Patriotic Punch – Layered 4th of July Drink Recipe

Patriotic Punch - a fun 4th of July drink recipe!

This year, I wanted to make my own version of Patriotic Punch, a fun and colorful 4th of July drink. Patriotic Punch uses liquids with different levels of sugar in them so that the colors stay separated. In other recipes I have seen, the blue layer is some kind of sugar-free sports drink. I knew for our 4th of July drink, I wanted something that paired a little better with Hawaiian Punch, which is what I planned on using for the red layer.

I was scouting the aisles of the grocery store and finding a very limited selection of  blue drinks. Then I realized, I could use any clear drink and turn it blue with just a few drops of blue food coloring. I didn’t have to be confined to a sports drinks. I’m thrilled to say, it works perfectly and I’m going to serve these alongside my homemade peach iced tea for a fun and colorful 4th of July drink.

I think my kids will love these as much as the Uncle Sam mustache pops I made last year!



Patriotic Punch - Layered 4th of July Drink Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Patriotic Punch, a fun, layered drink for 4th of July.
Course: Drinks
Author: Melissa @ No. 2 Pencil
  • Hawaiian Punch or any sugary red drink
  • Diet 7UP or any no sugar clear soda
  • Blue food coloring
  • Ice
  1. Start by adding a few drops of blue food coloring to Diet 7UP.
  2. Fill glass or punch bowl about 1/2 way with ice.
  3. Pour in Hawaiian Punch.
  4. Fill the rest of the glass or punch bowl to the top with ice.
  5. Carefully pour in blue Diet 7UP.
  6. Do not mix.
Recipe Notes

When you prepare the drink, the order is ice, red liquid, more ice, blue liquid. You only need a few drops of blue food coloring. If you use too much, it will sink down and turn the drink purple. The amount of sugar in the layers is key. More sugar is heavier and will be the first layer. Less and no sugar will be the top layer.


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  1. I am in love with this drink!

  2. Oh my gosh this is just fabulous Melissa! It looks SO refreshing!

  3. That looks like so much fun to drink!

  4. Coming over from the 36th ave party! I am storing this one for later, pinned it!
    Beth @ The First Year Blog

  5. We made these last Summer; the kids loved them and everyone was so excited about the layered colors! Such a fun drink! 🙂

  6. This looks so fun Melissa!

  7. I’ve always wanted to try a layered drink like this!! It’s absolutely beautiful and no doubt YUMMY!

  8. That is such a fun drink!!! My kids are going to love this!!!

  9. What a cute idea! This looks so refreshing and fun! Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

    Michelle @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby

  10. Regina Lane says:

    just wondering if anyone has tried this in a drink dispenser; you know the ones w/ the spout on the bottom? Do you think it would work in one or would you just mess the whole thing up?

    • It will definitely work in a big drink dispenser, but would eventually mix once people started pouring. I would still do it though! It would be fun to see how long it will stay separated!

  11. This looks so good!

    Just wanted you to know – I featured this recipe in my Memorial Day Recipe Round Up here ->

  12. LOVE this festive drink! All the Red, White & Blue recipes popping up all over is great!

  13. I love all ur recipe ideas. keep up the good work.


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