10 Summery Drinks That Are Perfect for 4th of July

Turn your backyard barbecue into an all-out celebration with refreshing drinks and cocktails for the whole family.

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Heather Ramsdell

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My daughter loves being a part of whatever it is that I’m doing — especially when whatever it is that I am doing involves fancy little cocktail umbrellas. It seems like we sip on matching fruit-infused waters, colorful smoothies and sparkly blends of seltzer and fruit juice (with fun straws and decorative garnishes, of course) all summer long. And I’m willing to bet your little ones love doing grown-up things too.

With the 4th of July right around the corner, there’s no better time to have a few of fun and refreshing drink recipes handy: lemonades, fruit punches and patriotic smoothies for the kids —and some summery sips and star-spangled cocktails for mom and dad! We've got 10 that will add some sparkle to your family cookout and keep everyone refreshed and having fun.

These grown-up, rum-spiked slushies are sure to get just as many ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ as the fireworks. The secret to creating three distinct layers? Every time you finish mixing one of the colors, pour it into a bowl and pop it into the freezer while you make the next one.

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This cocktail combines two of our favorite things about summer: watermelon and rose wine. Bobby uses them (and just a handful of other ingredients) to whip up a sweet and refreshing sangria worthy of any 4th of July celebration.

These sweet and satisfying drinks are perfect for little ones who want to join in the 4th of July fun. They’re made with bright blue, kid-friendly fruit punch and dotted with a red maraschino cherry — giving them a simple, patriotic spin.



If you’re firing up the grill this 4th of July, make space for a few peaches! After just a few minutes on the hot grates they’ll take on some char and a subtle smoky flavor, making them the perfect add-in for these easy-to-make margaritas.

These all-American smoothies get their color (and sweetness) from wholesome ingredients: fruit, yogurt and honey. They’re perfect for a healthy start to your day or a refreshing midday treat!



Lemonade is a must-have at any backyard barbecue and Ree’s easy-to-make recipe is a great choice for the Fourth. Frozen raspberries add a nice pop of color — and you could easily throw in a few frozen blueberries when you’re ready to serve the lemonade to complete the patriotic theme.

Bobby’s 6-ingredient cocktail is the perfect way to chill out on a hot day. Lime juice brings a tangy sweetness, while cucumber makes the drink extra refreshing. Best of all, you don’t have to me a master mixologist to whip one up — just add your ingredients to a shaker, shake and pour over ice.



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The great thing about this festive sip is that it’s totally customizable. You can give the kids fruit punch or a mix of seltzer and juice while the grown-ups have a red, fruity cocktail. Regardless of what they’re drinking, everyone will love the blue popping candy around the rim of the glass!

If sweet tea is your favorite summertime sip then you’ll love this simple spin: add sweet tea vodka to the mix!

Red Wine Spritzers; Rachael Ray

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Tara Donne

Give your wine spritzer some festive flair by including red and blue berries. Rachael makes this quick drink with red wine but you could easily sub in your favorite white or rose wine, intead.

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