4th of July Inspired Cocktail & Mocktail Recipes

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We already shared a recipe for Rad Rum Ribs – but how about a rad rum cocktail to top off your 4th of July menu? This one is sweet, tasty and just about as themed as you can get for this fun holiday. Want to add even more patriotism to these delectable Fireworks Daiquiris? Add a mini USA cocktail flag!

Ingredients:

Blue:

  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1/3 cup blue passion fruit liqueur, such as Hpnotiq or Alize
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons blue curacao liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons white rum
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Red:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup watermelon chunks, frozen
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons white rum
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup ice cubes

White:

  • 1 cup coconut sorbet
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Method: 

Begin by making the blue layer: Put 1 1/2 cups of the ice cubes in the carafe of a blender. Add the passion fruit liqueur, lime juice, blue curacao, rum and sugar. Blend until slushy and there are no chunks of ice left, adding the remaining 1/2 cup of ice if needed. Transfer to a large measuring cup or small bowl and place in the freezer while you make the next layer.

For the red layer: Rinse out the blender and then add the frozen strawberries, watermelon, lime juice, rum and sugar. Blend until slushy and there are no chunks of fruit. With the motor running, add the ice, a few cubes a time, until thick and smooth. Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons water if the consistency is too thick. Transfer to another small bowl and place in the freezer while making the final layer.

For the white layer: Rinse out the blender and add the coconut sorbet, rum and lime juice. Blend until smooth and thick. With the motor running, add the ice, a few cubes at a time, and continue to blend until thick and no bits of ice remain.

Pour the red layer into the bottom of six 8-ounce glasses, about 1/3 cup each. Gently spoon 1/3 cup of the blue layer over the red layer so they stay separate. Finish by spooning 1/3 cup of the white layer over the second layer in each glass.

 

How about a Mocktail instead? Not all of us want rum in our glass but everyone can enjoy some red, white and blue! This super simple mocktail from Sugar Mama is easy to make and safe for the kiddos!

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces fruit punch or grenadine
  • 3 ounces blue Gatorade (not sugar-free)
  • 3 ounces of Diet 7-Up or Sprite (sugar-free)

Method:

Fill glass 1/3 full with ice cubes. Pour fruit punch almost (but not quite) to top of ice cubes. Fill another 1/3 with ice cubes and SLOWLY pour blue Gatorade almost to top of cubes. Fill final 1/3 ice cubes and SLOWLY pour Diet Sprite. Add straw and voila!

Makes 1 12-ounce (tall) glass.

 

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