5 Freedom Cocktails for the 4th of July

4th of july cocktails

We’ve decided that there is no better way to enjoy the 4th of July than celebrating our independence surrounded by friends, family and a delicious cocktail. Get into that patriotic spirit with these five freedom cocktails to help you raise a glass and give a toast to America the beautiful!

White wine lovers tend to enjoy the fresh citrus and fruit flavors often found in summer wines. Made with lemons, oranges and limes with a hint of rich Brandy, this sangria captures all those summertime flavors. As a host, you’ll love this make-ahead recipe since it is a self-serve punch your guests can enjoy pouring on their own.

Star Spangled Sangria

star spangled sangria

Tools: Pitcher, tall barspoon
Glass: Highball
Servings: 6 cocktails

Ingredients: 1 bottle of white wine (Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier or Pinot Gris are all good choices), 1/3 cup white sugar, 3 oranges, sliced, 1 lemon, 1 lime and 1 Granny Smith apple, all sliced, 4 oz. Brandy or Cointreau, ½ liter of Club Soda or Ginger ale (for those with a sweeter tooth!)

Directions:

Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the orange, lemon and lime into the wine. Add brandy and sugar, stirring to combine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible). Chill mixture overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving.

If you want to get your 4th of July party started with a little red, white and booze, check out the following awesome cocktails. Your guests will be whistling Dixie before the fireworks even start.

Red, White & Blueberry

red white blueberry cocktail

All the ingredients in the sangria listed above can do double duty in this cocktail, which is made with Maker’s Mark Bourbon instead of white wine. Add in some blueberries, mint leaves and voila!

Jamaican Me Blue

jamaican me blue cocktail

Let’s get into the spirit with a blue cocktail! This Jamaican white rum-based iced wonder is simple and delicious with the yummy flavors of blue curacao.

Sake Spirit

sake spirit cocktail

Made with just three ingredients, this sophisticated martini is cooled down by the hint of muddled cucumber and so refreshing! 

Life & Liberty

life & liberty cocktail

This cocktail runs higher on the sweet scale with its addition of raspberry sherbet, but your guests will love the flavor and the patriotic colors.

Before you shop: Sangria is all about adapting the recipe with fruit that you enjoy. Try adding diced mango, cubed pineapples, sliced strawberries, peaches, a handful of fresh blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, a shot or two of pineapple juice or even a little spiced rum!

Gidget and Larue logoAbout Gidget + LaRue
These two long-time best friends, Trilby Parker and Karen Mascheroni, are dedicated to bringing back the classics, all while balancing the busy lives of their families. Their specialty is vintage cocktails + hors d’oeuvres and they’re driven to provide fun, simple and easy recipes for your entertaining pleasure.

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