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Red, White, and Booze

Patriotic cocktails to kick off the Fourth of July + how you can get a five-day weekend for the holiday


Feature photo Courtesy of Syda Productions/Fotolia; inset photos courtesy smirnoff

Raise a glass for quick and easy Fourth of July-themed drinks. The limited edition Smirnoff Ice Red, White & Berry is back by popular demand and just in time for the holiday. What’s your preference? Smirnoff is available as a bottle and a can. It’s got the perfect blend of blue raspberry, cherry, and citrus flavors for a refreshing drink enjoyed solo or as a crowd-pleasing, Instragram worthy cocktail. We’ve got two of our favorite recipes listed below.


Layered Red, White & Berry Lemonade 

6 oz. Smirnoff ICE Red, White & Berry
0.5 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
0.5 oz. Blue Curacao
1 oz.  Lemonade
Splash Grenadine

1. Fill a Mason Jar with ice.
2. Pour in the Smirnoff ICE.
3. Add the vodka, blue curacao, and lemonade.
4. Top with a splash of grenadine.



Red, White & Berry Slushie

Makes 6 servings

2 cups Limeade, frozen
1 cup frozen raspberries
16 oz. Smirnoff ICE Red, White & Berry
6 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
2 oz. orange liqueur 

1. Freeze 2 cups of Limeade.
2. In a blender, combine all the ingredients.
3. Blend to desired consistency.


With the Fourth falling on a Wednesday this year, it’s right back to the daily grind the day after the holiday, which just doesn’t seem fair. Why not take off for a five-day weekend?

This might not be as far-fetched as you think. Smirnoff strongly believes that celebrating Independence Day in the middle of the work week is, as they put it, “Simply un-American” and they aren’t standing for it. That is why Smirnoff Ice has launched a national sweepstakes to pay for 100 people to take two days off of work (July 5 and 6).

You read that right. By commenting on contest posts on the @SmirnoffUS Facebook and Instagram pages and sounding off on social media channels about where you’d rather be during the back half of the holiday week, you could be entered for the chance to win the five-day Fourth of July weekend you deserve. Full sweepstakes rules.

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