20+ red, white and blue cocktails for Fourth of July

It's the holiday we've all been waiting for ... Fourth of July! We can't wait to eat a hamburger (or two!) while indulging in a delicious cocktail. Speaking of cocktails, there's nothing that screams *America* more than a classic, on-theme red, white and blue cocktail. 

We've rounded up our favorites for any and every kind of alcohol taste -- from vodka to cider and even tequila! -- in the slideshow below. Click through for easy-to-make recipes that will surely get the party started at any Fourth of July shindig. 

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Red, White and Baileys (Created by Lo Bosworth)

Ingredients:

Step 1

  • 2.5 oz. Baileys Almande
  • 1 Cup Frozen Blueberries

Step 2

  • 1 oz. Baileys Almande
  • 2 Frozen Bananas 

Step 3

  • 1 oz. Baileys Almande
  • 1 Cup Frozen Raspberries
  • Blueberries for Top

Directions:

Blend each fruit separately with corresponding Baileys Almande in a food processor until smooth. Pour individual layers into a Collins glass to create red, white and blue color scheme. Top with blueberries. 

Ideal Serving Glass:

Mason Jar

Red, White & Rosé

Ingredients:

  • 1 Part Three Olives Rosé Vodka
  • Top with Soda Water
  • 2 Dash Peychaud's Bitters

Directions:

Pour vodka into a glass with ice, top with club soda and a dash of bitters. Garnish with grapefruit twist.

The Adult Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Deep Eddy Vodka
  • 2 oz. Fresh Lemonade
  • 1 oz. Club soda
  • Lemon peel garnish

Red, White, and Berry Coconut Lemonade (Courtesy of Karly Gomez, A Simple Pantry)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Smirnoff Red, White, and Berry Vodka
  • 3 cups fresh lemonade
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • Fresh lemons, blueberries, and strawberries, for garnish

Directions:

In a large pitcher, combine the Smirnoff Vodka, lemonade, and coconut water and stir gently. Add fresh fruit as desired, then refrigerate for 1 hour to allow flavors to combine. Serve over ice and enjoy responsibly.

Red, White & Berry Limeade (Courtesy of Karly Gomez, A Simple Pantry)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Smirnoff Red, White, & Berry or Smirnoff No. 21
  • 1 cup black raspberry liqueur
  • 3 cups limeade

Directions:

In a large pitcher, combine the Smirnoff, black raspberry liqueur, and limeade. Chill until cold, then serve over ice with blueberries, raspberries, and apple stars for a patriotic twist.

Red, White & Blue Boozy Slush (Courtesy of Taylor Bradford, Pink Heels Pink Truck)

Ingredients:

Blue Slush Layer:

  • 2 cups ice
  • 2 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 1 cup homemade lemonade

White Slush Layer:

  • 2 cups ice
  • 2 oz. Smirnoff Red, White & Berry
  • 1 cup homemade lemonade

Red Slush Layer:

  • 1 ¼ cups strawberries, quartered
  • 2 oz. Smirnoff Red, White & Berry vodka
  • ¼ cup of homemade lemonade

Directions:

Blend each layer separately until smooth. Store in freezer until ready to build your cocktail. Pour each layer into a highball glass and serve immediately.

Aperol Spritzer

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Aperol
  • 6 oz Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime
  • Orange twist, for garnish

Directions:

In an ice-filled Collins glass, add Aperol and float with Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime. Garnish with an orange twist and serve.

Santa Margherita Blackberry Smash

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
  • Fresh blackberries
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 1 oz gin
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice

Directions:

Find some fun glasses to use –- rocks glasses or stemless wine glasses look great. Muddle 6 blackberries and 3 basil leaves. Add gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Top off with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG. Garnish with an extra few blackberries and a sprig of basil.

Frozé Watermelon Granita

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé
  • 1-quart watermelon-rosemary sorbet (store bought or recipe below)
  • 2 cups diced, seedless watermelon

Directions:

Spoon a scoop of sorbet into the bottom of a chilled glass and top with a tablespoon or so of the watermelon cubes. Pour the Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé over the sorbet and melon. Garnish with mint. Serve immediately with a silver spoon.

Option:

Purchase sorbet from a gourmet market instead of making your own.

To Make Watermelon Sorbet:

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 3 pounds seedless watermelon cut into cubes (about 10 cups)
  • ½ cup lime juic
  • ¼ cup and 2 tablespoons tequila

Directions:

In a small saucepan bring the sugar, water, and rosemary to a boil. Remove it from the heat and let it cool to room temperature, then strain. Combine the rosemary syrup, watermelon, lime juice, and tequila in a blender and process until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and refrigerate overnight. Freeze the sorbet “granita-style” by putting it in the freezer and stirring every hour for five hours.

Red, White and Blue, Berry Mule

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz berry Vodka (blueberry or raspberry)
  • 6 oz Extra Spicy Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries

Directions:

Muddle blueberries and blackberries in shaker. Add vodka and shake. Fill Moscow mule mug with ice. Pour in muddled berries and vodka and fill with Brooklyn Crafted (roughly 6oz). Garnish with blueberries and blackberries.

Red Lady

Ingredients:

  • 2oz. The Botanist Gin
  • 1oz. Cointreau
  • 1oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 6 strips Julienned Red Bell Pepper
  • 3 drops Orange Bitters

Directions:

In a shaker, muddle the red bell pepper, then add all remaining ingredients. Shake without ice vigorously, then add ice and shake briskly. Double-strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a strip of julienned Red Bell Pepper.

Strawberry Mule (Created by Macchina's Jason Madera)

Ingredients:

  • 9 slices of strawberries 
  • Small bunch of mint 
  • 2 droppers Angostura bitters
  • 2oz Belvedere Vodka  
  • 1/2 oz ginger liqueur
  • 3/4 oz lime juice

Directions: Muddle strawberries and mint. Add Belvedere Vodka, Angostura bitters, ginger liqueur and lime juice. Add ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a strawberry slice and a bouquet of mint

Tanqueray Strawberry Rhubarb Fizz

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 12 ounces Tanqueray Gin
  • 24 ounces Fever Tree Tonic
  • Fresh Strawberries (garnish)
  • Lime (garnish)

Directions:

Over med-high heat, cook rhubarb, sugar, and water until soft. Add strawberries and continue to cook until completely cooked down (about 15 minutes), stirring constantly. Cool and strain. (Refrigerate until ready to use.) In a highball or tall glass, add ice, add 2 tablespoons of strawberry sauce, and top with 1½ ounces of Tanqueray Gin and 3 ounces of Fever Tree Tonic (per serving). Garnish with strawberries and lime. Enjoy!

Why Is That Ginger Blue? (Created by Moses Laboy)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz Johnnie Walker Red Label
  • ¾ oz Ginger/Butterfly Pea Flower Sweetener*
  • ½ oz Fresh Lemon juice 
  • ¾ oz Fever tree seltzer 
  • Half drop of Chefs liquid royal blue 
  • Pansy flower for garnish

Directions:

Add all ingredients in shaker (except seltzer) Shake till cold and double strain over fresh ice. Top with soda. Pansy flower garnish. Enjoy! 
Glassware: Rocks Glass

Ginger/Butterfly Pea Flower Sweetener: 

1 quart water / 1 quart sugar, 6oz peeled and shredded ginger, 50 dried butterfly pea flowers. Cook the water, ginger and sugar till simmer, then add flowers, strut with a spoon. Let sit till cool. Strain and store in fridge till ready to use. 

Monte Watermelon Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Amaro Montenegro
  • 1 oz Riesling
  • 2 oz Fresh Watermelon Juice
  • ½ oz Lemon Juice
  • ½ oz Lime Juice
  • ½ oz Agave

Directions:

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a high ball glasses. Garnish with orange slice and mint.

Clos du Bois “Clos Say Can You See” 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups frozen or fresh strawberries
  • 1 bottle of Clos du Bois Lightly Bubbled Chardonnay
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries (fresh)
  • 20 oz lime raspberry sparkling water
  • 1 pint raspberries

Directions:

Add water and frozen strawberries to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, simmer 10 minutes and smash the strawberries. Simmer another 5 minutes. Reserve the liquid and remove any larger pieces of fruit that did not reduce when heated. Combine strawberry mixture, Lightly Bubbled Chardonnay, and sliced strawberries to a large pitcher. Let sit for at least one hour
Just before serving, add sparkling water and raspberries. Serve over ice

Layered Berry Ketel Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Ketel One Vodka
  • .25oz honey
  • 1/2 cup mashed strawberries
  • Ice
  • 1/2 cup mashed blueberries
  • Basil leaf, for garnish

Directions:

Mix the vodka and honey in a rocks glass. Top mixture with the mashed strawberries. Then add shaved or crushed and then add a layer of mashed blueberries. Garnish with basil leaf.

POM Blueberry Smash    

Ingredients:

  • 3/4  oz. POM Blueberry 100% juice    
  • 1  1/2 oz. Bourbon    
  • 1/2  oz. fresh lemon juice    
  • 3/4  oz. honey syrup (Mix two parts honey with one part hot water and stir. Cool.)
  • Garnish: Mint sprig, one blueberry   

Directions:

Shake all the ingredients well with ice. Serve over crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and one blueberry.

Stars & Stripes

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2oz Breckenridge Vodka
  • Blueberry jam ice cubes
  • Sprite
  • Sugar and strawberries for garnish

Directions:

Over medium heat, add 12oz blueberry jam, (you can muddle fresh blueberries in addition) 16oz water, 4oz sugar. Stir until dissolved. Let cool, then pour into ice molds. Add vodka to serving glass with jam ice cubes. Top with Sprite. Garnish with a strawberry and sugar rim.

Watermelon Paloma

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Hornitos® Plata Tequila
  • 1 part watermelon juice
  • ¾ part agave nectar
  • ¾ part fresh lime juice
  • 1 part seltzer
  • Handful cilantro
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions:

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass, excluding seltzer. Shake well for approximately 5 seconds. Add seltzer and double strain into a Collins glass. Garnish with a watermelon wedge and rim the class with paprika sea salt.

Blueberry Mint Smash

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ parts Hornitos® Black Barrel® Tequila
  • ½ part fresh lime juice
  • ½ part simple syrup
  • Blueberries
  • Mint sprigs

Directions:

Lightly muddle 6-8 blueberries and 3-5 mint leaves in a shaker. Add remainder of ingredients into the shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a julep cup over crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and blueberries.

Red, White & Berry Slushie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Limeade, frozen
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 16 oz. Smirnoff ICE Red, White & Berry
  • 6 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
  • 2 oz. orange liqueur

Directions:

Freeze 2 cups of limeade. In a blender, combine all the ingredients. Blend to desired consistency

Layered Red, White & Berry Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. Smirnoff ICE Red, White & Berry
  • 0.5 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 0.5 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
  • 1 oz.  Lemonade
  • Splash Grenadine

Directions:

Fill a Mason Jar with Ice. Pour in the Smirnoff Ice. Add the vodka, blue curacao, and lemonade. Top with a splash of grenadine

BACARDÍ DAIQUIRI

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts BACARDÍ Superior Rum
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 part freshly squeezed lime juice

Directions:

Place sugar and freshly pressed lime juice into a cocktail shaker and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Then pour in the BACARDÍ Superior rum and fill the shaker with half-cubed ice, followed by some half-crushed ice. Place the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled. Finally, strain through a fine tea strainer into a chilled coupette.

BACARDÍ CUATRO MANZANA

Ingredients:

  • 1 part BACARDÍ Añejo Cuatro rum
  • 2 parts sparkling apple juice
  • 2 lime wedges

Directions:

Squeeze and drop one lime wedge into a highball glass. Add ice and build other ingredients. Serve with one lime wedge.

Orchard Rosé Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 2 bottles Angry Orchard Rose Cider
  • 3 oz Gin
  • 3 oz Lemon Juice
  • 3 oz Simple Syrup (1 part sugar to 1 part water)
  • 9 oz Basil Watermelon Juice (Add about 2 cups diced watermelon, and 5 to 6 basil leaves to a blender and blend until liquified)

Directions:

Build in a wine glass with ice and top with Cider. Garnish with an orange twist. 

Kiwi Dreamsicle

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces Kiwi HI-CHEW Infused Dry Gin
  • 2 ounces Cream Soda
  • Seltzer
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Ice Cream

Directions:

Measure the infused gin and cream soda into a parfait or pint glass. Fill 2/3 with seltzer, then top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Serve with a spoon and straw, and garnish with kiwis and Kiwi HI-CHEW Candies.

Garden Party

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz rosé, chilled
  • 4 oz Cherry Limeade Sparkling Ice
  • ½ oz honey
  • Sugar, for rim
  • Edible flowers, for garnish

Directions:

In a sugar-rimmed Collins glass, combine rosé, Cherry Limeade Sparkling Ice, and honey. Garnish with edible flowers and serve.

Berry Punch Authentic Jose Cuervo Margarita

Bursting with blueberry sweetness, this ready-to-drink margarita is a blend of true to fruit natural blueberry flavors, crisp Bartlett pear, tangy lime and bright orange notes for an authentic and refreshing taste. Not only is it refreshing, it is also easy to enjoy with friends at any spring/summer soirée. Simply pour over ice, garnish with fresh berries, place a decorative straw and enjoy! 

Tequila Colada

Ingredients:

  • 2oz Jose Cuervo Especial Silver
  • .75oz Coco Lopez
  • .25oz Simple Suga
  • .5oz Lime Juice
  • Pineapple Wedge
  • Mint Sprig

Directions:

Add all ingredients to tins and shake until chilled. Strain over cubed ice in a Rocks Glass.

Garnish: Pineapple Wedge and Mint Sprig

Royal American Negroni

Ingredients:

  • 0.5 oz. Boodles Gin
  • 0.5 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • 0.5 oz. Capitoline bitter orange liqueur
  • 2 dashes Dillon's Bitters
  • Top with champagne

Directions:

Add all ingredients in a mixing glass except champagne with ice and stir until cold. Pour into a champagne flute and top with champagne.

Owney’s Mojito

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Owney’s Rum
  • 0.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 0.15 oz. Granulated Sugar
  • 8 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Club Soda to top
  • Garnish: Lime wedges & mint

Directions:

Muddle mint leaves and sugar in a shaker. Add all ingredients with ice, shake and pour into a tall glass. Top with soda water and serve.

Rosé Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Hangar 1 Rosé Vodka
  • 0.5 oz. Fresh Watermelon Juice
  • 0.25 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • Club Soda to top
  • Garnish: Handful of Blueberries

Directions:

Combine vodka, watermelon juice, lime juice, and fruit in a shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into a stemless wine glass. Top with club soda.

Five Points Pavilion

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. 1800 Coconut
  • 0.5 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 0.5 oz. Honey
  • 1 oz. Green Tea

Minibar Delivery's Red, White, and Blue Vodka Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 9 cups of ice
  • 1 cup of grenadine
  • 1 cup of blue curaçao
  • 1 cup of vodka
  • 1 cup of lemonade

Directions:

Separately crush 3 cups of ice and grenadine, then 3 cups of ice and blue curaçao, then ice, vodka, and lemonade. Layer in that order and cheers to the birth of our great nation.

Plus One

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ parts Courvoisier V.S. Cognac
  • 4 parts San Pellegrino® Pomegranate/Blood Orange
  • Orange slice for garnish

Directions:

Pour cognac in a glass, add ice and top with San Pellegrino®. Garnish with an orange slice.

Bluecoat American Dry Gin All-American Gin & Tonic (By Philadelphia Distilling, Philadelphia, PA)

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Bluecoat American Dry Gin
  • 3-4 oz. Q Tonic Water
  • Orange peel

Directions:

Add gin to a highball glass filled with ice. Add tonic water, stir to combine. Garnish glass with an orange twist

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And once you've got your drinks set up, you'll still need the perfect appetizers. Scroll through below to choose the perfect easy-to-make holiday snacks based on your own favorite type of cheese.

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