Patriotic cocktails: Kick off summer with red, white and blue cocktails


Raise a glass to patriotic cocktails. Kick off summer and Memorial Day weekend with some red, white and blue cocktails. Cheers to summer!

Summer and Memorial Day are reasons to celebrate. Patriotic cocktails are the perfect way to kick of the season. Why not make those celebratory cocktails look patriotic, too. These red, white and blue cocktails will have everyone raising a toast to Memorial Day and summer.

Cocktails for the kick off to summer need to be bright and refreshing. From frozen libations to refreshing flavors, the key to any summer cocktail is fun. With a dash of red, white and blue, the cocktails are even more enjoyable.

Here are a few patriotic cocktails that FoodSided will be serving for the red, white and blue summer.

Patriotic cocktails kick off summer, Patriotic Punch Slush, photo provided by SMIRNOFF ICE

Patriotic Punch Slush

Frozen cocktails are perfect on a hot day. Plus, this cocktails uses real fruit, which makes you feel a little less guilty about drinking a cocktail in the middle of the afternoon. Don’t worry if the layers get a little muddled. It is the taste that matters.

"Patriotic Punch Slush3 (11.2 oz.) bottles SMIRNOFF ICE Red, White & Berry16 oz. frozen blueberries4 oz. coconut cream12 oz. frozen pineapple16 oz. frozen strawberriesIn a high-powered blender, add 1 bottle of Smirnoff ICE and the frozen blueberries. Blend until smooth, around 3 minutes, then transfer to a large pitcher. Rinse out the blender and add 1 bottle of Smirnoff ICE, coconut cream and frozen pineapple and blend until smooth. Gently pour into pitcher on top of the blueberry layer, then rinse out the blender once more. Add the last bottle of Smirnoff ICE, frozen strawberries and blend until smooth. Gently add the mix to the pitcher and serve immediately. Serves four."

Americana Lemonade, photo provided by SMIRNOFF Ice

Americana Lemonade

Lemonade and summer are a classic combination. A delightful flavor combination is blueberry and lemonade. This cocktail is combines the classic lemonade, blueberry puree and some patriotic vodka to create this patriotic cocktail for summer.

"Americana Lemonade1 (11.2 oz.) bottle SMIRNOFF ICE Red, White, and Berry3 oz. blueberry puree9 oz. fresh lemonadeFill 3 glasses with ice, then divide the blueberry puree between them. Add the Smirnoff ICE then top with the lemonade. Stir gently to combine and enjoy!"

Angry Hard Cider Slushy, photo provided by Angry Orchard Hard Cider

Angry Hard Cider Slushy

Hard cider has found a huge fan base. The refreshing, yet tart flavors are popular all year, but even better tasting on a hot day. This slushy reminds me of some favorite drinks that many people enjoyed as kids. For this version, the adults get the added fun of turning it into an enjoyable cocktail.

"Angry Hard Cider Slushy5 oz Angry Orchard Crisp Apple1 oz White Rum0.75 oz Lime Juice2.5 tbsp White Sugar4 Strawberries (Can also sub any other seasonal berries that are available)2 cups IceMethod: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Serve in rocks glass and garnish with strawberry."

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These patriotic cocktails are just a few of the many cocktails that could be made over the holiday weekend, summer or just because. Who’s ready to start celebrating the start of summer? Share your cocktail celebrations with us using #FoodSided on social media.