Toast to America! 3 Drink Recipes for Everyone at Your BBQ

Independence Day is the perfect chance for Americans to chow down on food fresh from the grill while watching fireworks and toasting to the U.S. of A.! When you and your guests raise your glasses, make sure they are filled with something equal parts patriotic and refreshing.

Here are three cocktail recipes that are perfect for celebrating our nation’s birthday with family and friends. There are drinks for adults and kids, and all of them can be easily adapted to your taste and enjoyed all summer long!

the sparkler

The Sparkler

A quick, classy treat for any party, making The Sparkler is short and sweet.

How to make it:

Simply drop a few strawberries and blueberries into a champagne flute and top off with champagne. For N-A, swap out the champagne with sparkling white grape juice.

Photo and idea by Stephanie Arlyn.

the uncle sam

The Uncle Sam

A Fourth favorite for the kids is the Uncle Sam, which is a layered drink that uses sugar to stay separated.

How to make it:

First, fill your cup with ice, or chill a few glasses before trying this out. Pour Sobe Piña Colada until ⅓ of the glass is full, and then follow with Gatorade Fruit Punch and G2 Blueberry-Pomegranate.

Photo and recipe by Mindy of The Sisters Cafe.


summer nights cocktail

The Summer Night Cocktail

Elsie Larson says this summer drink is great as a cocktail or mocktail–and she’s right! It will go over great at your Fourth of July barbecue, or any hot summer night.

How to make it:

To make this cocktail mix ½ cup of cucumber juice and ½ cup of pineapple juice with 1.5 ounces of rum and a couple of mint leaves, then pour over ice, and serve. To make the The Summer Night Mocktail, you can pull out the rum and add any favorite fruit drink.

Photo and recipe by Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess.

We hope you stay cool with these cocktails this Fourth of July weekend–Happy Independence Day from Senior Lifestyle!

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