20 Boozy 4th of July Drink Recipes

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

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2 Blueberry Mojito

Because what's more summery than an icy mojito? 

Ingredients:

10-15 Blueberries

1/2 Lemon

1-1/2 oz. Purus Organic Vodka

1/4 - 1/2 oz. Agave Nectar or Simple Syrup

2-3 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme

Directions:

Muddle berries and lemon in mixing cup. Add Purus vodka, agave nectar, and ice. Shake for 20-30 seconds. Bruise 2 sprigs of thyme and place in the bottom of a highball glass with ice. Strain the cocktail into glass and add thyme and blueberries to your liking.

Courtesy of Purus Organic Vodka

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3 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

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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

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5 Blue Grapefruit Cosmo

Not your average cosmo.

Ingredients:

2 oz. Blue Ice Vodka

1 oz. Blue Curacao Liqueur

1 Tblsp. Grenadine

0.5 oz. Grapefruit Juice

0.5 oz. Simple Syrup

Directions:

Combine Blue Ice Vodka, Blue Curacao, grapefruit juice, and simple syrup in a mixing glass. Stir to combine and to prevent cloudiness. Strain into chilled martini glass. Add tablespoon of grenadine.

Courtesy of Blue Ice Vodka

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6 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

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7 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

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8 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

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9 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

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10 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

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