Slideshow: 12 Red, White, and Blue Drinks for Independence Day

Bloody Smoky
Bloody Smoky

Smoky drinks like this go great with barbecue or smoked meat. This variation on the classic Bloody Mary from North End Grill in NYC starts with a homemade San Marzano Bloody Mary mix, stirred with peaty Islay-style Scotch and spiked with vodka. A pickled onion garnish keeps things bright.

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[Photograph: Alice Gao ]

The Paper Plane
The Paper Plane

We're a little obsessed with this red cocktail, made with bourbon and Aperol, plus bittersweet Amaro Nonino and fresh, tart lemon juice.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt ]

Negroni Sbagliato
Negroni Sbagliato

A rosy red, delightfully bitter cocktail that will whet your appetite for a long day's cookout. In this "broken" Negroni, hold the gin and instead use sparkling wine mixed with Campari and sweet vermouth. (Note: if your sweet vermouth is more than a month old, throw it out and start fresh.)

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[Photograph: Jennifer Hess ]

The Best Frozen Lime Margaritas
The Best Frozen Lime Margaritas

Want to prepare in advance for your 4th of July party? Make the base for this awesome fresh lime margarita at least 8 hours before blending and store it in your freezer. You'll blend it up with ice on the day of the party, and everyone will stay nice and cool.

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee ]

Piña Colada
Piña Colada

If you've only had piña coladas at vacation resorts, you'll be impressed by this rich, not-too-sweet variation, made frothy with egg white and tart with freshly squeezed lime.

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[Photograph: Christine Tsai ]

Toasted Coconut Horchata
Toasted Coconut Horchata

We promise it's easy to make this classic alcohol-free Mexican drink—but it will still impress your friends. Toasted coconut flakes add extra flavor, and don't forget to garnish with fragrant cinnamon.

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[Photograph: Autumn Giles ]

The Curly and The Turk
The Curly and The Turk

This drink from The Tippler in New York was inspired by Rocket Pops, and it's about as blue as you can get. The bottom layer's a spicy hibiscus syrup, topped with an icy gin and lemon cocktail that's colored with blue curacao.

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[Photograph: Jessica Leibowitz ]

Blueberry Lime Rickey
Blueberry Lime Rickey

This bluish-purple booze-free drink is colored with blueberries, so we'll let it count for July 4th, especially because it's so refreshing. The make-ahead syrup is made from frozen blueberries, and the drink is balanced with fresh lime juice.

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[Photograph: Autumn Giles]

Blue Lavender
Blue Lavender

Blueberry juice and fresh lavender give this nonalcoholic drink from Hawskworth in Vancouver, BC a hint of floral flavor and a vivid color. Garnish with fresh blueberries and lavender sprig if you want to get fancy.

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[Photograph: Melody Fury ]