Kick off your 4th of July celebration in style this Friday by serving any one of the five patriotic drinks we have listed below. Whether you're a fan of cocktails, magaritas, sangria or non-alcoholic beverages, we have something everyone is sure to enjoy this Independence Day.
Red, White and Blue Sangria
Put an American twist on the popular alcoholic beverage by making Red, White and Blue Sangria this 4th of July. According to a recipe from PunchBowl.com, you will need: diced strawberries, blueberries, sliced pineapple, 2 bottles of dry white wine, 1 cup Triple Sec, ½ cup berry-flavored Vodka, ½ cup fresh lemon juice and ½ cup simple syrup.
Start by combing all of the ingredients into a large pitcher and stir. Chill your concoction for at least four hours and then, enjoy!
Let your American pride shine through with your beverage choice this Friday, July 4th. To make a patriotic, Betty Crocker twist on the popular Margarita, you will need: ¼ cup cranberry juice cocktail, 2 tablespoons clear silver tequila, 2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur, 1 tablespoon simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water/see how to instruction here), 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (Serves 1.)
To make this popular cocktail start by adding the cranberry juice, alcohol, simple syrup (see instructions on how to make here), and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Cover and shake the liquid thoroughly. Serve in a martini glass (with sugar on the rim, if desired.)
Pop Rocks Cocktail
Let your 4th of July drink literally pop this holiday by creating a Pop Rocks-rimmed cocktail. According to a recipe courtesy of the Food Network, you will need (measurements not available): lemon juice, pomegranate, cranberry juice and seltzer and one package of Tropical Punch (blue) Pop Rocks.
To create this easy and quick drink recipe, start by dampening the rim of your glass with lemon juice, then using a plate, carefully place the rim of the glass onto the Pop Rocks, generously covering the edges. Add in equal parts pomegranate juice, cranberry juice and seltzer into your glass, and voila! Your quick and easy 4th of July drink is ready to serve.
Red, White and Blue Smoothie
For your underage/or sober guests, consider whipping up a few patriotic, non-alcoholic drinks this holiday. Following a recipe from VeryCulinary.com, you will need: 1 cup of blueberries and raspberries (fresh or frozen/defrosted), 2 tablespoons sugar, ¼ cup of milk, ¾ cup Vanilla Greek yogurt. (Serves 4.)
To make this recipe, start by placing the blueberries and 2 tablespoons of milk into a blender. Blend until smooth before pouring the liquid into separate cups filing approximately 1/3 of each glass. Place the cups in the freezer and allow the mixture to sit for up to 40 minutes.
After sitting, spoon 3 tablespoons of yogurt into each glass on top of the frozen mixture. Place the cups back into the freezer for another 40 minutes.
While you're waiting, put the raspberries, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and two tablespoons of milk into a blender. Blend until smooth before pouring the liquid into the remaining spaces in each cup. Allow the finish drink to sit in the freezer until solid.
Before serving, allow each drink to lightly defrost. Serve with a spoon.
American Flag Cocktail
Recreate our nation’s colors in your holiday beverage this 4th of July. In order to make a beverage (which separates red, white and blue colored liquids), Guy Fieri’s recipe from Food Network magazine calls for: 1 ounce watermelon schnapps, a splash of cranberry juice, 1 sliced thin jalapeno/serrano pepper, 1 slice of lemon, 1 slice of lime, 1 ½ ounces of tequila, ¼ ounce blue curacao, ½ ounce of simple syrup. (Serves 1.)
Start off the recipe by mixing the schnapps and cranberry juice in a shaker and pouring the mixture into a ice-filled glass. Next, muddle the pepper, lemon, lime, alcohols and simple syrups into the shaker. Slowly strain the glass over the previously added red layer. Then serve, and, enjoy!
Happy 4th of July!