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Ask A Tampa Bay Expert: Fourth Of July Cocktail Recipes

June 19, 2014 8:00 AM

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We often associate the Fourth of July, or Independence Day, with the traditional symbols of summer, such as visits to the beach, fireworks, barbecues and other festivities. This holiday also coincides with one of the hottest moments of the year. How can we cool down on July 4th? There’s no better way than with one of these delicious summer cocktails, engineered to help us have a fun holiday without breaking a sweat!
Kerin Clarkin
Gaspar’s Grotto
1805 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 248-5900

With nearly 15 years in the bartending business, Kerin Clarkin can be considered a mixology expert. Who better to turn toward for some inventive cocktails to celebrate the 4th of July? Ask the regulars of Gaspar’s Grotto what they think of Clarkin and you’ll likely hear “energetic” or “entertaining” as a response. On top of his impressive knowledge of cocktails, he also integrates a series of magic tricks into his mixing process. Looking for dinner and a show? Or rather, a drink and a show? Then the 4th of July cocktails at Gaspar’s Grotto are ideal for you.

Fire Cracker Candy


  • 1/2 ounce white rum
  • 1 ounce of Malibu rum
  • 1 ounce watermelon puckers
  • 1 ounce blue curaçao
  • 2 ounces orange juice


  1. Add the two rums together in a glass
  2. Layer the watermelon puckers, then the blue curaçao
  3. Add orange juice as the top layer for a beautiful summer drink

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July 4th Mimosa


  • 1 12-ounce bottle of Corona or other light beer
  • 1 ounce orange vodka
  • 3 ounces orange juice


  1. Take a Corona and pour into a pint glass
  2. Add 1 ounce of orange Vodka
  3. Fill the rest of the glass with orange juice

The Jumping Jack


  • 1 ounce whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce cherry vodka
  • Dash of Raspberry Puckers
  • 1 8.4-ounce can of Red Bull
  • 12 ounces orange juice


  1. Pour whiskey and cherry vodka into glass
  2. Add Red Bull and OJ
  3. Add a dash of Raspberry Puckers

Related: Best Bars With Boat Docks Around Tampa Bay

Aaron Phillips has experience in marketing and journalism. Recently back to his hometown, he’s excited to discover and share what Tampa has to offer. His work can be found at
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