Perhaps the best part of the Fourth of July is gathering with friends and family to celebrate. Alongside the barbeque, fireworks, and other festivities, everyone wants a cool, refreshing drink.
Here are 9 red, white, and blue drinks you can serve for the Fourth.
Ready-to-Drink Strawberry Margarita
Margaritas are a classic drink to serve year-round, and they appeal to a wide variety of tastes. Rancho La Gloria makes gluten-free strawberry margaritas that are ready to serve the moment they arrive home. Creating the perfect margarita can be tricky, but these ready-to-drink bottles remove any guesswork.
These margaritas use 100% blue weber agave, real lime juice, and ripe strawberry juice. You can purchase them in three sizes: 750ml, 1.5 liter, and 187ml mini bottles depending on the size of your Fourth of July gathering.
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Red, White, and Blue Cocktail
This drink looks as great as it tastes. The flavor is orange and pomegranate, but it isn’t too sweet to turn people off. This should appeal to a wide variety of tastebuds.
You’ll want to combine one part grenadine, one part Blue Curacao, and one part cream or vodka to make this red, white, and blue cocktail. Use cream if you want a sweeter, less alcoholic drink. If you’re looking to party hard, adding tequila instead may suit your fancy.
When selecting your grenadine, opt for a hand-crafted, high-quality one rather than a corn syrup version. Using corn syrup affects the flavor of this red, white, and blue cocktail.
Layered Jello Shots
Using shot glasses, you’ll want to combine three parts of this drink: the red part, blue part, and white part.
For the blue layer, get some blue gelatin and dissolve it in boiling water, adding in vodka. Once done, pour it into the shot glass and let it chill for at least one hour.
Next, the white later. You’ll need some unflavored gelatin to dissolve in boiling water. Add in sweetened condensed milk. After stirring it thoroughly, let it cool and pour on top of the blue section. Chill for at least one hour.
Last but not least, it’s time to make the red layer. Using red gelatin, boil water and dissolve the gelatin, adding in vodka. Cool for at least one hour.
Themed Ice Champaign Floats
Remember frozen ice? It’s the perfect addition to a sizzling Fourth of July day.
This recipe calls for blue Italian ice, white Italian ice, red Italian ice, and either champagne or Sprite soda.
This straightforward recipe takes no more than 5-minutes of prep time. You’ll scoop the ice into small balls until you’re ready to serve. Then, transfer them into a cup and add in your champagne or soda.
Fourth of July Piña Colada
For this recipe, you’ll need:
- 2 cups of ice
- 1 cup of strawberries, frozen or fresh
- 6 oz of pineapple juice
- 4.5 oz cream of coconut
- 3 oz 2 shots of rum
- 3 oz 2 shots of Blue Curacao
All you’ll need to do is blend some of the ingredients, appropriately dividing them up. Then, you’ll layer them into a glass to create the perfect red, white, and blue drink.
Festive Fourth of July Lemonade
Not many drinks are more satisfying on a hot summer day than lemonade. This recipe is perfect for kids and adults alike, as it contains no alcohol. However, if you’re feeling up for it, you could always add some vodka or tequila to this recipe.
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ½ cup chopped strawberries
- ½ cup blueberries
- ¼ cup sugar
- 4 cups sparkling water
This lemonade is sweet as well as a bit tart, and the berries add subtle flavor. This recipe takes ten minutes and requires almost no prep, so it’s perfect for large parties.
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Patriotic Italian Cream Sodas
This recipe is nicely themed for the Fourth, and it’s sweet. Using club soda, half and half, flavored syrup, and whipped cream, create a decadent Fourth of July beverage that satisfies everyone’s sweet tooth.
If you’re feeling brave, you could try adding some alcohol to this recipe.
- 3-4 ice cubes
- ½ cup club soda (or alcohol, if you dare)
- 4 tbsp syrup (half blue, half red)
- 3 tbsp half and half
- Whipped cream
- Cherry (on top!)
Pour the final product into clear glasses and serve with a straw or spoon. People can enjoy the layered theme of this drink and stir the flavors together if they wish.
Themed Fourth of July Sangria
This sparkling sangria is quick to make. All you need to do is combine base ingredients, refrigerate, and stir in sangria when you’re ready to serve.
This fun recipe can be changed up a bit if you want. Consider adding rosé wine as a base rather than sangria. Additionally, you can mix up which fruits you add, such as swapping strawberries for red grapes and apples for pears.
For this recipe, you’ll need:
- Sparkling white wine
- White wine
- Ice (for serving)
Ready-to-Drink Watermelon Margarita
If you’re looking to enjoy your party rather than worry about mixing drinks, a ready-to-drink margarita is a perfect option. Rancho La Gloria’s margaritas use 100% blue weber agave, real lime juice, and are gluten-free.
You can purchase this drink in three different sizes: 750ml, 1.5 liter, and 187ml mini bottles. The watermelon margarita’s red color is perfect for the Fourth of July! You might consider adding blue ice cubes.
If you’re looking to add a twist to this pre-made margarita, consider turning it into a spicy watermelon drink.
Sit Back, Sip, and Enjoy!
Now that you’ve settled on red, white, and blue drinks for your party, it’s time to enjoy the festivities.
Happy Fourth of July!
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