25 Red, White, and Boozy Drink Recipes for the Fourth of July
It’s safe to say that Southerners can all agree on one thing during a hot, sweltering summer down here: Nothing cools you off like an ice-cold beverage. While sweet tea, homemade lemonade, and a cooler of Cokes (a term that covers all types of fizzy sodas) are a given, why not give your Fourth of July cookout something to talk about? Instead of the typical adults-only cooler of brews, try one of these fun and refreshing 4th of July drinks and cocktails. No matter if celebrating Independence Day lakeside, on the beach, or in your backyard, any of these sippers are sure to be the star of your patriotic celebration. It’s time to raise your flag high, let the fireworks fly, and fix up a festive drink. Whether your party needs something “red, white, and boozy,” a zero-proof “mocktail,” or a fun refreshment for the kids, you’re covered with these 25 Fourth of July drink recipes.
4th of July Punch
Recipe: 4th of July Punch
Instead of serving the same selection of beer from last year’s barbecue, why not whip up a batch of this patriotic punch?
Spiked Watermelon Lemonade
Recipe: Spiked Watermelon Lemonade
A glass of tangy, sweet lemonade is an old-fashioned Southern standby, and this recipe gets a summertime update with a splash of vodka (optional) and watermelon juice.
White Wine Sangria
Recipe: White Wine Sangria
Something about a cool glass of sangria is just made for sunshine sipping.
Peach Sweet Tea
Recipe: Peach Sweet Tea
Here's the perfect way to dress up your sweet tea for the summer—when peaches are at their best.
Recipe: Watermelon Margaritas
We've yet to make a more popular summer cocktail recipe than this refreshing watermelon margarita.
Grapefruit Gin Slush
Recipe: Grapefruit Gin Slush
This gin slush is all about the pairing of grapefruit and lime. It’s a variation on a frosty paloma that swaps tequila for gin and adds a few handfuls of ice for maximum chill.
Sparkling Cherry Limeade
Recipe: Sparkling Cherry Limeade
We remade a classic sipper with a margarita-inspired twist. The recipe tastes just as good without alcohol, but we recommend tequila and orange liqueur if you’re prepping for an adults-only crowd.
Recipe: Fruity Floats
During the dog days of summer, only a fruitier take on a Coke float will do. Pour your favorite fruit-flavored soda—grape, orange, or cherry—over vanilla ice cream for a frosty treat.
Salty Dog Cocktail
Recipe: Salty Dog Cocktail
This cocktail is a gin-infused take on the traditional Greyhound cocktail. The result? A cooler that’s nice and fruity, but not too sweet.
Iced Hibiscus Sweet Tea
Recipe: Iced Hibiscus Sweet Tea
This fruity, refreshing twist on traditional sweet tea will keep the party folks coming back for more.
Recipe: Watermelon-Ginger Mojitos
Watermelon, mint, lime, and ginger come together to make one Fourth of July-worthy drink.
Summer Cobbler Cocktail
Recipe: Summer Cobbler Cocktail
Make use of those fresh blackberries and locally made blackberry preserves at your farmers’ market for this pretty pink drink.
Recipe: Cherry-Basil Fizz
A bright, tangy cherry-basil syrup is the showstopper in this fizzy recipe made with kombucha. Skip the vodka for a "mocktail" version.
Recipe: Berry Splash
This family-friendly recipe will cool off your crowd all summer long.
Recipe: Pitcher Mojitos
Refreshing and cool, these big-batch mojitos are the perfect hosting recipe for a summer party.
Homemade Cherry Limeade
Recipe: Homemade Cherry Limeade
This quintessential summer drink deserves a spot at the Fourth of July cookout. Serve in Mason jars for a festive touch.
Cantaloupe-Mint Agua Fresca
Recipe: Cantaloupe-Mint Agua Fresca
Fresh cantaloupe and mint-steeped simple syrup make up a flavor combo you didn't know you needed...until now. You're welcome.
Sparkling Citrus Punch with Lemonade Ice Cubes
This punch tastes like sunshine in a glass. From now on, we'd like all of our ice cubes to be made from lemonade, please and thank you.
Raspberry Beer Cocktail
Recipe: Raspberry Beer Cocktail
We never knew what a handful of raspberries could do to a Summer Shandy. Now we do.
Recipe: Shoo-Fly Punch
Southerners spend much of the summer saying "shoo, fly!" (Same goes for you, mosquitos and gnats...) Why not keep the ball rolling? Ginger beer is the secret to this zingy cocktail.
Black and Blue Sparkler
Recipe: Black and Blue Sparkler
This drink gets its name from the berries that fill up your glass: fresh blueberries and blackberries. A few more ingredients and you're set.
Classic Sweet Tea
Recipe: Classic Sweet Tea
You can't beat the ultimate classic. If you can only have one drink, this one's a safe bet.
Lemon Mint Sparklers
Recipe: Lemon-Mint Sparklers
Set up a self-serve beverage station with fresh lemon and mint leaves to make this simple recipe party-ready.
Aperol and Blood Orange-Mint Spritz
Everyone loves an Aperol spritz in the summertime, and this big-batch recipe gets extra personality from blood oranges and fresh mint.
Lemon-Blueberry Sweet Tea
Recipe: Lemon-Blueberry Sweet Tea
This is as close to red, white, and blue as sweet tea can get. Stewing the blueberries and lemon is the secret touch.