35 Easy 4th of July Cocktails That’ll Steal the (Fireworks) Show
Whether you’re throwing a party or just keeping things low-key with your family, these patriotic cocktails will definitely impress (especially the red, white and blue ones). Best of all, most of them call for just a few ingredients, so they’re easy to whip up while keeping your eye on the barbecue. Here are 35 easy 4th of July cocktails that our forefathers could totally get behind.
3. Firecracker Berry Margarita Floats
When it comes to floats, our philosophy is go big or go home. So, vanilla ice cream in our marg fits the bill, not to mention the decorative, over-the-top fruit skewers.
8. Blackberry Pineapple Smash
Two of summer's favorite fruits in one glass. The best part? It works with basically any silver liquor you have. We'll take ours with salt.
11. Blackberry and Meyer Lemon Gin and Tonic
Fresh mint and simple syrup make for a drink that's equal parts herbaceous and sweet. To make your own simple syrup, bring 1 cup water to a boil on the stove and stir in 1 cup sugar until dissolved.
12. Peach Prosecco Punch
If you have four ingredients and five minutes, your new go-to bubbly drink is within reach. The secret is bottled peach nectar.
15. Blueberry Mojitos for a Crowd
Okay, these are less red, white and blue and more pretty in pink. But garnish with a few blueberries and it'll totally complement the drink's reddish hue.
16. Blueberry Lemonade
The season's signature drink just leveled up. Think fresh-squeezed lemons and the easiest blueberry simple syrup ever. Pass the vodka.
17. Pomegranate Blueberry Floats
USA's colors shine bright in this combo of pomegranate soda, blueberries and ice cream. Add a dash of vodka and you're in business.
18. Blue Lagoon Cocktail
Despite its Bahamas-blue color, blue curaçao actually tastes like citrus. Add extra cherries for a festive finish.
19. Smashed Berry Rosé Spritz
We're suckers for patriotic garnishes, especially when they're made of juicy nectarines. This cocktail's loaded with tequila, fresh basil and St. Germain (that's elderflower liqueur).
20. Hibiscus Cherry Vodka Spritz
Honey, pineapple juice and dried hibiscus flowers make one fancy drink you'll keep in your arsenal for good. Garnish with blueberries and cherries, or coat the glass rim with blue sugar sprinkles.
21. Easy Berry Sangria
Fresh fruit. Sugar. Lemon-lime soda. A bottle of rosé. Well, that was easy. Nightcap on the patio, anyone?
22. Bourbon Cherry Old Fashioned
Do you have whiskey lovers coming to the barbecue? Consider them covered. Swap out honey for sugar to get a grit-free sip every time.
24. Blackberry Bramble
A bramble is an old-school British cocktail made with dry gin, lemon, simple syrup and blackberry liqueur. This one gets spiked with ginger soda, too.
25. Cherry Floats
The homemade, three-ingredient cherry syrup is a real game changer. Add a splash of coconut rum or vanilla vodka for a grown-up spin.
29. Portable Summer Sippers
You shouldn't have to miss out on your own cookout because you're busy playing bartender. Instead, mix up a big batch of vodka coolers, pour them into plastic bags and freeze until slushy or solid. Now, choose your fighter: raspberry-lime or lemonade iced tea?