Independence Day Cocktails

6 deliciously patriotic drink recipes


July 4th is a time for celebration and fun, filled with fireworks, parades and of course, the quintessentially American backyard barbecue. Why not guarantee a great time at this year's gathering by mixing up some patriotic cocktails? Cold beers may be the standard sipper alongside your grilled feast, but we're thinking these fun drinks could quickly become Independence Day favorites for years to come!

Be sure to let us know your favorite July 4th-inspired drink recipes below!
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Chambord Pomegranate Sparkler

Patriotic Margarita

frozen strawberries
2 T dark rum
2 T coconut milk
2 T pineapple juice
2 T lime juice
1/2 cup crushed ice
2-4 T Hpnotiq
Puree thawed frozen strawberries. Blend strawberry puree, dark rum, coconut milk, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, and crushed ice in a blender until smooth. Pour Hpnotiq into a glass, top with 2 to 4 tablespoons of the strawberry mixture.

Yankee Doodle

1 part blue raspberry flavored vodka
2 parts sour mix or lemonade
1 part tonic water
Pour into rocks glass, stir. Serve over ice.


4 oz champagne
1/4 oz gin
1/2 oz tangerine schnapps
Pour into champagne flute, garnish with a twist of orange.

All American

1 oz bourbon
1 oz Southern Comfort
2 oz Coca-Cola
Pour in glass over ice.

Patriotic Punch

1 part UV Red cherry flavored vodka
3 parts lemonade
Combine and serve in a rocks glass over ice.

Chambord Pomegranate Sparkler

1 1/2 oz champagne
3/4 oz Chambord
1/2 oz vodka
1 oz pomegranate juice
Shake all ingredients but champagne with ice and strain into flute glass. Top with champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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  • I am not a fan of either of these drinks - but I guess the "Patriotic Margarita" is by definition the worst one?
    Who created those??? A total amateur?

    A margarita has tequila, bitter orange liqueur and lime by default - so I don't understand how you can name a drink after it, which has nothing of the signature ingredients [except of lime - but you can't call it signature - can you?].

    Putting long drinks and highballs into tumblers [your rock glass] is also a sign of bad style. And the word schnapps is everything but technical.
    Could you please raise a bit the standard here?

    Jun 29, 2011 at 7:57 AM

  • Snooth User: chefcarol
    478296 65

    I agree w/ opinionatedalchemist. A strawberry daiquiri is made with the ingredients in this recipe - without the hpnotiq - not a margarita. All in all, though, it would be a terribly sweet drink, & I don't feel hpnotiq is a good match for that flavor of daiquiri. You appear to be sacrificing taste for color alone. I handle these products every day. Sometimes I drink them. Stick with a well-made (seasonally fresh right now) strawberry daiquiri & add a skewer of nice fat blueberries as a garnish.

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:48 AM

  • Snooth User: corylewis
    585427 2

    I have to agree with both opinions and chefcarol's suggestion.. keep it simple and fresh. I'm not a fan of any blue drink- so perhaps my color prejudice is unduly influencing my opinion.

    How about a fresh limeade with sliced red chile peppers, vodka and a splash of soda water for a bit of fizz - more of a fireworks theme ?

    Jun 30, 2011 at 9:27 AM

  • Snooth User: opq
    775134 17

    Well, I made the Patriotic Margarita for a 4th of July gathering and it went over quite well. It was a little sweet but not overly. It WAS all about the color! It was FUN!

    Jul 05, 2011 at 3:55 PM

  • Snooth User: spicycurry
    764650 53

    Wow, those cocktails don't look very good. Hpnotiq? Really?

    Jul 06, 2011 at 12:52 PM

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