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. 


1.5 cups SMIRNOFF Red, White & Berry

8 cups Lemonade

1 cup Basil Syrup

4 Berry Lemonade Ice


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? 


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


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. 


1 ½ oz. Prairie Organic Vodka

½ oz. Elderflower Liqueur

½ oz. Simple Syrup

Muddled Blueberries


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. 


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


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


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5 Blue Grapefruit Cosmo

Not your average cosmo.


2 oz. Blue Ice Vodka

1 oz. Blue Curacao Liqueur

1 Tblsp. Grenadine

0.5 oz. Grapefruit Juice

0.5 oz. Simple Syrup


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
Courtesy of Angry Orchard

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


Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider

1 oz. Blue Curaçao

1 oz. Raspberry Schnapps


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. 


3 oz. Tropicana Strawberry Peach Drink

 1 ½ oz. Bourbon

 ½ oz. Lime Juice

Ginger Beer

Fresh Raspberries or Blueberries, for garnish


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.


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


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. 


2 oz. IZZE Sparkling Cherry Lime

1 scoop of Cherry Ice Cream

½ oz. Rum Cream

1 oz. Rye Whisky


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.


1.5 oz. Smirnoff Vodka

1 Lime

4 oz. Ginger Beer


Scoop of Strawberry Sorbet


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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11 Wild Berry Smash

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


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.)


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

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12 Bottle Rocket
Courtesy of Absolut Vodka

An explosion of flavors, with actual smoke involved.


1.5 oz. Absolut

.5 oz. Chipotle-Agave Nectar*

1 oz. Pineapple Juice

.5 oz. Lime


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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13 Born in the LES
Ryan Gleason

Like a boozy liquid rocket pop.


2 1/4 Flor de Cana Extra Dry

3/4 Mint Simple Syrup

1/4 Blue Curaçao

1 Lime Juice


Add blue curaçao to empty glass. Shake remaining ingredients in tin and pour slowly over crushed ice. Dash angostura and peychauds bitters liberally over the top. Optional: garnish with American paraphernalia and mint leaves.

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14 Star Spangled Sangria

Bring the party with a *sparkling* sangria option that serves six.


3 cups Martini & Rossi Prosecco

1/4 cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice or Lemonade

6 large Mint Leaves

1/2 cups Sparkling Water

3 Lemon Slices

5 Fresh Strawberries (sliced)

3 Cucumber Slices


Combine lemon juice, mint leaves, sparkling water, lemons, strawberries, and cucumbers in a pitcher. Gently stir in chilled Martini & Rossi Prosecco just before serving. Garnish each glass with a sprig of mint.

Courtesy of Martini & Rossi Prosecco

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15 National Anthem Negroni
Courtesy of Salute

This tasty cocktail from Salute Trattoria Italiana was made for those who love their gin.


1 oz. Plymouth Gin

1 oz. Campari

1 oz. Cocchi di Torino Vermouth


Add all ingredients into mixing glass. Add ice and stir for 20 seconds. Now strain into a glass, over fresh ice, and garnish with an orange peel.

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16 McCarren Margarita

Because a party favorite doesn't have to be red, white, and blue.


1 1/2 oz. El Jimador Blanco Yequila

3/4 oz. Cointreau

3/4 oz. Lime Juice

1/2 oz. Red Chili Agave Syrup


Shake all ingredients and double strain in a rocks glass over ice.

*Red thai chili agave syrup: make one quart of agave syrup (1:1) and add one red chilli in blender, blend, fine strain and refrigerate. Will last for 1 month.

Courtesy of McCarren Hotel & Pool, NYC.

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17 Lady Liberty

A nod to the classiest broad around.


2 oz. Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach

1 oz. Cranberry Juice

1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice


In a shaker, combine all ingredients. Fill with ice, shake well, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime twist and a raspberry.

Courtesy of Grand Marnier

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18 The Sparkler

Easy to sip, easy to love.


1.5 oz. Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach

1 oz. Cranberry Juice

2.5 oz. Club Soda

Lime wedge


Combine Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach and cranberry juice over ice. Stir and top with club soda. Squeeze lime wedge over glass. Garnish with fresh raspberries and spear of blueberries.

Courtesy of Grand Marnier

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19 Red, White, and Blue Sangria

Think of it as an adult take on punch.


2 bottles Bai5 Brasilia Blueberry (or similar blueberry drink or juice)

1 can Wakiki Coconut Bai Bubbles (or coconut water)

1 750ml bottle White Wine

2 cups of Strawberries (de-stemmed)

1 cup of Raspberries

2 cups of Blueberries


Place fruit in a large pitcher. Pour in white wine, Brasilia Blueberry Bai5, and Wakiki Coconut Bai Bubbles. Stir together and let sit in the fridge for at least two hours before serving to allow flavors to mix.

Courtesy of Bai

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20 Star-Spangled Punch

A batch serves eight, so you can mix and mingle as you please.


1.5 cups Smirnoff® Peach

3 cups White Cranberry Juice

1/4 cup Lemon Juice

Fresh Peaches


Mix in a pitcher. Enjoy.

Courtesy of Smirnoff Vodka

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21 Hot Summer Peach

Turn up the grill and fire away at something other than burgers and hotdogs. This delicious concoction was thought up by John McCarthy of Cedar Local in NYC.


A couple of Grilled and Peeled Peaches

1.5 oz. Brugal Extra Dry

.5 oz. Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

.25 oz. Honey Syrup (equal parts honey and water)

2 oz. Club Soda


In a cocktail shaker muddle several slices of a grilled peach. Combine remaining ingredients in the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into Collins glass over fresh ice. Add club soda to top and garnish with a grilled peach slice.

Created by John McCarthy of Cedar Local

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22 Sunset Punch

Red, white, and...rosé? Give your tastebuds something different and mix it up for a sparkling fourth. This one serves 4-6.


1 Tblsp. Agave Syrup

2 cups Orange Juice

1 (750ml) bottle of Chandon Rosé

1 Lime, sliced thin



Pour the syrup into the bottom of a decorative pitcher. Add the orange juice and then slowly add the Chandon Rosé, a little at a time to avoid it bubbling over. Add ice and sliced limes. Serve.

Courtesy of Chandon Rosé

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