Updated: Sep 12
Summer is officially underway which means everyone is reaching for an ice cold drink to help them cool down and beat the heat across the states. A refreshing beverage is great on any hot day, and it’s especially satisfying while celebrating the 4th of July. Whether you’re at a backyard barbeque, picnicking in the park, or enjoying the fireworks with your red and blue shirt, these drinks will be the perfect pairing for all of your fun summer activities. Make one for yourself to sip on while lounging poolside or whip up a big batch and be the hit of an ultimate Independence Day party. Just make sure you have lots of ice!
TIPS AND TRICKS
For drinks that include brewed tea, it is recommended to brew the tea in advance if possible and put it in the refrigerator to cool down before making the drinks. Since these are all iced drinks, perfect for summer, having the tea already brewed and chilled in the refrigerator means that less ice will be needed. The ice won’t melt and dilute the drink, and a stronger and better flavor will be achieved as the end result. Of course, there are times when we just want something refreshing, especially on a hot summer day, so it still works to brew the tea right before making the drink.
Another tip for brewing tea is to always use hot water. The hot water shocks the tea leaves, releasing the most flavor and antioxidants from the leaves into the water, which is what we want from our tea. Lastly, let the tea steep in the hot water for a minimum of five minutes before removing the tea bag. This is for the same reason as using hot water, to ensure we get all the good stuff, including caffeine.
This 4th of July-inspired list has both cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks but you can customize them to fit your tastes and make them your own. Add a shot of your favorite spirit to any mocktail to turn it boozy or simply omit the alcohol from any cocktail. You can also try adding some sparkling water for a refreshing spirit variation while having a festive drinking experience.
If you’re mixing drinks for a group, make it easy on yourself and create a big batch all a