11 Heck-Yeah-Freedom Cocktails for July 4th

Take your imbibing beyond beer this Independence Day.

4th of July Martini

Distinctly American, this fancy drink throws it back to the three-martini lunch of 1950s corporate New York. So you ask, what could be more patriotic than a martini? A red, white and blue one, of course.

Trader Vic’s Fish House Punch

Party like its 1787 with this drink that supposedly sent George Washington on a three-day bender. Follow in our First Commander-in-Chief's footsteps, and remember: drink freedom responsibly.

Beer Margarita

Why not cheers to our neighbors in Mexico with this citrusy tequila beverage made with an all-American favorite: beer.

French 75

If France hadn’t come along and lent a hand to the Continental army in the 1770s, you, my comrade, might still be eating “chips” and speaking the King’s English. Pour one of these bubbly beverages and raise a glass to our oldest ally.

Moscow Mule

This is the cocktail that took vodka from the communists, mixed it with ginger beer and presented it to America in a shiny copper cup. Democratic triumph never tasted so good.

Mint Julep

Derby Day might have passed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this quintessential Kentucky cocktail all summer long. No obnoxious hats necessary.


The mint has taken over your garden and flower pots. Are you going to stand for that? Hoist your Gadsden flag, bust out the shears and throw that mint where it belongs: in a glass with sugar, rum, sparkling water and plenty of ice.

Tequila Sunrise

Cue the saxophone and mambo beat and get those knees dancing with a citrus-rich cocktail. Your Independence Day bash just became a real fiesta. Tequila!

Patriot Shooter

Not looking for a long, cool sipper? You have every right. Serve up a round of these shooters and feel the red, white and blue patriotism flow through your veins.

Americano Cocktail

America is so great that the Italians decided to name a drink after it… or maybe it had something to do with the Italian word amaro, which means “bitter.” Either way, this cocktail is easy to throw together, so you can liberate yourself from the bar.


So you want to jazz up your cerveza with a little extra lime juice and a dash of hot sauce. More power to ya’. This is America after all, and America is a free country.