Martha Stewart, he’s not. But Andrew Bohrer (formerly of Vessel, now of and Naga in Bellevue, and now of MistralKitchen) has an awesome and efficient method for boozing up your friends on the fourth in style.

“Take a 2 gallon Coleman water jug/cooler and fill it to the top with ice. It perfectly fits a base of one fifth of spirits and the right amount of mixers. Just fill the whole thing, shake, and enjoy cocktails for hours.”

Here are his two favorite “cooler” cocktails.

#1
1 bottle light rum
1/2 bottle simple syrup
375 mL bottle lime juice
1pint strawberries
10 sprigs of mint

Layer 2 inches of ice, 2 sprigs of mint, and some strawberries and repeat until full. Dump in all ingredients and shake very hard for a couple of minutes. (Amateurs may need to enlist a friend to share shaking duties.)

#2
1 bottle bourbon
½ bottle simple syrup
375 Ml bottle lemon juice
4 diced peaches
about one thumb sized piece of ginger root, chopped

Layer fruit and ginger between ice, repeat until full. Dump in all ingredients and shake very hard for a couple of minutes.

“Anyway,” says Bohrer, “that’s what I’m drinking on Saturday.”

Check out more Fourth of July cocktails from Fresh Bistro and Taste.

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