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Independence Day Drinks

By Tori Linville


Red, white and blue. "The Star-Spangled Banner." It wasn’t said, but you probably thought of the national holiday that is unlike any other of its kind. Millions of Americans celebrate the nations independence with barbeques, fireworks and more. Everyone knows the key to keeping a party going in the summer heat requires hydration. With the help of Pinterest, we’ve picked out some July 4 drinks that scream America while keeping the thirst quenched.



‘Merica Mocktails


Layered Freedom Colors


The key here is to choose drinks with different sugar contents so they actually layer instead of mixing together. Try this combination to get you started:

Pour in a Sobe Pina Colada, followed by Gatorade Fruit Punch, then G2 Blueberry-Pomegranate for a refreshing taste of freedom.


Fireworks Frenzy (Non-alcoholic) Martini


What you’ll need:


            Pop Rocks (blue or red, one pack per glass)

            corn syrup


            blow pops (blue or red, one per glass)


What you’ll make:


1.     To rim the glass with Pop Rocks, pour some corn syrup in a bowl big enough to dip the entire rim. Once dipped in the corn syrup, immediately dip into a bowl or plate of Pop Rocks. You could also just sprinkle the candy as well.

2.     Fill a glass with Sprite and unwrap a blue or red Blow Pop to add to the glass. Allow to sit for five to ten minutes to allow the drink to be flavorized.





Red, White and Blue Sangria


            What you’ll need:




            pineapples (cut into star shapes if you feel like it)

            2 bottles of dry white wine

            1 cup Triple Sec

            1/2 cup berry-flavored vodka

            1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

            1/2 cup simple syrup


            What you’ll make:


            Combine and stir! Chill in fridge for at least four hours. 


Bomb Pop Shots


What you’ll need:


            1/3 oz. Sprite

            1/3 oz. lemon vodka

            2/3 oz. blue curacao

            2/3 oz. grenadine


            What you’ll make:


1.     Mix Sprite and vodka into a shaker with ice, then strain into glass.

2.     Use a spoon turned upside down angled into vodka mix to break the surface. Very slowly poor the blue curacao. If not poured slowly, the two will mix instead of layer.

3.     Then pour in the grenadine by pouring close to the glass’s edge, in a waterfall effect. Since it’s so thick, it’ll drop to the bottom and your shot will be complete.



Don’t have enough time to mix up a bunch of these ingredients? No problem. Grab some strawberries, blueberries and blackberries and pop a combination of each into an ice tray’s slots. Pour water in each slot and freeze. Add to water or Sprite for a red, white and blue combo that doesn’t take much effort at all.


(See punchbowl.com, thekitchenwhisperer.net and Pinterest for recipes.)


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