15 Festive 4th of July Drinks Your Barbeque Needs
Cool down this 4th of July with some drinks to celebrate America's birthday. Whether you go with a fruity cocktail, classic sweet tea, or a summery lemonade, these beverages are sure to keep your thirst quenched all the way through to the fireworks show. Just add a little cocktail umbrella, or maybe a wedge of lemon, and you'll be ready to toast to the 4th of July with these drinks.
Two favorite party drinks, margaritas and beer, combine for this unique 4th of July cocktail. Be sure to use a light beer, as anything dark or flavored can overpower the drink.
Real watermelon is puréed into this light cocktail. "Excellent summer drink," says reviewer Sarah. "I made it once and my mom and brother were begging me for the recipe!"
This classic recipe keeps this simple, but without sacrificing any flavor. Lemons, sugar, and water are all you need for this sweet and sour lemonade.
The Real Mojito
For a refreshing boozy drink that goes down easy, this mojito is a good choice. The recipe makes one individual drink, but you can multiply the servings to make a full pitcher.
The Arnold Palmer
Two summer classics — lemonade and iced tea — are combined in this flavorful drink. Use sweet tea, unsweet tea, or both to achieve the level of sweetness you desire in the finished beverage.
"This recipe was a hit at our barbeque. The guys all said they didn't want a girly drink but I couldn't pour these fast enough," says SAMANTHA79.
Best Strawberry Daiquiri
By using frozen strawberries, you can achieve that slushie-like texture that everyone loves in a daiquiri, but with less ice to dilute the flavor.
There's no need to buy pre-flavored sodas. Here, cola is bumped up with the addition of limeade concentrate and a fresh lime wedge for a tangy and sweet drink.
Frozen Summer Slush
"I made this for a family get-together at our home and it went over so big that most people asked for the recipe," says reviewer GAILB. "It is a keeper!"
Sunset Rum Punch
"When it's late and you're hanging around the fire pit with friends watching the sunset, this is the rum punch crowd-pleaser to pass around," says recipe creator Matt Wencl. "Full of bright citrus, floral notes and plenty of good rum, you'll all have a delicious time before the day is done."
Watermelon Agua Fresca
Fresh watermelon is the base for this thirst-quenching drink. Be sure to taste your fruit before adding the full amount of sugar, you might want to adjust it based on how sweet the watermelon is.
White Peach Sangria
Using white wine for a lighter taste, this sangria is perfect for any summer get-together. It's full of peachy flavor thanks to the fresh fruit and a splash of peach flavored vodka.
Mai Tai Cocktail
A trifecta of rum, light, gold, and dark, is mixed into this tropical cocktail. Orgeat syrup — made with almonds, sugar, and rosewater — is worth seeking out for its distinct taste in this recipe.
Feature fresh strawberries in this refreshing twist on a mojito. "Very delicious and very much appreciated by friends at our backyard BBQ," says reviewer Nilla Bean.