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A Spirited Trio of Red, White & Blue Cocktails

Fourth of July celebrations are usually an explosion of red, white and blue — and I don’t just mean the fireworks! People, myself included, tend to go all-out with patriotic decorations and place settings for Fourth of July entertaining.

This year I’m bringing the color into my cocktails! These red, white and blue Fourth of July cocktails are the perfect way to make your party menu a lot more colorful.

A Trio of Red, White and Blue Cocktails for the 4th of July

These Fourth of July cocktails have a definite tropical flair to them, which makes them an excellent choice for warm summer weekends — even if you don’t need drinks of a particular color! 

The recipes below are for single servings, but you can easily make batches ahead of time. When you’re ready to serve, simply combine the drinks with ice, shake and pour them out into waiting cups. This way, your guests can taste a little of each one.

Have some fun with the garnishes, too! Tropical cocktail umbrellas are always a good option, but slices of fresh citrus and pineapple can really liven up a drink, too. Whether you’re using tall glassware or simple plastic cups, some colorful straws give the drinks an even more festive finish. 

Hurricane cocktail recipe

The story of the hurricane says that in 1940s New Orleans, a local bar owner came up with the sweet, colorful cocktail in order to entice people to drink more rum, which was not very popular at the time. The drink caught on and can now be found at just about every bar in town. 

Hurricane  Cocktail for Fourth of July

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1½ ounces dark rum
  • 1½ ounces light rum
  • 2 ounces passion fruit juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • ½ ounce grenadine

Directions:

In a shaker, combine all the ingredients. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds, or until cold. Pour everything, including the ice, into a tall hurricane glass or other large glass. Garnish with an orange wedge and a maraschino cherry.

Coconut rum punch recipe

This creamy coconut cocktail is a variation on a recipe for Jamaican Rum Punch, but a bit mellower and better suited for sipping at a party.

Jamaican Rum Punch for Fourth of July

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 2 ounces coconut milk
  • 1½ ounces cream of coconut

Directions:

In a shaker, combine all the ingredients. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds, or until cold and well-combined. Pour all ingredients, including ice, into a stemless wine glass — or a coconut, if you have one — and garnish with a funky cocktail pick or tropical umbrella.

Blue Hawaii cocktail recipe

The Blue Hawaii was invented in the 1950s in Waikiki by a bartender named Harry Yee, who wanted to showcase an unusual ingredient: Blue Curaçao, an orange liqueur with a vivid blue hue. The cocktail mimics the color of the sea in the islands, and will definitely put you in the mood for a tropical vacation!

Blue Hawaiian Cocktail for Fourth of July

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

  • ¾ ounce vodka
  • ¾ ounce light rum
  • ½ ounce blue Curaçao
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup (or substitute 1 ounce sour mix for lemon juice and simple syrup)

Directions:

In a shaker, combine all the ingredients. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds, or until cold. Pour all ingredients, including ice, into a tall glass. Garnish with a cocktail umbrella and add a pineapple wedge if you have one. 

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One Comment

Mina Duncan

This gets me going on my cooking toes. Really helpful tips.

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