4th of July Drinks For Ladies Who Are Way Too Classy For Jello Shots

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The 4th of July is a time for celebration, get-togethers, and lots and lots of alcohol. But at the ripe age of twenty-something, we must accept a simple fact: we’re old. Too old for keg stands, too old for the cheapest vodka, way too old for jello shots. And, let’s be honest, we’re too damn classy for that stuff. Now we can upgrade to a moderately priced vodka that doesn’t completely burn our throat in a way that makes us think we might actually be ingesting straight up bleach. Now, the 4th of July is a time for elegant, tasty cocktails.

Ready to move on to the next stage in your lifelong casual consumption of alcohol? You’re in luck. We’ve rounded up some of the classiest, but also tastiest, cocktail recipes around.

1. White Wine Berry Sangria – It’s red, white, and blue, but there’s no jello in sight. Awesome.


Here’s what you need:

1 bottle dry white wine
1 cup lemon-lime soda
1/2 cup raspberry vodka
1/4 cup brandy
chopped strawberries

Mix the white wine with the soda, vodka, and brandy. Put a few strawberries and raspberries into each glass, muddle, then fill the glass with ice. Top with your alcohol mixture and a few blueberries, then stir. Yum.

[Recipe from Tasty Trials]

2. Mint Julep – An American classic that’s perfect for cooling down on a hot day. Drinking one also makes you feel like you’re in a Tennessee Williams novel, which can only be a good thing.

mint julep

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 teaspoon of sugar
A handful of fresh mint leaves
2 ounces of bourbon
Crushed ice

Combine the mint and sugar, crushing the mint with the back of a spoon. Add bourbon and stir, then pour over a glass of crushed ice.

[Recipe from recipe.com]

3. Rasberry Mojito – Basically the best drink ever (makes two)

A raspberry mint mojito

Here’s what you’ll need:

15 raspberries
15 mint leaves, shredded
2 tsp caster sugar
1 lime
60 ml white rum
Lots of crushed ice

In a jug, combine the raspberries, mint, sugar, and juice from half the lime. Cut the other half of the lime into small pieces and add the the jug. Mash the ingredients together, then pour over two glasses, each with two tablespoons of crushed ice inside. Pour the rum over, stir, and serve.

[Recipe from the Guardian]

4. Watermelon-Cucumber Cooler – Martha Stewart drinks it,  so you know it’s classy. (makes 4 servings)


Here’s what you’ll need:

5 cups cubed watermelon
1 large cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks
1/4 cup of fresh lime juice (from two limes)
2 tablespoons of honey
2/3 of a cup of vodka
Cucumber slices, to garnish

In a food processor or blender, puree the watermelon then pour it through a sieve. Do the same to the cucumber and combine the two. In a small bowl, mix the lime juice and honey, then add this to the watermelon and cucumber mixture, along with the vodka. To serve, fill four glasses with ice and pour the mix over the top and finish with slices of cucumber.

[Recipe from Martha Stewart]

5. Whiskey Lemonade – Cool girls drink whiskey. This is definitely the easiest cocktail on the list, which makes it even better. (makes one)


Here’s what you’ll need:

1 and a half ounces of bourbon
The juice of one lemon
1 ounce simple syrup

Combine all the ingredients in a sealed container (or a cocktail shaker, if you’re really into alcohol) and shake, hard, to blend. Done.

[Recipe from Brit + Co]

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Ellen ScottCOLLEGECANDY Writer
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