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Ask A South Florida Expert: Fourth Of July Cocktail Recipes

July 3, 2014 9:00 AM

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Cocktails (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Cocktails (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Fourth of July conjures memories of food, fun, family and fireworks. Of course, what really gives the Fourth of July barbecue a kick are the cocktails. Try out these Cuban-inspired Fourth of July cocktails that will celebrate the 4th and highlight the spirit of Miami. Happy 4th!
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Raúl Musibay, Glenn Lindgren, Jorge Castillo and Neil Ruiz 
www.icuban.comThree Guys from Miami have established a five-million-visitors-strong online presence including appearances on The Travel Channel and The Food Network and two successful cookbooks called “Three Guys From Miami Cook Cuban” and “Three Guys From Miami Celebrate Cuban.” At their heart, they are just three brothers-in-law who share a passion for Cuban cuisine and share that passion with the world. Along with their nephew Neil Ruiz, The Three Guys From Miami create meals and cocktails that are authentically Cuban and totally Miami.

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Papa HemingwayIngredients:

  • 2 oz grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz white rum
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 2 splashes maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 lime twist
  • crushed ice


  1. Blend ingredients.
  2. Serve chilled


Havana Punch (for the kids)

Syrup Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 whole cloves

Punch Ingredients:

  • 2 cans ice cold ginger ale
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 quart lemon sherbet, soft


  1. In a saucepan, boil 1 cup of water and stir in honey.
  2. Add nutmeg, cinnamon and clove, stirring thoroughly.
  3. Reduce heat and cook for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until mixture is slightly thickened.
  4. Remove syrup from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  5. Remove whole cloves and place in refrigerator to chill.
  6. To make the punch, put the juices and sherbet (room temperature) in a large punchbowl and stir together.
  7. Add spiced syrup and ginger ale.
  8. Serve immediately over ice.


Ultimate MojitoIngredients:

  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 lime (juice)
  • 3 mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 ounces rum
  • 4 oz soda water


  1. Put sugar and lime juice in a glass.
  2. Crush a few fresh mint leaves into the sugar and lime juice.
  3. Add rum and ice.
  4. Fill with soda water and add a sprig of mint.

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Niema Hulin was born in Newark, NJ but raised in Lexington, South Carolina for the bulk of her formative years. In 2002, she moved to Miami after graduating from the University of Florida. Since then, Niema has worked in film, television and commercials as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator. Some of her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV. Her work can be found at
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