Easy 4th of July Drinks for Your Holiday Party

Cherry-Berry Sangria
Photo: Con Poulos

Get your patriotic party on with these red, white, and blue 4th of July drinks. Our festive recipes—including summer sangria, mocktails, and ice cream shakes—will help you celebrate Independence Day in style. Just pick a Fourth of July drink recipe and prepare your toast!

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Watermelon-Mint Cooler

Watermelon-Mint Cooler
Andy Lyons

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.

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Boozy Patriotic Pop

Boozy Patriotic Pops

So the ice cream truck is taking the day off to celebrate Independence Day. Here's your solution! Freeze this fun 4th of July vodka drink recipe into alcohol-infused ice pops. They're perfect to savor while lounging by the pool or enjoying the fireworks.

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Red, White, and Blue Shooters

4th of July 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.

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Strawberry Margarita

Strawberry Margarita
Andy Lyons

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.

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

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.

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Gingered Framboise Martini

Gingered Framboise Martini
Jason Donnelly

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.)

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Sparkling Rose Blueberry Floats

Sparkling Rose Blueberry Floats
Andy Lyons

You don't need a lighter for these sparklers! This fizzy Fourth of July drink calls for an entire bottle of rosé. They one-up root beer floats every day.

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Hawaiian Martini

Blue Hawaii Martini

An extra dose of bright blue will infuse even more sparkle at your 4th of July party. Simply add a splash of blue curacao and orange wedges to transform this vodka cocktail into a party-ready drink.

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Berry-Mint Granita

Berry-Mint Granita
Rebekah Molloy

It's time to reacquaint yourself with the summer slushy. This berry-sweet nonalcoholic 4th of July drink combines raspberries and blueberries for an icy treat. Lemon and fresh mint lighten things up for the season.

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Ruby Peartini

ruby peartini
Jason Donnelly

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.

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Gibson Cocktail

Gibson Drink
Blaine Moats

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.

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Red, White, and Blue Shakes

Red, White, and Blue Shake

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.

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White Strawberry Sangria

Strawberry Sangria
Andy Lyons

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.

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Cherry-Berry Sangria

Cherry-Berry Sangria
Con Poulos

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.

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Almond-Date Smoothie

Almond-Date Smoothie

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.

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Blackberry-Bourbon Lemonade

Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade
Andy Lyons

Fresh lemonade is a family favorite for good reason. Come Independence Day, we suggest giving it an earthy, grown-up upgrade with a splash of bourbon. As far as Fourth of July cocktails go, this one is sure to be a hit.

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Hurricane

Hurricane

While we don't want to tempt Mother Nature, this is one storm we think you should gladly welcome to your outdoor 4th of July party. The passionfruit and cherry creation features two types of rum to ensure everyone is in good spirits.

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Virgin Mary Smoothies

Virgin Mary Smoothies
Jason Donnelly

Craving something savory, spirit-free, yet still festive? This vegetable smoothie recipe is here for you. With both horseradish and hot pepper sauce, the virgin Mary drink is an anything but boring inclusion on your nonalcoholic 4th of July drink menu.

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Pina Colada

Pina colada

We may like pina coladas, but we're definitely hoping not to get caught in the rain on the 4th of July. Mix up this classic cocktail with only five ingredients and a blender. Pineapple, coconut, and lime provide a pure taste of summer.

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Really Red Power Smoothies

Really Red Power Smoothies
Jason Donnelly

What a brilliant way to sneak extra fruits and vegetables onto the 4th of July menu! Red pepper (yes, a bell pepper!), strawberries, and raspberries to paint this patriotic smoothie red.

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Sweet Tea Swagger

Sweet Tea Swagger

Add a little swagger to your iced tea. Vodka and brown sugar do the trick in this alcoholic Fourth of July drink. Skewered watermelon gives it that signature summer touch.

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Strawberry Gin Slushies

Strawberry drinks

Here's the scoop. A pint of berry sorbet transforms into the toast of the town (or at least your 4th of July party) when you blend it with strawberries, gin, and ice. Serve in tall glasses and prepare to watch them disappear quicker than a firework in the sky.

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Spicy Tomato Gin and Tonic

Bloody Mary Gin and Tonic

Forget the salt—steak seasoning rims this extra spicy gin and tonic, while muddled tomatoes and dill keep it garden-fresh.

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