Health and Wellness Body Diet and Nutrition Recipes A Deliciously Fizzy Cocktail Recipe Perfect for Your Fourth of July Party By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on June 14, 2016 @ 07:15AM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Jennifer Causey Believe it or not, July 4th is just around the corner. Whether you're hosting a party or want to solidify next year's invite to your friend's beach house, try serving up some fizzy fun with a cocktail that has a zingy, gingery bite. The aptly named Star-Spangled Smash, dreamed up by Steven Escobar, beverage director at The Regal, Brooklyn's elegant diner-slash-mixology bar, is the perfect drink for the evening—although, if you ask us, it works just fine for any celebration. "I love how refreshing it is," Escobar tells InStyle. "And raspberries and mint are so summery." He suggests amping up the flavor even more by using Jamaican-style Reed's Extra Ginger Beer, and topping it off with a snazzy star-topped swizzle stick ($7/12; shopmerimeri.com), as shown above, for an extra festive touch. Then grab your buddies and soak in the view of the fireworks. Read on for the full recipe. Cheers! Star-Spangled Smash Serves 6-8 Impress Everyone with These Red, White, and Blueberry Ice Pops at Your Fourth of July Party Ingredients 1 3/4 cups vodka1/2 cup fresh lemon juice1/2 cup cane sugar syrup ($9/25 oz; monin.com)1 bunch fresh mint leaves1 pint fresh raspberries1 12-oz. bottle ginger beer ($7/4 bottles; jet.com) Directions 1. Stir together vodka, lemon juice, syrup, mint leaves, and raspberries in a large pitcher. 2. Stir in ginger beer just before serving. 3. Serve in ice-filled glasses. Throw a Pinterest-Worthy Fourth of July Party with an Exclusive Menu by The Forest Feast’s Author For more July 4th entertaining tips, pick up the July issue of InStyle, now available on newsstands and for digital download. Or, get tips like these delivered straight to your door by subscribing now.