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11 Cocktails to Make for the Fourth of July

These 11 cocktails will get you more lit than your fireworks.

Bourbon Strawberry Iced Tea
Bourbon Strawberry Iced Tea Image: / Tim Nusog

Nothing says “America” more than grilling, fireworks and drinks, and we’ve rounded up 11 cocktails to help you celebrate the Fourth of July. Some, like the Beermosa and the Americano, are nicely low-ABV and suited to all-day drinking. Others, such as the White Summer Sazerac, will put some high-octane sparkle in your evening. Whether beer-based or super-boozy, channeling childhood flavors or featuring a red, white and blue color palette, these 11 cocktails will help make your Independence Day celebration as festive as can be.

  • Americano

    Americano / Tim Nusog

    If you’re looking for something bitter and bubbly to pair with your cookout meal, try this low-ABV drink. The mix of Campari, sweet vermouth and club soda is easy to throw together and absolutely perfect for when you want something festive and refreshing all at once.

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  • Big Red

    Big Red cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Nothing is more American than the King of Beers, especially when it’s mixed with whiskey. For this cocktail, all you need is equal parts Budweiser, scotch and ginger beer. Simply mix and serve in a Collins glass filled with ice. 

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  • White Summer Sazerac

    White Summer Sazerac
    Steven Freihon

    Serve this spin on the New Orleans classic for a spirit-forward sipper. The boozy base of moonshine, rye, brandy, Italicus aperitivo and a few spritzes of absinthe is enhanced with simple syrup, two kinds of bitters and a pinch of celery salt for a summery version of a Sazerac. 

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  • Beermosa


    Cameron Dale

    Start your Independence Day with this beer-based twist on a Mimosa. Making it couldn’t be easier. Just combine lager beer with a splash of fresh orange juice, and serve in a chilled beer glass garnished with an orange wheel. 

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  • Firecracker

    Firecracker / Tim Nusog

    Even if you aren’t lighting actual fireworks this year, you can still enjoy a zippy summer treat. Muddle a few chunks of watermelon in a glass, then mix with rum, triple sec, lime juice, simple syrup and a pinch of cayenne pepper, and watch the sparks fly. 

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  • Root Beer Float

    Root Beer Float


    Get a taste of your childhood with this summery treat—now with booze. Vanilla ice cream and root beer come together in the traditional way and are joined with a shot of rum in this adult variation. 

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  • Roosevelt

    Roosevelt / Tim Nusog

    Channel the original Rough Rider with this libation. Dark rum, dry vermouth and orange juice become a delicious sipper when shaken with ice, strained and served in a cocktail glass with an orange twist. 

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  • Red, White & Night

    Red White & Night

    H. Joseph Ehrmann

    Do your barbecue companions normally stick to wine? Invite them to branch out with this beautiful red drink. Cabernet sauvignon, vodka, simple syrup and fresh lemon juice join forces to make a cocktail worth sipping well into the night. 

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  • French 75

    French 75 cocktail / Tim Nusog 

    Give a nod to the country that helped America to win its independence with this cocktail. Simply combine gin, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup, and top with sparkling wine and garnish with a lemon twist, for a wonderfully refreshing all-day drink that sparkles brighter than a hand-held sparkler firework.

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  • Lady in Blue

    Lady in Blue cocktail

     Eron Plevan

    Deck out your drinks in red, white and blue for the holiday with this blue-hued cocktail. A spin on the White Lady, this gin-based cocktail has plenty of floral flavor, thanks to orange flower water and crème de violette. A dash of blue curaçao gives the whole thing a vibrant color, while edible flowers round out the patriotic palette.

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  • Bourbon Strawberry Iced Tea

    Bourbon Strawberry Iced Tea / Tim Nusog

    This mellow summer sipper is perfect for any time of year, but especially on patriotic holidays like the Fourth. Muddled strawberries and lemon juice are mixed with rich simple syrup and bourbon, then it’s all topped with unsweetened iced tea for a perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

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