July 4th is around the corner, and Americans around the country will celebrate the Declaration of Independence with festive parades, barbeques, and ice-cold tempting tipples. This year we’d like to introduce you to an array of sweet, sour, and refreshing mocktails to help beat the summer heat without the booze.
The best mocktails for July 4th include red, white, and blue alcohol-inspired drinks without alcohol. Top options include Margaritas, Ginger Hibiscus Mocktails, booze-free Sangrias, Strawberry Jalapeno Mint Juleps, Blue Hawaiian Coolers, Confetti Champagne, and Sparkling Cherry Limeade.
Non-drinkers can skip the classic lemonade, sweet tea, and sodas this season and cheers to new festive red, white, and blue mocktails. Here are seven delicious, Patriotic mocktail recipes worth exploring this July.
7 Best Mocktails for July 4th
Make your refreshing mocktail sippers the best part of July 4th, whether you’re celebrating in your backyard, lakeside, or at the beach.
Red, White, & Blue Margaritas
Celebrate July 4th with a refreshing mocktail featuring the American flag’s iconic colors. You’ll want to sip on these zero-proof Margarita slushies all summer.
Ensure the three slushy mixtures are nice and thick to make layering easy. Our non-alcoholic drink still tastes oh-so-boozy thanks to modern zero-proof spirit alternatives. We use three booze-free spirits and liqueurs: tequila, triple sec, and Blue Curacao.
- Make the red slushie layer by blending 3 cups ice, 2 ounces of non-alcoholic tequila, 1 ounce triple sec, and 2 ounces of grenadine. You can replace the triple sec with a few drops of orange extract to match the flavor. Divide the slushy between two glasses.
- Repeat with the blue layer using 3 cups ice, 2 ounces of zero-proof tequila, 1 ounce triple sec, and 2 ounces of Monin Blue Curacao syrup.
- Repeat with the white layer, using 3 cups ice, 2 ounces non-alcoholic tequila, 1 ounce triple sec, and 2 ounces lime juice.
- Serve immediately.
Ginger Hibiscus Mocktail
A ginger hibiscus mocktail is the perfect way to celebrate July 4th – it is hot pink, tart, and not too sweet.
You can make this drink with dried hibiscus flower petals or tea bags. Also, feel free to replace the ginger beer with fresh ginger and sparkling water for an extra kick.
- Bring 4 cups of fresh water to a boil and steep ¼ cup of dried hibiscus petals or 4 teabags of hibiscus tea for 5 minutes.
- Transfer the brewed hibiscus tea to a heatproof pitcher and add 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon simple syrup. Refrigerate the mixture until chilled.
- Add large ice cubes to four glasses and top them with 2 ounces of hibiscus tea mixture and 6 ounces of ginger beer. Serve the drinks with a mint sprig and lemon twist as garnish.
NA Sangria Mocktail
July 4th parades bright red, white, and blue colors to celebrate our country’s freedom, and our booze-free Sangria Mocktail perfectly matches the festivity! This delicious crowd-pleaser can be made in advance with strawberries, watermelon, blueberries, and crisp apples; however, you can use whatever fruit you have on hand.
Although tempting to do otherwise, remember to use a bottle of non-alcoholic wine to keep those sangrias booze-free.
- Add 1 cup of sliced strawberries, watermelon, green apples, and blueberries to a glass pitcher. You can use a star-shaped cookie cutter for a more festive feel.
- Add 1 bottle of chilled non-alcoholic red or white wine and 1 bottle of pear or apple cider to the glass pitcher.
- Chill in the fridge for 3 to 4 hours.
- Garnish the drink with an extra apple star when you’re ready to pour.
NA Strawberry Jalapeno Mint Julep
A spicy julep is the only thing able to rival the summer sun’s heat. Our non-alcoholic Strawberry Jalapeno Mint Juleps pack the perfect punch for a hot, spicy, festive 4th of July.
Lyre’s American Malt, Spiritless Kentucky 74, and Ritual Zero Proof Whiskey are excellent booze-free bourbon alternatives for this spicy julep.
- Bring ½ cup water, ½ cup sugar, and two halved jalapenos to a boil on medium heat. Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature. Discard the jalapenos.
- Muddle fresh strawberries and mint leaves in a cocktail glass. Fill the glass with ice and add 2 ounces of non-alcoholic bourbon and 1 tablespoon of simple syrup. Top off the drink with sparkling water.
- Garnish with a strawberry, mint leaves, and red jalapeno slices.
Blue Hawaiian Mocktail
A Blue Hawaiian Cocktail is fun and refreshing and gets it’s signature blue color from curacao liqueur.
Monin Blue Curacao is a non-alcoholic curacao syrup that non-drinkers can use to recreate this tropical cocktail.
Although not necessary, Lyre’s Dark Cane Spirit and Ritual Non-Alcoholic Rum Alternative are perfect zero-proof rum options for a rum-forward Blue Hawaiian Mocktail. We like to blend our mocktail with ice and a splash of coconut cream for a creamy summer cooler.
- Blend 1 cup of crushed ice, 2 ounces of coconut water and pineapple juice, and 1 ounce of non-alcoholic Monin Blue Curacao syrup in a blender. Add a splash of coconut cream or milk for a frothy, creamy touch.
- Pour the blue tropical drink into a Hurricane or highball glass and garnish with a cocktail umbrella or a pineapple wedge.
Confetti Champagne Mocktail
There’s no better way to raise a toast to independence than with confetti and a champagne mocktail. Impress your guests with this simplistic five-ingredient celebratory drink.
In our booze-free confetti champagne, we replace the vanilla vodka with Strykk Not Vanilla Vodka. The pioneering drink is made with an infusion of Madagascan vanilla beans. It offers a sweet toffee, buttery aroma, and a warm capsicum finish.
- Pour ½ cup of assorted pop rocks onto a shallow plate.
- Spread vanilla frosting onto champagne glasses’ rims and dip them in the pop rocks.
- Add 1 ounce of non-alcoholic Vanilla Vodka to each glass.
- Fill the glass with zero-proof prosecco or champagne, leaving space for a Sprite splash.
Sparkling Cherry Limeade
Sparkling Cherry Limeade is our favorite way to use the bountiful supply of fresh cherries in summer. It is a refreshing summer beverage that the whole family can enjoy.
Feel free to customize this drink by adding more or less syrup and lime juice to match your taste.
- Add 1-pound cherries (pitted and halved), 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup water to a saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Switch off the heat and allow the syrup to cool.
- For one drink, add 3 tablespoons of cherry syrup, a couple of 6 cherries from the syrup, and 2 tablespoons lime juice. Top the drink with ice and sparkling water.
- Garnish with lime twists.
Putting It All Together
Non-alcoholic July 4th drinks have become a whole lot easier thanks to innovative drink companies.
Have fun making our favorite mocktails, or continue exploring with zero-proof spirits and festive red, white, and blue colors to make your own signature July 4th mocktail.
Cheers to Independence!