Patriotic cocktails celebrate July 4th with red, white and blue


Don’t let the Fourth of July fireworks the only red, white and blue colors at your holiday party. Patriotic cocktails set the mood for a brightly colored celebration.

The fourth of July is often celebrated with friends and family. From a neighborhood block party to a backyard barbecue, the fourth is the summer holiday when everyone takes a break. While the favorite summer foods are easy to plan, the drink list may need more attention. Patriotic cocktails add a festive flair to the day.

Choosing drink options doesn’t have to be too difficult. While some guests will prefer beer, wine and soda, a signature cocktail can set the event apart. Since the Fourth of July is a patriotic holiday, a red, white and blue cocktails are an easy choice.

Most important, those patriotic colored cocktails need to be delicious. Simple ingredients, classic flavors and easy to make are three important components to choosing a signature cocktail. A 20 ingredient cocktail is too ambitious for a party. That choice would have you standing behind the bar rather than enjoying yourself with your friends.

Below are four patriotic cocktails that will impress your friends, are easy to make and taste delicious. Plus, all these cocktails look extremely patriotic for the Fourth of July holiday. Raise a glass and toast to Independence Day.

Miss American Berry Pie, patriotic cocktails, photo provided by EVINS Communications

Miss American Berry Pie

Pie is a classic dessert for a Fourth of July holiday. Instead of eating your pie dessert, how about drinking it? This patriotic cocktail is twist on an American classic, berry pie. It’s the host’s choice if the pie is topped with some whipped cream.

"Miss American Berry Pie, provided by Ménage à Trois Berry VodkaIngredients:2 parts Ménage à Trois Berry Vodka½ part lemon juice½ part elderflower liqueur½ part raspberry/blackberry liqueur2 Blueberries2 RaspberriesDirections:Add all ingredients into a shaking tin and fill with a few ice cubes (3-4). Shake for about 10 >and dump ingredients into a doubled mini pie tin. Other option is in a rocks glass. Whip cream garnish optional, but suggested!"

Patriotic State of Mind, patriotic cocktails, photo provided by EVINS Communications

Patriotic State of Mind

Bourbon is the only liquor originating in America. Surging in popularity, bourbon cocktails are everywhere. This Maker’s Mark cocktail is simple to make yet is fresh and bright. It pairs well with any of the favorite summer foods or barbecue. Who’s ready to sip this refreshing cocktail?

"Patriotic State of Mind, provided by Maker’s MarkIngredients:2 parts Maker’s 46™ Bourbon1 part St. Germain10 fresh blueberriesDirections:Muddle the St. Germain and blueberries together in a glass. Add ice and the Maker’s 46™. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass."

Red, White, and Blueberry, patriotic cocktails, photo provided by EVINS Communications

Red, White, and Blueberry

Margaritas are a popular summer beverage. The tart cocktail is refreshing during the heat. For the Fourth of July, give the margarita a red, white and blue twist. This berry forward margarita is patriotic blue for the holiday. Time to shake up one with your dinner.

"Red, White, and Blueberry, provided by Tres AgavesIngredients:2 parts Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila1 part Tres Agaves Agave Nectar12-15 blueberries1 lime squeezed1-2 parts filtered waterA couple sprigs of basilDirections:Muddle blueberries and basil with Tres Agaves Tequila. Add remaining ingredients. Shake with ice and serve over fresh ice (Do not strain). Garnish with basil leaf float."

Strawberry Firecracker, patriotic cocktails, photo provided by EVINS Communications

Strawberry Firecracker

The fourth of July is about celebration and fireworks. Why not add some sparkle to the celebratory cocktail. This red, bubbly cocktail is delightful for a beach gathering, fireworks watching or just because bubbles make everything brighter.

"Strawberry Firecracker, Created by John Henderson, The Happiest Hour, NYCIngredients:1 ½ parts Sugar Island Coconut Rum1-2 strawberries½ parts fresh lime juice1-2 packets of your choice of sugar substituteSplash of ginger ale or ginger beerDirections: Muddle sweetener and strawberries together; add lime, rum and ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass with ice. Top with a splash of ginger ale (diet optional) or ginger beer. Garnish with half a strawberry on the rim of the glass."

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