Patriotic Drink (For Kids)

"This drink was in a Family Fun magazine a few years ago. When poured carefully, this makes a red, white and blue drink for any star-spangled occasion. It separates by using the drink with the highest sugar content on the bottom, and the least on top."
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Ready In:


  • 3 ounces cranberry juice or 3 ounces fruit punch
  • 3 ounces Gatorade sports drink (blue)
  • 3 ounces sugar free 7-Up or 3 ounces Sprite
  • ice cube, fill glass to the top with cubes


  • Place the ice cubes in the bottom 3rd of a tall 12 ounce clear glass. Pour the cranberry juice or fruit punch in to fill the bottom 3rd.
  • Place a few more cubes in to the middle and pour in the blue Gatorade to fill the glass 2/3 full.
  • Place the final 3rd of ice in the glass. Pour in the diet 7up or diet Sprite.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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  1. Chef lizzie lou
    Excellent drink! It is certainly appropriate for our election night celebration! However, I did not use sugar free soda and it turned out fine. I did have to switch the gatorade and soda around due to sugar content.
  2. Tinkerbell
    We loved this drink! Even the adults! It really tasted like cranberry juice & 7up, which we mix & drink all the time. I was worried about the Gatorade, but it didn't have a negative effect on the flavor. My photo isn't quite as beautiful as NCMS', so I'll post it in the photo forum instead. But I wanted to warn everyone that I accidentally bought regular 7up & that's why it started to sink & mix with the Gatorade. Also, there are two kinds of blue Gatorade at my grocery store. One that has a name like "Frosty Blue", "Ice Blue" or something like that & then the original dark blue with no specific name. I used the dark blue. Thanks for posting Pam! I can't wait til next year to make it again!
  3. Chef Kelci
    Loved the science and look of this drink but kids nor myself cared for the taste. Used a spoon to drizzle the blue in-basically to help the liquid "float" Use ingredients as stated because the weight of each ingredients is what keeps it from mixing. Thanks so much for posting.
  4. Hunter
    awesome i made them and i cant stop
  5. cst1996
    This did not work for us. Not sure what I did wrong so any advice would be helpful. All the liquids blended together. Please let me know so I can try again.


  1. HeatherFeather
    I wanted to leave a comment only, since I made a variation of this drink today while watching the Super Bowl Playoffs (The Patriots won..the drink was in their honor). I didn't have cranberry juice in the house, so I subbed pomegranate juice instead. While this still was a tasty drink this way, the pomegranate juice didn't allow quite as lovely a layered effect as in the photo. Thanks for sharing :)



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