Enjoy a variety of the best fourth of July drink recipes!

Best Fourth of July Drink Recipes

Step up your party, barbecue, or hangout with the best Fourth of July drink recipes! We can all look forward to celebrating the independence of this great nation by taking the day off work and enjoying some family, friends, food, and fireworks. And of course, it doesn’t hurt to have a few specialty drinks! 

Homemade Summer Shandy

One of the best July 4th drink recipes is a homemade summer shandy! This drink recipe is lighter than others which is perfect for spending the day out in the sun.

You’ll Need:

  • Your favorite pale ale
  • ¼ lemon juice (half a lemon)
  • Blackberries
  • Mint sprig (optional)

Crush a handful of blackberries into the bottom of your glass. Pour in lemon juice, then top off with your beer of choice. You can garnish your shandy with a few mint leaves, too!

Patriotic Snow Cones

Snow cones are an excellent after-meal choice and are extremely easy to make! You can make a twist on the classic dessert by adding a little bit of alcohol for one of the best 4th of July drink ideas. If you’re trying to be festive for the holiday, you can make these in red, white, and blue coloring

You’ll Need:

  • Ice, crushed
  • ½ ounce of grenadine
  • 1 ounce of blue Curaco
  • Lemon-Lime Soda

Start preparing the drinks by filling a short glass with crushed ice. The ice might melt quickly, so be sure to pile it high! Next, pour in your soda to nearly fill the glass. You can then add in your grenadine and give it time to settle to the bottom. Slowly top off the cocktail with the Curaco and enjoy!

Looking for a little more complex of a recipe? You can always check out Clinton Kelly’s unique take on the alcoholic snow cone.

Red, White, and Blue Sangria

Odds are you’ll be spending time with a group over the 4th of July, so why not make a drink recipe that many can enjoy? This “patriotic” sangria is the perfect drink to stay cool on a hot day and fit perfectly before or after a big meal.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 bottle of Pinot Noir wine
  • 1 cup of cranberry juice
  • 1 cup of brandy
  • 1/2 cup Simple syrup
  • ¼ to ½ cup of orange juice
  • 6-8 ounces of blueberries
  • 6-8 ounces of raspberries
  • 6-8 ounces of blackberries
  • 1 apple, sliced

To prepare, you should make the simple syrup. Add ½ cup of sugar to ½ cup of water to a small sauce pan and boiling until the sugar dissolves. Make sure the syrup is cooled before using.

In a large pitcher, mix your wine, juices, brandy, and syrup. Then add your blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and sliced apple. Let the sangria sit overnight in your refrigerator to give the fruit a chance to absorb the alcohol. This is one of the best Fourth of July drink recipes to serve about six people the next day!

Blackberry Gin and Tonic

Another of the best Fourth of July cocktails is your blackberry gin and tonic. This recipe takes the standard gin and tonic cocktail up a notch!

You’ll need:

  • 2 ounces of gin
  • 3 ounces of tonic water
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 6-8 blackberries
  • 1 lime wedge

Using a shaker is easiest to make this recipe! You can start by adding a few crushed blackberries, juice from your lime wedge, the gin, and the simple syrup. Shake the mixture thoroughly, then pour into a glass filled with ice. Top off the glass with your tonic water and garnish with another lime wedge and some blackberries if available.

Watermelon-Tequila Cocktail

There’s no need to worry about having any leftover watermelon from your cookout. Use it to create another of the best Fourth of July drink recipes! Try this Bobby Flay inspired watermelon & tequila cocktail that has a bite, yet is still refreshing.

You’ll need:

  • ¼ cup simple syrup
  • 8 cups diced watermelon
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 ¾ cups blueberries
  • ¾ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 ¼ cups silver tequila

Start by creating your simple syrup and setting it aside to cool. Blend your watermelon until smooth and strain juice into a medium sized mixing bowl. In a separate pitcher mix your simple syrup, lime juice, mint leaves, and blueberries. You can lightly mash the blueberries to release the juices inside. Add your silver tequila and the watermelon juices to the bowl. Chill the bowl in the refrigerator until cold. When serving, carefully pour the drink into a glass over ice. If you like extra mint you can add more mint leaves for garnishing!

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