Cocktail & Other Recipes Occasion Fourth of July

22 Fourth of July Cocktails That Are as Fun as the Fireworks

Spark joy with these festive drinks.

Bourbon Strawberry Iced Tea cocktail / Tim Nusog

You could toast to America’s birthday with the usual spread of beer and wine, or you could mix up a tasty cocktail. From festive red, white, and blue-themed drinks to refreshing summer cocktails, these recipes will delight your guests as much as the fireworks.

  • Bomb Pop

    Bomb Pop cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This festive cocktail is inspired by the ice pop treat of the same name. Mixing blue curaçao with water ensures the blue layer will float above the citron vodka and grenadine to produce the drink’s striking layered appearance.

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  • Firecracker

    Firecracker cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Combine sweet and spicy flavors for explosive results: This fruity cocktail mixes muddled watermelon with aged rum, triple sec, lime juice, simple syrup, and a dash of cayenne pepper.

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  • Stars & Stripes

    Stars and Stripes cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Instead of (or in addition to) flying Old Glory, mix up this refreshing sweet-tart cocktail. It combines muddled blueberries, blueberry vodka, absinthe, lemon juice, simple syrup, raspberry brandy, and ginger beer.

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  • Red, White & Booze Popsicles

    Red White & Booze popsicles

    Cocktail Crafty

    Need a Fourth of July dessert, too? These boozy ice pops pull double duty: Cherry Bomb, Piña Colada, and Blue Hawaii layers all lend their patriotic hues.

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  • Americano

    americano cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Stay on your feet until the fireworks with this low-ABV mix of Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda. Despite its name, the Negroni’s precursor is an Italian concoction: It was first served in the 1860s at Gaspare Campari’s Milan bar, where it became popular among American tourists.

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  • LiberTea

    Libertea cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This party-ready batched cocktail combines black tea, lemonade, basil, bourbon, and honey liqueur to produce an herbaceous John Daly riff. Patriotic name aside, it’s the perfect drink for any summer gathering.

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  • Red, White & Night

    Red, White & Night cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This inventive red wine cocktail from San Francisco bartender H. Joseph Ehrmann combines vodka, cabernet sauvignon, lemon juice, and simple syrup. The measurements can easily be scaled up to produce a crowd-pleasing punch.

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  • La Estrella

    La Estrella cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This refreshing rum cocktail from bar pro Phil Ward will indeed be the star of your Fourth of July bash. Muddled sugar cubes and watermelon, rum, lime juice, cayenne pepper, and club soda produce a bold sweet-and-spicy drink.

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  • Boozy Root Beer Float

    Boozy Root Beer / Tim Nusog

    The root beer float is an American classic. Adding an ounce of rum to the nostalgia-inducing combination of soda and vanilla ice cream produces an irresistible adults-only version. 

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  • Rosé Cobbler

    Rose Cobbler cocktail

    Naren Young

    Rosato vermouth is made from a blend of white and red wines. Put it to use in this fruity  bittersweet cocktail from bar pro Naren Young, which also calls for Aperol, strawberry puree, lemon juice, rhubarb bitters, and a homemade rhubarb shrub.

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  • Army & Navy

    Army and Navy cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This Tiki-leaning Gin Sour riff has been tied to the annual Army & Navy college football game and Washington D.C.’s Army & Navy officers club. Whatever the true story, the mix of gin, lemon juice, orgeat, and Angostura bitters is undoubtedly American—and delicious to boot.

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  • Big Red

    Big Red cocktail / Tim Nusog

    If you already have Budweiser on hand for your party, put it to use in this refreshing three-part highball, which combines the American icon with Johnnie Walker Red Label scotch whisky and ginger beer. Any light lager will work just fine in this recipe, but stick to the theme with an American beer.

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  • Strawberry Margarita

    Strawberry Margarita cocktail / Tim Nusog

    What’s more crowd-pleasing than a Margarita? This fruity frozen version, which adds fresh strawberries and a cup of ice to the classic combination of blanco tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and agave nectar.

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  • Rosé Sangria

    Rose Sangria / Tim Nusog

    Turn summer’s unofficial beverage into a fruity punch with rosé wine, pamplemousse liqueur, raspberries, strawberries, lemons, and club soda. Its make-ahead nature means you can spend more time mingling and less time mixing.

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  • Cape Codder

    Cape Codder / Tim Nusog

    Cape Cod was the first place where the Pilgrims touched down, and it’s also the namesake of this 1980s favorite, more commonly known as the Vodka Cran. Combine vodka and cranberry juice right in the glass to produce an endlessly quaffable summer sipper.

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  • Blue Hawaii

    Blue Hawaii cocktail / Tim Nusog

    In 1957, a Bols representative asked Kaiser Hawaiian Village bartender Harry Yee to design a cocktail using its blue curaçao, a Caribbean liqueur made from the dried peels of bitter Laraha oranges. He came up with this fruity blend of the liqueur, vodka, light rum, pineapple juice, and sweet-and-sour mix. Like Elvis, who starred in the 1961 movie of the same name, it’s an undeniably bold drink. 

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  • Lynchburg Lemonade

    Lynchburg Lemonade / Tim Nusog

    Whiskey and lemonade is a foolproof combo on a hot summer day. Named for the Tennessee home of Jack Daniel’s distillery, this version combines whiskey, triple sec, lemon juice, simple syrup, and lemon-lime soda. 

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  • Blackberry Wine Slushie

    Blackberry Wine Slushie / Tim Nusog

    Wine drinkers will love this fruity frozen concoction: A blend of red wine, vodka, blackberries, orange juice, and agave nectar make it well-worth the potential brain freeze.

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  • Hurricane

    Hurricane cocktail / Tim Nusog 

    First invented in the 1940s at New Orleans bar Pat O’Brien’s, this potent concoction lives up to its name with a mix of light and dark rums, lime and orange juices, passion fruit puree, simple syrup, and grenadine. To really honor the classic, serve it in the glass of the same name.

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  • Gin Rickey

    Gin Rickey cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This riff on a Bourbon Rickey is named for Joe Rickey, a 19th-century D.C. lobbyist. The tart and refreshing cocktail includes a simple mix of gin, lime juice, and club soda. 

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  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice cocktail / Tim Nusog

    It’s red and white, and you won’t even miss the blue with this delicious frozen cocktail, made by layering a Strawberry Daiquiri and a Piña Colada.

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  • Bourbon Strawberry Iced Tea

    Bourbon Strawberry Iced Tea / Tim Nusog

    It’s hard to beat iced tea for pure refreshment. This boozy version combines muddled strawberries and lemon juice, bourbon, simple syrup, and unsweetened iced tea. Don’t skip the strawberry-blueberry garnish for extra Fourth of July flair.

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