Drink Up: 3 Easy-to-Make Fourth of July Cocktails – Lexington, KY

Drinking can get boring on the Fourth of July. It’s always the same things: Bud Light, Coors, Natural Ice, there’s only so many beers you can drink. Why not spice it up a bit and do something different?

Give your friends and family another incentive to come to your Fourth of July party by showing you have the capabilities and the wherewithal to create your own concoctions. Ditch the beer and come up with some drinks that will make your party guests coming back for more and urging them to call for a designated driver.

Here are three easy-to-make Fourth of July cocktails you can make this holiday weekend:

Iced Tea-quila

I came across this one last year, and even though I’m not a tequila kind of person, I enjoyed this drink because it tasted more like iced tea than tequila … that might be a sign that I drank too much, but I’ll leave the judging up to you.

  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1.5 cups of guava nectar
  • 1 cup of brewed iced tea (any brand will work, I use Lipton)
  • 3/4 cup of silver tequila
  • Lemon twists for show

One recipe says you should mix the sugar and water so the sugar dissolves, then to add lemon juice. I’m all for just throwing everything together. The tequila is still strong enough to get a kick out of every sip. I haven’t figured out why guava nectar is important here, considering you can’t taste it, but feel free to use it if need be.

Patriotic Jell-O Shots

Jell-O Shots are America. Everyone has had at least one in their life. If not, Happy Fourth of July to you and may the Fourth be with you, because you’re trying it this year.

  • Cherry Jell-O
  • Blue Raspberry Jolly Rancher gelatin
  • White Chocolate Jell-O
  • Any type of alcohol (preferably vodka)

Get a bunch of cups, pour the Jell-O in there and celebrate the Fourth of July in style. I put blue raspberry Jolly Rancher gelatin in this because, personally, I like anything blue raspberry flavored. Feel free to use the berry flavored Jell-O if you’re a rebel.

El Presidente

This was the first drink I ever had when I turned 21. It’s a classic, and it’s very, very good. And it’s called The President. What more could you ask for in a drink like this?

  • 1.5 ounces white rum
  • 3/4 ounces orange curacao
  • 3/4 ounces dry vermouth
  • Dash of grenadine

This is a 1930s recipe (can’t you tell?), but it’s still a favorite. If you’re not into the wholesome fun of holiday cocktails, this is perfect if you want to sit on your couch, listen to jazz and enjoy the rest of your night. It’s a perfect drink for that kind of evening.


While partaking in these delicious beverages, your friendly Lexington Nissan dealership would like to make sure you’re having a safe Fourth of July weekend, and to please not drink or drive. Driving while under the influence isn’t worth the risk of getting into an accident while driving your new 2016 Nissan Maxima or your 2015 Nissan Altima in Kentucky. Make sure to have a fun holiday weekend!