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Red White and Blue Drinks: How to Make Patriotic Drinks

I wanted to create some red white and blue drinks in time for the 4th of July holiday. That is to say, after much research and experimentation these are what I came up with. I hope you enjoy these red white and blue drinks as well as leave me a comment as to which is your favorite. And remember, these aen’t just for the 4th of July. Celebrate all patriotic holidays with red, white, and blue drinks.

Lemonade Red White and Blue Drinks

shows two red white and blue drinks, blue on the bottom, white ice, and cherry on top
Everyone Loves Lemonade!


  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 2 oz. sour mix
  • 3-4 oz. sprite
  • cherry garnish


To begin, mix vodka, Blue Curacao, and sour mix in a cocktail shaker. Then pour into a cocktail glass. After that top with Sprite and fill with ice. Then complete the drink with a cherry garnish. To sum up, you get the red from the cherry, the white from the ice and Sprite, and the blue from the blue liquor.

Christmas in July: Layered Red White and Blue Drink

shows 2 red white and blue drinks in martini glasses with red layer on the bottom, white cream layer in the center, and blue clear layer on top
Fancy Red White and Blue Martinis


  • 1/2 oz. grenadine
  • 1 oz. Ol’ Santy Egg Nog Liquor
  • 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 1 oz. vodka


Step 1
Step 2

After some trial and error we came up with this drink. Therefore we were really proud of ourselves when the layered effect worked. Begin by gently pouring the grenadine in the bottom of the glass. Then carefully pour the Ol’ Santy down the side of the glass. After that, mix the vodka and blue curacao in a cocktail shaker with ice and slowly strain down the side of the glass.

Why does it work? The grenadine is full of sugar which weighs it down. However, the Ol’ Santy is creamy which helps keep it from mixing with the grenadine. The Blue Curacao/vodka combo then floats on top. We used Ol’ Santy because it was already chilled. However, it does give these red white and blue drinks a Christmas flavor. Feel free to use another cream liquor instead, just make sure it is white.

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Frozen Red White and Blue Drinks

2 red white and blue drinks with frozen layers
Frozen Drinks to Help Cool off in the July Heat

You can make a nonalcoholic version of this by leaving the vodka out of the white layer and doubling it. Then only pour half into your glass. Mix a bit of blue food coloring into the rest.


  • 3 oz. sour mix
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • ice
  • 1 oz. grenadine
  • 1 oz. Blue Curacao


  1. Mix 1 oz. sour mix, grenadine and 1/2 cup ice in a blender until it becomes a slush. However, if it is too watery add more ice, a cube at a time. On the other hand if it is too thick, add a little more sour mix.
  2. After that, pour the mixture into a cocktail glass and rinse the blender.
  3. Once the blender is clean, mix 1 oz. sour mix, vodka, and 1/2 cup of ice. Then spoon that carefully on top of the red mixture. Of course this time there is no need to clean the blender since the liquid is white.
  4. Finally blend the remaining sour mix, blue curacao, and another 1/2 cup of ice. Then carefully scoop that on top of the white layer.
two glasses filled a third of the way with a frozen red drink as a first step to making red white and blue drinks
Red Layer
2 glasses filled with red slush on the bottom and then white frozen drink on top 2/3 fill in preparation for red white and blue drinks
White Layer

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Red White and Blue Sangria


watermelon stars
Watermelon Stars
Canned Lychees
  • 1 cup watermelon stars
  • 1/2 cup lychees or other white fruit
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • Bottle of white wine
  • 1/2 cup sour mix
  • seltzer


  1. Place fruit in a large pitcher. Glass is preferable as you will be able to see the colors through it. Use a small star shape cookie or vegetable cutter for watermelon stars. Canned lychees can be hard to find, but we were able to get them at our local Publix Supermarket.
  2. After that, pour wine and sour mix into pitcher. I recommend using a light colored white wine as opposed to a darker golden one as it will affect the look of the sangria. Also, you can use a white lemonade instead of the sour mix.
  3. When you are going to serve the sangria, add seltzer. My husband and I just added some right in our wine glasses for a light refreshing drink. If you want a stronger drink you may add some vodka or a clear fruit flavored brandy when you add the wine and sour mix.
  4. This can certainly be made ahead of time and stored in a glass jar or drink dispenser with a sealed lid. Just make sure you don’t add the seltzer until its time to serve.

Of course, here are some sponsored links for fun fruit and vegetable shapes:

Red White and Blue Drinks #5: Blue Beard

Another red white and blue drink
Another Red White and Blue Drink



  1. Begin by rubbing the rim of the glass with a lime wedge and then roll edge in cocktail sugar.
  2. After that, fill the glass with ice which creates the white layer.
  3. Then pour in Blue Curacao and Rum.
  4. Finally, carefully top with sprite. Make sure to stir before drinking. This drink would also be great with a splash of pineapple juice, but for the red white and blue purposes we left it out.


  • 1 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 2 oz. Pineapple Rum
  • 1/2 oz. Black Spiced Rum
  • sprite
  • watermelon ice cubes


  1. Fill glass 3/4 full with regular ice
  2. Then pour Blue Curacao and Pineapple Rum into glass. Finish filling the glass with watermelon ice cubes. Top with sprite leaving enough space at top for the Black Spiced Rum floater.

We noticed that the sprite doesn’t sit on top of the blue curacao layer as in the first drink. However, these last 2 drinks didn’t have sour mix in them so I am not sure if that is what made the difference. I guess that means I have to test more drinks!

For watermelon ice cubes chop watermelon finely or puree and then pour into ice cube trays. This adds color and flavor to drinks while chilling without watering them down. You could also make some fun star shapes with the watermelon to freeze for cool shaped ice cubes.

Please drop me a comment if you make any improvements to these drinks.

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Donna Emperador is a travel and food blogger and copywriter. Donna believes in learning about different cultures while sharing good food and cocktails. She has lived in South Florida for over 20 years and enjoys spending time exploring the road to find unique places to share with readers. She can be found on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest.

5 thoughts on “Red White and Blue Drinks: How to Make Patriotic Drinks”

  1. I am always intrigued by these layered drinks. We have tried to make several and it always ends up as a blurred mess. And how fun to make red white and blue ones to celebrate July 4th. Watermelon stars look like a fun addition to any drink.

  2. Thanks for reminding me of Curacao Blue. When I was in my teens, we used to mix it with orange juice so that it turned green – that was a fun drink too – and just so you know, I spent my teenage years in Europe where drinking light alcohol is not such a big deal. Howsoever, those Bols liqueurs are perfect for mixing fun drinks – almost more for the optics than for the taste 😉

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