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For me, Fourth of July is not only a day to celebrate my American pride but to also remember my heritage and the ancestors who have made it possible for me to lead the life I have here in the US. While the majority of my family has been in America for several generations, my grandmother is 100% Swedish. She was born and raised in Sweden and came to America to be with my grandfather whom she had met overseas.
With my Swedish lineage, I tend to gravitate towards and want to support Swedish brands. One of those is my personal favorite vodka brand, SVEDKA. Keep reading to see how I’m incorporating SVEDKA vodka into a yummy Fourth of July Very Berry Vodka Lemonade (recipe included!) >>
SVEDKA vodka is directly imported to the US from Sweden, a country known not only for their meatballs but for perfecting vodka as well. In fact, it’s now the #1 vodka imported into the US (Source: Adams 2015) so you know it’s good! SVEDKA is actually named as a mash-up of ‘Svenska’ (meaning ‘Swedish’) and ‘vodka’… neat, right?
SVEDKA, which is wheat-based and made with spring water, has a subtle and smooth taste and is a good quality value vodka. It mixes well into cocktails and is my vodka go-to.
To celebrate the Fourth of July, SVEDKA has released a fun limited edition Stars & Stripes vodka with red, white and blue party packaging that’s perfect for your Independence Day festivities. When I first brought the bottle home from the store, Steve remarked that it “looks really cool”, which basically means that it gets two thumbs-up from him.
For our Fourth of July BBQ celebration, I plan on serving up a super yummy Very Berry Vodka Lemonade. I mean, what’s a more perfect beverage for an all-American BBQ or pool party than a refreshing glass of lemonade? I’m super excited to share this delicious recipe with you– you’ll be (pleasantly) surprised to see how easy it is to make a berry simple syrup.
The delicious tart agave-sweetened four-berry syrup and lemonade blend pairs perfectly with SVEDKA vodka. While the below berry vodka lemonade recipe makes a couple of glasses, you can increase the amounts to make this ahead of time in a pitcher for easy party serving.
The SVEDKA limited edition Stars and Stripes vodka is available at a variety of local retailers in the liquor aisle.
How will you be incorporating SVEDKA vodka into your Fourth of July celebrations and summer cocktails? Tell me in the comments below!
Wishing you all a fun and safe Fourth of July holiday– please drink responsibly. Skål!