Boozy 4th of July Drink Recipes to Start Pinning Now

Cheers to freedom and BBQs and happiness.

Independence Day is just around the corner! You know what that means—BBQs, beaches, and definitely a round (or five) of Miley's "Party in the U.S.A." (Don't apologize.) Make sure the party is a banger with these drinks that you'll actually make because 1) they're delicious and 2) they require so little effort.

1 Spiked Triple Berry Basil Lemonade

The easiest crowd pleaser? You found it. 

Ingredients:

1.5 cups SMIRNOFF Red, White & Berry

8 cups Lemonade

1 cup Basil Syrup

4 Berry Lemonade Ice

Directions: 

In a pitcher combine lemonade, vodka, and basil syrup. Stir to combine. To serve, place 4 ice cubes into a high ball glass and top with lemonade cocktail.

Created by Megan Marlowe of Strawberry Blondie Kitchen

2 Blueberry-Thyme Gin Smash

A classy and sophisticated way to ring in Independence Day. 

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz. Prairie Organic Vodka

½ oz. Elderflower Liqueur

½ oz. Simple Syrup

Muddled Blueberries

Directions:

Mix all ingredients.

 Courtesy of Prairie Organic Vodka

3 The Angry Firework

A cider-heavy option Johnny Appleseed would be proud of.

Ingredients:

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider

1 oz. Blue Curaçao

1 oz. Raspberry Schnapps

Directions:

In a pint glass, combine the Blue Curaçao and the Raspberry Schnapps over ice. Fill with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Courtesy of Angry Orchard

4 The Picnic Basket

Juicy cocktails that you can fill with your watermelon leftovers. 

Ingredients:

Two 1-inch cubes of Watermelon (muddled)

2 oz. London Dry Gin

3/4 oz. Lemon Juice

1/2 oz. Simple Syrup

Pinch of Salt

Directions:

Mix together in a mason jar and add a slice of watermelon and a blueberry for garnish. 

Courtesy of BANKERS HILL BAR AND RESTAURANT

5 The Sparkler

What you'd call a real porch-sipper. 

Ingredients:

3 oz. Tropicana Strawberry Peach Drink

 1 ½ oz. Bourbon

 ½ oz. Lime Juice

Ginger Beer

Fresh Raspberries or Blueberries, for garnish

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except ginger beer in a mixing glass. Add 2-3 ice cubes and stir well to combine. Pour into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with fresh raspberries and blueberries.

Courtesy of Tropicana

6 Boozy Slush Pink Heels

Layer upon layer of boozy goodness.

Ingredients:

Blue Slush Layer:

2 cups Ice

2 oz. Blue Curacao

1 cup Homemade Lemonade

White Slush Layer:

2 cups Ice

2 oz. SMIRNOFF Red, White & Berry vodka

1 cup Homemade Lemonade

Red Slush Layer:

1 ¼ cups Strawberries, quartered

2 oz. SMIRNOFF Red, White & Berry vodka

¼ cup of Homemade Lemonade

Directions:

Blend each layer separately until smooth. Store in freezer until ready to build your cocktail. Pour each layer into a highball glass and serve immediately.

Created by Taylor Bradford of Pink Heels Pink Truck

7 Cherry Lime Float

When you're feeling a sweet adult beverage. 

Ingredients:

2 oz. IZZE Sparkling Cherry Lime

1 scoop of Cherry Ice Cream

½ oz. Rum Cream

1 oz. Rye Whisky

Directions:

In a milkshake glass add rye whiskey, cream rum, and ice cream. Top with IZZE Sparkling Cherry Lime. Garnish with whipped cream and a cherry.

Courtesy of IZZE

8 Strawberry Moscow Mule

Mmmm slushy moscow mules.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Smirnoff Vodka

1 Lime

4 oz. Ginger Beer

Ice

Scoop of Strawberry Sorbet

Directions

Into the bottom of a copper mug, add vodka, lime juice, and ice.  Top with ginger beer and a scoop of sorbet.

Created by Megan Marlowe of Strawberry Blondie Kitchen

9 Wild Berry Smash

The colors of the berries will give this drink a patriotic feel.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Belvedere Wild Berry

Half Lemon, cut into quarters

1 oz. Simple Syrup

1/4 cup Fresh Berries (could be blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, or a combination of any and all.)

Directions:

In a mixing glass, muddle the lemon quarters and berries with the simple syrup. Add the Belvedere Wild Berry. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain contents over ice. Garnish with fresh berries and serve.

Courtesy of Belvedere Vodka

10 Bottle Rocket

An explosion of flavors, with actual smoke involved.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Absolut

.5 oz. Chipotle-Agave Nectar*

1 oz. Pineapple Juice

.5 oz. Lime

Directions:

Shake all ingredients, strain into a bottle, funnel smoke into bottle, and garnish with a faux bottle rocket stick.

*Combine 1 cup of agave nectar with 1 oz. of liquid from canned chipotle peppers (adobo) and strain. If canned chipotles are unavailable, use one teaspoon powder, blend vigorously, and strain.

Courtesy of Absolut

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