The Fourth of July is here and that means it’s time to start planning your patriotic party menu! This year, why not shake things up a bit with some fun and innovative cocktails? Today, we will outline the recipes for five festive drinks that are perfect for your backyard holiday party. We’ll also give you some tips on how to keep the bar stocked and clean, and how to make sure your guests have a drink in hand all night long!
Red, White, and Blue Layered Cocktail: This refreshing drink is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day. To make it, simply layer equal parts cranberry juice, vodka, and blue Curacao in a tall glass with cubed iced.
Watermelon Sangria: This fruity sangria is bursting with flavor! To make it, combine white wine, watermelon juice, vodka, and fresh fruit in a pitcher. Let it sit for at least an hour so the flavors can meld together.
Blackberry Mojito: This refreshing twist on the classic mojito is perfect for summertime sipping. To make it, muddle blackberries, mint leaves, and sugar in a glass. Add rum and top with club soda.
Strawberry Daiquiri: This classic summer cocktail is always a crowd-pleaser. To make it, blend frozen strawberries, rum, lime juice, and ice in a blender. Serve in a chilled glass and enjoy!
Blueberry Vodka Lemonade: This refreshing drink is perfect for summertime sipping. To make it, combine vodka, lemonade, and fresh blueberries in a glass. Serve over ice and enjoy!
Tending bar can make you feel like you’re in a movie, but it’s also important to make sure your guests are taken care of for the entirety of their stay. Here are some tips to help you make sure everyone has a great time at your Fourth of July party:
Make sure you have plenty of ice on hand. This will help keep drinks cold and prevent them from getting watered down.
Have all of the ingredients for each cocktail recipe measured out and ready to go (as much as possible) before your guests arrive. This will make it easier to mix drinks and keep the party moving.
If you’re serving a punch or other large batch cocktail, make sure to have a ladle on hand so guests can serve themselves.
Set up a bar area away from the food so people can move around and mingle. This will help prevent congestion in one area of the party. And remember to walk around and tidy casually a few times during the night. This way, your job won’t be quite as big in the morning.
Most importantly, have fun and enjoy yourself! Your guests will be sure to follow your lead. It’s always a good idea to have music playing continuously (but softly) in the background. This way, any awkward silences may just be met with a dance-off!
These festive cocktails are sure to add some fireworks to your Fourth of July party! Whether your guests prefer vodka or rum, blended or neat, you’ll have a drink that will please everyone. Be sure to follow our tips to keep the party running smoothly, and most importantly, have a safe and happy holiday! Cheers!