If you're going to celebrate Independence Day by a grill or on the beach, then you're going to need ice cold refreshments. Once you've stocked your cooler with beer and wine, it's time to get just a little bit fancy. Pull out your blender to prep a pitcher or two of frozen cocktails made with sweet summer fruit, or mix up a batch of sangria to bring along. Don't forget a booze-free option to keep the heat at bay, and be sure to stock up on ice to keep the party going.
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Sweet Peach Frozen Daiquiri
Back away from the fruity daiquiri mix—you can make a much better drink from scratch. This one's a sophisticated take on a blended fruit daiquiri, flavored with naturally sweet ripe peaches plus a touch of green tea and white pepper (and lots of tangy lime). The key to a frosty drink: chilling the rum mixture overnight in the freezer before blending with peaches and ice.
This rosey-hued sangria is tart and complex, capturing the flavors of deep red plums by roasting the fruit with star anise pods until the plums begin to release their fragrant juices. Adding just a bit of Maraschino liqueur contributes a delicately nutty note. Plums love ginger, so top off this rosé-based sangria with a bit of spicy ginger beer.
Pineapple Rum Punch
This rich and fragrant punch is all about the fresh pineapple. To get that tropical flavor in, the fruit macerates with sugar and hot water for a few hours (or overnight in your fridge.) Rich aged rum and lemon juice enhance the sweet-tart pineapple, and the drink gets a little splash of sparkling water at the end to keep it extra-refreshing.
Gazpacho Bloody Mary With Pickled Shrimp
If you love gazpacho and you love Bloody Marys and you've always wished they could be united in one smooth, sippable, kinda soupy cocktail, then you're just a blender away from a dream come true. It's flavored with red onion, sherry vinegar, and a bit of garlic for a punchy base that can stand up to a generous pour of herbal gin. Then it gets all those traditional Bloody Mary add-ins—horseradish, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and pickle brine—to keep it as bold and invigorating as the original. The finishing touch is a garnish of quick-pickled shrimp, which are ready to eat within an hour.
Blueberry Lime Rickey
This pretty purple drink is everything a soda should be. Homemade blueberry syrup adds rich, sweet blueberry flavor, tart lime juice adds freshness, and bubbles perk everything up. Pleasantly sweet but not overly so, this one is sure to please your guests of all ages.
If it turns out to be a really hot day, it's time to give your blender a workout. Unlike more sugary slushies, the Frozen Negroni offers nuanced flavor along with its icy chill. One sip gives you a touch of sweet, a sharp cut of bitterness, and hints of citrus. The gin adds herbal spice and floral flavors for an all-around great hot day drink.
The Best Frozen Lime Margaritas
Feeling a bit more traditional? You can't go wrong with a cold and tart frozen margarita. To get the iciest, brain-freezing-frozen margarita, make your base mixture the day before and store it in the freezer. When the party starts, throw your ice in the blender, add your super-cold homemade margarita mix, get it whirring on "ice crush" and you're good to go. The result is sweet-tart, boozy, and totally refreshing.
Salted Roasted Peanut Old Fashioned in a Bottle
Just because you're hosting the party doesn't mean you should be stuck shaking and stirring cocktails for everyone. Batching and bottling cocktails ahead of time means you have chilled drinks on hand in the fridge or cooler, no muss and no last-minute fuss. This baseball-inspired whiskey cocktail starts with peanut-infused rye, and adds simple syrup, spicy Angostura bitters, and a touch of salt. Tuck an extra one in your pocket and take it to watch the fireworks.
Let's make it easy, shall we? This Cuban favorite a simple mix of ginger beer, lime, and your favorite pilsner or pale ale. The crispness of the beer pairs perfectly with the tangy, spicy notes of ginger, and the fresh lime makes it all wonderfully refreshing and full of flavor.
Grilled Pineapple Mojito
If you've never put fruit on the grill, pineapple is an excellent place to start. It's delicious paired with lime and fresh mint, and muddled together, they make a subtly smoky, tropical and refreshing mojito. Grilled pineapple keeps really well, so throw some extra on and save any leftovers for a second round the next day!
Steak Island Beer Cocktail
For a savory twist on a refreshing beer cocktail, the secret ingredient is steak sauce, which adds a touch of sweetness and some underlying umami to the drink. Fresh citrus juice and a little salt round out the base—mix it up the night before for best flavor and easiest serving. Add chilled lager and sip with a burger.
Fresh Cantaloupe Margarita
Cantaloupe is often left out of the cocktail game, but it's wonderful paired with tequila, Cointreau, and lime in this margarita, adding rich, floral sweetness and a pretty color. Be sure your melon is ripe, and get plenty of fresh mint to garnish!
Spicy Honeydew and Coconut Water Agua Fresca
For the base of this alcohol-free refresher, you'll whir ripe green honeydew in a blender, then strain it through cheesecloth to yield a flavorful fresh melon juice. Coconut water is a perfect candidate for stretching the fruit juice a bit further: it's not too sweet and not too assertive, but adds a delicate flavor that's more interesting than plain water. The cooling flavors of the melon and coconut get a little kick from chili-spiked simple syrup.
Grilled Peach Whiskey Sour
For a tangy and fruity twist on a whiskey sour, add grilled peaches and tamarind soda. Tamarind's bright and rich flavor is great with the combination of sweet grilled peaches and bourbon, and the effervescence of the soda really highlights the freshness of the drink.
Add natural sweetness to tart limeade with the essential summer fruit: watermelon. Blending up chunks of watermelon and straining it through cheesecloth yields a sweet liquid that is a perfect foil for tart lime juice. This pretty-in-pink booze-free drink will help keep everyone hydrated (though some folks might want to spill a little gin into their glasses.)
This drink gets its subtle mint flavor by simply steeping the leaves in your serving pitcher, mixed with bergamot-scented Earl Grey tea, lemon, and spicy ginger syrup. You can make it boozy with vodka, or just dial up the tea in its place. The mint flavor layers delicately over the spicy ginger and bright lemon, and the tea adds a little floral flavor and tannic bite.
Hibiscus Rum Cooler
When you're running around filling bowls with chips and checking on the grill, you'll be glad to have a tall, cool pitcher of this rosy rum drink on hand. Hibiscus tea is the key to its tart flavor and rich color; fresh mint adds a lovely aroma and garden vibe.
White Peach Sangria
This stellar sangria features white peaches, macerated in sugar to draw out their luscious juices. Herbal complexity enters the mix with fresh rosemary and gin, and white wine and seltzer tie it all together. You might want to keep a backup batch (or two) ready in the fridge.
Watermelon White Negroni Slushie
If you're craving a frozen drink that's light, delicate, and a little unusual, this recipe is for you. It starts with the base of a White Negroni, a spin on the classic made with golden Cocchi Americano instead of Campari and dry vermouth instead of sweet. The stiff drink is softened with fresh watermelon, added as a gin infusion to cut down the extra water and eliminate any fiber from the fruit.
Chocolate Phosphate Soda
Just a little bit of acid phosphate, a much-loved soda fountain ingredient, adds a distinct tartness and tongue-tingling sensation to this old-school chocolate soda. The phosphate rounds out the chocolate flavor in this drink that's fun for kids (but just as likely to be hogged by the grownups.)
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