The fourth is just a few days away and if you’re looking for some fun, festive 4th of July drinks you’re going to want to add this one to your list. This simple mocktail is perfect for summertime and the fourth holiday with its red, white and blue layers.
While making this I found that you can actually use a number of different pre-made drinks to make layers similar to this. However, not all of them taste so great in combination.
This drink tastes like a fruity, tropical paradise. Think cherry Pina Colada with a hint of berry.
Layering your 4th of July drink mocktail
The trick to getting your layers to stack is the sugar content. My layers consist of a Pina Colada mix (non-alcoholic), Cherry 7-Up with grenadine and blue berry Kool-aide.
I tried some other options, including straight coconut water, V8 blue raspberry Splash drink and cranberry juice. However, nothing stacked as well as my combo here or if it did, the taste profile was off (I’m looking at you straight coconut water).
I’ve seen other recipes where they use Gatorade as their blue too but it’s usually the low-calorie Gatorade and I would prefer real sugar over any sort of manufactured sugars. (It contains Splenda and acesulfame potassium.)
Make sure to look at the grams of sugars included before you do your stacking. That said, also take into consideration the weights of the liquid.
Rules are made to be broken
I found the sugar rule to be a good hard and fast rule for just SOME of the combos. However, my Pina Colada mix was a heavier mix with a consistency a bit thicker than milk. Even though its sugar content was lower than my Cherry 7-Up and grenadine, I found that it worked best on the bottom due to the heaviness of the liquid.
This is a long way of saying, play with your layers before serving. Here’s the exact products I used to make my pretty, delicious 4th of July drinks.
I made this as a mocktail so it could be something fun for the kids in my life. However, if you want to turn it into a cocktail, add a little Malibu to it to make it an ADULT ONLY drink.
PRO TIP: For best flavor, give your mocktail it a little stir before drinking it. Your gorgeous layers will turn purple, but it tastes better.
- 2 oz Pina Colada mix
- 3 oz Cherry 7-Up
- 1 oz Grenedine
- 2-3 oz blue Kool-aide
- Whipped cream
- Red and blue sprinkles
- Fill up a tall glass with ice
- In a separate glass combine Cherry 7-up and grenedine
- Pour your Pina Colada mix over the ice. Fill to a little less than 1/3 of the glass.
- Slowly add your Cherry 7-Up mix to the glass. Pour close to the ice to avoid excessive fizzing. Fill about 1/3 of the glass
- Once your fizz has settled, slowly add the blue Kool-aide to the glass. Pour close to the ice to avoid excess mixing with your red layer.
- Top with whipped cream and red and blue sprinkled. Enjoy!