Fourth of July is just around the corner, and that is cause for celebration. Filled with fireworks and BBQs, no Fourth of July would be complete without some tasty drinks. Here are four red, white, and blue Fourth of July cocktails to try out:

 

1. Patriotic Pina Colada

This colorful patriotic Pina Colada is flavored with strawberries, coconut cream, and pineapple juice. This recipe makes two servings.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces of rum
  • 3 ounces of Blue Curacao
  • 6 ounces pineapple juice
  • 4.5 ounces cream of coconut
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 2 cups ice

Directions:

  • In a blender, combine the rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and ice together until smooth
  • Pour 2/3 of the mixture into a separate container, leaving the rest in the blender
  • Add fresh strawberries to the mixture in the blender, and then blend until smooth
  • Pour the strawberry mixture into a drinking glass
  • Then pour 1/3 of the reserved Pina Colada mixture into the drinking glasses
  • Add the remaining reserved mixture and Blue Curacao into the blender, and blend until combined
  • Slowly pour the blue mixture into the drinking glasses
  • Serve immediately

2. Star Spangled Banner Sangria

This red, white, and blue sangria is made with strawberries, pears, and blueberries. This recipe makes eight servings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups strawberries, quartered
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 4 Bosc pears, cut into star shapes
  • 2 bottles Moscato
  • 1 cup tonic water
  • 1/2 cup gin
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

Directions:

  • Peel the pears, and cut them into 1/3 inch slices with the cores
  • Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut the pear slices
  • Quarter the strawberries
  • Place the pears, strawberries, and blueberries into a large pitcher
  • Pour in the Moscato, gin, tonic water, and lemon juice
  • Stir gently and let the sangria chill in a refrigerator for four hours before serving

3. Blueberry Coconut Sparkler

This refreshing cocktail is red-colored with blue and white elements. This recipe makes two servings.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups fresh blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup coconut rum
  • 2 1/2 cups ginger ale
  • Red food coloring
  • Ice
  • Coconut flakes

Directions:

  • In a medium bowl, muddle the blueberries
  • Add the lemon juice and coconut rum, stirring until well combined
  • Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the mixture and discard the blueberry skins
  • Add the ginger ale into the bowl
  • Color with a few drops of red food coloring until the desired color has been achieved
  • Garnish the rims of two glasses with coconut flakes
  • Pour the mixture into the two glasses
  • Add some whole blueberries as garnish
 

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4. Firecracker Jell-O Shots

This Jell-O shot is the ultimate Fourth of July party drink. It's garnished with a cherry on top to resemble a firecracker. This recipe makes 20 shots.

Ingredients:

  • For the red layer of this Jell-O shot, you'll need: 1/2 cup water, 1 box instant cherry Jell-O, and 1/2 cup vodka
  • For the blue layer, you'll need: 1/2 cup boiled water, 1 box instant blueberry Jell-O, 1/2 cup vodka
  • For the white layer, you'll need: 1 envelope gelatin, 1 cup milk (divided), 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup vodka

Directions:

  • In a small bowl, combine boiling water and blueberry Jell-O mix, stirring until completely dissolved
  • Then stir in the vodka
  • In a separate bowl, repeat the same process with the cherry Jell-O mix
  • Allow both mixtures to cool
  • To make the white layer, in a medium bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/4 cup of milk
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the remaining 3/4 cup milk to a simmer
  • Turn off the heat, and stir in the sugar, vanilla, and vodka
  • Pour heated mixture over plain gelatin mixture, and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved
  • Let cool for ten minutes
  • Spray the one-ounce plastic shot glasses with cooking spray
  • Spoon 2 teaspoons of the blueberry Jell-O mix into each one
  • Refrigerate for 15 minutes until set
  • Top with 2 teaspoons of the white gelatin mixture
  • Refrigerate again for 10 minutes until set
  • Then cover with 2 teaspoons of the cherry Jell-O mixture
  • Refrigerate for approximately two hours until firm
References
  1. "15 Boozy Red, White, and Blue Drinks for July Fourth," Good Housekeeping, June 13, 2018.
  2. "39 Fourth of July Cocktails to Get You Lit for America," Cosmopolitan, July 3, 2017.
  3. "17 Refreshing Fourth of July Drinks to Help You Celebrate," Woman's Day, June 7, 2018.

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