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Blue Independence Cocktail

Blue Independence Cocktail

Blue Independence cocktail is perfect for your red, white, and blue party

This blue drink is a perfect cocktail if you want to serve something refreshing at your Fourth of July party this summer! Mixed up by Brian McFarland (GM at 41 Ocean Club in Santa Monica) and Walter Easterbrook (bartender at The Bowery in New York City), they are sure to be a hit.


  • 1 Ounce Bulldog Gin
  • 1/2 Ounce Domaine de Canton
  • 1/2 Ounce lemon juice
  • 2-3 blueberries


In a mixing glass, muddle the blueberries and the lemon. Add ice and the remaining ingredients. Stir for 30 seconds and then double-strain into a martini glass. Rim the glass with Barratt's Dib Dab Sherbet.

Make Your Party Pop with Independence Day Cocktails

While there are plenty of ways to get festive for the holiday with cakes, pies and all-American favorites, the drink department requires a bit of effort. At any July 4th party, you can probably find lemonade, iced tea and maybe some punch. But to really wow your guests, you'll need a few of these colorfully creative cocktails.

Photo by: Heather Ramsdell

Ah, the daiquiri. You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't enjoy this classic summer drink. The red portion of this version is sweetened with strawberries and watermelon, making it extra-light, while the white portion is made with coconut sorbet, giving the drink a bit of creaminess. And the blue center is made with white rum, blue passion-fruit liqueur and blue curacao, giving the drink its grown-up kick.


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This one is a festive template for any kind of cocktail. Just add in your favorite red drink! We suggest a vodka cranberry for the adults and a mixture of pomegranate juice, cranberry juice and seltzer for the kids. For the finishing touch, coat the rim of the glasses with the secret blue ingredient.


This drink proves that cocktails are not always what they seem at first glance. Jalapeno muddled with citrus juice gives it a bit of a kick while keeping things light, and watermelon schnapps make it unmistakably summery. Garnish with a watermelon wedge for extra-special presentation.


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Save this one for the evening, when it's just the adults. With champagne and orange-flower water, it's sure to impress. But it's also easy to make a family-friendly version of it by replacing the gin and champagne with seltzer water.

Who said you can't have it all? You most certainly can when it comes to this creation. It's got sweetness from the vanilla vodka, and some tangy and sour notes from the blue curacao and lime, and the lychee keeps things mild and fresh. Try making a kids' version by replacing the blue curacao with some blueberry soda.

Independence Day Drinks: Frozen Cocktail Recipes For July 4

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a cocktail? Well, a frozen cocktail certainly tastes best on the scorching hot holiday. Cool off on July 4 with these easy icy recipes, which include everything from vodka to bourbon to wine.

RWB Frosé Cocktail Recipe—This Smirnoff recipe is super simple when using a blender, and it’ll be picture-perfect for any virtual July 4th parties.

  • 1 cup of cherries, quartered
  • 2 oz Smirnoff Red, White & Berry Vodka
  • 1 cup Rose wine

Directions: Mix each layer separately before layering on top of each other in a wine glass.

The RWB Frosé is very on-theme for Independence Day celebrations. Photo: Smirnoff

The Shade Maker — Bourbon might not be the typical go-to alcohol for a frozen recipe, but this sweet Bulleit Bourbon recipe might just hit the spot.

  • 1.5 oz Bulleit Bourbon
  • 1.5 oz Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • .5 oz Simple Syrup
  • .75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 12-14 oz Ice

Directions: Blend all ingredients on high and serve in a double rocks glass. Garnish with pineapple leaves and dehydrated lemon.

The Shade Maker is a frozen cocktail that incorporates bourbon. Photo: Bulleit Bourbon

La Pinta Margarita Float— It turns out you don’t have to choose between a cocktail or ice cream—have both! La Pinta’s recipe takes some time, but it’s an easy one to follow.

  • 1 cup strawberries chopped
  • 1/3 cup sugar or honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup of La Pinta Pomegranate Liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons Cointreau
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • Salt for glass rim
  • Vanilla coconut ice cream or regular vanilla bean ice cream
  • Lemon-lime soda water
  • Pomegranate seeds for garnish

Directions: First up is the margarita part. In a medium saucepan, mix together the strawberries, sugar and water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. While stirring occasionally, cook until the strawberries break down (roughly 5 minutes). Remove from heat, add to blender, puree until smooth or strain the mixture.

Pour the mixture into a pitcher before adding La Pinta Pomegranate Liqueur and Cointreau as well as fresh lime juice. Refrigerate until cold.

To make the float, alternate layers with 1-2 tablespoons of the strawberry margarita with a few fresh berries and another layer with one scoop of ice cream until the glass is almost full. Pour lemon-lime soda water on top and garnish with pomegranate seeds.

La Pinta's Margarita Float is pictured. Photo: Carmen Borrison

Recuerdo Mezcal Lilly​ —This mezcal cocktail, courtesy of Recuerdo Mezcal, is a creamy, frozen treat for Fourth of July weekend.

  • 1 1/2 oz Recuerdo Joven Mezcal
  • 2 oz cream of coconut
  • 1 oz blue curacao
  • 1 dash evaporated milk
  • 5 fresh raspberries
  • 1 small piece of ginger

Directions: In a martini glass, muddle two raspberries with the curacao and half of the mezcal (3/4 oz). Then, use a blender to mix the cream of coconut, the evaporated milk, the ginger and the other half of the mezcal (3/4 oz) with plenty of ice until it has the consistency of ice cream. Serve on top of the muddled mixture in the martini glass, and garnish with three raspberries on top.

Recuerdo Mezcal offers a sweet frozen treat for those celebrating Independence Day with a cocktail. Photo: Recuerdo Mezcal

Frozen Cranberry Margarita — Turns out that cranberry sauce isn’t just for Thanksgiving. Add it to a July 4 margarita for this tart treat from Ocean Spray.

  • 5 oz Ocean Spray Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 1/2 oz white tequila
  • 1 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 5 oz crushed ice

Directions: Put all ingredients in a blender for a few seconds on high speed (or until ingredients are thoroughly combined). Pour into a large glass and garnish with a strawberry fan.

The Sailor’s Delight — No blender? No problem. Ripe Life Wines has an adult twist on the icy treat that combines an ice pop and rosé.

  • Strawberry popsicle (raspberry for tarter taste)
  • 4 oz elderflower soda
  • 4 oz The Clambake Limited Edition Rosé (or other dry Spanish-style rosé)
  • 3/4 cup chopped basil
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Directions: Make sweet basil ice ahead of time. Put a cup and a half of water in a saucepan with the sugar and basil. Bring to boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Let the mixture simmer for five minutes and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Strain out the basil leaves and pour the remaining mixture into an ice tray.

To make the cocktail, place a popsicle upside down in a wine glass and add the elderflower soda. Wait a moment for the popsicle to melt a little before adding four ounces of wine. Top off with sweet basil ice cubes and garnish with torn basil leaves.

The Sailor's Delight cocktail allows you to enjoy wine with a popsicle. Photo: Ripe Life Wines

Frozen Chili Parador — This frozen cocktail comes from the restaurant Quinto la Huella at EAST, Miami hotel, and it’s another fast and simple recipe.

  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 3/4 oz agave
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz red wine
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 chili (garnish)
  • 1 orange wedge (garnish)

Directions: Blend the ice, orange juice, agave and tequila together and pour into a glass. Top off with the red wine before garnishing with the chili and orange on a small skewer.

The Frozen Chili Parador is an easy frozen cocktail recipe for July 4. Photo: EAST, Miami

Those who don't want to go through all the work of mixing their own drink don't have to miss out. Slim Chillers are pre-packaged alcoholic freezer pops with 8% ABV. Find them at your local liquor store.

Calling All Graphic Designers: We Want To Share Your Art With The World

Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.

In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.

Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.

The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.


Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)

What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.

How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.

Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.

For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!

4th of July: Independence Day Cocktails from Blue Chair Bay Rum

Independence Day is tomorrow and it’s time to plan your holiday drink menu. Blue Chair Bay rum has some deliciously American cocktails that are perfect for your 4th of July plans.

As always, Blue Chair Bay’s team created drinks for the upcoming holiday. This time around it’s red, white and blue shots and spicy watermelon sips. Below are just a few of the rum’s featured cocktails.

Home of the Brave Shot

This red, white and blue shot is pretty and festive! The colors of the flag are layered in a tall shot glass. It requires half an ounce of their white rum, half an ounce of clear orange liqueur and half an ounce of grenadine. The blue portion comes from .25 ounce of blue curaçao. Want to prep some festive shots for your cookout guests? Find the recipe here if you’re over 21.

All American

This drink may not feature all the colors of our great flag, but it’s still pretty festive. The All American has Blue Chair Bay’s white rum, island punch schnapps, lemonade and grenadine. It’s refreshing and tasty, without being too sweet. And don’t forget the Firecracker popsicle for an extra patriotic touch.

  • 1.5 oz. Blue Chair Bay® Premium White Rum
  • .5 oz. island punch schnapps
  • 4 oz. lemonade
  • 1 oz. grenadine

Spicy Watermelon Chiller

This is Blue Chair Bay’s most unique 4th of July cocktail. Nashville Noise’s Independence Day cookout will definitely include one (or more) of these tasty treats. All you need is their coconut rum, lime juice, simple syrup, watermelon puree, spicy watermelon mix and ice. That recipe is here.

Blue Chair Bay has a couple of other Independence Day drinks like the Lemonberry Lemonade and the Sidewinder. No matter how you celebrate the 4th of July, do it safely and remember to never drink and drive.

Blue Hawaii

The Blue Hawaii cocktail was born at Honolulu’s Kaiser Hawaiian Village (now Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Resort). In 1957, a sales representative of Dutch distiller Bols asked legendary bartender Harry Yee to design a drink that featured its blue curaçao, a Caribbean liqueur made using the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit.

After experimenting with several variations, Yee settled on a cocktail featuring rum, vodka, blue curaçao, pineapple and sweet-and-sour. The drink is still recognized today for its signature blue color, pineapple wedge and cocktail umbrella garnish.

The Blue Hawaii is typically shaken with ice and strained into a tall glass, but it can also be prepared by blending all of the ingredients together—Yee is said to have varied his method per the guest’s preference. Both options taste great, though the frozen version may prove extra refreshing on a hot day.

The Blue Hawaii recipe calls for sweet-and-sour mix, and you can certainly choose one of the bottled products available at liquor stores and grocery stores. But if you’re game to make your own—a very simple task—you’ll create a fresher tasting cocktail. All it takes is sugar, water and lime juice.

The Blue Hawaii has enjoyed a place in popular culture. Its invention predates Hawaii’s statehood by two years, and it is the most famous drink associated with the Aloha State. It was Yee who named the cocktail that shares its name with the 1961 Elvis Presley film. And since the drink’s debut, there have been numerous variations on the recipe, such as the Blue Hawaiian, which uses crème de coconut. But if you want to taste the authentic recipe, this is it.

50 Festive 4th of July Recipes That Are a Firework of Flavor

These patriotic cookout recipes say say U.S.A all the way!

When most Americans think of the 4th of July, they'll probably conjure up images of fireworks, hot dogs, and red-white-and-blue t-shirts. Arguably the best part of the holiday, though, is that it is a laid back summertime affair. It doesn't necessarily require a massive family celebration or a fancy outfit, and there are a slew of family-friendly outdoor activities to choose from that will help you mark the occasion.

Many 4th of July recipes are easy to make ahead or can be cooked outside (it is the ultimate backyard cookout holiday, after all). When planning the menu for your holiday cookout, you'll want to include 4th of July-themed appetizers, patriotic cocktails, and festive red-white-and-blue desserts. And if you want to get fancy, you can plan a multi-course meal fairly easily, too. Alternatively, a potluck is never a bad idea, either.

Ultimately, no one is going into a 4th of July party expecting the most elaborate, complicated recipes. Instead, people want fun and delicious finger foods that can be eaten between lawn games and fireworks. That means the pressure is off. But if you're still feeling unsure what to make for the holiday, here are dozens of mains, starters, salads, and more to get you started.

Independence Day Cocktail Recipes: America the Blue-tiful

Sometimes you just want a fun, festive, fruity and frothy cocktail — especially during a holiday weekend. So, with that in mind, we went searching for some 4th of July cocktail recipes.

The big problem with those piña coladas, daiquiries and margaritas? They’re loaded with empty calories. Yes, we like how they make us happy, but if we’re going to consume a ton of calories we want it to be on yummy barbecue food, not just on the drink. Fortunately, that’s where Sparkling Ice beverages come in.

Sparkling Ice flavored sparkling waters combine naturally flavored sparkling mountain spring water, vitamins, antioxidants and natural fruit juices to offer a bold, lightly carbonated beverage. They have tons of flavors — from coconut pineapple and strawberry watermelon to their new sparkling lemonade flavors. And, when you get a mixologist involved, these zero-calorie beverages can also be used as cocktail mixers.

Thus, we bring you, America the Blue-tiful, a light, refreshing rum drink that will have you feeling cool and celebratory this Independence Day weekend.

Blue Curacao cocktail recipes

Pour blue curacao, blackberry liqueur and grenadine into a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Add sparkling white wine, stir well, and serve.

Place all the fruits in a blender and puree, add blue curacao and Cointreau then pulse until combined. Add water and ice and pulse until combined. Serve in tall glass with rim dipped in sugar and lemon juice and a slice of orange on side.

Chill the grenadine. Pour the blue curacao into a champagne flute. Add the sprite to taste. Slowly pour the grenadine into the glass in order for it to sink. Add the Bailey's irish cream with a teaspoon slowly in the glass to allow it to float, and serve.

Mix in a highball glass. Stir. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Pour both ingredients into a collins glass filled with ice cubes. Stir and serve.

Pour both ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, strain into a highball glass almost filled with ice cubes, and serve.

Pour the blue curacao, white creme de cacao and cream into a cocktail shaker half-filled with cracked ice. Shake well, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and serve.

Mix ingredients and serve over ice.

Combine all ingredients over ice.

Layer both ingredients in a cocktail glass, and serve.

Pour the blue curacao and grenadine into a highball glass. Fill with pineapple-flavored wine, to taste, and stir. Garnish with a slice of pineapple.

Shake vigorously in a shaker with lots of ice. Strain into a glass, garnish with a red cherry, and serve.

Shake and serve over ice cubes in a champagne saucer.

Fill highball glass with ice. Pour curacao over ice then fill with milk.

Pour curacao over ice in a tumbler. Add raspberry cordial and lemonade at the same time so that the combined effect mixes the drink. Tastes like the lollies called Fruit Tingles.

Pour curacao over ice in a highball glass, then fill the rest of the way up with ginger ale.

Pour blue curacao into a cocktail glass. Pour the orange juice over it. Stir and serve cold.

Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice. Add blue curacao and sour mix. Top off with cola. Stir until a greenish/blue mixture is obtained.

Pour the milk over a single ice cube in a cocktail glass. Add blue curacao and creme de cacao simultaneously. Stir briefly, and serve.

Place all ingredients in a shaker and shake well. Pour over ice in an old-fashioned glass.

Pour the blue curacao, parfait amour and lastly the lemonade into a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Drop in the grenadine at the side of the glass so that it sinks to the bottom, and serve.

Pour the blue curacao, Southern Comfort, galliano, cream and orange juice into a mixing glass half-filled with cracked ice. Stir well. Strain into a champagne saucer. Garnish with ice chips and 8-10 drops of blue curacao, and serve.

Fill two-thirds of a shot glass with blue curacao. Fill completely with grenadine, stir, and serve. Drink slowly.

21 Patriotic Drinks That Are Perfect for 4th of July

These festive cocktails are perfect for cheering to the red, white, and blue!

Independence Day looked differently in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, but thanks to modern medicine it's looking like the ongoing pandemic won't put a damper on the majority of 4th of July festivities this year. Small outdoor gatherings are going to be safe for most this summer, thanks to increased vaccinations, so if you're planning on having one for July 4th, well, it's time to start planning! And no 4th of July party is complete without festive 4th of July recipes, patriotic desserts, and some delicious 4th of July drinks. Instead of serving your guests the same light beer or wine coolers you drink at every other summer get-together, these festive and flag-themed drinks and cocktail recipes are just the thing your friends and family need to cool off during a cookout.

For guests who don't drink alcohol, opt for a delicious non-alcoholic summer cocktails or serve up fruit smoothies. And for the kids, blend together the slushie or milkshake of their dreams. These 4th of July drinks and cocktails will impress your guests and have them happily reaching for seconds. And if you really want to show off your American pride, pair these patriotic cocktails with some creative (and delicious) red, white, and blue cookies.