Cocktail & Other Recipes Occasion Fourth of July

10 Delicious Cocktails to Set Off Your Fourth of July

Bourbon Strawberry Iced Tea. Image: Tim Nusog

It doesn’t really feel like summer until the Fourth of July. Whether you want to start the party with an easy crowd-pleasing punch or with a festive red, white and blue cocktail color scheme, we have the recipe for you. Celebrate your freedom with these 10 cocktails.

  • Lady in Blue

    This brilliantly colored cocktail is festive in all the right ways. Made with gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, orange flower water, crème de violette and blue cura?ao, this drink is simple, a little sweet and perfect when garnished with edible flower petals for extra flair.

  • Bourbon, Vanilla & Chocolate Milkshake

    See ya, bikini body! This boozy dessert is just too good to pass up. Vanilla ice cream, milk, ice and homemade chocolate syrup make a pretty normal milkshake that’s brought to new heights with an added dose of bourbon.

  • Clover Club

    Tim Nusog

    Looking for something you can drink all day? This classic will take you from brunch to well into the evening. The mix of gin, egg white, lemon juice and raspberry syrup is light enough for all-day sipping and can be made extra-festive with a raspberry and blueberry garnish.

  • Big Red

    Tim Nusog

    Nothing is more American than the King of Beers, especially when it’s mixed with whiskey. For this cocktail, all you need is equal parts Budweiser, scotch and ginger beer. Simply mix and serve in a Collins glass filled with ice.

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  • White Summer Sazerac

    Steven Freihon

    Serve this spin on the New Orleans classic for a spirit-forward nightcap. The boozy base of moonshine, rye, brandy, Italicus aperitivo and a few spritzes of absinthe is balanced with simple syrup, two kinds of bitters and a pinch of celery salt.

  • Dale’s Rainbow Planter’s Punch

    This large-format cocktail is ideal for big gatherings. Simply mix dark rum, white rum, orange cura?ao, juices, simple syrup, St. Elizabeth allspice dram, grenadine and Angostura bitters in a large bowl. Before serving, shake with ice and serve with pineapple, orange and lime slices.

  • Beermosa

    Start your Independence Day with this beer-filled twist on a Mimosa. The recipe couldn’t be easier. Just combine a lager with a splash of fresh orange juice. Serve in a chilled beer glass garnished with an orange wheel.

  • Americano

    Tim Nusog

    If you’re looking for something bitter and bubbly to pair with your cookout meal, try this spirit-forward drink. The mix of Campari, sweet vermouth and club soda is easy to throw together and absolutely perfect for when you want something that’s boozy and refreshing all at once.

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  • Firecracker

    Tim Nusog

    You don’t need to bust out the pyrotechnics to see sparks, thanks to this spicy cocktail. Muddle a few chunks of watermelon in a glass, then mix with rum, triple sec, lime juice, simple syrup and a pinch of cayenne pepper, and watch the sparks fly.

  • Bourbon Strawberry Iced Tea

    Bourbon Strawberry Iced Tea. Tim Nusog

    This mellow summer sipper is perfect for any time of year but especially on patriotic holidays like the Fourth. Muddled strawberries and lemon juice are mixed with rich simple syrup and bourbon, then it’s all topped with unsweetened iced tea for a perfect afternoon pick-me-up.