A cold drink and the 4th of July go together like sparklers and summer nights. But what are the most refreshing beverages to cool down every family member? The team at Dependable Repair Services put together a list of our favorite non-alcoholic 4th of July drinks to quench anyone’s thirst. From frozen lemonade to authentic sweet tea, there’s a way for everyone to toast our independence.
Red, White, and Blueberry: the Best Non Alcoholic 4th of July Drinks
The best non-alcoholic 4th of July drinks utilize easy-to-mix recipes with fresh summer ingredients we often have on hand. Whether you’re taking in a parade or manning the grill, a glass of summer flavor should never be far away.
When red, white, and blue are the colors of the day your drink should follow suit. 4th of July punch recipes don’t get any simpler than red cherry juice, white cranberry juice, and blueberries for a patriotic garnish. Feel free to adjust the sugar content to make this as sweet or as tart as you prefer.
- 1 package unsweetened cherry drink mix
- 6 cups white cranberry juice
- ¼ cup sugar
- Garnish: blueberries or blueberry ice cubes (1 cup of each)
Add 2 cups of water to cherry drink mix, cranberry juice, and sugar and stir until drink mix and sugar dissolve. Cover and chill, garnishing each glass with blueberries. As a decorative alternative, combine 1 cup each of white cranberry juice and water and pour into ice cube trays with 5-6 blueberries per cube. Freeze for at least 4 hours before adding to drink.
Who doesn’t love a paper umbrella in a 4th of July mocktail? Blue raspberry lemonade-infused ice cubes bring color and essence to this drink while pineapple juice and ginger ale provide island flavor and fizz. Be sure to allow at least 8 hours for ice cubes to freeze before enjoying this tropical treat.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 package blue raspberry lemonade mix
- 7 cups water
- 1 (6 ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
- 1 (46 ounce) can unsweetened pineapple juice, chilled
- 1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled
In a 2 quart pitcher, combine water, blue raspberry mix, lemonade concentrate and sugar. Pour into 5 ice cubes trays and place in freezer for at least 8 hours. When ready to serve, place several ice cubes in a glass, combine pineapple juice and ginger ale and pour over ice cubes. Garnish with paper umbrella.
Let’s face it: when you really need to cool down, ice cream can be the fastest way. Easy 4th of July drinks don’t get any easier than pouring fruit-flavored soda over vanilla ice cream and adding a colorful straw. Whether you’re young or old, we all scream for ice cream on a steaming hot Independence Day.
- Assorted cans of grape, lime, or black cherry soda
- Vanilla ice cream
Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to glasses or mason jars. Pour the soda flavor of your choice over the ice cream until it floats near the top. Add a colorful straw for garnish and easy sipping
Classic Sweet Tea
A list of the best non alcoholic 4th of July drinks would be incomplete without classic: Southern sweet tea. This ubiquitous beverage is at every steamy Atlanta gathering, but this 4th of July sweet tea recipe makes two detours from tradition. To avoid pesky sugar granules, the tea is sweetened with simple syrup while a pinch of baking soda removes any cloudiness.
- 12 regular-size black tea bags
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 quart distilled or bottled water
- 1 quart ice cubes
- 1 ¼ cups cooled simple syrup (1 cup sugar and 1 cup water boiled until sugar is dissolved)
Place tea bags and baking soda in a large heat-proof glass pitcher. Bring water to a gentle boil and pour over tea bags, making sure all are submerged. Cover and steep for 7 minutes. Remove the tea bags without squeezing them. Add ice and stir until melted. Stir in simple syrup, pour into glasses with fresh ice and garnish with lemon slices.