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The 15 Most Refreshing Drinks You Can Make This 4th of July

updated Jun 23, 2023
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The usual Fourth of July festivities we look forward to each summer — the fireworks, parades, large barbecues with family and friends — aren’t so usual this year. But even if your gathering is just with whoever you live with, you should definitely make something refreshing to drink.

Peak summer calls for icy-cold refreshments, and as different as this year is, the same rule applies. Whether it’s a frozen cocktail or a classic glass of lemonade, these Fourth of July drinks are just right for the occasion, no matter what the day ends up bringing.

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Hugo Cocktail
A fresh and floral Italian cocktail featuring elderflower syrup, prosecco, and soda water.
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Spicy Margarita
Introducing jalapeños to the mix is the simplest, easiest way to add some zing to a classic margarita.
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Strawberry Mimosa
Fresh strawberries, orange juice, and champagne are all you need to make the fruitiest mimosa for your next brunch.
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Mint Julep
A combination of spirit, mint, sugar, and copious amounts of ice, the mint julep is perfect for sipping on hot summer days.
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Brazilian Caipirinha
The caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail, has only three ingredients, comes together in five minutes, and is made in the same glass you drink it from.
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The Ultimate Blender Margaritas
Summer is absolutely frozen drink season, and we’re here for it. These classic blended margaritas are all too easy to sip, and are sure to cool you down.
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Mixed Berry Sangria
A twist on classic red wine sangria, this version skips the citrus for seasonal berries and can be topped off with club soda for a lighter touch.
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4th of July Wine Sparklers
This simple wine spritzer is the perfect thing to sip mid-afternoon because it’s not too boozy. Feel free to mix up the fruit, if you like. Other berries, like blackberries and sliced strawberries, are nice here as well.
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How To Make Lemonade from Scratch
If you’ve never made lemonade from scratch before, consider this your invitation. Once you see how easy it is, you’ll forever forgo the bottles and mixes.
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Watermelon Mint Frosé
We’re still not tired of frosé. This one is made even more summery with the addition of fresh watermelon and mint. Expect to make it all summer long.
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Mock Mojito Spritz
If it’s a mocktail you’re after, you can do no better than this mojito-inspired one. Combine limeade and sparkling water with muddled mint leaves and you have something light, refreshing, and festive.
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Cucumber Gin & Tonic Pitcher Cocktail
If your go-to drink is a gin and tonic, this is a simple but fun twist. Muddled cucumber slices make it even more refreshing than usual and pair perfectly with your favorite gin.
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Rosé Lemonade
Combine a bottle of rosé with a bottle of store-bought lemonade and you’ve just made the 4th of July’s (and the really, the whole summer’s) easiest cocktail.
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Watermelon Prosecco Punch
Juicy watermelon is just coming into season right now so it’s a very good time to celebrate it. This prosecco punch does just that.
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How To Make Sweet Tea
Sweet tea is a staple in the South during the summer months and if you’ve never tried it, you’ll understand why after making a batch. It’s a great non-alcoholic choice for the 4th.
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