33 Easy 4th of July Drinks for Your Holiday Party
Red, White, and Blue Shooters
It's official: These are the most patriotic 4th of July shots ever! Layer grenadine, peach schnapps, and blue curacao for an easy red, white, and blue boozy drink.
Editor's Tip: Keep the colors separate by gently pouring the white and blue layers over the back of a spoon so they stack rather than spilling into the colors below.
Red: Watermelon-Mint Cooler
Dive into a family-friendly watermelon sipper for this year's 4th of July celebration. With five cups of water-rich melon in the punch, it’s a sure (and scrumptious) way to help everyone stay hydrated. Carry the day's patriotic theme into your display: Use clear and blue glasses, a large ice-filled cooler, and a jug, to add a festive touch to your 4th of July buffet.
Boozy Patriotic Pop
Savor summer strawberries with a lip-puckering margarita recipe that's perfect for any July 4th party. Whole strawberries find their place alongside splashes of triple sec and tequila in this patriotic drink recipe. A dose of lime goodness nicely balances the naturally-sweet berries.
Coconut Cream Island Punch
It's not a party without a little Fourth of July punch. Spiced rum spikes this one, which looks to grapefruit soda to keep things extra bubbly.
Editor's Tip: Frozen star fruit slices add a touch of the stars and stripes to this patriotic punch.
Gingered Framboise Martini
This 4th of July cocktail recipe is gin and juice, with a twist! With raspberries, ginger liqueur, gin, and lemon juice, this martini boasts a smooth and light flavor. Add whole raspberries for an extra-fresh finish. (If gin’s your jam, you’ll also love this easy four-ingredient mixed drink.)
Mad Hatter Potion
Spiked patriotic punch will make every 4th of July party attendee (over 21, that is) happy. The citrusy flavors of blue curacao and orange juice provide a sweet summery taste in this colorful drink. With a bottle of white wine in the mix, this 4th of July drink will please cocktail and vino fans alike.
Sparkling Rose Blueberry Floats
Pears hit their seasonal stride in July, so Independence Day is the perfect time to whip up a peartini. Pear nectar adds a lively sweetness to this cocktail and balances the bite of the vodka.
Editor's Tip: For an appropriately-colored, cool touch, freeze pomegranate seeds to stir in alongside the ice.
Entertaining some cocktail aficionados? Go for Gibsons. The classic cocktail dresses up even a casual backyard July 4th celebration. Mix gin and dry vermouth, then chill with ice.
Editor's Tip: This sophisticated sip can be made with mulberry or raspberry gin for an alternative patriotic twist.
Red, White, and Blue Shakes
Keep your cool: This 4th of July layered drink recipe is much simpler to make than it appears! Freeze each layer of the strawberry, vanilla, and blueberry shake separately to easily achieve the showy striated look. This delicious frosty treat is one the kids (and kids at heart) are sure to love.
White Strawberry Sangria
Sangria is arguably one of the best adult flavors of summer. A single bottle of Sauvignon Blanc goes a long way at your 4th of July party when combined with strawberry schnapps and fresh-cut strawberries.
Editor's Tip: Rim the glasses with blue cocktail sugar to complete the red, white, and blue look.
This red wine sangria is a patriotic triple threat—blueberries, strawberries, and cherries fill the 4th of July drink recipe. (A whole bottle of red wine and a healthy splash of brandy join the pomegranate juice party, too.)
Editor's Tip: Refrigerate this patriotic punch for at least two hours before serving to help the flavors meld.
It’s not just for kids! The old-school beverage steals the show for adults, too, when you top things off with chilled ginger ale and a dash of cherry juice. Garnish this 4th of July mocktail with a maraschino cherry and orange slice for even more fruity flavor.
Why wait until lunch or happy hour to get the festivities going? This creamy, just-sweet-enough smoothie is both a great way to start your Fourth of July morning and fill you up when you need a pick-me-up afternoon snack. Plus, it's dairy-free thanks to almond milk.
Strawberry Champagne Cocktail Smash
Hibiscus Agua Fresca
Take some inspiration from south of the border for your 4th of July drink menu. A little tart, yet still sweet thanks to drizzled honey, this tea can be sipped with breakfast, lunch, or any time of day.
Editor's Tip: Start with tea leaves that are red to ensure the agua fresca matches the color palate.