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Drink of the Week: Recipe for a layered Fourth of July cocktail, the Rocket Pop

Photo of Fourth of July cocktail the Rocket Pop, for Taste.

Scott Pollenz | Times

Photo of Fourth of July cocktail the Rocket Pop, for Taste.

America's most patriotic party weekend is upon us. If you're looking to wow guests at a festivity you are hosting or attending, try making a layered drink. The creative concoction is the stuff of Pinterest dreams, and it can be anything from a mixology masterpiece to a lighter, summer refreshment.

We're going with the second option.

In honor of this weekend's jamboree, we designed a red, white and blue layered drink for spirited sipping. Fair warning: Making these drinks can be frustrating — one of our attempts to make a layered punch resulted in a purple liquid more apt for a Prince Memorial Party. The key is to pick liquids with different densities, specifically measurable by the amount of sugar in the drink.

Scott Pollenz, Times staff writer


The Rocket Pop

1 ounce clear liquor, like vodka

½ cup red sports drink (we used Gatorade or Powerade)


Lemon lime soda

½ cup blue low-sugar sports drink (see note)

Mix liquor and the red sports drink in the bottom of a pint glass.

Add the ice. Add a spritz of lemon lime soda. This helps break up the color, giving the ice a white look, and also creates another layer of sugar.

Slowly add the blue drink on top.

Note: It's important that the amount of sugar in the red and blue drinks is different.

Serves 1.

Source: Scott Pollenz, Tampa Bay Times

Drink of the Week: Recipe for a layered Fourth of July cocktail, the Rocket Pop 06/27/16 [Last modified: Thursday, June 30, 2016 1:33pm]
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