Red, White And Booze: Where to Celebrate July 4th in LA

This Fourth Of July, skip the backyard Budweisers and PBR in favor of a polished patriotic cocktail. In the “spirit” of Independence Day we rounded up some red, white and blue libations that Lady Liberty would certainly approve of.

Blue Grapefruit Cosmo at Il Moro Restaurant

Blue Grapefruit Cosmo at Il Moro Restaurant Los Angeles

Remember those Astro pops you loved as a kid? Try the grown up version with Blue Ice Vodka, Blue Curacao liqueur, grenadine, grapefruit juice, simple syrup. Plus, the best part, Blue Ice Vodka is only 52 calories per ounce and contains no sugar so you don’t have to sacrifice the summer body you worked so hard for.

11400 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064, 310-575-3530,

Red Berry Sangria at Katana

Red Berry Sangria at Katana Sunset Strip

Head up to Sunset and salute the states with this sweet sangria made with CÎROC Red Berry, Rose wine, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and berry tea. Easy to drink but, hard to just have one.

8439 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-650-8585, restaurants/katana

Quiet Village at Oldfield’s Liquor Room

Quiet Village at Oldfields Liquor Room in Venice
Photo Credit: Danielle Barnabe

Giving major summer vibes, this true blue cocktail was created with Ron Matusalem Platino Rum, Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum, Giffard Blue Curacao, Kailanai coconut liqueur, lime, pineapple and Allspice dram. “Concocted in the traditional tiki style of Don the Beachcomber or Trader Vic’s, the Quiet Village (named after a Martin Denny tune) is a beautifully blue-hued and stiff rum-based cocktail using only the highest quality ingredients,” says its creator Jon DeRosa. “Even the Blue Curacao from Giffard is organic. It’s a traditional style island punch with tropical flavors of pineapple and coconut.”

10899 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034, 310-842-8066,

Watermelon Cucumber Mojito at Katsuya

Watermelon Cucumber Mojito at Katsuya Hollywood

Watermelon may as well be the signature snack of the Fourth of July holiday so try this cocktail which is inspired by the favorite summer barbecue side. It’s made simply with white rum, crushed seedless watermelon, cucumbers, fresh mint and freshly squeezed lime juice for an ultra refreshing finish.

6300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-515-8782,

JoJo Colada at SHOREbar

JoJo Colada at SHOREBar in Santa Monica

You’ve gotta keep cool during this iconic summer holiday and a festive frozen cocktail just may be the best way. Looking more like a dessert than a drink, SHOREbar near the beach offers this cool colada made with Absolut Elyx Vodka, St Germain, coconut lemon juice puree and strawberry puree.

112 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402, 310-429-1851,

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