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4 patriotic cocktails that are Independence Day ready

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Is the 4th of July your favorite holiday? Do you bleed red, white and blue? Even if you don’t (we won’t judge—it sounds messy) and you just like boating, drinking patriotic cocktails in the hot sun and typically acting a fool, we’ve got you covered. Well, part of that. Because we get it. You’re human and who can really resist an alcoholic beverage in the summer? Actually, it’s been proven that booze is not good for you in the heat—BUT if you’re here than that means you like living dangerously, and we appreciate that. So we’ve compiled a short list of a few patriotic cocktails that will get you in the celebrating mood, for your party planning convenience. As a bonus, they look pretty festive so you’re not “that” dad or mom at the cookout who brought beer cans and bottles. This is a family holiday, after all. Just don’t let junior get his hands on your…slushies.

Red, white + blue sangria from diyready

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Image: Growing Up Gabel

Sangrias are that typical party drink that gets overlooked because of its nontraditional nature—by that we mean it combines white or red wine with fruit, something that some wine aficionados despise. It is important to watch what type of white wine you use for sangria, though, after all, they do show a fruitier side than red does. For us, we like to use Moscato, but you can tailor this recipe to your personal preferences.

Red, white + blue sangria ingredients

  • 2 bottles of white wine (we recommend Moscato)
  • 1 cup triple sec
  • 1/2 cup berry-flavored vodka
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • pineapple or pears (cut into stars)
  • strawberries (sliced)
  • blueberries

Get the recipe from diyready.

Red, white and blue piña colada

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Okay, maybe a piña colada isn’t one of the most patriotic cocktails in the universe. But it is a popular drink that many people enjoy (unless you don’t like sweet stuff, in which case you are a terrestrial). So having this option at your 4th of July party is sure to win you over some hearts and livers.

Red, white and blue piña colada ingredients

  • 3 ounces (2 shots) rum
  • 3 ounces (2 shots) blue curacao
  • 6 ounces pineapple juice
  • 4.5 ounces cream of coconut
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 2 cup ice

Get the recipe from 3 Yummy Tummies.

Frozen boozy bomb pop drink

Image: Simply Fresh Cooking
Image: Simply Fresh Cooking

If you’ve never had a Bomb Pop® popsicle before, we firmly believe that you didn’t have a childhood. Just kidding. But you did miss out on a lot. There’s nothing like a popsicle with three different layers of flavors, each one tastier than the next until all you’re left with is a stained mouth and a lonely popsicle stick. Naturally, the booze-infused version of a childhood classic is a hit in its own right. Just be careful. Unlike the sweet treats, you can’t eat five of these in a row.

Frozen boozy bomb pop drink ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4-6 cups ice
  • 4 ounces blue raspberry vodka
  • 3 ounces cherry vodka

Get the recipe from Simply Fresh Cooking.

Red, white and blue(berry) margaritas

Image: Gimme Some Oven
Image: Gimme Some Oven

We’re huge fans of the layered patriotic cocktails for 4th of July, and this red, white and blue margarita is no exception. Margaritas are one of our favorite drinks, partially because there are different ways to make them (everyone’s is different, for better or worse) and many different flavors to use. But it’s also a drink that tastes just as good frozen as it does on the rocks, and let’s face it, the big-kids will enjoy a little more adult version of a snow cone.

Red, white and blue(berry) margaritas ingredients

Red layer:

  • 2 cups (12 ounces) frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (or honey)
  • Extra ice, if needed

Blue layer:

  • 1 cup (12 ounces) frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (or honey)
  • Extra ice, if needed

White layer:

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (author recommends full-fat)
  • 1/2 cup silver tequila
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (or honey)
  • Extra ice, if needed
  • Optional: a fresh lime wedge and margarita salt or sugar, to rim the glasses

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

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