Layered drinks in red, white, and blue- perfect for the 4th of July, Memorial Day, or any summer barbecue! Non-alcoholic and kid-friendly for your next party!

3 bottles of red white and blue layered drinks on a picnic table

Is there something you know how to do, but you are surprised to find out that others have not yet been enlightened? Or maybe a friend does something in front of you that totally blows your mind?

For example, I found out that some people use a fork to skewer an Oreo and dip it in milk. What? I can now dunk and read with ease. Others continually grow green onions on their windowsill. Layered drink how-to is just one of the pieces of useless knowledge that fills my head.

This works well for red, white, and blue, but you can really do this with any color combination.

red white and blue layered drinks heaviest sugar content goes on the bottom

How to Make Layered Drinks

The secret to layered drinks is in the sugar content. The second secret to success with layered drinks is to use plenty of ice.

After you add your bottom layer, fill the glass to the top with ice, and pour the second layer slowly and directly on top of an ice cube.

Alternatively, you can pour the drinks over an upside-down spoon to slowly distribute the liquid and create even layers.

Serve these with a Red Velvet Brownie Ice Cream Cake slice or this easy Patriotic No Churn Cheesecake Ice Cream.

three bottles of red white and blue layered drinks on a wooden picnic table

Some people have had difficulty finding the White Sobe Pina Colada. Here is a version I made using Gatorade.

Or if you have a bit more time, then try these Frozen Triple Berry Smoothies.

Layered Drinks would be an enjoyable and easy addition to any picnic you are attending or hosting for the Fourth of July holiday this weekend.

I had a few friends ask if they could add alcohol, and I don’t see why not as long as you note the sugar content in your layers. Since I have the kidlets running around, we kept these alcohol-free.

Layered Drinks July Fourth Edition @katrinaskitchen

July 4th Layered Drinks Recipe

Layered drinks in red, white, and blue- perfect for 4th of July! Non-alcoholic and kid-friendly for your next party!

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  • 1 Cup Red CranApple juice
  • 1 Cup White Sobe Pina Colada flavored drink
  • 1 Cup Blue G2 Gatorade
  • Ice


  • Fill your glass 1/3 of the way full with CranApple juice.
  • Fill to the top with ice.
  • Slowly pour the remaining drinks directly on top of a piece of ice.



Layering works with any drinks. Be sure to keep the drink with the heaviest sugar content on the bottom, then build up.

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close up of red white and blue layered drink with patriotic straws

Items Used

I used Starbucks Iced Coffee bottles in these photos. I also include an Amazon link to some pretty glass milk bottles and similar straws.

Some people have had trouble finding the Sobe Pina Colada. I found it at my local grocery store. You could also try a convenience store or gas station.

Red, White, and Blue recipes you may enjoy

I love these Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Bars by Inside Bru Crew Life.

Jell-O is very popular this time of year! Try Red, White, and Blue Layered Finger Jello by Brown Eyed Baker.

Patriotic Peppermint Patties by Mom on Timeout are festive and fun!