Got any Fourth of July plans? Backyard BBQ with the fam? Or does your friend Kelly have access to a boat? Either way, you gotta celebrate America’s birthday with at least one of these killer drinks.
Sangria is one of the easiest cocktails you can make because it’s so easy to make it your own. All you gotta do is toss some ingredients around and let it sit for a couple of hours. For this themed sangria, you’ll need:
1 lb strawberries
1 pint blueberries
1 cup apple juice
1 bottle white wine
1 bottle champagne
Mix everything but the pineapples and champagne together in a big pitcher (or bowl) and put it in the fridge for 2-4 hours. Once you’re ready to serve it, stir in the champagne, add the pineapples and ice. You’ll need ice.
2. Watermelon Keg
Yes hello 911? Is something aloud to be so iconic and sweet? We’re talking about a watermelon keg, of course. This drink will have everyone begging for a second or third round of drinks and honestly, that’s what the Fourth of July is for. You’ll need:
A big watermelon (longer the better)
Knife (big) (huge)
Small knife or a carving knife
Cocktail of your choice (maybe some vodka and la croix?)
Are you thinking what we’re thinking? If you’re thinking cut the top off the watermelon and scoop out the insides then, yeah we’re thinking the same thing. Once the watermelon is hallow (it’s okay if there’s some watermelon on the sides still), you’ll want to carve a small hole around 2-3 inches from the bottom of the watermelon. This hole is where the spigot will be. Put the spigot inside the hole you carved, put your cocktail of choice inside the watermelon, and get drinking! Hot tip: save the watermelon for a drunk snack. It’s hydrating and delicious!
3. Star-spangled jello shots
Jello shots are having their moment. Or, they have been for years and they’re still shining so we had to include them in this less. What is America without Jello shots? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. These are so easy, all you’ll need is:
3 oz of Jello (red white & blue colored)
8 oz of boiling water
4 oz vodka
4 oz of cold water
Grab a handy dandy pot and bring water to a boil. Add your jello packs into the boiling water and stir until fully dissolved. Add in the vodka, stir again. Once the water, jello pack, and vodka are all mixed together, pour the mixture into small cups. Place the jello shots in the fridge, let them firm up, and BINGO! You’ve made America’s Jello shots.
4. Classic Lime Margarita
The July heat has nothing on a classic lime margarita. They’re simple, cold, and even a little flirty to make. To whip one up, all you need is:
1 lime wedge
1 tbsp salt
4 oz Blanco tequila
2 oz agave nectar
2 oz lime juice
Rub the rim of your glasses with the lime wedge, and add the salt to the brim. In your cocktail shaker, add tequila, lime juice, agave, and ice. Shake for 20 seconds. Pour the margarita into your glass. Sip. Enjoy. Feel really cool.
5. A nice cold beer
Beer is America. America is beer. That’s it. Cracking open a cold one with the boys (the “boys” in this scenario is literally anyone) has never been more pressing. You need a 4th of July beer. Our pick? Montucky Cold Snacks. It’s a light lager, and it’s coming in hot for the place of PBR. I mean come on, the graphic is even a horse riding into a blue sunset mountain. Is there anything more American?
The Fourth of July is a day of celebration and coming together with the people you love. Make this holiday one to remember, and stay safe while you pound back that second Watermelon cocktail. We feel you. You’re doing great.