Layered red, white, and blue frozen lemonade is a light, bright, non-alcoholic frozen drink that’s fun and festive for the Fourth of July or any other patriotic occasion!
The Fourth of July is the ultimate summer holiday, synonymous with being outside and dipping your toes in any lake, pool, or beach you can find. Don’t forget eating classic summer food and maybe throwing back a cool drink or two!
Boozy cocktails are easy to find, but if you’re searching for an easy non-alcoholic drink for the Fourth of July that still feels fun and festive, this layered red, white, and blue frozen lemonade is your answer!
My four-year-old keeps asking if we can go to America’s birthday party, and whether America is going to get presents. I’m thinking the best gift we could give America right now might be to invite the neighbors over for awhile and plant a tree? Regardless, his questions and interest are pretty darn cute and remind me that this a golden era of celebrating holidays like this, when he is excited and forming countless impressions and memories. So we’re keeping it simple but festive for the Fourth. A trip to the pool, a few fireworks, some sweet frozen lemonade… what more do you need?
Red, White, and Blue Frozen Lemonade: Ingredients
Making this is so simple and takes about 5 minutes – no exaggeration. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Ice: about 4 cups. Just scoop ice out of the freezer and straight into a large liquid measuring cup until you have enough.
- Lemon juice: 1 cup, which I can usually get out of 5 or 6 large lemons. Buy a couple more if you want to be on the safe side. Plus, you can always use any extra to make the best lemon chicken or pasta!
- Sugar: yes, there’s a spoonful of sugar. 🙂 We like lemonade slightly tart and typically start with 1/2 cup sugar per batch.
- Blue and red berries: Blueberries for the bottom, anything red for the top! I love cherries (shown here), strawberries, or raspberries – whatever you have! If using cherries, consider pitting them first. I don’t mind eating them and spitting out the pits, but I wouldn’t necessarily trust littles to do the same. So pick up an inexpensive cherry pitter* – or just use maraschinos for a short-cut!
You’ll also need a blender tough enough to crush the ice. Cute straws optional but highly encouraged! I paid too much for the ones shown here at Whole Foods, but they do make me smile every time I see them, so maybe it was worth it. 🙂
How To Make Frozen Lemonade
Are you sitting down? This is pretty complicated:
- Add ice, lemon juice, and sugar to blender. Crush, crush, crush! It’ll turn slushy and drinkable.
- Spoon blueberries into the bottom of serving glasses.
- Pour the lemon slush on top.
- Top with cherries or other red berries. Pop in a straw, put your feet up, and sip!
Happy sipping, and happy birthday, America! xo
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Red, White, and Blue Frozen Lemonade
- 4 cups ice cubes
- 1 cup lemon juice from about 6 large lemons
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup fresh cherries
- Combine ice, lemon juice, and sugar in a blender; process until slushy. Taste. Blend in a bit more sugar, if desired.
- Divide blueberries among glasses. Pour over the lemon slush and top with cherries. Enjoy!