4th of July Drinks

Nothing screams "America" quite like booze and fireworks!

  • 18 Drink
  • Updated: Jun 29, 2016

It's that time of year again, when the whole family gets together to perform the patriotic duties of eating, drinking, and setting off low-grade explosives in the backyard. While we don't recommend mixing booze and fireworks (unless you're not a big fan of your fingers), these summery cocktails are great for those of you in the peanut gallery.

But coming up with a cocktail menu for a party is hard work. You have to track down the recipes, figure out your ingredients, go shopping, and make sure you've got something for everyone from grandma to the hard-partying twenty-somethings. As a result, most people just throw their hands up in resignation and buy a thirty-rack of PBR.

That's why we decided to do the hard work for you and come up with a collection of 4th of July drinks that'll keep your guests cool, happy, and just tipsy enough to be impressed by those grocery-store sparklers. So don't give up on Independence Day as a cocktail holiday quite yet—these tipples are guaranteed to get your patriotic juices flowing.

There are few better reasons to get creative with summer cocktails than a 4th of July barbecue, so raise a glass to Old Glory this year—just like the founding fathers and mothers would've wanted.

  • Campari, Sweet Vermouth, Orange peel, Club Soda
    The Americano cocktail originated at Gaspare Campari's bar in Milan, Italy in the 1860s, and likely gained its name because of its popularity amongst American tourists. It's made with Campari, sweet vermouth, and differs from the slightly older Milano-Torino only in the addition of soda water. James Bond ordered one in the short stor…
  • vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, blueberries, cucumber, mint
    This fantastic Moscow Mule recipe from Something New For Dinner is truly one of our favorites. It's been featured all over the web in various compilations, as its beautiful combination of fresh blueberries, cucumber, and mint make it one of the more refreshing summertime cocktails out there.
  • Vodka, Cranberry juice, Lime
    The Cape Codder (also known as a Cape Cod) is a simple, tart cocktail that's perfect for anything by the seaside, whether it's on a boat or sunbathing on the beach. The drink was actually invented by cranberry juice moguls Ocean Spray in 1945, and it caught on to become a popular choice at bars all over the world.
  • Light rum, Pineapple juice, Blue Curacao, Cream of coconut, Pineapple, Cherry
  • Gin, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Club soda, Maraschino cherry
    The Tom Collins is a classic summer highball that's perfect for the golf course or a backyard barbecue, made from gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda. The Tom Collins is served in, you guessed it, a Collins glass, which is narrower than a typical highball. A nice side effect of this glassware is that when you tilt the drink all the way back to get …
  • Gin, Tonic water, Lime
    The Gin and Tonic is a classic mixed drink that was originally invented by the British, but has since spread to become a popular mainstay in bars all over the world. The Gin and Tonic cocktail is extraordinarily simple to make, almost impossible to screw up, and perfect for drinking on hot days. We recommend using a juniper-forward London Dry gin, but i…
  • Light rum, Lime, Sugar, Mint, Soda water
    The Mojito cocktail is an old Cuban original made from white rum, mint, lime, sugar or simple syrup, and soda water. It's minty, citrusy, and refreshing, and while the Mojito cocktail can be a bit of a pain to make thanks to the muddling involved, it's a classic drink for a reason. The origins of the name Mojito are somewhat murky, but it likely comes f…
  • Champagne, Orange juice
    The Mimosa is a classic brunch cocktail that almost makes it feel appropriate to be drinking at 11 in the morning, and it couldn't be simpler to make. All you need is some Champagne (or any sparkling wine), orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed), and a day off to enjoy it.There's some debate among Mimosa "experts" about whether you should add the champag…
  • Red wine, Sugar, Lemon, Orange, Apple, Brandy, Soda water
    Sangria is a typical beverage from Spain and Portugal. It normally consists of wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy. Chopped fruit can include orange, lemon, lime, apple, peach, melon, berries, pineapple, grape, kiwifruit and mango. A sweetener such as honey, sugar, syrup, or orange juice is added. Instead of brandy, other liq…
  • Beer, Lemonade
    This is the original Shandy, dating back to post-WWI Bavaria where it was served to thirsty cyclists (which is why the Germans call this a "Radler," literally meaning "cyclist"). Old-school recipes often used lemon or lemon-lime soda instead of lemonade, which we highly recommend trying, and you can experiment with the ratios until you get it just right.In g…
  • Fresh watermelon, lime juice, tequila, triple sec, sugar
    This has got to be one of our favorite Margaritas. Made with fresh, blended watermelon (no artificially-flavored syrups here), it’s a refreshing summertime crowd-pleaser. Before you get started, note that this recipe SERVES THREE.
  • vodka, tequila, rum, gin, triple sec, lemon juice, simple syrup, Coca-Cola
    The Long Island Iced Tea is a favorite of the '70s and '80s, and everyone has a story about the crazy nights that started with one. It's not a fancy cocktail, but it gets the job done, and depending on what ingredients you use it can actually be a pretty delicious drink. Try making a Long Island Iced Tea with middle-shelf booze, some nice triple sec, fresh l…
  • Bourbon, Mint, Simple Syrup, Crushed Ice
    Typically associated with the Kentucky Derby, this cocktail is a refreshing—if divisive—treat for the spring and summer. As far as the bourbon goes, we don’t recommend using anything too expensive unless you’ve got some income that desperately needs disposing, since it tends to get a little washed out by the other flavors. Be sure to find the freshest mint y…
  • vodka, grapefruit juice
    The Vodka Greyhound is a simple variation on the Greyhound, made with vodka (obviously) instead of the traditional gin. It's typically served on the rocks in either a Highball glass or an Old-Fashioned glass, and almost literally couldn't be easier to make. As always, we recommend squeezing your own grapefruit juice instead of using the store-bought stuff—it…
  • Light rum, Lime juice, Strawberries, Simple syrup
    The Strawberry Daiquiri is a variety of Frozen Daiquiri, and when done right it can be a seriously delicious summertime treat. There's no need to use artificial flavorings or pre-made mix, just fresh lime juice and strawberries will do the trick. Throw it all in the blender with some ice, and let the machinery do the hard work for you.While the frozen Strawb…
  • vodka, gin, rum, juice, watermelon balls
    Anyone that went to school in the midwest probably had a few of these at some point. They were a communal drink, each person brought a bottle of something to add to the mix. At frat parties they were made in garbage cans, and served in red Solo cups, but this is a mini version that serves two. The perfect drink for your next reunion.
  • Rum, Mint-Infused Simple Syrup, Lime Juice, Lemon Juice, Orange Bitters, Pineapple Chunks
    Bevvy's official entry for the 2015 Tales of the Cocktail Frozen Daiquiri Competition! Inspired by the story of Minthe from Greek mythology, and perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day.
  • Grenadine, Blue Curacao, Cream

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