shake well. Pour into ice filled glasses, garnish with mint and serve.