Get in the celebratory spirit of 4th July with some tipples from the USA. By Oliver Coningham
Each year in America on 4th July, Independence Day is celebrated. This national holiday commemorates the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on 4th July 1776. On this day, the Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer ruled by King George III, the monarch of Britain at the time, and were now united, free and independent states.
Independence Day is honoured with a diverse range of celebrations from concerts, baseball games and fireworks, to picnics, BBQs and family gatherings.
Despite America being thousands of miles away from us in the UK, it is perhaps, along with St Patrick's Day, one of a small number of international cultural and religious celebrations that has infiltrated British culture.
Our countries may not be the closest of neighbours but there's no denying the impact that the United States has had and continues to have on us here in the UK.
From politics and entertainment to what we consume; the influence of one the largest countries in the world permeates so many things.
As an ode to Independence Day, this month our drinks selection features not only some undeniable American classics but those that embody some of the characteristics of the country too.
Pale Ale (5.6%) - Sierra Nevada
£1.80 for 355ml
Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale is the American beer that not only ignited the American craft beer scene but also helped to create our very own one here in the UK. Their original, retro label features beautiful snow-capped mountains and crystal blue rivers. Packed with bold aromas of citrus and pine, it's a timeless classic.
Most of Sierra Nevada's regular production brews are suitable for vegans, however, they brew the occasional speciality beer that may use non-vegan ingredients like honey or lactose.
Karma Cola Organic Cola
£1.45 for 250ml
We couldn't write a list of classic American drinks without featuring a Cola of some form. Although not technically American as the main ingredient - the cola nut - is grown in Sierra Leone, the other iconic red and white Cola brand is quintessentially American. Karma Cola is made with authentic organic ingredients, and no secrets, preservatives or anything artificial.
Karma Cola drinks are all suitable for vegans and also GMO-free
Jack Daniel's Old No.7 Tennessee Whiskey (40%)
£26 for 70cl
If you enjoy whiskey, chances are your journey began with a bottle of Jack Daniel's. The black labelled, cubic bottle will have shared many cherished times with you. From the centrepiece during late-night conversations to being sipped from shiny steel hip flasks at weddings. When it comes to American whiskey, it's the first to come to mind.
Jack Daniel's Black Label, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel's Single Barrel and Jack Daniel's Tennessee Fire are all vegan-friendly.
Lagunitas IPA (6.2%)
£1.95 for 355ml
Lagunitas balanced and highly drinkable IPA is another quintessential American craft beer that inspired many brewers throughout the world. The aroma is full of tropical fruit notes with lime, mango, papaya, pineapple. These continue through to the taste with hints of toffee and fresh, grassy hops.
At the time of writing, all Lagunitas beers are suitable for vegans.
Brooklyn Lager (5.2%)
£5 for 4 x 330ml
Think you know American lagers? Think again. Brooklyn Brewery's iconic, dry-hopped amber lager changed the world. Brooklyn Lager combines flavours of chewy toffee, whole meal toast and caramel with the bold aroma of grapefruit and pine. Look out for it on draught in pubs around the UK, too.
Brooklyn Brewery beers are all vegan-friendly. Their cask beers are filtered with the vegan-friendly Biofine Clear.
Butterfield Station Chardonnay 2019 (13.5%)
£10.99 for 75cl
Butterfield Station Chardonnay 2019 is a bottle packed with Californian sunshine! It's a delicious, nostalgic take on the Chardonnay style with big buttery and oaky flavours. The comforting flavours develop further with notes of baked apples, butterscotch and buttered toast.
Suitable for vegans.