July 4th Recipes: Celebrate With 5 Red, White and Blue Drinks!

Kim Conte

strawberry martini

Any July 4th celebration wouldn't be complete without a tasty patriotic cocktail in hand. This Independence Day toast the red, white, and blue with one of these festive drinks.

Blueberry Sangria

Make red wine sangria, then add fresh blueberries instead of the typical lemons, limes, fruit chunks, etc. My go-to recipe: Combine 1 bottle red wine, 1/2 cup brandy, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 cup fresh blueberries. Chill until ready to serve. Stir in 2 cups lemon-lime soda. Serve over ice. (You can also substitute fruit punch for wine/brandy for a non-alcoholic version.)

Strawberry Margarita

It's always a party when frozen margaritas are around! For this festive version, combine 6 ounces tequila, 2 ounces triple sec, 8 ounces frozen strawberries, 4 ounces frozen limeade concentrate, and plenty of ice in a blender. Serves 4.

Cranberry Fizz

If you don't want to booze it up this Independence Day, here's a tasty alternative: Combine equal parts cranberry juice and seltzer water in a glass over ice. Add a splash of lemonade and garnish with a skewer of fresh blueberries. And if you use low-sugar cranberry juice, this beverage doubles as a healthy drink.

Raspberry Lemonade

This drink is really fun if you garnish with black raspberries, which are available right now at most farmers' markets. Blend 1 can frozen lemonade concentrate (thawed), 1 (10-ounce) package frozen raspberries, and 1 tablespoon sugar in blender. Strain to remove seeds. Stir in 1 liter of club soda. Serve over ice garnished with black raspberries. To make an adult version? Just add vodka.

Pomegranate Martini

The pomegranate martini never goes out of style. Shake equal parts pomegranate juice, vodka, and Cointreau in a cocktail shaker with ice. Garnish with a skewer of blueberries for a splash of blue!

What are you drinking this Independence Day?


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