July 4th drink recipes for your celebration

Jul 1, 2012 at 3:12 a.m. ET

America’s forefathers fought for total freedom. Some were also frequent drinkers. When prohibition swung around, they wept in their graves. Finally, the ban was lifted. You could argue that drinking is one of the most American things you can do, or maybe you just want to add a bit of fun to your Fourth of July party. Either way, here are a few drink recipes that are sure to make fireworks at your celebration.

july 4th cocktails

The red, white and blue

A sweet, literal twist on America’s colors, this drink is refreshing enough to drink in the sweltering Fourth of July sun.


  • 1 ounce watermelon schnapps
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila or vodka (depending on your preference)
  • 1/4 ounce blue curacao
  • 1 large splash lemonade


Mix lemonade and watermelon schnapps in a shaker with ice. Pour into tall glass then add liquor of your choice, followed by the blue curacao on top, creating beautiful layers.

Hawaiian territory

For the pineapple and coconut lovers at your party that don’t want the calorie content of piña coladas.


  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces coconut-flavored rum
  • Pineapple chunk for garnish


Add ice into glass, then mix in all ingredients. Stir then slice a pineapple chunk down the middle and set on the side of your glass for garnish.

The Uncle Sam

A drink that tones down the sweetness for anyone who wants to keep the party going through the night without the calories.


  • 1 1/2 ounces cucumber vodka
  • 1 large splash pomegranate juice
  • 1 squirt lemon juice
  • Lemon for garnish


Shake all ingredients in a shaker and pour on top of ice. Add lemon wedge for garnish.

The firecracker

This one is for those who want to get right to business without skipping the refreshment of sweet summer drinks.


  • Crushed ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1 large splash cranberry juice
  • 1 large splash iced tea


Layer all ingredients in short, ice-filled glass. Stir and serve.

The Boston tea party

A nod to the days when America was nothing but a British colony. We will stand for no taxation with representation and no party without a “tea” drink. This take on the typical Long Island iced tea is social lubricant to say the least.


  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce rum
  • 1/2 ounce Triple Sec
  • 1 large squirt lemon juice
  • 1 splash blueberry juice
  • 1 lemon wedge for garnish


Place all ingredients in a shaker. Shake and pour in tall, ice-filled glass. Garnish with lemon.

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