The Best Boozy (and Non-Boozy) Cocktails for the Fourth of July
July 3, 2019

The Best Boozy (and Non-Boozy) Cocktails for the Fourth of July

Fourth of July party planning is well under way in backyards and neighborhoods across America. If your party includes a little imbibing, why not add some red, white & blue to your drink menu? Not only are patriotic cocktails delicious, they’re a great way to express your love for the USA. And because we don’t want to leave out the kiddos (or non-drinkers), we’ve included alcohol-free options too. Try one (or more!) of the following recipes, and you just may be up til the dawn’s early light.


Red, White & Sparkling Blueberry Punch

Photo courtesy That’s So Michelle

This simple recipe is fruity and fizzy and highlights the season’s freshest strawberries and blueberries. Plus, the red, white and blue will add to your party’s décor. Add a couple of patriotic straws for some added American spirit!

Blackberry Basil Mojito

Photo courtesy Minimalist Baker

Fresh blackberries, tart lime and refreshing mint come together in this unique twist on the classic mojito. It’s sweet and tart, herby and fruity at the same time.

Pop Rocks Shooter

Photo courtesy the Decorated Cookie

This creamy red, white and blue drink literally explodes in your mouth thanks to the added surprise of a Pop Rock-rimmed glass.

Peach Rosé Sangria

Photo courtesy Julie’s Eats & Treats

Peaches + rosé = a refreshingly sweet summer punch. Best of all, it’s quick and easy to make for a crowd and will keep all your guests cool on a hot day.

Red, White & Blue Strawberry Jello Shots

Photo courtesy That’s So Michelle

How cute are these Jello shots? Fill a strawberry, cut it in half and stick a toothpick in it and you have a fun and boozy Fourth of July treat for grown-ups!

Red, White & Blue Italian Ice Champagne Floats

Photo courtesy The Kitchen is My Playground

Adding champagne to red, white or blue Italian ice is a match made in (patriotic) heaven. Swap the champagne for lemon-lime soda and you have a kid-friendly version.

Red, White & Blue Piña Colada

Photo courtesy 3 Yummy Tummies

You don’t have to be on a tropical vacation to enjoy these creamy, layered piña coladas. They have all of flavors of the classic frozen beverage with a festive twist.

Red, White & Blue Sangria

Photo courtesy Garlic & Zest

Fresh fruit is cut into star shapes and added to a pitcher of brandy, wine and sparkling water for a refreshing – and easy – crowd-pleasing drink.

Fresh Blueberry Margaritas

Photo courtesy Love & Olive Oil

A margarita is the ultimate summer drink, and this version adds blueberries for a delicious take on the classic. A blueberry salt rimmed glass ties it all together.

Red, White & Blue Jello Shots

Photo courtesy 3 Yummy Tummies

This basic Jello shot recipe layers colorful vodka-infused Jello and tops the whole thing off with whipped cream and sprinkles. It’s like a cocktail and a dessert in one!

Skittles Vodka

Photo courtesy Mix That Drink

Though it takes some planning ahead, this method of infusing vodka with Skittles leaves you with a vibrant, sweet and fruity liquor that you can enjoy on its own or mixed into your favorite cocktails.



Red, White & Blue Layered Drinks

Photo courtesy Brown Eyed Baker

The kids can celebrate right alongside you with these refreshing drinks made from soda and juice. Add a festive straw and even the grownups will want a sip.

Cherry Limeade

Photo courtesy Dinner at the Zoo

This is an easy and refreshing booze-free punch that you can make by the pitcher. Plus, its bright red color will add to your holiday décor.

Kid Friendly Patriotic Punch

Photo courtesy Mom Endeavors

These colorful layered drinks have a delicious surprise – a straw that’s actually a Twizzler with the ends cut off! You can use whatever red, white and blue beverage you prefer, and pour it into a mason jar for some added Americana.

Patriotic Strawberry Blueberry Cream Smoothies

Photo courtesy Daily Dish Recipes

These red, white and blue smoothies are health and refreshing – like a dessert in disguise! Just blend fruit with ice and milk, then layer each color on top of each other. A blueberry garnish ties it all together.

Watermelon Lemonade

Photo courtesy Smitten Kitchen

Lemonade is the perfect summer beverage, but add watermelon and you’ve got a next-level refresher the kids (and adults!) will love. This version is all natural, with fresh-squeezed lemons, watermelon puree and hand-made simple syrup.

Red, White & Blue Virgin Sangria

Photo courtesy the Kitchen is My Playground

There’s no reason the drinkers should have all the fun. This simple sangria skips the booze and instead uses white grape juice and seltzer water for fizz. Add whatever fruit you prefer – but blueberries and strawberries make it festive for your Fourth of July bash!

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Elizabeth Penney

Elizabeth Penney is a content writer for Lyon Real Estate and the Lyon Local blog. A Sacramento native with a marketing background, she shares her insider knowledge on restaurants, attractions and outdoor activities throughout the greater Sacramento area and beyond.