Red, white, blue, and boozy, these amazing 4th of July cocktails are all you’ll need to get your Independence Day party rockin’.
These recipes will help you celebrate and beat the summer heat.
These icy cool drinks are strictly adults-only, flavored with fruit liqueurs, classic spirits, and tempting tipples.
4th of July Cocktails & Drink Recipes
And of course, these recipes all follow the red, white, and blue theme.
Sweet, sour, and thirst-quenching, there’s an array of delicious drinks to explore on this list.
Serve up a refreshing watermelon sangria or strawberry daiquiri at your backyard BBQ.
Cozy up and watch the fireworks with a blueberry colada or a root beer float.
Raise the flag, and your glass – let’s toast to a festive & fruity Fourth of July!
1. Red White and Blue Layered Cocktail
This beautiful cocktail is a showstopper.
It’s a tall, striped glass layered in the colors of the flag, and you won’t have to do any special tricks to get that layer effect.
The secret is pouring the liquid with the highest sugar content first (in this case red grenadine).
This will sink to the bottom of the glass, and all you’ll need to do then is gently pour the remaining layers.
The white layer is lemonade and vodka, while the blue is eye-catching curacao.
Pro tip – pour them in slowly over the back of a spoon to ensure each layer stays separate longer.
Ingredients: vodka, Blue Curacao liqueur, lemonade, grenadine, ice
2. Watermelon Sangria
A pitcher of sangria is a wonderful thing, especially when you have a party planned, but you can’t be bothered spending the day topping up your guest’s glasses.
Stir up a big batch of this amazing concoction and your work is done. It’s a blend of white wine, vodka, lime juice, and sugar.
Add chunks of watermelon, let it chill for at least 10 minutes, and enjoy!
Ingredients: white wine, vodka, watermelon, sugar, lime juice, water
3. Blackberry Mojito
Fresh muddled blackberries, stirred with sugar syrup, and white rum – this cocktail is one of my new favorite drinks.
It’s finished with bright citrus notes from freshly squeezed lime and aromatic mint leaves.
Top up the glass with sparkling soda and sip slowly, this one deserves to be savored.
Ingredients: white rum, club soda, lime juice, mint leaves, blackberries, sugar & water, ice
4. Strawberry Daiquiri
If you’ve made daiquiris before, you’ll love this super-easy version that takes the work out of this traditional tipple.
It’s as easy as throwing frozen strawberries, white rum, simple syrup, and lime into a blender.
Press the ‘on’ button, wait until it’s smooth, and drink it down! Just remember to leave enough for your guests.
Ingredients: light rum, strawberries, lime
5. Bloody Mary
This classic cocktail made with tomato juice and vodka is an acquired taste.
Tangy and spicy, it’s a savory alternative to the usual sweet drink.
This recipe is sure to be a hit with Bloody Mary fans. It gives you all that tart flavor, without relying on store-bought mix.
It’s easy to make, too. Just mix together tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, and a few other basic ingredients and seasoning.
Ingredients: vodka, tomato juice, cucumber, vinegar, celery seed, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, black pepper, garlic, salt, lemon
6. Strawberry Margarita
Fun and flirty, this margarita is a must for any party.
This one is an icy-cold frozen slushie that tastes much more innocent than it actually is.
Spiked with a generous helping of tequila and triple sec, this margarita has a kick.
But it goes down easy, helped along by frozen strawberries, limeade, and sugar.
This frozen margarita is a dessert you can drink!
Ingredients: tequila, triple sec, strawberries, limeade concentrate, sugar, salt
7. Red White and Blue Moscato Sangria
Put a bottle of your favorite wine aside for this scrumptious sangria.
Loaded with red strawberries, blueberries, and white wine, it’s full of patriotic pride and tasty fruits.
It’s so sweet and fruity, it’s like a dessert in cocktail form.
It’s flexible, to boot.
Any wine or fruit will work, and you can easily make it more kid-friendly by swapping out the booze for white grape juice.
Ingredients: Moscato white wine, vodka, grape juice, strawberries, blueberries, honey dew
8. Fireworks Flair Cocktail
Fireworks are the perfect end to a great Fourth, and this cocktail is the perfect end to a great party.
With three different types of alcohol in the mix – vodka, brandy, and triple sec – this is a show-stopping end to a busy day.
Sip it with someone special, and there’ll definitely be fireworks!
Ingredients: vodka, blackberry brandy, cranberry juice, triple sec, blueberries, raspberries, lemon, ice
9. Aviation Cocktail
Aviation is one of the oldest cocktail recipes in bartending history.
First enjoyed in the early 1900s, it’s a classic gin drink with a floral flavor.
This recipe sticks to tradition, mixing up gin, maraschino liqueur, creme de violette, and a dash of lemon juice.
Ingredients: gin, maraschino liqueur, creme de violette, lemon, brandied cherry
10. Mint Julep
Juleps are bourbon-based drinks, commonly enjoyed sitting on a porch on warm afternoons.
The Southern favorite is ideal for the Fourth. Especially this refreshing version, which is loaded with fresh mint leaves.
A splash of maple syrup gives it a sweet, dessert vibe.
It’s easy to make, and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, so get to muddling your mint!
Ingredients: bourbon, mint, maple syrup, crushed ice
11. Fourth of July Jell-O Shots
Kick things up a notch on your fourth with these funky shots.
Made with vodka and layers of red, white, and blue gelatin, these guys are all dressed up and ready to party.
Don’t be fooled: while they look like a dessert, these shots definitely pack a punch!
Ingredients: vodka, strawberry & blueberry Jello mixes, unflavored gelatin, condensed milk, water
12. Blackberry Bramble
Blackberries, gin, lemon juice, and soda – this heavenly recipe is light, refreshing & refreshing with a fruity punch.
The color is beautiful and the flavor is divine.
You’ll need a muddler to unlock all the delicious flavors of the fresh fruit, but I’ve found a pestle works just as well in a pinch.
Muddle, mix, and enjoy this mouthwatering dessert tipple.
Ingredients: dry gin, blackberry liqueur, blackberries, lemon juice, soda water
13. Blueberry Vodka Lemonade
Tart and sweet, this thirst-quenching blend is the best of both worlds.
Made with fresh mint, blueberries, lemonade, and vodka, it’s an elegant alternative to your usual vodka soda.
Serve in a tall glass with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint for a sophisticated party aperitif.
Ingredients: blueberry vodka, blueberries, mint, sugar, lemonade, ice
14. Vodka and Coke
Sometimes you want sophistication. Sometimes you just want booze that tastes good.
This vodka and Coke delivers. It’s super-easy, of course, but there are a few suggestions on how to jazz it up when serving a crowd.
Ingredients: vodka, Coke, lime wedge
15. Mermaid Cocktail
This brilliant blue mermaid is made to sip poolside.
It’s a tropical-tasting glass of blue Curacao and cream soda. If you’re not in the mood for soda, use lemonade instead for a citrus kick.
Either way, this gorgeous drink is perfect for passing around at parties. Load it up with chunks of fruit and it’s summer in a glass!
Ingredients: Blue Curacao liqueur, cream soda, cherries & pineapple
16. Blueberry Colada
This blueberry colada is more purple than blue, but it’s definitely eye-catching.
And it tastes as good as it looks with coconut milk, coconut rum, and pineapple juice in the mix.
Blend everything together, throw in some ice, and you’ll have a tall glass of frosty fruit juice that also happens to be enjoyably alcoholic.
Ingredients: coconut milk, coconut rum, blueberry lime juice, light rum, pineapple juice
17. Strawberry Mimosa
If you’re used to the old vodka-and-orange mimosas, it’s time to reinvent this classic cocktail this Fourth of July.
This recipe gives it a summery spin by adding fresh berries and blending with crushed ice.
If you’re feeling extra fancy, try this in a champagne glass with a strawberry on top.
Ingredients: strawberries, sugar, champagne
18. La Estrella
This cocktail was created in New York City and, just like the Big Apple, it’s surprisingly sweet and spicy.
This is the drink you serve when you want to treat your guests to something new. It’s a unique mix of watermelon, rum, lime, and club soda.
Oh, and there’s a pinch of cayenne pepper in there, too. You’ve been warned.
Ingredients: rum, lime juice, club soda, sugar, cayenne pepper
19. Rosé Berry Bliss
This wine punch is perfect for rose fans.
It’s made with rose wine, blueberries, frozen pink lemonade, and lemon-lime soda.
You will need to make this one ahead. It’s best after the drink has chilled in the fridge for an hour, allowing all those lovely flavors to mingle.
Ingredients: rose wine, blueberries, pink lemonade, lemon-lime soda
20. Adult Root Beer Float
There’s something about Fourth of July parties that make me feel like a kid again.
Lean into that feeling with this delicious root beer float. Now that you’re an adult, you can add booze & give it a punch!
This is a frothy blend of vanilla vodka, root beer, and vanilla ice cream. It’s a cocktail, but it’s also a dessert, so everyone’s a winner.
Ingredients: vanilla ice cream, root beer, vanilla vodka
21. Gin Rickey
The gin rickey is a classic highball.
It’s a great choice if you’re watching your weight as, unlike most sweet drinks, it contains zero sugar.
In fact, there are just three ingredients in this easy cocktail. Gin, lime, soda, that’s it! Sometimes perfection is easy.
Ingredients: gin, lime, club soda
22. Blackberry Lemon Smash
Sweet blueberries and sharp citrus – this cocktail is a match made in heaven.
Add simple syrup to balance out the tart notes, and stir in some white rum for a boozy base that won’t overpower the flavor.
This vibrant drink is great for the 4th of July, the 5th, and the 6th. In fact, why not enjoy it all summer long?!
Ingredients: white rum, sugar & water, lemon juice, blackberries, ice
23. Red White and Blue Slushy Cocktail
Patriotic and pretty, this layer drink would look great at your 4th July feast.
It’s like a grown-up popsicle if popsicles had a strong vodka punch.
Ingredients: Blue Curacao liqueur, lemonade, Smirnoff Red, White & Berry, strawberries
24. Tequila Blackberry Lemonade
Simple but complex in flavor, this cocktail is full of contradictions.
It’s tart and sweet, boozy but subtle, and made with just five ingredients.
Pour this one when things are winding down. Smooth and rich, it’s the perfect way to relax after your Fourth of July celebrations.
Ingredients: silver tequila, lemonade, blackberries, lemon, mint
25. Blueberry Moscow Mule
Moscow mules have always had a special place in my heart.
That refreshing mix of ginger and vodka is spicy, sweet, and crazy good.
What makes this recipe special is the blueberry ginger syrup. It adds a welcome fruity note to this beloved classic.
Ingredients: vodka, blueberry ginger syrup, lime juice, ginger beer
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