If you're anything like me, you're wondering how summer is flying by so quickly and how it's almost the 4th of July already. I've had big plans on getting my backyard together to throw a summer shindig since the sun came out, and it's looking like it might be closer to Labor Day than 4th of July by the time it's actually ready. But that doesn't mean I'm not going to celebrate the 4th of July. And to celebrate Independence Day properly, you need a few delectable 4th of July cocktails.
Whether you're firing up the grill for a laid back evening or are planning a more formal patriotic party, you'll need a few libations to liven up your celebration. The following 4th of July cocktails will keep you and your guests refreshed and feeling festive throughout the day and well into the night. No matter what your alcohol preference, there's a beautiful and boozy drink out there for you. There's even a fun summer mocktail or two for those who are looking for something fun sans liquor. Whatever the case, grab a cocktail flag, toss it in your drink of choice, and raise a class to the good ole U.S.A.
1. 'Breaking Bad' Cocktail
Though the series may be over, it lives on forever in this Breaking Bad cocktail from Elsie and Emma over at A Beautiful Mess. It's bright blue, making it the perfect way to add a punch of color into your 4th of July.
2. Beet Infused Margarita With Rosemary Syrup
If you're in the mood to serve up a non-traditional cocktail that'll wow your guests, try this beet infused margarita with rosemary syrup from The Urban Poser. Keep in mind that you'll need a full day to infuse your own tequila with beets in order to make this cocktail.
3. Cucumber Lemonade With Gin
A Beautiful Mess is back at it again with this delicious and pretty looking cocktail. It's cucumber lemonade with gin is refreshing, crisp, and easy to mix in pitchers for a crowd.
4. Fresh Grapefruit And Ginger Paloma
One of my favorite summer weather cocktails, this fresh grapefruit and ginger paloma by Simply Delicious is light, refreshing, boozy, and easy to make by the pitcher. Bonus.
5. Blueberry Mojito Mocktail
This blueberry mojito mocktail can easily be made into a cocktail with a healthy does of rum, but it doesn't hurt to have a mocktail on hand for the kids and those who prefer to stay sober on the holiday, right? Delicious and pleasing to the eye, this variation of mocktail will not disappoint.
6. Toasted Coconut Margarita
This toasted coconut margarita from A Beautiful Mess may be a little bit involved, but it's worth it for coconut lovers. A rim of toasted coconut brings out the splash of cream of coconut you add to the cocktail, making your mouth very, very happy.
7. Gummy Bear Sangria
As long as there are no kids attending your 4th of July shindig, this Gummy Bear sangria from Molly at My Name Is Yeh is a fun way to make everyone feel like a kid again. Not to mention, delicious.
8. Bomb Pop Shots
Does it get any more American than these bomb pop shots by the ladies over at A Beautiful Mess? They're easy to make in a pinch with only three ingredients, and will impress all of your guests.
9. Ginger Peach Sangria
Ginger peach sangria from Love and Lemons sounds like the perfect way to get your party started on 4th of July. With a dose of fresh fruit, and a white wine based sangria, this light drink is perfect to make in pitchers.
10. Sparkling Pimm's Cup
Try this variation on a classic with the sparkling pimm's cup from Sugar and Cloth. These fruit infused cocktails will have your guests singing the National Anthem in no time.
11. Watermelon Slice Jello Shots
The only thing better than a slice of chilled watermelon on a hot sunny day is one of these watermelon slice Jello shots by A Beautiful Mess.
12. Lavender Grapefruit Gin Buck Cocktail
Though the name might be a mouthful, a mouthful of this cocktail will have you coming back to this recipe again and again. Sugar and Cloth makes a great case for adding flowers to your cocktails with this lavender grapefruit gin buck cocktail. And it's just as delicious without the gin.
13. Fresh Pineapple And Passion Fruit Mojito
Simply Delicious takes summer fruit to a whole new level with this pineapple and passion fruit mojito, bringing together bright fruit and minty goodness into one glass.
14. Fruit And Tonics
These fruit and tonics from A Beautiful Mess are easy to make ahead of time, and easy to make by the dozen. If you've got a crowd coming for festivities, take a look at this recipe. With tons of variations, they're sure to be a hit.
15. Sour Beer And Cherry Rum Punch
Not so sure about mixing beer and liquor? You'll be convinced after you try this sour beer and cherry rum punch from Food and Style. Tart and simple with a foamy head, this might be the perfect blend of beer and booze.
16. Blood Orange Lemon Fizz
Looking for a bright, citrus-y cocktail to serve your guests? Take a look at the blood orange lemon fizz by A Beautiful Mess. Utilizing not one but two types of citrus, this drink adds a kick with a delicious shot of Limoncello.
17. Salty Dog Summer Cocktail
This classic summer cocktail is fresh to death, using fresh grapefruit juice and your choice of vodka or gin. With a salty rim, this salty dog summer cocktail from Lovely Indeed is a delicious way to drink the day away.
18. Peach Iced Tea Cocktail
Sugar and Cloth's peach iced tea cocktail utilizes your favorite summer drink, iced tea, and adds a kick. With mint infused simple syrup and a few glugs of vodka, you'll be peachy keen all day long with this delicious drink.
19. Champagne Punch
This champagne punch from Foodie Crush is perfect for guests looking for something a little bubbly on the big holiday. Add raspberries, blueberries, or both, to make it an extra festive glass of bubbly punch.