22 (mostly alcoholic) drinks for the 4th of July

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Planning what to drink on the 4th of July is just as essential as planning the menu. You gotta keep cool during this iconic summer holiday, after all. And buzzed. So celebrate and sip to our independence in style with these 22 refreshing 4th of July drinks. From cocktails to American-inspired libations, you'll find something for everyone.

4th of July cocktails (Bon Appetit)
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4th of July cocktails (Bon Appetit)

Rosé Spritzer

These breezy cocktails are the kind of thing you can drink all afternoon.
Photo credit: Peden & Monk

Iced Horchata Latte

If you feel like experimenting, try using cashews or pecans in place of the almonds. These will keep you cool (and keep you buzzed) all summer long.
Photo credit: Alex Lau

Orange Iced Tea

Turn this iced tea into a cocktail with a little gin.
Photo credit: Marcus Nilsson

BA's Best Lemonade

Nothing says summer quite like lemonade. This can be a base recipe for many types of drinks. Add ginger, fruit, sparkling water, or even gin or vodka for a yummy, refreshing cocktail.
Photo credit: Alex Lau

Sparkling Grapefruit Cocktail

This beautiful, bubbly summertime drink is fancy enough to enjoy on your yacht… or inner tube!
Photo credit: Alex Lau

Strawberry-Pineapple Hotness

A perfect use for that leftover can of chipotles in adobo hiding in the fridge.
Photo credit: Matt Duckor

Huckleberry Shrub

A tart drinking vinegar that can be made with whatever berries you have on hand. Use for spritzers, cocktails, even ice cream floats.
Photo credit: Ditte Isager

Strawberry-Ginger Lemonade

All the brew requires is some fresh ginger, lemon juice, and agave syrup. This will become your new favorite (nonalcoholic) summertime drink!
Photo credit: Christopher Testani

Shoeless Joe

Cherry cola with a kick, named after the iconic outfielder. Is it wrong to have this for breakfast? Oh, well.
Photo credit: Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott

BA's Best Piña Colada

Umbrella required to make you really feel like you're at the beach.
Photo credit: Alex Lau

The Jimmie Roosevelt

Serve this to guests, then wow them with all your Roosevelt knowledge. Doesn't get more American than that.
Photo credit: Peden + Munk

Day Tripper Cocktail

Another pretty vodka-based cocktail you can drink all holiday long.
Photo credit: Christopher Testani

New-New Bloody Mary

Our favorite Bloody Mary is an instant classic. Great-quality tomato juice, bright lemon juice, savory Worcestershire, and a tangy hot sauce deliver on all fronts.
Photo credit: Alex Lau


You can't go wrong celebrating the 4th of July by sipping on a Manhattan. For obvious reasons.
Photo credit: Peden + Munk

Spiced and Spiked Hibiscus Tea

Truth be told, the bourbon's optional, and this is equally delicious hot or cold.
Photo credit: Peden + Munk

Summer Babe

To be super-patriotic, use a botanical American dry gin in this citrusy cocktail, but feel free to make it with your favorite.
Photo credit: Alex Lau

Spiced Rum Punch with Citrus and Luxardo

Feeding a crowd? Two types of rum double the fun in this citrusy punch. If you can’t find kumquats, add another orange.
Photo credit: Dan Monick

The New England Express

In a nod to early New England Thanksgivings, try using two regional pours: rum (big in the Colonial days) and cider.
Photo credit: Marcus Nilsson

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