Celebrate Fourth of July With Flavored Cocktails 

Try these 10 fun, festive drinks this Independence Day

No Fourth of July celebration is complete without these red, white, and boozy cocktails. Whether your go-to drink is frozen, fruity, or fabulous, these sweet sips are not only simple to make, but sure to elevate your backyard barbecue. With 10 delicious drinks to choose from, wash those burgers and hot dogs down and toast to America this Independence Day.  

Strawberry Mimosa

Ethan Calabrese

Strawberry Mimosa 

You can’t day drink if you don’t start in the morning. Kick the Fourth off by sipping on strawberry shortcake’s cousin: a strawberry mimosa. Take a blend of strawberries and champagne and pour some extra bubbly over the top. Recipe 

Ingredients: Fresh strawberries and chilled champagne 

Red, White, and Blue Slushy Cocktail


Red, White, and Blue Slushy Cocktail 

It’s patriotic and pretty. This layered cocktail acts as a grown-up Bomb Pop, making any Fourth of July feast look fabulous and taste delicious. Recipe 

Ingredients: Sugar, Grenadine or maraschino cherry liquid, blue food coloring, Smirnoff vodka, and lemon juice 

Blackberry mojito

Shawn Williams 

Blackberry Mojito  

A stunning showstopper, this reddish-blue mojito is light and refreshing. Take a sip, and the blackberry base, hints of lime, and mint garnish will make you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation. Recipe 

Ingredients: Blackberries, mint leaves, lime juice, simple syrup, club soda, and white rum

Watermelon gin and tonic

Yes to Yolks

Watermelon Gin and Tonic  

Light, bright, and slightly sweet, this cocktail jazzes up your typical watermelon. Bonus—these only take minutes to make, so you can quickly get back to the boat, bags, or barbecue. Recipe 

Ingredients: Watermelon, watermelon juice, lime, lime juice, gin, and tonic water  

Red, White, and Blue Jell-O Shots

Amanda Formaro

Red, White, and Blue Jell-O Shots  

Don’t be fooled by their cute appearance—these shots pack a punch. While the layers may look daunting, these shots are fairly simple to make. You’ll just have to let each color cool before adding the next. Recipe 

Ingredients: Cherry or Strawberry Jell-O, Berry Blue or Blue Raspberry Jell-O, clear gelatin, sweetened condensed milk, vodka, whipped cream, and sprinkles  

Strawberry Daiquiri

Pure Wow

Strawberry Daiquiri  

Nothing is more fitting for the Fourth than a strawberry daiquiri. Pick your consistency by adding more rum for a stronger pour, adding more ice for a frostier glass, or adding more strawberries for a cocktail that is oh so sweet. Recipe   

Ingredients: Frozen strawberries, ice, lime juice, simple syrup, and rum  

Blackberry Basil Vodka Lemonade

Lemon Tree Dwelling

Blackberry Basil Vodka Lemonade 

An elegant alternative to a vodka soda, this cocktail is the perfect combination of tart and sweet. Serve in a Mason jar with lemon, fresh blackberries, and a basil garnish. Recipe   

Ingredients: Lemonade, vodka, blackberry basil simple syrup, fresh basil, and fresh blackberries 

Adult Root Beer Floats

Jamilyne Nye

Adult Root Beer Floats 

Everyone should feel like a kid on the Fourth of July. Elevate a classic root beer float with some Rum Chata, and you’ve got yourself a delectable dessert cocktail. Recipe  

Ingredients: Vanilla ice cream, root beer, and Rum Chata   

Blueberry Moscow Mule

The Produce Moms

Blueberry Moscow Mule 

A mix of ginger and vodka, this mule is spicy, sweet, and crazy good. With fresh blueberries and blueberry infused vodka, this cocktail offers something fruity and festive. Recipe 

Ingredients: Lime, fresh mint leaves, fresh blueberries, ginger beer, and blueberry infused vodka 

Firework Flair Cocktail

Probably This

Firework Flair Cocktail 

Sparks will fly with this red, white, and blue cocktail, a mix of vodka, brandy and triple sec. Grab a glass (or two) for you and your loved ones before the firework show at the end of the night. Recipe  

Ingredients: Blueberries, raspberries, lemon, cranberry juice, vodka, blackberry brandy, and triple sec  



Emma is an editorial intern studying journalism and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her love for storytelling stems from her hometown of Cannon Falls, Minnesota. In her free time, Emma loves watching college sports, spending time up north, and sharing food with friends and family.