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You all remember my friends Steve and Demian, don’t you? Inventors/advocates of such wondershots as Little Beers and the PB&J? Well, who better to provide us with a kitschy, holiday-themed shooter on this most sweltering of national holiday weekends? (They are also great party-throwers; I will be spending the night of the 4th on their Battery Park City rooftop, watching the fireworks over the Hudson River .)

SteveAndDemian — I just decided they’re one of those couples who need only go by one name… Stevian? — found a recipe for the Red, White and Blue at About.com but did not find a particular part of it easy to follow: “The key to layered shooters like this is to slowly pour the ingredients over a bar spoon in a certain order according to the density of the liquid. It takes a little practice but after a few tries you’ll have the perfect Red, White and Blue layers inside your shot glasses.”

Sayeth Steven (just Steven) in response, “This did NOT work for me. With Demian’s help, we learned that we had to dilute the blue curacao with a little bit of water to make it float on the Schnapps more easily. Now, the chemist in me had to make this very scientific, so the modified recipe goes something like this…”

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