4th of july

24 Refreshing Drinks You Can Make This 4th of July

updated Jun 24, 2024
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Credit: Photo: Lucy Schaeffer; Food Styling: Nicole Rufus

With all the fun 4th of July festivities – the fireworks, parades, and the big summer cookout with family and friends — be sure to plan your menu ahead of time! From festive desserts and easy side dishes to everything on the grill, you’ll also need refreshing drinks for everyone to enjoy.

Peak summer calls for icy-cold refreshments, whether it’s a pitcher cocktail or a classic glass of ice cold lemonade, these 4th of July drinks are perfect for the occasion.

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Painkiller Cocktail

Dark rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and cream of coconut come together in this tiki classic.

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Move over, margarita! A combination of fresh grapefruit juice, lime juice, and blanco tequila are topped with sparkling water to lighten everything up.

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Aperol Spritz

It’s the perfect summer sipper! A simple combination of sparkling wine with a splash of Aperol (a bitter liquor) and club soda.

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Shake up the best margarita of your life with just lime juice, blanco tequila, and orange liqueur.

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Jamaican Rum Punch

This celebratory Jamaican drink will convince you that you’re the best dancer at the party. It has allspice berries, nutmeg, pure fruit juice, and Jamaican white rum.

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White Sangria

Learn how to make refreshing white sangria — the best make-ahead pitcher cocktail for summer cookouts and parties.

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Classic Mojito

This classic cocktail, made with fresh mint, lime juice, sugar, white rum, and seltzer, is the perfect summer drink.

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Tequila Sunrise

Blanco tequila, orange juice, and grenadine naturally produce the sunrise effect of this classic cocktail.

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Pitcher Margaritas

This big-batch margarita is ideal for serving a crowd — and requires just three ingredients!

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Strawberry & Limoncello Rosé Sangria

With very little effort, you can make a pitcher of gorgeous sangria that's perfect for your summer cookout.

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Classic Daiquiri

A classic daiquiri — light rum, lime juice, and simple syrup served straight up — is so much better than the frozen kind.

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Blueberry Mojitos

This easy blueberry syrup takes takes classic mojitos to a whole new level.

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Bee Sting Cocktail

A spicy twist on the classic gin cocktail, made with honey, fresh lemons, and jalapeño peppers.

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Red Sangria

Red sangria is one of the easiest big-batch cocktails you can make. As the party host, it’s a no-brainer – pull a pitcher from the fridge as guests arrive and no one needs much encouragement to start pouring glasses.

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Spicy Pineapple Vodka Punch

A quick, 3-ingredient recipe a vodka cocktail with pineapple juice and spicy jalapeños.

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Southern Sweet Tea

It's not summer until there's a pitcher of Southern sweet tea in the fridge. Here's how to make a batch everyone will enjoy (this sweet tea pitcher cocktail is fantastic, too!).

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Tinto de Verano (Spanish Red Wine Cocktail)

Loosely translating to "red wine of summer", this low-ABV cocktail is endlessly customizable and easy to make.

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Hugo Cocktail

A fresh and floral Italian cocktail featuring elderflower syrup, bubbly prosecco, and soda water. It's so light and refreshing!

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Strawberry Lemonade

This refreshing pitcher drink, made with juicy strawberries and freshly squeezed lemon juice, is great for lemonade stands and family cookouts alike.

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Melon Ball Cocktail

This classic cocktail features Midori, vodka, and sweet honeydew melon balls for garnish.

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Vodka Lemonade

A splash of basil simple syrup makes this refreshing vodka cocktail stand out.

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Capri Sun Punch Cocktail

This boozy, icy slushy is made right in the Capri-Sun pouch for the easiest cocktail ever.

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