20 Thirst-Quenching 4th of July Drinks

Three cheers to the red, white, and blue!

4th of July drinks - lemosa, hurricane
Charlie Gillette, Ethan Calabrese

No backyard barbecue worth its weight in side dishes is complete without a dazzling array of thirst-quenching drinks. Instead of serving your guests the same light beer or wine coolers you drink at every summer get-together, opt for something that's more representative of the 4th of July. Whether you're interested in making patriotic-themed refreshments the same colors as the flag or want to pack tons of fruity flavor into a single drink, these 4th of July drinks are just the thing your friends and family need to cool off during a hot Independence Day pool party or cookout. For the guests who don't drink, opt for a delicious non-alcoholic fizzy drink or serve up fruit smoothies. And for the kids, pulse together the slushie of their dreams. These 4th of July drinks will impress your guests and disappear faster than you're able to serve them. And if you really want to show off your American pride, do it with creative (and delicious) red, white, and blue desserts.

4th of july drinks - lemosas
CHARLIE GILLETTE
Lemosas

Give a classic mimosa a summer makeover. Swap orange juice for lemonade in this lemon-inspired cocktail for a tangier-yet-still-sweet taste.

Get the recipe from Delish »

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4th of july drinks - hurricane
ETHAN CALABRESE
Hurricane

This boozy cocktail, which uses rum as a base, is best enjoyed poolside.

Get the recipe from Delish »

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4th of july drinks - Red, White, and Blue Sangria
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Red, White, and Blue Sangria

Sangria is always good idea, but it tastes even better when it's sporting a patriotic look.

Get the recipe at Certified Pastry Aficionado »

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4th of july drinks - mason jar citrus cooler
Kate Mathis
Mason Jar Citrus Cooler

Mix up this non-alcoholic cooler, which pairs all of your favorite summer citrus flavors with seltzer.

Get the recipe for Mason Jar Citrus Cooler »

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4th of july drinks - boozy dole whip lemonade
Charlie Gillette
Boozy Dole Whip

Bring island vibes to your 4th of July backyard barbecue this year with these tropical-flavored slushies, made with pineapple chunks blended together with coconut milk and coconut rum.

Get the recipe from Delish »

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4th Of July Drinks - Red, White, and Blue Pinã Colada
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Red, White, and Blue Piña Colada

If you're a big fan of piña coladas, you'll love this patriotic version. It's almost too pretty to drink.

Get the recipe at 3 Yummy Tummies »

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4th of july drinks - Red, White, and Blue Wine Sparklers
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Red, White, and Blue Wine Sparklers

Star-shaped chunks of apple make this festive sip it one of the prettiest drinks ever.

Get the recipe at Fox and Briar »

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4th of july drinks - Red, White, and Blue Vodka Lemonade Slush
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Red, White, and Blue Vodka Lemonade Slush

Stay cool on a hot summer day with these layered slushies.

Get the recipe at Homemade Hooplah »

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4th of july drinks - Fireworks Piña Colada
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Fireworks Piña Colada

Mixed with strawberry puree, this frozen drink is an explosion of flavor. Top with mini American flag umbrellas!

Get the recipe at Home Sweet Jones »

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4th of july drinks - Cherry Whiskey Smash Cocktails
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Cherry Whiskey Smash Cocktails

Use one of summer's best fruits to make this one-of-a-kind whiskey smash cocktail.

Get the recipe at How Sweet Eats »

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4th of july drinks - Firecracker Berry Margarita Floats
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Firecracker Berry Margarita Floats

These berry floats are anything but basic thanks to their strawberry and blueberry margarita bases.

Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest »

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4th of july drinks - 4th of July White Sangria
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4th of July White Sangria

This sangria, filled with strawberries, apples, and blueberries, will become your new Independence Day staple.

Get the recipe at StreetSmart Kitchen »

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4th of july drinks - Red, White, and Blue Shooters
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Red, White, and Blue Shooters

Use syringes to combine the red and blue flavors in this drink and you'll almost have more fun than drinking them.

Get the recipe at Growing Up Gabel »

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4th of july drinks - Blueberry Coconut Sparkler
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Blueberry Coconut Sparkler

Rimmed with coconut flakes for a touch of white, this blueberry drink, with a hint of coconut rum and lemon juice, is a tasty way to cool down.

Get the recipe at Spiced »

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4th of july drinks - kid-friendly patriotic punch
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Kid-Friendly Patriotic Punch

With Twizzlers in place of straws, this juice and candy mix has holiday fun written all over it.

Get the recipe at Mom Endeavors »

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4th of july drinks - July 4th Layered Drinks
Courtesy of Katrina's Kitchen
July 4th Layered Drinks

This recipe layers different flavored juices to create the colors of the flag. (When combining, make sure to pour slowly so colors don't mix!)

Get the recipe at Katrina's Kitchen »

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4th of july drinks - 4th of July Jell-O Shots
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4th of July Jell-O Shots

With or without alcohol, you'll want to make these Americana Jell-O shots in bulk for a tasty and fun treat.

Get the recipe at Hoosier Homemade »

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4th of july drinks - Patriotic Layered Smoothie Recipe
Courtesy of A Mom's Take
Patriotic Layered Smoothie Recipe

Using frozen fruit like bananas, cherries, and blueberries, this delicious smoothie is the perfect start to your Independence Day.

Get the recipe at A Mom's Take »

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4th of july drinks - Red, White, and Blue(berry) Margaritas
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Red, White, and Blue(berry) Margaritas

With a touch of honey in each layer of flavor, these margaritas will add extra sweetness to your day.

Get the recipe at Gimme Some Oven »

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4th of july drinks - Captain America Kids' Drink
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Captain America Kids' Drink

Using soda for a bubbly pop, this drink is filled with patriotic swirls for an eye-catching touch.

Get the recipe at A Worthey Read »

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