fourth of july cocktails

Bringing out Fourth of July cocktails is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday. What’s a celebration without a few fun drinks? But, it can be a little daunting to choose the right recipe for the occasion. We’re here to help. Here are a few cocktail recipes for the 4th of July parties you can try.


Festive Fourth of July Cocktails

It’s pretty well-known that social eating brings people together. As a result, many people choose to celebrate the holidays with food. Whether it’s preparing an Easter dessert or vegan Thanksgiving recipes, people always eat together on special occasions. The same is also true for any other holiday — including Independence Day.

However, holiday festivities don’t have to end with sharing a meal together. Social drinking is also an excellent way to boost positive emotions. Good 4th of July cocktails can bring your celebrations further into the night. Check out these various Fourth of July cocktail ideas to make your night special.


1. Americano

The classic Americano is a surefire way to add some fun to your party. They’re popular, refreshing, and light enough for casual gatherings.



  • 1 ½ ounces of Campari
  • Soda water, chilled, to top
  • 1 ½ ounces of sweet vermouth
  • Orange twist, to garnish


  1. Add ice to a highball glass. Pour in the sweet vermouth and Campari.
  2. Top with soda water. Gently stir the mixture to combine.
  3. Add an orange twist to garnish.


2. Bomb Pop

This Fourth of July cocktail recipe will resurface your childhood memories. It puts a spin on the classic ice cream truck goodies but with an adult twist.



  • 1 ounce of grenadine
  • One ounce of citron vodka
  • 1 ¼ ounces of the blue mix (1 ounce of water and ¼ ounce of blue curaçao stirred together)


  1. Place crushed ice into a highball glass. Add the grenadine.
  2. Pour the citron vodka into the mix.
  3. Slowly layer the blue mix on top.


3. Boozy Root Beer Float

There’s nothing like a rootbeer float to satisfy your taste buds at holiday parties. With this boozy float, you can reminisce about your childhood favorite drink while drinking an alcoholic beverage. Mixed drinks for 4th of July can’t get any better.



  • 1 ounce of rum
  • Root beer, chilled, to top
  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream


  1. Get a tall glass. Add the rum and ice cream.
  2. Slowly fill the glass with root beer. Stir gently and briefly to mix.


4. Firecracker

Are you in the mood for something spicy? Many drinks for 4th of July parties are flavorful enough. But there’s no harm in adding a little kick to your late-night drink with the Firecracker.



  • ½ ounce of triple sec
  • 21-inch cubed watermelon chunks
  • ½ ounce of lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 ½ ounces of aged rum
  • ½ ounce of simple syrup
  • ⅙ tsp. of cayenne pepper
  • Lime wedge, to garnish


  1. Muddle the watermelon in a mixing glass.
  2. Add ice and the other ingredients. Shake until chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass.
  4. Add the lime wedge to garnish.


5. LiberTea

July 4th cocktails should be tasty enough to entertain more than a few guests, especially at a party. What better way to do that than with some alcoholic lemonade and iced tea?



  • 4 black tea bags
  • 1 cup of fresh basil
  • 4 cups of lemonade
  • ½ cup of bourbon
  • 1 ½ cups of honey liqueur
  • Lemon wheels, to garnish


  1. Bring two cups of water to a boil in a big saucepan.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add tea bags.
  3. Steep for 8 minutes. Dispose of the bags.
  4. Add lemonade and two more cups of water.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a pitcher. Chill.
  6. Stir the basil in. Crush using a spoon until it’s fragrant.
  7. Stir the honey liqueur and bourbon in.
  8. Divide the mixture between four tall glasses. Fill them with ice and garnish using lemon wheels.


6. Red, White & Booze Popsicles

This cocktail doubles as a dessert and can make any gathering fun. It’s also visually in theme with the holiday so it’s perfect for parties.



  • For the cherry bomb layer:
    • 2 ounces of black cherry juice and simple syrup each
    • ½ ounce of cherry-flavored vodka
    • 2 ounces of lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • For the piña colada layer:
    • ¼ ounce of coconut rum
    • 4 ounces of coconut water
    • ¼ ounce of pineapple rum
    • 2 ounces of simple syrup
  • For the blue Hawaii layer:
    • ¼ ounce of blue curaçao
    • 4 ounces of orange-pineapple juice
    • ¼ ounce of vodka
    • 2 ounces of simple syrup
    • (Optional) 1-3 drops of blue food coloring


  1. For the cherry bomb layer:
    1. Stir the black cherry juice, cherry vodka, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a container.
    2. Add 1 ½ ounces of the cherry bomb mixture in four popsicle molds. Freeze for 2 hours.
  2. For the piña colada layer:
    1. Stir coconut water, simple syrup, coconut rum, and pineapple rum in a container.
    2. Take out the molds from the freezer. Add 1 ½ ounces of the piña colada mixture to each mold. Freeze for 2 hours.
  3. For the blue Hawaii layer:
    1. Stir blue curaçao, simple syrup, vodka, and orange pineapple juice with food coloring in a container.
    2. Take out the molds from the freezer. Add 1 ½ ounces of the blue Hawaii mixture to the molds. Freeze for 2 hours.
  4. Before serving, run the outside of the molds in warm water for a couple of seconds. This makes the popsicles easier to remove.


7. Stars & Stripes

Some 4th of July mixed drink ideas are truly creative, and this is one of them. Stars & Stripes is not only a refreshing drink but also patriotic in how it’s presented. It’s the perfect drink for a simple get-together or a modest party.



  • 5 fresh blueberries
  • ¼ ounce of absinthe
  • 1 ounce of blueberry vodka
  • ¼ ounce of simple syrup
  • 1 dash of raspberry brandy
  • ¼ ounce of lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Ginger beer, chilled, to top
  • Sugar cubes, to garnish


  1. Muddle the blueberries in a shaker.
  2. Add absinthe, simple syrup, vodka, and lemon juice. Shake until chilled.
  3. Pour the mixture into a highball glass.
  4. Drizzle the drink with raspberry brandy. Top using ginger beer.
  5. Garnish the drink with one sugar cube.


Celebrate the Holiday With Fourth of July Cocktails

Fourth of July cocktails are a great way to add some spice and spark to your holiday celebration. They’re also pretty simple to make, so it shouldn’t take you too long. Adding flavor and fun to your party is just a few well-mixed drinks away.