The Fourth of July is the premier American summer holiday, and the day is filled with family, friends, fun, food, and fireworks. Of course, every great party needs a fabulous drink or two, and these patriotic cocktails and mocktails are sure to impress. Loaded with the summer's freshest fruits, lots of flavorful spirit, and brilliant shades of red, white, and blue, the recipes are simple to mix up and an absolute delight to drink.
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The Tom Collins is a fantastic cocktail and a favorite for many gin devotees. To give it a summer holiday spin, mix up the berrylicious American Collins. This simple recipe is like the other collins, with a fine gin, hints of syrup and lemon, and club soda for sparkle. The twist is a muddle of fresh blueberries and cherries.
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Independence Day Mojito
Summer soirees are a perfect time to mix up a mojito. If you're looking for the ultimate celebration of all things that make summer great, the Independence Day mojito is a perfect choice. For this recipe, you'll add watermelon and raspberries to the rum cocktail's signature combination of lime and mint.
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With American whiskey and strawberries fresh from the garden, the Kentucky kiss is perfect for summer. The berries are muddled, lemon juice gives it a bright kick, and maple syrup adds a sultry sweetness. All it needs is your favorite bourbon and a splash of soda.
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Broad Stripes and Bright Stars
A fun mix with a little surprise inside, you're going to enjoy this fruit-filled highball. The broad stripes and bright stars recipe starts off with fresh blueberries and blueberry vodka. A hint of absinthe adds a nice contrast and the drizzle of sweet raspberry liqueur offsets the snap of a good ginger beer.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Red, White, and Blue Shooter
Maybe a shooter is more your style. If so, the red, white, and blue shot is a fun option that lets you show off your bartending skills. It's a popular recipe, and there's no mixing involved. You'll simply create stripes in the glass by layering grenadine, white crème de cacao, and blue curaçao. It's fun, sweet, and very smooth as it goes down.
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Easy and tasty, the UV liberty is a cocktail you won't want to miss. Requiring just three ingredients, think of this blue drink as a vodka float that pairs UV Blue and raspberry sherbet. Top it off with a lemon-lime soda, and a delicious treat is yours to share and enjoy.
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A modern recipe with classic cocktail style, the Lady Liberty holds a fantastic array of flavors, and it's sure to please even the pickiest of palates. The cocktail has a tropical flair, complete with light rum and orgeat syrup. From there, it dives into your liqueur stash, requiring maraschino, Green Chartreuse, and a hint of absinthe.
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Sapphire Alpine Cocktail
A stunning blue martini, the Sapphire alpine is a sweet gin cocktail laced with alluring fruits. Pairing your favorite gin with blue curaçao and peach schnapps, this drink adds a pop of color to the patriotic celebration.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Virgin Miami Vice
For a nonalcoholic fruit smoothie that rivals any blended cocktail, go with the virgin Miami vice. Made in two layers, it blends everything that's great about the piña colada and strawberry daiquiri into an eye-catching, delicious slushy without a drop of liquor.
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Quenching the thirst of a crowd on a hot day? This watermelon punch is an ideal recipe. Made with fresh raspberry lemonade and watermelon juice, it's super festive when served in a watermelon punchbowl. For guests that want to imbibe, offer rum or vodka and let them spike it by the glass.