12 Alcohol-Free Fourth Of July Drink Recipes That Will Make Your Mouth Water
There's no celebration quite like the Fourth of July. The hot dogs, the sparklers, the dozens of mosquito bites you have the next morning ... what's not to love? The Fourth also often means plenty of booze and patriotic cocktails galore. If getting liquored up isn't on your agenda this year, rest assured there are plenty of alcohol-free Fourth of July drinks to enjoy while so you can stay hydrated with your pals. It might be for the best, because alcohol and fireworks never really mixed anyway.
Avoiding certain foods and drinks so often means you're left out of the fun. Take it from this former vegetarian, who used to go out to restaurants and cry a little before ordering lettuce and a glass of ice water. Thankfully, such is not the case for drinks. You can enjoy all the fresh fruitiness and delicious flavors of the season and have an awesome Fourth of July without ever consuming a drop of alcohol.
And guess what? The next morning, when everyone else is busy trying not to throw up in their pancakes, you'll be up and ready in time for yoga and lunch at Whole Foods.
Not sure where to start? These 12 alcohol-free drink recipes should spark some inspiration.
1. Mango, Banana, And Coconut Tropical Smoothie
Mangos are so perf this time of year, and coconut is always a good idea. This mango smoothie from Foodiecrush is so flavorful and satisfying, you won't care it has no alcohol in it. Plus, you get to sprinkle chia seeds on the top, which makes it look extra fancy. You're pretty much the Martha Stewart of smoothies.
2. Watermelon Agua Fresca With Basil And Cayenne
Plain bottled water? Bah! That's for amateurs. Agua fresca ("fresh water") is so much more revitalizing. Plus, it has leaves in it and stuff. Made with plenty of watermelon, it's the perfect non-alcoholic drink to sip on this Fourth of July. Get the recipe over at Food & Style.
3. Strawberry "Champagne" Shake
Want to celebrate the Fourth in style? Fo Reals Life notes you can easily swap out the champagne for sparkling grape juice, if you want to make this shake non-alcoholic. As a bonus, the only other ingredients are strawberry and tofu, making this tasty treat vegan.
4. Fruit Infused Water
Fruit, water, and mint. It doesn't get much easier than that — or refreshing. Preparing this drink is stupid simple, and it'll help you drink more water and stay properly hydrated. Get the directions at Damn Delicious.
5. Fizzy Blueberry Basil Punch
A little bit sweet and a little bit sour, this beverage — easily mixed using club soda to make it virgin — pops with color and will make your tastebuds do the cha-cha. Cooking for Keeps has the recipe, and you're going to want one pronto.
6. Blueberry Lemonade
What's better on a hot summer day than a glass of ice cold lemonade? That would be... nothing. This Fourth, fight the sweat stains with this blueberry lemonade from Closet Cooking. Way better than what you used to get at the neighborhood lemonade stand.
7. Easy Peach Limeade
If you want something sour but lemon isn't quite your jam, this limeade might be what you're craving. It comes from Big Girls Small Kitchen, and I believe it to be the perfect beverage for the Fourth of July. No alcohol necessary.
8. Dulce De Bacon Milkshake
I'm not sure if anyone told you, but the law of the universe says when you refrain from drinking on the Fourth of July, you're rewarded with bacon. Good for you! Get the sweet, greasy, effing amazing recipe over at Adventures in Cooking.
9. Cucumber Ginger Mint Agua Fresca
Let's talk about ginger and that nice extra zing it gives this drink. Plus, you can put some of the cucumber slices under your eyes if you're feeling a bit drowsy. Win! Check it out at A Spicy Perspective.
10. Pomegranate Shrub
11. Matcha Iced Latte
12. PB & J Smoothie
This smoothie from Averie Cooks still keeps with the fresh summer fruit theme, but let's talk about this, here. It's the smoothie version of everybody's favorite sandwich. You literally get to drink PB and J. No further questions.