Fourth of July Party Drinks

71Sick of the same old drink being served at backyard parties? Here are six unique recipes to try at your next backyard bash. With fresh fruit, juices and sparkling wines involved, these drinks will keep your guest coming back for more.

Old-Fashioned Lemonade

An all-American favorite, lemonade is always a crowd-pleaser when it comes to backyard parties. If it’s a family party, put the kids in charge of making it to give them some ownership, responsibility and pride in the party spread.

Pink Lemonade Sparkling Fruit Punch

If you’re looking for something more exciting than a classic lemonade, try this version mixed with cranberry juice, ginger ale and Hawaiian Punch, it’s lemonade’s more exciting cousin. And in the case that you need an adult version, substitute the ginger ale for ginger beer, or even pour some sparkling water or wine in to add some fizz.

Blackberry and Meyer Lemon Gin and Tonics

For the adults, make this take on lemonade for a fancier drink option. Adding fresh blackberries not only makes it more decorative and pretty, but adds a fresh taste not available any other time of the year.

Citrus Berry Punch

This punch is perfect for your summer backyard party, regardless of the occasion. With fresh blackberries, raspberries and oranges mixed with fruit juices, this punch is refreshing and can be made for adults or for kids, depending if you’d want to add some wine, champagne or vodka.

Watermelon Sangria

No backyard party is complete until it has a watermelon, and this is an easy way to put a giant one to use. With peaches, plums or nectarines with berries and lime, watermelon sangria is a light drink that’s sure to appeal to many of your guests.

Red, White & Blue Sangria

Strawberries, blueberries and pineapple give this drink the patriotic colors it needs to be the perfect drink to show your patriotism. Use a California brut champagne in this mix instead of white wine. It will give it an extra sparkle.

In addition to these drinks, consider having a few games that anyone can have fun playing to keep the party rolling. Beer pong, cornhole, and darts are a few games that all your guests can easily enjoy.

Now that you know what you’re going to serve and have activities lined up, all that’s left to do is invite friends over. Serve the drinks on rotation, so you’ll be set for all your backyard parties. Even better, bring one as your contribution for a friend’s party, and you’ll be the hero.