Try one of these Red, White & Blue Cocktails for your patriotic parties this summer. Fun and festive Memorial Day and 4th of July drinks are perfect for honoring our troops and celebrating our country’s independence, but you can enjoy these throughout the summer months, too.
Memorial Day and July 4 are coming up fast and it’s time to plan summer gatherings celebrating patriotic pride.
Celebrated on June 19, Juneteenth is another important American summer holiday that celebrates the end of slavery. Red is an important color for this holiday, so this list below has a few red-colored drinks to try. However, I hope you’ll also check out this list of black content creators and their Juneteenth recipes.
Memorial Day and 4th of July Cocktails
There’s not much more American than a cocktail. The cocktail has many roots that date back to the Prohibition era, when alcohol was banned by the Constitution.
People mixed their own drinks with heavier substances (that you really wouldn’t want to drink) to be able to enjoy alcohol.
And, of course, any drink with bourbon — which by law can only be made in the USA — is certainly an American one.
There are tons of Fourth of July cocktail recipes to help us celebrate the red, white and blue this year. And bonus — they are great way to beat the summer heat.
But first, a few food recipes to enjoy them with…
July 4 food
If you are throwing a Fourth of July party, try one of these winning appetizer and dessert recipes to go along with the festive drink recipe you choose.
- This Beer Cheese dip is great with pretzels or bread. Make it with your favorite American beer (preferably local!).
- Caprese skewers are a super cute red & white appetizer. Add fresh blueberries for a sweet, patriotic twist!
- With a cheesy center, these Cat Head Biscuits are delicious at a cookout.
- Roasted peaches with goat cheese and honey will knock everyone’s socks off.
- Made with fresh berries, Fruit Skillet Cake is so pretty and patriotic. A scoop of vanilla ice cream is a good idea to go with this one.
And now, let’s get onto the 4th of July drinks!
4th of July Drinks
These 4th of July drinks are sure to get your guests in the mood for summer fun and fireworks on America's birthday.
Made with light rum, lime juice, fresh mint, summer berries and a splash of club soda, these easy-to-make mojitos are patriotic cocktails fit for the whole summer.
Patriotic Piña Coladas
A patriotic pina colada with grenadine and blue curaçao is the perfect 4th of July cocktail with red, white and blue layers for your Independence Day celebration!
A summertime treat, these patriotic Prosecco Popsicles feature different fruits (in red and blue hues, natch) and all the flavor of fizzy champagne. Serve them in a glass of champagne for a poptail!
Red, White & Blue Vodka Lemonade Slush
Red, White & Blue Vodka Lemonade Slush drinks are super festive for your Fourth of July BBQ and are easy to make for a crowd. Made with lemonade, limeade and vodka they will become a party favorite for all of your Patriotic Parties!
Strawberry Mimosas make brunch rosy! Whether you make them for a weekend with gal pals or a celebration like July 4th, these sparkling pink mimosas are the perfect way to toast the day ahead.
With 3 ingredients, this sweet blue cocktail takes just 2 minutes to make, and you’re guaranteed to be the envy of all your friends! It gets its color from blue curacao, which you can use to make a bunch of cocktails in this list.
Set up a Bloody Mary Bar for your guests at your party. Let them choose their favorite spirit and toppings to create their ultimate savory cocktail.
If you're looking for a delicious way to cool down this summer, look no further. This boozy Strawberry Granita with lemon and gin is super refreshing with lots of strawberries and a touch of lemon!
This one is a sparkling, non-alcoholic beverage with frozen berry ice cubes in fun colors. Perfect for kiddos, easy sipping for the adults!
This stunning cocktail is a fairly simple gin sour, but with a gorgeous blue hue and an indigo gin layer on top. The blue color comes from both blue spirulina powder and a butterfly pea flower-infused gin.
Cherry Smash with Vodka
The Cherry Smash with Honeysuckle Vodka is a favorite summertime cocktail. Calling for just six ingredients, this cherry vodka drink is easy to mix at home and so refreshing.
This cocktail is a spicy, bright blue beverage for celebrating any winning occasion. Made with tequila, jalapeño syrup and blue curaçao, you can bottle up these blue beauties in advance to serve at your party or bring to a tailgate.
White Wine Sangria
This white wine sangria features strawberries, lemon, and green apple mixed with a crisp white wine, brandy, and sugar. Delicious and easy for entertaining!
Spicy Jalapeño Blackberry Margaritas really hit all the taste buds so you can savor every single sip. Make it with homemade jalapeño-infused tequila and homemade sour mix tailor them with your desired amount of heat.
Berry Spritzer Recipe
Fresh and full of sweet berries, this Berry Spritzer is a pretty and refreshing beverage that's patriotic too! Perfect for any occasion and using up ripe Summer berries!
Essentially a beer Bloody Mary, the Michelada is a delicious, savory cocktail made with tomato juice and Mexican lager. Its red color makes it a perfect savory cocktail for July 4th.
Sparkling Strawberry Basil Mocktail
Hot summer days call for refreshing drinks, like this strawberry cooler with hints of basil, mint, and lime. This thirst-quenching, refreshing drink is ready in just 5 minutes, the perfect mocktail to serve along with your summer cocktails. Trust me, your kids will be super happy with it!
Beat the heat this summer with Frozen Lemon Daiquiris reminiscent of the New Orleans classic cocktail. Sweet and tart, this citrus and rum cocktail is made with fresh lemon juice and is a sweet treat that tastes like homemade frozen lemonade. They are almost white in color, so dress them up with cocktail cherries for a patriotic garnish.
Triple Berry White Wine Spritzer
With summer just around the corner, it’s time for light, sweet cocktails to ring in the season. Celebrate with this beautiful patriotic triple berry spritzer. Made with a triple berry simple syrup, tequila and lemon-lime soda it’s the perfect way to enjoy the summertime!
Bright and refreshing, this Strawberry Rosé Sangria serves a crowd and is easily multiplied. Add in blackberries and blueberries for a patriotic twist.
Watermelon Lime Slush
This refreshing Watermelon Lime Slush blends up in 10 minutes and is the absolute best drink for summer! It contains fresh watermelon and lime, is sweet, and has a secret ingredient… ginger ale! The best part is it contains no alcohol so everyone can drink it!
Kick off summertime with a batch of cherry red Cheerwine Bourbon Slushies. Use your favorite cherry soda to blend up this frozen, vibrant drink.
Watermelon Agua Fresca
This Watermelon Agua Fresca is like summer in a glass, with lime, watermelon, and it’s lightly sweetened! You’ll love it! And, it’s great that the whole family can enjoy it, or you can make it into an adult cocktail!
From taco night to girls' night, Strawberry Basil Margaritas are the freshest summer sipper around. With all the tastes of the farmers market, these tequila-based beauties are sure to become fan favorites.
Patriotic Tom Collins Punch
Patriotic Tom Collins Punch is where big batch cocktails meet sangria, with just the right about of fruity sweetness to accompany the floral gin notes. You won’t find a better refreshment (or a more patriotic one) than this on Independence Day!
Make your own frosé. This granita is a slushy, sweet dessert made with rosé wine. Garnish it with cherries, strawberries or blueberries for a patriotic twist.
Blueberry Gin Fizz
Made with a layer of homemade blueberry syrup on the bottom, spicy ginger beer in the middle and topped with color-changing gin, it's easy to make this lovely ombré, layered look by using a simple “float” process.
Make red and blue jello shots from a box mix for an adult treat!
Pineapple Campari Cocktail Recipe
Pineapple Campari Cocktail is a simple and refreshing Campari Drink recipe with a tropical flair. It’s a refreshing summer cocktail or perfect for the holidays.
A colorful end-of-summer punch made with watermelon and orange, with all the kick of a margarita.
This one is the official cocktail of the Belmont Stakes horse race, but it works well as a patriotic cocktail as well.
Watermelon Wine Cooler with Lime
This refreshing wine cooler drink is made with inexpensive white Riesling wine, fresh watermelon, lime and mint syrup. For a party, make this wine cooler ahead of time, and keep in the refrigerator. Just before your guests arrive, pour into a pitcher with a container of ice cubes on the side, and you're all set with a signature drink for your guests!
Sip on sweet, succulent, frozen strawberry daiquiris all summer long! These ruby red frozen drinks are a crowd-pleaser.
Blue Lagoon Mocktail
With its show-stopping ocean blue color and refreshing citrus flavor, this Blue Lagoon Mocktail is the perfect poolside drink. It’s so easy to make with just 4 simple ingredients!
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