15 Of The Best 4th Of July Movies (And What You Should Drink While Watching Them)

Not into fireworks and barbeques? Celebrate the 4th like a true American: With alcohol, in front of the TV.

1. Movie: Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Cocktail: Born Free

If you’ve never seen this rootin’ tootin’ musical, I don’t know how you can call yourself an American. Wash this delightful piece of WWII propaganda down with the aptly-named (and colored) Born Free cocktail. View recipe.

2. Movie: Jaws (1975)
Cocktail: Life and Liberty

In case you were too terrified of the shark to realize it, this movie is set over 4th of July weekend. And you can almost see the Great White swimming in the murky waters of this delicious cocktail.View the recipe.

3. Movie: Independence Day (1996)
Cocktail: The Great Independence

I don’t really have to explain why you should watch this movie over 4th of July weekend, do I? Do so while sipping this appropriately-named cocktail, with just a hint of green for our extraterrestrial friends. View the recipe.

4. The Patriot (2000)
Cocktail: The Scout

Say what you will about Mel Gibson, he makes a damn fine son, I MEAN, patriot. Celebrate the Revolution with this inquisitive cocktail. View the recipe.

5. Movie: American Graffiti (1973)
Cocktail: Fire In The Sky

This recreation of America’s golden age will pair perfectly with the golden hue of this spiked apple juice cocktail. View the recipe.

6. Movie: Johnny Tremain (1957)
Cocktail: Blueberry Bliss

This endearing movie tells the story of the American Revolution through the eyes of a teenage silversmith apprentice. And see how the sugar on this drink looks like silver? View the recipe.

7. Movie: Red Dawn (1984)
Cocktail: Star-Spangled Spritzer

What could be more American than a bunch of teenagers with guns taking revenge on Russian invaders? On second thought, don’t answer that. Pair it with this spritzer that can easily be made without alcohol for your little revolutionaries. View the recipe.

8. Movie: M*A*S*H (1970)
Cocktail: Blue Orchard

I’ll bet you didn’t know M*A*S*H was a movie before it was a TV show, didya? Well, I didn’t. Watch it while sipping this hard cider cocktail that actually ends up looking green, just like army fatigues. View the recipe.

9. Movie: God Bless America (2011)
Cocktail: Patriotic Panna Cotta Shooters

This political comedy, written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, is a dark commentary on the state of modern culture. These panna cotta shooters are just as half-cocked. (And look at the little gold stars in honor of Bobcat!) View the recipe.

10. Movie: Lincoln (2012)
Cocktail: American Dad

OK so maybe Lincoln’s not technically a Founding Father, but we thought this penny-colored drink was well-suited to him anyway. View the recipe.

11. Movie: Miracle (2004)
Cocktail: Boozy Bomb Pops

Experience the “Miracle on Ice” with this cocktail, made of shaved ice. Or something. View the recipe.

12. Movie: Top Gun (1986)
Cocktail: The Aviation

Calling all Mavericks! Experience the high-flying thrills of 1980s Tom Cruise while sipping this almost-as-smooth gin drink. View the recipe.

13. Movie: Glory (1989)
Cocktail: Bloody Firecracker

A true story about the first official unit of African-American men in the Union Army, this movie deserves a drink that has withstood the test of time. View the recipe.

14. Movie: The Right Stuff (1983)
Cocktail: Midwinter’s Tang

This is a film about astronauts before space travel was even a thing. It may not be midwinter, but I think a Tang cocktail is in order. View the recipe.

15. Movie: 1776 (1972)
Cocktail: Pop Rocks Jello Shot

The untold — and hilarious — story of how a baby America thwarted the British. Be prepared for musical numbers that snap and crack just like the pop rocks in this shooter. View the recipe.




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