Festive Fourth of July Drinks for Any Crowd
Celebrating America's birthday calls for the ultimate summer soirée: From a buffet of snacks to the best grilled food and decked out party spaces to adorable party favors, July 4th is the one occasion when you don't have to hold anything back. The same can be said for the drinks you serve at your party. While you may have the urge to create cocktails that are all red, white, and blue (there are quite a few out there!) we suggest something more classic, time-honored drinks that are still festive but not kitschy in any way. There are a lot of details to take care of when you're hosting an Independence day bash, so go with crowd-pleasing drinks you can make in batches ahead of the party. Trust us, you'll be pleased when you're not tied to the bar during the party.
Try the Kentucky Half-and-Half which can be made in advance of your celebration. It's a cross between two summertime favorites: the Arnold Palmer and a mint julep, combining a deep-steeped black iced tea with robust bourbon. Rather than use ice, however, we freeze lemon wedges and let them gradually cool the cocktail rather than dilute it with water.
There are plenty of fun twists on classic cocktails that you can make in big batches before your guests arrive, from sangria to mojitos and daiquiris, too. You can choose to make a slew of recipes based on a single liquor (whether it be vodka, rum, tequila, or another summertime favorite) or you can create a single batch that pairs well with chilled wine and beer.
As for those guests looking for booze-free beverages, we're sharing some of our most refreshing drink recipes, including classic lemonade and tea drinks to stay hydrated all day long
Aperol Jasmine Spritz
A drink that's as rich as dessert—that's this Coquito. It's name means "little coconut" in Spanish and refers to the coconut milk in this classic Puerto Rican rum cocktail. It also contains evaporated milk and condensed milk. You'll need a blender for this recipe bu it makes six stellar drinks.
Chamomile Tea and Limeade
Make a batch of this caffeine-free citrusy drink to help guests keep cool in the July heat.
Smoky Lemon Margarita
Looking for a fruity big-batch drink for your party? Try this mojito. The mango base can be made up to a day in advance. Add mint and club soda just before serving
Michelada Beer Cocktail
There are many variations on this classic beer-tomato-lime cocktail. Our version is slightly spicy, making it just right for a long, hot day.
Mediterranean Cucumber Tonic
This refreshing nonalcholic drink looks sophisticated but is easy to mix up: Just combine lemon juice, cucumber slices, and good tonic water for a booze-free version of the G&T.
Watermelon Punch and Bowl
A hollowed watermelon is the perfect serving bowl for a drink made with its juice.
Summer Fruit Sangria
A pitcher of sangria made with white wine, fruit, and orange liqueur will get the party started.
Rooibos Tea and Grapefruit-Ade
Try this colorful update on the Arnold Palmer: Floral herbal tea combines with bright citrus flavors to create a really refreshing, slightly sweet drink that everyone will enjoy.
Mix a large pitcher of this ultimate warm-weather cocktail to quench your guests' thirst.
Pimm's Cup with Ginger Ale
Our take on the classic summer quencher includes ginger ale in addition to the usual lemonade. The ginger ale mellows the flavor of Pimm's—a fruity, spicy gin-based liqueur—and makes a celebratory, effervescent drink.
Jack and Jill's Iced Jasmine Tea
Cooling, sweet, and with just a little caffeine, this long iced drink is just right on a summer afternoon.
Two summer classics combine in this fruity favorite.
A light, fruity party punch that can be made with any sparkling wine. Macerate sliced peaches, nectarines, and apricots in peach brandy and stir in the bubbly just before serving.