You’ve got your barbeque recipes all set and the outdoor furniture tastefully spread out around the patio. Don’t let your drinks be an afterthought this 4th of July! On these hot, sultry days the summer cocktail & mocktail are an integral part of any celebration.
Check out these spectacular cocktails and iced drinks to make the most of your home bar. Plus, enter to win GoVino Go Anywhere Glasses - a set of four wine/cocktail glasses and a set of four beer glasses.
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"Bomb Pop" Three-Ingredient Cocktail
One drink that is sure to bring back more than just a little nostalgia for a certain red, white and blue popsicle, is the frozen spiked “bomb pop” drink. SheSpeaks member CupcakesandCrossbones gives all the recipe details to make this multi-colored frozen drink, with both alcohol and non-alcohol options.
Her alcoholic version requires equal parts of just these three ingredients:
Bacardi Razz Rum
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If you want to make it non-alcoholic, simply replace rum with cranberry juice and Blue Curacao with blue Gatorade.
CupcakesandCrossbones adds one warning to her recipe, “Note: These are delicious and go down super smooth...you have been warned!”
Watermelon Rum Punch
Good Housekeeping’s Watermelon Rum Punch recipe also has us counting down the days to the 4th.
Ingredients for this include:
8 cups seedless watermelon chunks
1 cup light rum
I cup fresh orange juice
¼ cup lime juice
1 12 oz bottle ginger beer
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The punch itself can be garnished with fresh watermelon and is a perfect pink melon color. Skip the rum and use ginger ale or non-alcholic ginger bear for a kid-friendly version.
Pink Lemonade Vodka Slush
What says summer time better than an iced cold glass of pink lemonade? Well, maybe one with vodka added in. Why not make it a slushy just for fun? Culinary Hill has a super easy and delicious Pink Lemonade Vodka Slush that doesn’t even require a blender. The icy drink will keep your guests cool and they will be saying “yes, please!” before you even offer a refill.
Just three ingredients make up this slushy drink. Or for a non-alcoholic version, leave out the vodka:
1 can frozen pink lemonade concentrate
Lemon lime soda like Sprite or 7-up.
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All American Daiquiri
The daquiri from The Tipsy Bartender will get you in the July 4th mood. Make each layer separately and then pour one on top of the other. It takes a bit of extra time than the other drinks, but the look and taste makes it worth it. Want it non-alcoholic? Pour a blueberrry smoothie on top of a strawberry one. Top with whipped cream.
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Update: Thanks to all who entered! Congrats to our winner, SheSpeaks member laurenpeterson2014.
I go with several pitchers of mai tai's. (They are that good - one won't be enough!) Add a large bucket of ice and set out cocktail umbrella and scewers of pineapple and orange topped with a cherry. Cheers!
Iced coffee and lemonade
I prefer a nice, crisp hard apple cider on hot summer days
I love frozen margaritas. Yum! I would love this glass for my wine.
white wine spritzer
My fiance makes a delicious pineapple jalapeno margarita that has been my go-to drink for when we BBQ!
My faves are iced tea, lemonade or beer. :)
My favorite are a good Lemonade drink or a cocktail that is refreshing like a mojitos or french 75
Margarita's are my favorite.
I love fresh grapfruit juice with the Ketel One Grapefuirt & Rose' infused Vodka.
My favorite summer time drink is lemonade and iced tea mixed. I like it with or without alcohol.
Strawberry lemonade is a major summer drink for me and sometimes adding a little acohol for a nice adult beverage is great as well. Lemonade and other fruity drinks are big in the summer.
I love to add watermelon to my lemonade in the summer. These drinks all look delicious!