"Red", "White," and "Blue" cocktails at Bacchanal.
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Happy Birthday, America!

Anna Vega - June 30th, 2014

Fourth of July celebrations bring on the fireworks and festivities as patriotic revelers nationwide commemorate the holiday with down-home eats and cocktails. Here’s how the Big Apple is feasting—and toasting to—Independence Day:

Casual eatery newcomer Bacchanal, located on the Bowery, introduced a trio of specialty cocktails formulated by mixology maven Naren Young. The “red,” “white,” and “blue” drinks keep to their namesake in color, while giving vivid flavors with ingredients like spiced sangria syrup and mescal with white crème de menthe. Executive chef Scott Bryan rounds out the offerings with season-inspired dishes including chilled corn velouté with roasted poblanos, tomatoes, and basil; and skirt steak grilled and served with black bean chipotle tinga.

What can be more American than bacon and brew? The Lower East Side will set ablaze as Sons of Essex hosts their second annual Beer & Bacon Block Party. Two hogs will be roasted street-side, each flaunting its own flavor, “Hawaiian Kahlua” and “Black Pepper.” Brooklyn Brewery provides the all-you-can-drink local draft, and the downtown locale makes it all the easier to catch the fireworks display now that it’s returned to the East River.

Rooftop views of the pyrotechnics and a live DJ are the main attractions at JIMMY, 18 stories high atop The James hotel in Soho. For the occasion, partner and industry veteran Johnny Swet concocted the M-80 Swizzle cocktail, made with fresh blueberries and Sailor Jerry Rum, while the kitchen will plate American favorites like mini grilled cheese and Kobe franks in a blanket.

Patrons are invited for an all-day and-night unlimited food and cocktail feast on the 7,000-square-foot terrace of the Yotel in Times Square. The “4th of July Endless Summer BBQ” includes red, white, and blue(berry) sangria alongside a variety of summertime eats. Lobster gazpacho shooters, pulled pork sliders, fried chicken, and peach cobbler are among the selection.

Those who prefer to fully embrace their independence can host a private party with “Momofuku 4th of July To Go.” The restaurant group’s NYC locations of Má Pêche, Ssäm Bar, and Noodle Bar, are taking orders for their to-go packages serving eight to 10 guests. And yes, the bo ssäm (whole roasted pork shoulder with all the fixings), is on the menu.

Heading away from the northeast, guests can stop for the Wildcat Cooler available at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tuscon. The luxury desert retreat is combining seasonal ingredients with Reyka Vodka to assemble the heat-relieving beverage.

Carnivores dining at any of the 11 Del Frisco’s Steak House locations get to wet their holiday appetites with the The VIP cocktail. The signature summer beverage includes potent pineapples soaked in vodka for up to three days.

Absolut Raspberry, lemon simple syrup, and iced tea are the main ingredients in the Conrad Cooler at the Hilton Orlando, named after the founder of the international hospitality chain.

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