17 Patriotic cocktails to celebrate the 4th with red, white and booze

Jun 29, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. ET
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No 4th of July is complete without a little something for the adults. Celebrate in style with these patriotic cocktails.

July 4th is one of my favorite holidays; it's an inspiring day to celebrate, and it's wholly American in its execution. There's no major pomp, no uptight dinner parties, nothing but fun and fireworks with friends and family. Plus, it's some of the best food you'll eat all year, which will pair nicely with these great cocktails.

1. Blueberry and Chambord patriotic cocktail recipe

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This cocktail sounds absolutely divine. Chambord and vodka? This one is sure to be a hit.

2. Inaugural boozy milkshake recipe

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Sure, this one is technically for Inauguration Day, but it'll make a great after-barbecue treat on Independence Day as well.

3. 4th of July citrus splash recipe

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It only looks refined — who says Pop Rocks are just for kids?

4. The sparkler

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This beverage is fizzy and perfectly named.

5. Make-ahead frozen fruit daiquiri recipe

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These chilly treats have everything going for them: They're easy, you can make them ahead of time, and they'll take you all the way through to the fireworks show!

6. 4th of July Jell-O shots recipe

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Will you look at those adorable Jell-O shots up there? I mean really look at them! They're insanely cute, and I need one right now.

7. Red, white and blue sangria recipe

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The perfect summertime drink on the perfect summertime day.

8. Frozen boozy bomb pop drink recipe

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Remember bomb pops? Yeah, these are just like those, except a million times better.

9. Boston Tea Party recipe

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Consider this your bonus cocktail. Sure, it isn't red, white or blue, but it takes us right back to our roots and features St. Germain liqueur, so you know it'll be a hit.

10. Firecracker punch recipe

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Looking for something for a crowd? Look no further. As a bonus, you can mix up a batch sans vodka for the youngsters — just be sure to clearly mark the adults-only beverages.

11. Red, white and blue(berry) margaritas recipe

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You know we couldn't leave margaritas off the list, and America is a melting pot, after all!

12. Watermelon-blueberry mojitos recipe

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I love that the "red" in this one is summer-sweet watermelon, and that star garnish is the perfect touch!

13. Pop Rocks shooters recipe

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Are you kidding me with these things? These are absolute perfection, with just the right amount of fizz to finish it off!

14. Red, white and blueberry cocktail recipe

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You just can't go wrong with a simple, refreshing cocktail like this one.

15. Patriotic panna cotta shooters recipe

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If you've never had the pleasure of trying panna cotta — a sweet, creamy, Italian treat — then let this be your introduction to it. You'll never be the same again.

16. Mixed berry wine spritzer recipe

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This one is smooth and sweet with riesling and fresh fruit. Perfect for a little family get-together.

17. Rock candy jelly shooters recipe

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This is definitely a "saving the best for last" kind of situation. Can you believe these things? Plus, they're on a stick! On a stick, people!

More Fourth of July menu ideas

How to make Fourth of July firecracker cakelettes
Fourth of July food for kids
Grilling tips for your Fourth of July BBQ

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