4th of July Summer Drink Ideas!

Updated: Apr 27




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 the 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 at once. The 4th of July is a good reason for big gatherings! All of these drinks can be easily made in a pitcher or punch bowl then served in individual cups. Just don’t add the ice while you’re making the drink because it’ll melt and dilute the flavors. Put the ice in the cups right before serving and the drinks will stay cold and delicious. It’s quick and simple so you can sit back and enjoy the happy company.


The garnishes are all optional but add a bit of flair to each drink. They aren’t necessary but they are a nice touch if you’re serving these drinks to guests. A 4th of July straw or décor will make it extra cute! Even if you’re enjoying a drink alone, throw on a garnish anyway; it makes every drink more instagrammable and it’s both pretty to look at and fun to eat at the end.


Most of these ingredients are common, but check out our website, foodcraftnyc.com, where you could get some of the harder to find ingredients. Those ingredients include butterfly pea flower tea, brown sugar syrup, passion fruit syrup, strawberry syrup, and basil seeds.


 

TEN DRINKS FOR YOUR SUMMER ENJOYMENT!


  1. MAGIC LEMONADE

  2. PASSION FRUIT MIMOSA

  3. BROWN SUGAR PALMER

  4. STRAWBERRY BASIL PUNCH

  5. SUNSET SANGRIA

  6. GREEN COOLER

  7. MINT JULEP

  8. WATERMELON STRAWBERRY SLUSH

  9. BROWN SUGAR EGG CREAM

  10. PINK LADY SPRITZ



MAGIC LEMONADE



With colors that feels like they are made out of magic.

This first drink is the most interesting and one of the prettiest drinks on the list. The butterfly pea flower tea is a very unique ingredient and is what makes this drink so special. Butterfly pea flower is a blue hibiscus flower which is high in alkaline. With the addition of an acid, such as a citrus juice, the pH level of the drink changes and as a result that causes the color to change! That’s why this drink is called “magic” lemonade- the tea base starts out as a beautiful deep blue color, then it magically changes to a lighter purple-pink color with the addition of the lemon juice. It’s a fun drink for both kids and adults to enjoy, and the magic color change trick will guarantee your title as magician for the day. Imagine serving this on 4th of July? JUST WOW!



Ingredients:


Butterfly pea flower tea

1 tea bag in ½ cup hot water

Sugar 4 tablespoons

Lemon juice 1 oz

Cold water ½ cup


Steps:


  1. Brew the butterfly pea flower tea: combine one butterfly pea flower tea bag with ½ cup of hot water in a heat safe cup or container and let it steep for at least 5 minutes.

  2. While the tea is still warm, add 4 tablespoons of sugar and mix to dissolve the sugar. Let the mixture cool if possible.

  3. Pour the sweetened tea mixture into a tall, clear glass and add a big handful of ice.

  4. Right before serving, mix 1 ounce of lemon juice with ½ cup of cold water. Slowly pour the lemon water into the glass over the tea mixture and watch the magic happen! The addition of citrus juice to the tea will cause the color to change from dark blue to light purple-pink. Wow!

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PASSION FRUIT MIMOSA



A simple drink made out of passion fruit

This recipe was an accidental creation during Mother’s Day brunch. My aunt loves bellinis but is not a huge fan of mimosas, and after we weren’t able to find peach juice for our brunch, I decided to try this combination and it was a success. It’s like a mix of a mimosa and a bellini with similar flavors but with a twist. The addition of the passion fruit syrup gives the drink a tropical note and brings it to the next level.


Prosecco is an Italian sparkling white wine and is the traditional alcohol for mimosas and bellinis. You could find a decent quality bottle for under $20, but if you don’t want to use prosecco, any sparkling white wine would be fine. To stay close to the original, try to choose a sparkling white wine with a similar flavor profile to prosecco- light, a little dry, and not too sweet. The last part is important because if you choose a sweet sparkling white wine, adding syrup and juice would increase the sweetness too much and all you would taste is sugar. So if you don’t use prosecco, substitute it with something similar and your drink will still taste great. This might be just my 4th of July drink!



Ingredients:


Passion fruit syrup 1 tablespoon

Orange juice 2 oz

Prosecco / sparkling white wine 6 oz



Steps:


  1. In a shaker or mixing vessel, add 1 tablespoon of passion fruit syrup and 2 ounces of orange juice. Shake or stir to dissolve the syrup into the juice.

  2. Pour into a champagne flute or wine glass.

  3. Top with 6 ounces of prosecco or sparkling white wine and give it a light stir to combine.

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BROWN SUGAR PALMER



A refreshing drink good for the summer heat

The Arnold Palmer is also known as a “half and half”- half iced tea and half lemonade. It’s named after the professional golfer who would ask for a combination of iced tea and lemonade while on the golf course. The refreshing drink has become one of the most popular ways to cool down. This version is a slight twist on the traditional Arnold Palmer with the addition of brown sugar syrup as a sweetener instead of regular sugar, giving it a slight caramelized flavor. Skipping booze on 4th of July? I highly recommend this drink.



Ingredients:


Black tea 1 tea bag in 1 cup hot water

Brown sugar syrup 2 tablespoons

Lemon juice 1 oz

Lemon wedge Garnish



Steps:


  1. Brew the black tea: combine one black tea bag with one cup of hot water in a heat safe cup or container. Steep for at least five minutes before removing the tea bag.

  2. Before the tea is completely cool, add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar syrup to the warm tea and stir well to dissolve the syrup. Let the tea mixture cool if possible.

  3. Pour the black tea and brown sugar mixture into a shaker or mixing vessel. Add 1 ounce of lemon juice and a handful of ice. Shake well to incorporate the lemon juice and chill the drink.

  4. Add a handful of ice to a glass and pour the chilled drink into the glass from the shaker. Garnish with a lemon wedge.


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STRAWBERRY BASIL PUNCH



A refreshing strawberry drink.

This refreshing and fruity punch is summer in a glass. The fresh basil brightens up the drink and compliments the strawberry perfectly. Sparkling white wine can be used to make it a stronger punch, or seltzer can be substituted to decrease the alcohol but still give it the refreshing carbonation. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, the vodka could be omitted completely for a fruity and fizzy mocktail that is so nice on a hot summer day. The color is perfect for a boozy 4th of July. Don’t you agree?



Ingredients:


Vodka 1 oz

Strawberry syrup 1 tablespoon

Fresh basil leaves 1 handful, stems removed

Lemon juice 1 oz

Sparkling white wine or seltzer 6 oz

Strawberry slices and basil leaves Garnish



Steps:


  1. Make the strawberry basil base for the drink: in a blender, add 1 ounce of lemon juice, the fresh basil leaves, and 1 tablespoon of strawberry syrup. Blend on high to puree the basil leaves and combine the ingredients. Add a splash of water if needed to help the blending process.

  2. Pour the strawberry basil base into a shaker or mixing vessel. Add 1 ounce of vodka and a handful of ice. Shake well to mix and chill.

  3. Pour the contents of the shaker into a glass with another handful of ice.