Sunday, July 3, 2011

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness . . . plus a Recipe!

Cape Porpoise, Maine

This has been call the greatest sentence in the English language.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are
 Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

Happy 4th of July Everyone!

Please enjoy the recipe below!

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4th of July Cocktail


  • 1 ounce watermelon schnapps
  • 1 big splash cranberry juice
  • 1 very thin slice jalapeno or serrano pepper
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 1 slice lime
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1/4 ounce blue curacao
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Watermelon wedge, for garnish (optional)


Mix the schnapps and cranberry juice in a shaker; pour into an ice-filled glass.
Muddle the jalapeno pepper, lemon and lime slices, tequila, blue curacao and simple syrup (to make a batch, dissolve sugar in equal parts hot water and chill) in the shaker. Slowly strain into the glass over the red layer. Garnish with watermelon, if desired.


  1. Love the colours of your drink - so patriotic!!

    Happy 4th July :-}}}

  2. Well I'll be...that is pretty darn clever.

    Happy 4th of July.

    Hugs to you and Duke.

  3. Love your new header!! Look at Duke. A little scary with the dolls!!!! I love the cocktail. Perfect way to wash down the celebrations. Happy 4th July from Cannes!!

  4. Wow ~ that is some great cocktail recipe! Have a happy 4th!!

    Susan and Bentley

  5. I love the quote you chose. I may post it on fb. It's a favorite!
    Happy 4th

  6. Love those words! Happy 4th....

  7. hi mary and duke....that is such a pretty drink for the 4th of july....and wishing you and all of your family a HAPPY one...

    sending love,
    kary and teddy


  8. One of my favorite flag pictures. The drink looks delicious. I bet it goes down easy too. We will have to give this one a try. Enjoy your time in Maine!!!

  9. Happy 4th of July to you and all Americans. Love the cocktail :)

  10. Not sure I would like the cocktail, since I am not into Tequila, but it certainly looks pretty enough :-)
    Most of all, though, I like your current header!
    Enjoy the day; 4th of July does not have any special meaning over here, but I know it is an important day in your country.

  11. Love the first photo of Maine. Very New England and patriotic. Your colorful cocktail sounds delicious and great photo there too. Happy 4th of July weekend.

  12. Beautiful picture of the flag hanging in the arbor.

  13. Love teh look and sound of that cocktail; hope you are having a great holiday.

  14. Beautiful pics, happy 4th!! LOL

  15. Your home is beautiful!
    Happy 4th!!

  16. sure is a pretty cocktail! Happy 4th of July; let freedom ring!

  17. Cape Porpoise, lovely! That cocktail looks so fun!

    Hope you had a great 4th weekend!

  18. Wow! What a great cocktail! And yes it IS one of the finest sentences ever written! I woke up to it on the 4th coming from my radio alarm ... the hosts of NHPR teamed up to read the Declaration of Independence in its entirety to the radio audience as a way to start the day ... very cool. It snapped me wide awake!

    Hope you're having a wonderful time in Maine! With a cocktail like that, no worries, right?

  19. That's so creative! I love it!

    (I linked my post to yours today)

  20. Hope you had a great 4th! That is one potent and patriotic cocktail! I love the sound of the ingredients - very refreshing.

  21. mmmmmmm, that is tempting me, although maybe it is too early in the day here! Love the sound of that schnapps :)

  22. Happy Independance Day
    That is a snappy looking cocktail, like the idea of anything watermelon flavoured.
    Am counting down to a trip home to Plymouth in a few weeks time.


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