Backyard BBQ’s and potlucks are popular for celebrating the 4th of July, because the weather is typically warm enough everywhere to enjoy an outdoor celebration. In these western parts of the US, and especially here in Arizona, it’s extremely warm by the beginning of July!
It’s an absolute necessity to serve cold beverages at our outdoor gatherings on the 4th, and we have a handful of drinks that we make frequently. Some of them are red or blue, which is great for keeping things festive, but we also love a good old classic lemonade.
Before I get into the recipes, here are some tips for serving 4th of July Drinks!
Tips for serving holiday drinks
I wanted to share this Beverage Station that my amazing husband made for me. It’s an easy fun place to put bottled water, juice boxes and soda cans when hosting your 4th of July celebration.
You’ll notice that the top buckets are holding napkins and other paper goods, but you could easily put paper umbrellas or straws in one bucket, lemon wedges in another and cups in the third. Place a small table with a beverage dispenser filled with a refreshing homemade drink next to the “beverage station”.
There are so many ways you serve your drinks. Here are few fun ways you can spruce up the juice:
Use festive 4th of July straws or paper umbrellas.
Make extra juice and freeze it into ice cubes or ice blocks. You might even be able to find a star shaped ice cube mold. That way you can have a cold drink without worrying the melting ice will dilute the punch.
Add carbonation right before serving.
Use fresh cut fruit in the beverage dispenser/punch bowl.
Keep extra punch in the fridge or in a cooler. Fill the beverage dispenser as needed.
Freeze leftover juice into popsicles or make slushies.
Fourth of july drinks
Patriotic Drink Recipe
It's not difficult to make this layered red white and blue patriotic drink! All it takes is Hawaiian Punch, blue gatorade, and sprite zero.
Copycat Orange Julius recipe - takes just a minute to make and is a favorite family treat! Ingredients include frozen orange juice concentrate, milk, sugar, vanilla, water, and ice cubes to make this refreshing drink!
Disneyland's Copycat Mint Julep recipe - a non-alcoholic drink that is refreshing and DELICIOUS!! Made with lemonade concentrate, creme de menthe syrup, lime juice, sugar, and club soda - topped with mint leaves and cherries!
3-Ingredient Frozen Hot Chocolate - this drink takes a minute to make and is SO delicious!! All you need is some milk, hot cocoa packets, and ice and of course some cool whip and chocolate curls for topping!
The perfect cold drink for sipping on a hot summer day! This delicious Sparkling Peach Lemonade is made with just a few simple ingredients and comes together in just minutes. Fantastic for picnics, parties and showers, too!
My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!