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Red, White, and Blue Cocktails for the Fourth of July

Red, White, and Blue Cocktails for the Fourth of July

Star-spangled cocktail recipes

Fourth of July cocktail recipes.

We know that when the Fourth of July rolls around, you're concentrating more on your burgers and dogs than your drinks — and, that when push comes to shove, you'll grab a Bud Light or Miller from the ice bucket. That's OK, we're not here to judge. But we are here to give you some downright American cocktails that bring out the best in your red, white, and blue celebrations.

Click here for the Red, White, and Blue Cocktails for the Fourth of July Slideshow

This year, all the cocktail recipes we gathered from bars and restaurants are in fact red, white, and blue, just to add another pop of color to your Fourth of July parties. What does that look like on your bar? Stock up on the watermelon, coconut, and blue curacao, that's for sure. And roll out the punch bowls, because there are more than enough punch recipes to serve everyone at the party. And who knows, there may just be a Frozen Manhattan recipe in there for all of you classic cocktail-lovin' whiskey drinkers at the party.

So live a little — you've already perfected that American flag, red, white, and blue Cool Whip dessert, and it's time to make your drinks just as patriotic as your food. Click ahead for fun Fourth of July cocktail recipes in red, white, and blue.


Fourth of July Cocktail

Published: Jun 13, 2019 · Modified: Mar 24, 2021 by Heather · As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. · 488 words. · About 3 minutes to read this article.

Serve an ice cold, patriotic Fourth of July Cocktail at your next picnic or barbecue. With a blend of citrus and peach flavors, this easy to make cocktail will become a year round favorite.

You're going to love my recipe for this Fourth of July Cocktail because it's fruity, flavorful, and easy to make! Plus, it's refreshing and light - perfect for enjoying on a hot summer day.

While you fire up the grill and pull the pasta salad out of the refrigerator, don't forget to mix up a drink, too.

This Fourth of July cocktail is made with a few simple ingredients: clear rum, blue curacao, peach schnapps, and club soda. Perfect for your next summer celebration, barbecue, or July 4th party!


20 Refreshing 4th of July Drinks to Cool off With This Holiday

So, you've got your smokey and savory barbecue recipes on the grill, your festive, DIY Independence Day decor hanging up, and some red, white, and blue crafts to keep the kids occupied &mdash sounds like a pretty good holiday, right? The only thing missing is a festive 4th of July drink in your hand. That's right: The only thing that can make this holiday even better is a refreshing summer drink.

From boozy slushies to colorful shots (and not to forget drinks that are basically dessert, like Black Raspberry Pie Milkshakes with Black Raspberry Fudge), these drinks will turn a celebration into a party. Plus, there a plenty of ways to turn these boozy favorites into family-friendly fare &mdash simply remove the alcohol to turn your Red, White, and Blue Pina Colada into a virgin one. Cool down on a hot summer day with these patriotic cocktails, shots, and big-batch punches. It's the American way!


19 Upscale Fourth of July Cocktails for Independence Day

Patriotic cocktails don't need to be technicolor sugarbombs.

Once upon a time, celebratory sips for the Fourth of July were relegated to standard beer and primary-colored frozen monstrosities, but nowadays our options are getting a lot more elegant. While we'd certainly never turn down a refreshing hard seltzer or the chance to rosé all day, having a fun and festive cocktail can really take your Independence Day celebrations up a notch. So this year, celebrate America's birthday with one of these upscale, summery twists.

Ingredients

8-10 blueberries
2 oz Long Island Vodka
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
1-2 oz Oregon Pinot Noir

Instructions

Muddle blueberries at the bottom of a double old fashioned glass and top with ice. Add vodka, lemon, and simple syrup to a mixing glass and shake vigorously until chilled and combined. Strain over ice and blueberries. Carefully pour wine over a spoon into the cocktail to create a red wine "float."

Ingredients

1 liter Casamigos Blanco Tequila
17 oz lime juice
17 strawberries (plus more for garnish)
17 whole blackberries (plus more for garnish)
10 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Blend strawberries and blackberries in blender until liquefied. Strain into punch bowl and add other ingredients. Stir in 3-4 scoops of block ice to fill in and cool. Garnish with blackberries and thin strawberry slices. Stir before each serving.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
1.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz cherry heering
1 oz lemon juice
2 dashes of orange blossom water
Sparkling wine to top

Instructions

Add all ingredients except sparkling wine to a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with mint.

Ingredients

.75 oz Campari
2 oz Bulldog Gin
.75 oz Cinzano 1757
2 oz lemon juice
1.25 oz simple syrup
2 whole strawberries, tops removed

Instructions

Blend all ingredients with 1.5 cups of ice until smooth and pour into a tall glass. Garnish with a strawberry and orange twist.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Laphroaig 10 Year Old
.5 oz pineapple rum
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup
Barspoon Pomegranate Molasses

Instructions

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

1 oz The King's Ginger liqueur
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz sparkling lemonade or lemon soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients in a glass filled with ice and stir to combine. Strain into a coupe glass.

Ingredients

2 oz Bache-Gabrielsen American Oak
2 tsp Cherry Heering
2 tsp dry vermouth

Instructions

Stir all ingredients together, pour in a stemless snifter, and add 4 ice cubes. Garnish with a Cognac-marinated cherry bits and caramel cracker.

By Joel Cuellar of The Brandy Library in New York City.

Ingredients

750 ml Nolet's Silver Gin
750 ml sparkling Sake
24 oz watermelon juice
Fresh watermelon cubes
12.5 oz fresh lemon juice
12.5 oz agave nectar

Instructions

Stir all liquid ingredients well in a punchbowl, making sure agave liquefies properly with the other ingredients. Add watermelon cubes and a block of ice five minutes before serving.

Ingredients

2 oz Meteoro Espadin Mezcal
2.5 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz sour mix
.5 oz Aperol
Top with tonic

Instructions

Pour mezcal, grapefruit juice, and sour mix into cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 6 to 7 seconds. Fill white wine glass with ice and slowly pour contents over ice. Top with Aperol and tonic and garnish with a fresh slice of grapefruit.

Ingredients

6 muddled blueberries
2 oz Applejack
.5 oz grenadine
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Muddle blueberries in small tin and fill with ice. Add the remaining ingredients and shake vigorously. Empty all contents into rocks glass and garnish with fresh blueberries.

By Tommy Warren for Bedford & Co. in New York City.

Ingredients

1 bottle Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
6 oz fresh lime juice
6 oz fresh grapefruit juice
12 oz Falernum Syrup Liqueur
12 dashes Angostura Bitters
12 oz soda water

Instructions

Add all ingredients except soda to a punch bowl. Add ice cubes. Finish with soda water. Garnish with grapefruit wheels, lime wheels, and mint.

Ingredients

2 oz Laird&rsquos Straight Applejack 86
1 oz watermelon syrup (1:1 ratio of watermelon juice to sugar)
1 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

By Brett Esler of Whisler's in Austin

Ingredients

1.5 oz Blue Nectar Reposado Extra Blend
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz cranberry juice
.75 oz orange liqueur
4 lime quarters and 1 lime wheel

Instructions

Muddle the lime quarters with the simple syrup in a shaking tin. Add tequila, orange liqueur, and cranberry juice. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Frapin 1270
1 oz coconut water
.25 oz lime juice
2 oz tonic water
2 dashes of orange bitters

Instructions

Build the cocktail in a highball glass. Add ice and stir. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Privateer Rum
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 dash angostura bitters

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake. Strain into a coupe.

By Jackson Cannon of Greydon House in Nantucket, MA.

Ingredients

1 oz Nolet&rsquos Silver Dry Gin
1 oz sparkling sake
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz agave nectar
3 inch piece of watermelon

Instructions

Muddle watermelon with gin, lemon juice, and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake, and strain into a port glass. Top with chilled sparkling sake and stir lightly.

Ingredients

1 oz Belvedere Vodka
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1.25 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake well. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with edible flowers and rock candy.

Ingredients

1 oz Plantation Stiggins&rsquo Fancy Pineapple Rum
.75 oz Plantation Original Dark Rum
.25 oz Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof Rum
.75 oz simple syrup
.75 oz lime juice
.25 oz pineapple juice
Top with soda

Instructions

Build all ingredients except soda in a shaker tine with ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with 4-6 mint leaves.

By James O&rsquoConnor at Ponyboy in NYC

Ingredients

2 oz Grand Marnier Cuvée Louis-Alexandre
.75 oz grapefruit juice
.5 bar spoon honey
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Stir all ingredients in a rocks glass. Add ice. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and sprayed with orange flower water.


Tips For Making A Layered Drink

  • Sugar Content &ndash The sugar content of each drink is key to keeping the layers in place. For the top layer I used a sugar free drink so that it&rsquoll sit perfectly on top.
  • Take it Slow &ndash Make sure the drink you are pouring drizzles directly onto the ice. If you pour it straight into the first layer of liquid without hitting the ice the colors will mix. And no one wants a drink that looks like dirty toilet water!
  • Let it Settle &ndash Make sure you allow each layer to settle before adding the next drink layer
  • Ice Cubes &ndash Only use large ice cubes when making this patriotic 4th of July drink. Crushed or small ice cubes (I&rsquom looking at you Sonic)) won&rsquot work because they&rsquoll melt too fast and cause the colors to blend.
  • Serve &ndash Use an adorable Mason jar mug for a decorative touch

45 Fourth of July Cocktails That Will Get You Lit for America

Celebrate America&rsquos independence by watching fireworks, eating burgers, and sipping on festive cocktails like these. Make one to turn your celebrations all the way up.

In a tin with ice, combine 1 oz. Blue Majik infused white rum, 1 oz. Cachaca, ½ oz. banana liqueur, and ½ oz. lemon juice and shake. Strain into a hurricane glass with fresh ice and garnish with fried banana chips.

Recipe by mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer of The Lookup

Combine 1 oz. London Dry Gin, ¾ oz. Combier Liqueur de Rose, ½ oz. lemon juice, and ½ oz. rosemary infused simple syrup in a shaker and shake with ice. Strain into chilled tumbler. Top with orosecco, lemon wedge, and a rosemary sprig.

Recipe from mixologist Raymond Alexander at the Weather Room at Cyrus Hotel in Topeka, Kansas

Add 2 parts Camarena Silver tequila, 4 parts grapefruit juice, and ½ part lime juice to a Collins glass filled with ice and stir together to combine. Garnish with lime wheel and a sprig of mint.

Add 1/4 oz. Giffard Blue Curaçao to a Collins glass. Fill it with crushed ice. Then shake 1½ oz. Worthy Park Rum Bar Overproof Rum, ½ oz. banana liqueur, and ½ oz. lime juice together. Strain into the Collins glass. Pack glass with more crushed ice and slowly 1/4 oz. pomegranate Hibiscus juice on top.

Recipe from Due West in New York City

In a tin with ice, combine 1½ oz. Hendricks gin, ¾ oz. Frigoli Liqueur, ½ oz. simple syrup, and 1 oz lime juice and shake. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a whole strawberry speared with a mint sprig.

Recipe by Inigo Salazar, food and beverage director at The Beach at Dream Downtown

In a blender, combine 1½ oz. white rum, 1 oz. Blue Curacao, 3 oz. Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade, and 1 cup ice. Blend on high until it becomes slushy. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with fresh berries.

In a tin with ice, combine 1½ oz. Bombay Sapphire gin, ¾ oz. Kleos, ½ oz. Watermelon juice, ½ oz. cucumber syrup, and ¾ lemon juice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with cucumber wheels.

Recipe by mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer of The Lookup

In a rocks glass, aombine 1 oz. watermelon schnapps and ½ oz. cranberry juice over ice. Add ½ oz. lemon juice, ½ oz. simple syrup, and ½ oz. Svedka. Finally, layer 1/4 oz. Blue Curacao to create the color separation and gently top with club soda. Garnish with fresh watermelon pieces.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine ¾ oz. white tea cordial, ½ oz. strawberry syrup, and ½ oz. lime. In a tall class, place 6 to 8 sprigs basil at the bottom and pack with ice. Top with the shaken mixture, then layer with 1 oz. soda water and 2 oz. Spring 44 Gin Infused Blue Pea Flower.

In a shaker filled with ice, combine 2 oz. bourbon, 1 oz. Triple Sec, ¾ oz. lemon juice, and shake. Strain into a sugar rimmed coupe and add a Blue Curacao float.

Recipe from LeGrande Lounge at The Time New York.

In a mixing glass, combine 1 oz. Pinnacle Original Vodka, 2 oz. cranberry juice, and a splash of club soda. Serve over ice and garnish with cranberries.

In a pitcher, combine 2 c. Svedka, ½ c. Orange Curacao, ½ c. simple syrup, 1 c. fresh lime juice, and a dash of grenadine. Top with ice and garnish with blackberries and mint.

Muddle together 4 raspberries and 4 blueberries in a shaker tin. Add ½ oz. tequila, ½ oz. simple syrup, and ½ oz. blood orange juice. Shake and pour into a coupe glass. Pour ½ oz. Blue Curacao (it will sink to the bottom), and garnish with a blueberry and raspberry skewer.

In a mason jar, combine 2 to 3 ice cubes, 3 oz. Tropicana Strawberry Peach, 1½ oz. bourbon, and ½ oz. lime juice. Stir and top with ginger beer.

In a milkshake glass, combine 1 oz. rye whiskey, ½ oz. rum cream, and 1 scoop cherry ice cream. Top with 2 oz. Izze Sparkling CherryLime, and garnish with whipped cream and a cherry.

In a shaker filled with ice, combine ¾ oz. coconut milk, ½ oz. blueberry schnapps, and 1 oz. rye whiskey. Shake, strain into an ice-filled glass, and top with 1½ oz. Izze Sparkling Juice Blueberry. Garnish with blueberries.

Pop one of these in your mouth for a real party in the U.S.A. Click here to find out how to make these delicious buzzed cherry bombs.

In a giant pitcher, combine 2 c. blueberries, 1 c. raspberries, and 1 lb. hulled and halved strawberries. Add one 750-mL bottle white wine and 1 c. grape juice. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Layer strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and star-shaped apple slices in glasses, then fill the glasses with the sangria. Top with One Hope sparkling wine. Watch the video here to see how it&rsquos made.

Stir 4 T strawberry jam until smooth and transfer to a small squeeze bottle or piping bag with a plain tip (hack: use a Ziploc bag with one of the corner snipped off). Swirl the strawberry jam onto the inside of your glass. Place 4 large scoops vanilla ice cream, 1 oz. Jack Daniel&rsquos whiskey, and 4 T blueberry jam in a blender and blend until smooth. (Let the ice cream melt slightly before blending.) Fill the glass with the blended shake and garnish with whipped cream, freeze-dried blueberries, and freeze-dried strawberries.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 1 oz. simple syrup, ¾ ounce blue curaçao, ½ oz. lime juice, and ½ oz. lemon juice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a Collins glass or tiki glass filled with fresh ice.

A piña colada that also looks like an American flag? Yes, please. Click here to get the recipe.

Boil 1 c. water and dissolve 1 package of red Jell-O completely. Add 1 c. vodka (or spirit of your choice). Fill up shot glasses a third of the way with the red mixture. Let set 1 to 2 hours in refrigerator.

Boil 1 c. water and dissolve 1 package of unflavored gelatin completely. Add a 14-oz. can of condensed milk and stir, mixing well. Let cool a few minutes. Fill up shot glasses another third of the way on top of the red mixture. Let set 1 to 2 hours in refrigerator.

Boil 1 c. water and dissolve 1 package of blue Jell-O completely. Add 1 c. vodka (or spirit of your choice). Fill up shot glasses a third of the way with the red mixture. Let set 1 to 2 hours in refrigerator.

Makes 20 to 30 shots depending on the size of your shot glasses.

Source: Genese DeBeaux, executive mixologist at the Monarch Rooftop in New York City

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 1½ parts Bacardí Raspberry, 1½ parts Bacardí Limon, 1½ parts Bacardí Superior, 1 part grenadine, 4 parts sweet and sour mix, and 1 part cranberry juice. Shake and strain into a serving glass filled with ice. Garnish with mint and lemon.

For the crust: Combine 3 c. all-purpose flour, 1 c. cold, cubed unsalted butter, 2 T sugar, and a pinch of salt into a food processor and pulse on low until the butter becomes the size of rice. Next, drizzle 8 oz. ice water just until the dough becomes mealy. Using your hands, form the dough into two balls and cool it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Once the dough is chilled, roll out each ball, and using circle cookie cutters, cut rounds big enough to mold to the outside of 12 single muffin tin cups as well as 12 dough rounds for the top of the muffin tin cup. Mold the large rounds around the outside of the muffin tray and brush with 4 tbsps. melted butter and bake in a 400-degree oven for 6 minutes or until browned and flaky. Remove from the tray and cool completely. Place the other smaller 12 rounds on a cookie sheet tray lined with parchment paper and cut four slits in the top of each round, brush with butter, and then evenly sprinkle with 1 tbsp. of sugar in the raw. Bake for 6 minutes at 400 or until lightly browned and flaky. Remove from the tray cool completely.

For the shot: Whisk together 2 c. cold apple juice, ¾ c. Jim Beam Apple Bourbon, and ¼ c. brown sugar in a medium-size pot, and sprinkle on 2 T unflavored gelatin powder. Let sit for 5 minutes it will begin to wrinkle. After 5 minutes, warm the pot over low heat, constantly whisking until the powder has completely dissolved, about 5 to 7 minutes. Evenly pour the liquid mixture into the 12 muffin tin molded pie crusts on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper, cover and chill overnight, or until the Jell-O has set and is cold. Place the pie dough tops on top of the shot and eat!

Combine 4 parts Milagro Silver, 1 part fresh lime juice, 2 parts agave nectar, 8 raspberries, 12 blueberries, 4 mint leaves, and 6 dashes peach bitters in a blender, and blend until smooth. Fill two glasses with crushed ice and the cocktail. Top with raspberries and blueberries.

Place 2 c. halved, hulled strawberries, 1 T sugar, and 2 T Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon in a blender, and purée until smooth. Fill ice-pop molds a third of the way with the red mixture and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes.

Place 1 c. Greek yogurt, 2 T heavy cream, 2 T granulated sugar, and 2 T lime juice in a blender, and blend until combined. Remove the ice-pop molds from the freezer and fill another third of the molds with the white mixture. Freeze until firm, another 30 minutes.

Place 2 c. blueberries, ½ c. blackberries, 2 T granulated sugar, and 2 T lime juice in a blender, and blend until combined. Remove the ice-pop molds from the freezer and fill the final third of the way, but leave about ¼ inch of space at the top. Freeze until solid, about 5 hours.

Muddle 3 or 4 watermelon chunks in a shaker. Add ice, 3 oz. Appleton Estate Reserve Blend, 1 oz. triple sec, 1 oz. fresh lime juice, 1 oz. simple syrup, and 1 tsp. cayenne pepper, then shake. Strain into a rocks or highball glass filled with crushed ice and garnish with a small watermelon wedge, lime, or sprig of mint.

Add 10 oz. Jack Daniel&rsquos Gentleman Jack, 10 oz. fresh watermelon juice, 5 oz. lemon juice, 5 oz. simple syrup, and 3 oz. water into a DrinkMate soda bottle. Carbonate according to machine instructions. Fill 187-mL bottles and cap. Keep in refrigerator, and serve with ice and lemon when ready.

Created by Los Angeles-based mixologist Eric "ET" Tecosky and the Richmond Virginia Bartender Alliance.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 1 part cognac, ¾ part lemon juice, ¾ part sweetened strawberry purée, and 1 dash rose water. Strain into a lowball glass filled with ice and top with Ruffino Sparkling Rosé. Garnish with a strawberry half.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 2 parts Owl&rsquos Brew The Classic and 1 part bourbon together with ice. Fill a mason jar with cherries and blueberries, and pour contents from shaker into a mason jar.

Cut 2 mini watermelons in half and clean them out with a large spoon. Scrape edges and save all watermelon chunks. Take a knife and gently slice off a small bit of the bottom of the watermelon so that it will sit flat on the counter.

Add watermelon chunks and 4 sprigs mint to your blender. Blend well to purée watermelon. (Strain if you do not like pulp. Save juice and discard pulp.)

Combine watermelon juice, the juice of 1 small lime, and 3 oz. vodka into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into your watermelon cup. Top with 1 bottle Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer and give it a gentle stir with your straw.

Cut 2 mini watermelons in half and clean them out with a large spoon. Scrape edges and save all watermelon chunks. Take a knife and gently slice off a small bit of the bottom of the watermelon so it will sit flat on the counter.

Add watermelon chunks and 4 sprigs mint to your blender. Blend well to purée watermelon. (Strain if you do not like pulp. Save juice and discard pulp.)

Combine watermelon juice, the juice of 1 small lime, and 3 oz. vodka into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into your watermelon cup. Top with 1 bottle Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer.

Pour the watermelon mule cocktail into ice pop molds and stick them in the freezer for 3 to 4 hours.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 2 oz. POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice, 1½ oz. rum, ½ oz. orgeat or almond syrup, and 2 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice. Shake well and strain into a glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and mint sprig.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 1½ oz. 50 Bleu Vodka, 1½ oz. cranberry juice, ½ oz. fresh lemon juice, and ¼ oz. simple syrup. Shake vigorously. Add 3 oz. Red Bull Yellow Edition and strain over fresh ice in a mason jar. Garnish with a skewered lemon wheel.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 1½ oz. Stoli Blueberry Vodka, ½ oz. lemon juice, and ½ oz. simple syrup, then shake. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and a splash of grenadine.

Source: Genese DeBeaux, executive mixologist at the Monarch Rooftop in New York City

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 1½ parts Casamigos Blanco Tequila, ¾ part fresh lemon juice, ½ part honey, ½ part açai, a pinch of bee pollen, and 6 drops B-12. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with mint.

Muddle mint leaves in a glass, then top with 1½ oz. Devotion Vodka, ½ oz. lime juice, and ½ oz. simple syrup. Top with club soda, and garnish with strawberries and blueberries.

Sweet summer strawberries filled with squishy vodka. America&rsquos pretty great, don&rsquot you think? Click here for the recipe.

Combine 1½ oz. vodka, 1 sleeve passion flower bitters, and 1 tsp. simple syrup. Fill glass with ice. Top with

Muddle 3 blackberries with ¾ oz. simple syrup in a mixing glass. Add 1½ oz. Nolet&rsquos Silver Dry Gin, ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice, and ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with fresh blackberries.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 1½ oz. Tanqueray No. TEN and 3 oz. fresh-pressed watermelon juice. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice and garnish with watermelon.

Muddle 2 fresh strawberries, 1¾ oz. Tito&rsquos Handmade Vodka, 1¼ oz. Lillet Rouge, and 1 oz. lavender simple syrup. Shake, double strain, pour into a martini glass, and garnish with a strawberry.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 1 part St-Germain French Elderflower Liqueur, 2 parts vodka, ¾ part fresh lemon juice, ¼ part simple syrup, and 1 part muddled strawberry. Shake and strain over fresh ice in Collins glass. Top with Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rosé. Garnish with strawberries.

Take 1 scoop of rosé sorbet (you can make your own using rosé wine or try a wine ice cream) and put it into a serving glass. Top with sparkling rosé and fresh berries.

Make this giant jelly shot the night before so you can put your feet up along with the rest of your friends when it&rsquos time to party. Click here for the recipe.


Patriotic Cocktails

We hope you enjoy this list of Red Cocktails, Blue Cocktails and also some amazing Red White and Blue Layered Cocktails

Patriotic Layered Frozen Drink

This frosty drink is a great way to start our line up of Patriotic Cocktails. A layer of blue cocktail salt tops this frozen white and red cocktail slushy.

Hpnotiq Blue Martini

This is a classy and gorgeous cocktail. In case you are not aware Hpnotiq is a blue colored French Vodka with exotic fruit juices and cognac. That and the citrus flavored vodka makes this red white and blue layered drink an amazing summer cocktail.


39 Red, White, and Blue Desserts to Celebrate 4th of July in the Sweetest Possible Way

Ring in the nation's birthday with these festive treats.

It's only fitting to celebrate America's birthday with a table full of sweets decked out in the nation's official colors. Turn your backyard barbecue with family into a star-studded occasion with these easy and delicious 4th of July desserts, including cakes, cupcakes, popsicles, and other homemade treats. Because even after the most savory barbecue for dinner, there's always room for a little dessert.

Since the hot summer temps are already in full swing, there are even a few no-bake dessert options for you, so you can spend more time lounging poolside with family and friends instead of sweating over the oven. And if these red, white, and blue dessert ideas aren't patriotic enough for your taste, throw some big-batch punches or BBQ staples into the mix because that's the American way. Whether you're having a large celebration to watch the fireworks or small backyard get-together, here are the sweet summer desserts you have to try.


15 Red, White, and Blue Recipes for the 4th of July

Taste is always our top priority when we cook and bake, but let’s not lie: Looks matter. Color attracts our eyes, and it increases our enjoyment. Plus, when you’re entertaining or bringing food to a party (or just Instagramming everything during this socially distant summer), you want your food to look even more festive than usual. So naturally, on Independence Day, it’s fun to make something with the red, white, and blue colors of the nation’s flag:

We’re not necessarily opposed to a little food coloring (whether it’s our Red Velvet Cake recipe or red, white, and blue Jello shots), but there are so many ingredients that grow in these patriotic colors, you can simply pluck from nature’s rainbow.

And the colors don’t all have to be in one dish. You can make a side dish red (tomatoes, anyone?), your dessert blue (our blueberry tart is just the thing, though strawberries are a must-have too), and your meaty main white (BBQ chicken slathered in white BBQ sauce…or its crimson counterpart), placing them side-by-side.

But sometimes you do want to represent all three colors on the same plate, and to do that, you don’t necessarily have to get artificial about it. These 15 recipes are almost entirely free of food dye while still being patriotic. And more importantly, they’re delicious.

4th of July Flag Cake

You cannot talk red, white, and blue food without flag cake, but our 4th of July Flag Cake recipe is a step up from the usual Cool Whip-covered affair. It’s three layers of tender vanilla cake and fluffy vanilla buttercream, with beautiful fresh berries to top it off.

Easy Berry Butter Cake

For another dessert that pops with the trifecta of patriotic colors and combines the classic pair of berries and cream—but is, admittedly, a whole lot easier to toss together—our Easy Berry Butter Cake recipe is a go-to. It looks fancy, but it’s not hard to make. And that’s not simple Cool Whip or whipped heavy cream there. It’s almond-flavored, mascarpone whipped cream. Ohhh yeah.

Easy Berry Cobbler

A mix of red and blue berries beneath a traditional biscuit cobbler topping is another no-brainer, but if you want to make it even easier, go with a store-bought pie crust for the lid. Get our Easy Berry Cobbler recipe. (And don’t forget the whipped cream!)

Sweet Cinnamon Fruit Dip

Not in the mood to bake anything? Shelly Westerhausen’s Sweet Cinnamon Fruit Dip recipe is simple to stir together and has only five ingredients. The hardest part is finding the ripest red and blue fruit to go along with it, but luckily it’s the perfect season for that right now.


WHITE

Patriotic Punch

Naked Punch Cocktail

This beer punch will make your party guests cheer.

Our "Hop, Skip and Go Naked" punch is a guaranteed summer sensation. Whether you’re a beer buff or a liquor lover, this punch has something for everyone. It combines a six-pack of beer with whiskey, lemon-lime soda and frozen lemonade. Get the recipe.

Sparkle + Fizz

Homemade Sparkling Sangria

Ditch the fully stocked bar loaded with wine and spirits and opt for one signature cocktail such as sparkling sangria instead! This will take the pressure off the host from having to play bartender all night.

Whip up our sparkling summer sangria for a punch that pleases the masses! You can’t go wrong when you stir up a bottle of white wine with a bottle of fizzy and fabulous prosecco. Throw in raspberries, orange slices and mint, and you’re off to the races, baby. Get the recipe.

See Stars

We swoon over this shimmery, deep blue cocktail for a night of star-spangled celebration! To create the Starboy, combine your go-to margarita mix with blue curacao shimmer, silver tequila and edible gold stars. Get the recipe.

True Blue

Cardamom Berry Smash Wedding Cocktail

The deep flavor of fresh blackberries melds with the exotic spice of cardamom syrup and citrusy botanicals of gin to create a refreshing relief to hot, summer wedding.

Gin, blackberries and fresh mint combine to create our refreshing cardamom berry smash cocktail. Serve over ice with a mint garnish for the ultimate cool-down from the July heat. Get the recipe.


3 Red, White, and Blue Drinks for the Fourth of July

No, we&aposre not going to give you some goofy 3-color layered drinks, or anything featuring syrups that come in colors that don&apost exist in nature. But while we&aposre thinking about easy-drinking summer cocktails, why not get in the spirit of the season? For this July 4, here are our favorite red, white, and blue cocktails𠅊ny one of which should be a huge hit at your backyard cookout this weekend.

Red: Italian Gentleman

A little sweet, a little bitter, this is a great stiff drink to start the evening off. Most cocktails use only a moderate amount of Campari, but bourbon is robust enough to stand up to a healthy pour of the amaro, and they mesh beautifully in this whiskey sour rendition.

Instructions: In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine 1 1/2 ounces of Campari, 1 1/2 ounces of bourbon, 3/4 ounce of lemon juice, and 1/4 ounce simple syrup (equal parts sugar and hot water). Add a couple dashes of orange bitters. Shake that all up and strain into a coupe class. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

White: Silver Gin Fizz

While some classic cocktail genres have made a real comeback, the Fizz still languishes in relative obscurity. We&aposd like to see that change. Spirit, citrus, egg white and soda water come together for a light, frothy drink that&aposs easy to love. The fact that it tastes like lemon sherbet�spite a stiff 2 ounces of gin—is just a bonus, in our book.

Instructions: In a cocktail shaker without ice, combine 2 ounces gin (we&aposre using Tanqueray 10), 1 ounce lemon juice, and 3/4 ounce simple syrup. Add one egg white. Shake all that up hard without ice (that&aposs called a "dry shake"). Add ice and shake again (the "wet shake"). Strain into a tall glass without ice. Top with 2 ounces of club soda.

Blue: Summer Blues

When you&aposve got great summer fruit, all you need is a little booze and a little lemon to create an awesome cocktail. Blueberries are a prime candidate this time of year. Make sure to double-straining this one—strain it through your shaker&aposs strainer, plus a fine mesh strainer. If you don’t, you&aposll be picking bits of blueberry skin out of your teeth all night and who no one wants that.

Instructions: In a cocktail shaker, gently muddle 20 blueberries. Add ice along with 2 ounces white rum (we&aposre big fans of Brugal Extra Dry), 3/4 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and half an ounce of simple syrup. Shake that all up and double-strain into a rocks glass with crushed ice. Garnish with a few more blueberries.