July 4th Layered Drinks

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

Layered Drink Tutorial from @katrinaskitchen

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 just found out that some people use a fork do 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 (completely awesome). Layered drink how-to is just one of the pieces of useless knowledge that fills my head.

Layered Drink Tutorial from @katrinaskitchen

The secret to layered drinks is in the sugar content. This works well for red, white, and blue but you can really do this with any color combination. The other secret to success with layered drinks is 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.

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

Layered Drink Tutorial from @katrinaskitchen

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.

These would be a really fun 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.

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!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 cups


  • 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.

How to make Layered Drinks (non-alcoholic and kid-friendly) @katrinaskitchen

I used Starbucks Iced Coffee bottles in these photos. I’m also including 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.

Items used in this recipe:

Here are some other Red, White, and Blue recipes you may enjoy.

Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Bars by Inside Bru Crew Life

Red, White, and Blue Layered Finger Jello by Brown Eyed Baker

Patriotic Peppermint Patties by Mom on Timeout


- Katrina

101 Responses to “July 4th Layered Drinks”

  1. #
    Liz @ Blog is the New Black — June 27, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    This blows my mind!

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    weekendgourmet — June 27, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    These are so cute! You should come join #SundaySupper over on Facebook! We have such a fun group of bloggers, and I think you'd really love it, Katrina!!

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    Becky — June 28, 2012 at 1:39 am

    How fun! I learn something new every day from someone's blog. today it was yours. And I just bought a dozen of 1 pt. canning jars for drinks. Woo! Hoo!

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    Pam @ The Meltaways — June 28, 2012 at 2:03 am

    I always wondered how the heck you did that! Awesome! I may just have to do it soon!
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    amanda — June 28, 2012 at 2:21 am

    So stinkin' cute! And the drink looks good too! 😉
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    Sandras Easy Cooking — June 28, 2012 at 2:53 am

    :)) Amazing! What a cool idea! Totally gonna try this! Thanks for sharing…..
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    Erin @ Dinners, Dish — June 28, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Super cute, and perfect for the 4th! I love your straws!

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    Farmgirl Gourmet — June 28, 2012 at 5:26 am

    How fun Katrina!! I love this idea. Thanks for sharing!!!
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    bridget — June 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Oh my gosh…these are pure genius!!!
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    Rachel Cooks — June 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    These are so fun Katrina! You are so creative!
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    Christina — June 28, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks for teaching me something new today. I had no idea how to layer drinks!
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    Kristen — June 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm
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    bigbearswife — June 28, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Love it! I made something like this last 4th of July, but Mine was Red Blue and White haha, because I couldn't find a whiteish drink to go in the middle. Love the SoBe drink idea tho! Cuteness!
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    Baker Street — June 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    What a gorgeous and refreshing drink, K!
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    bakedbyrachel — June 28, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I seriously love this. I've never thought to look into how to do this so thanks for taking the work out of that for me! 🙂 My girls would get the biggest kick out of this.
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    Mal @ The Chic Geek — June 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    These are gorgeous and sound so yummy!

  17. #
    Tashia — June 29, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    These are great! Love the straws! Where did you find them?
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    close to home — June 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    great idea just featured them in a fourth of july post https://www.stayingclosetohome.com/2012/06/patriot
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    Jody @ hobby room — June 30, 2012 at 1:33 am

    I have always wanted to know how to do that–it totally makes sense once you explained about the sugar content. Thank you! And totally aside, how are you liking CommentLuv? I've seen it around and thought about switching . . .
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    bakeaholicmama — July 1, 2012 at 1:21 am

    This is so smart! And super cute…. we will be making these for the fire works on the 4th to take with us.
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    kitchenarian — July 1, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    This is such a fun drink! Can't wait to make it for my kids on the 4th. I know they will love it!
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    KatrinasKitchen — July 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Thanks- I found them at Target.

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    foodporn.net — July 2, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Hi Katrina,
    I tried this yesterday ! It works!
    My family like the independence day layered drinks so much! Thank you for making me look like a professional. 🙂
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  24. #
    Patti @ Bakeify — July 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Awesome! So cute and easy! Thanks for another great idea!!

  25. #
    waka network — July 3, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Great Idea! Love the color combination and your presentation.
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  26. #
    tya — July 3, 2012 at 5:50 am

    where did you get the individual sized bottles?
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  27. #
    katie — July 3, 2012 at 11:07 am

    These look so cool and awesome for the kiddos!

  28. #
    KatrinasKitchen — July 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    They are just Starbucks coffee drink bottles- you can find them at most grocery stores 🙂

  29. #
    Laura — July 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    WHAT a clever idea and they must have been fun to make too! No idea that Ocean Spray had the highest sugar content – how interesting!

    I've rustled up patriotic oreos – oreos dipped in white chocolate and covered in funfetti. I know, wicked. But terribly good!

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  30. #
    PlayDrMom — July 5, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Just made 'em to end our 4th of July! Delish! Thanks for the fun and yummy idea!
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    Kim — July 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm

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    texydeb — July 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    pretty fun drink and cute drinkers

  33. #
    Carolyn — April 18, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    This is adorable! Thanks so much for sharing this and for including the recipe and specific instructions. I can’t wait to give these a try.

  34. #
    Lynessa — May 14, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Can’t wait to try these this year!

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    Kathi — May 17, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Looks great! But once I saw the sugar content, I just can’t bring myself to give that to my kiddo. Maybe I’ll make red/white/blue ice cubes and put in sparkling water…

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      Katrina Bahl — May 21, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Sounds like a great alternative! Thanks for stopping by.

  36. #
    Diana — May 26, 2013 at 11:21 am

    This is such a great idea! Love the flavors too!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — May 26, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Katrina, these are so cute and festive! Brilliant drink combo for the red, white and blue…and, I love the “sparklers” or “fireworks” straws! Have a happy and meaningful Memorial Day! Pinning… xo

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      Katrina Bahl — May 29, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Thanks Stacy! They were fun to make and sip on. My boys loved them for sure 😉

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    Christina S. — May 27, 2013 at 9:21 am

    These drinks look really cool but how is it probiotic?! I make kombucha all the time and you wouldn’t have the probiotic properties without the “mother” or SCOBY. Just wondering…..

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    Jessica — June 1, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Where did you find the Sobe Pina Colada? I’m having a heck of a time finding any.

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      Katrina Bahl — June 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      I found it at my local grocery store. But I think you would have luck finding it at a gas station or convenience store (7-11, Circle K, etc).

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    Stacie — June 5, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Could you make these ahead and take them? I was thinking of these for my daughter’s July 2nd birthday party at the park. Would the colors get mixed up during travel?

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      Katrina Bahl — June 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Great idea! It’s hard to say- I moved them around from inside, then to outside, and back inside while making them and photographing them. They stayed relatively separated (but I wasn’t doing a ton of moving). More than moving I’d say the ice melting would be a factor. If it were me I’d mix one up and take it on a test run to the grocery store or the park and see how it holds up. Thanks for stopping by!

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    PJ — June 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I love it. Just sent your link to my boss. We work at The White Rabbit. A small cute historical building in Odenton,MD. It was the first bank in our small beautiful town in 1917. There is actually a small book that was written about Odenton and the Railroads that went and still go through here. Anywho we are looking for a special drink to have available for 4th of July week for our patrons. Which 85% are train commuters that work in our nations capital. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I truly hope you and yours have a safe and very enjoyable holiday.

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      Katrina Bahl — June 16, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      I’m glad you like it!

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    karen — June 15, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Great idea!!!! so cute and clever. my grandchildren will love them.

    can anything be substituted for the Pina Colada My grandchildren are not found of coconut. To be truthful, either am i. n

    t hanks

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      Katrina Bahl — June 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      You can use any combination of drinks that you like as long as you note the sugar content. I’ve seen some people use Sprite.

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    Wintaka — June 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    What kind of glasses did you serve your layered drink in? I liked the angles.

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      Katrina Bahl — June 18, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      The glasses are just Starbucks iced coffee jars.

  44. #
    Carol C — June 18, 2013 at 1:20 am

    I did this and loved it as well as the grandkids and neighbors

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      Katrina Bahl — June 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      I’m happy to hear that your family loved it as mush as ours did!

  45. #
    Carol C — June 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Going to do it again next Tuesday!

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    Audrey — June 21, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Found this on Pinterest. I hope you don’t mind if I shared your Tutorial on my blog (set of Saturday). I added a link back to your blog. This is such a cute idea…just in time for my new screened in porch!!! 🙂

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    kmtcapecod — June 24, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I am loving the layered drink AND best part of all… my kids are going to love it even more. Shhh… It’s a surprise for them on the 4th. In the meantime, I just listed this recipe on my blog with a link to this site. Please be sure to check it out and thanks so much for posting. Happy 4th of July!!!

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      Katrina Bahl — June 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      I’m happy to hear it! This is such a fun summer project for kids.

  48. #
    Donna Binbek — June 25, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Hi Katrina,

    I love this recipe, I”m giving a cocktail class next week and I plan on using it and I will be sure to put your website and link back on the recipe cards; great site!

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      Katrina Bahl — June 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks Donna! I’m glad you like it. I would love to see a picture if you want to post on my facebook page.

  49. #
    Erin @ Making Memories — June 26, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks Katrina! I made these with my kids and they LOVED them!!! So dang cool!!!

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      Katrina Bahl — June 27, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Yay! I’m so glad that you tried them, Erin!

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    Jamie Moore — June 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    And, how did you make the straws? These look great!

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    Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place — June 29, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Thank you for this very creative party drink idea! I am going to attempt this for my next kid party! Thank you very much!

    I have included this in my roundup of fantastic 4th of July craft ideas.

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    Wendi S — July 1, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I Love them.

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    Becky R. — July 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Awesome! I am going to make these for my fellow nurses while we work the night of the fourth! Kudos for you for finding a place to express your femininity amongst all the boys in your home!!

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    Allissia — July 5, 2013 at 1:13 am

    I made these for the fourth and they were a huge hit! I loved how they turned out, thanks for the awesome idea.

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      Katrina Bahl — July 6, 2013 at 7:32 am

      I’m so glad you loved them!

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    Party Craftn Mommy — September 2, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Those straws are adorable!

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    The Cake Lovers (@thecakelovers75) — October 3, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    This is a great idea for drinks.

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    JDaniel4's Mom — May 10, 2014 at 7:26 am

    This is such a cool idea! You can talk about the science behind it while you create the drink with your kids.

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      Katrina Bahl — May 20, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Exactly! My oldest was fascinated! We’ll have to make it again this summer now that my little guy is older and can understand it better. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Best Kitchen — May 13, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I like this Layered Drink Recipe, will make together with my son someday.
    Very colourful and inspirasional

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    Jennifer — May 31, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Katrina, do you know where I can buy plastic 1/2 pint milk bottles? We will serve these at a pool party and cannot use glass. Or can you recommend a plastic cup these would look good in. Thanks!

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      Katrina Bahl — June 7, 2014 at 4:16 am

      I’m not sure where you can get plastic. But when you are looking be sure to get something with a wide enough opening for you to get plenty of ice inside. You could try a plastic stemless wine glass perhaps? I hope you have fun making these!

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    Mel the Crafty Scientist — June 23, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Love your blog and this project – so creative and festive and just such a cool idea (like a little science experiment with cocktails – yum)! Just wanted to let you know I featured it in my roundup of my very favorite July 4th projects. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

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    Katie — July 1, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Love these drinks! Anyone having trouble finding the SoBe Pina Colada Drink can use the companies product locator to find it in a store by them: https://itemlocator.pepsico.com/sobe/

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    Robin — July 1, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    great idea, thank you so much! I want to do this this year! 🙂

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    Courtney M. — July 2, 2014 at 9:26 am

    I finally made this today (as in I’ve been waiting since last year to try them) and I was amazed that I could do this! These are so cool and were a huge hit with my younger brother who was over my house! Thank you so much for sharing!

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      Katrina Bahl — July 7, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      Awesome! Thanks for letting me know.

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    Julie Henriksen — December 7, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Love the idea! Had never guessed the sugar levels would be the key! I have saved this for my 17. Mai celebration. Now I just have to find some alternative liquids here in Norway!

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    Juan Carlo — January 29, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    This is so cute! I’ll definitely try this out this coming weekend for a birthday celebration of my niece. Thanks for the ideas.

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    Holly Buelna — June 17, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Hi, this looks so fun, wish to do this on the 4th but where do I find the straws?

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      Katrina Bahl — June 29, 2015 at 11:31 am

      Hi Holly. I found them at Target. I also linked to them at the bottom of the post found on Amazon. Thanks for commenting!

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    Taylor Youmans — June 27, 2015 at 11:05 am

    where can you find sobe pina colada

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      Katrina Bahl — June 29, 2015 at 11:25 am

      You can find it online (linked to Amazon above), or at most grocery stores. I would also try a gas station/convenience store.

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    Taylor Youmans — June 27, 2015 at 11:06 am

    can you use regular Gatorade

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      Katrina Bahl — June 29, 2015 at 11:24 am

      You need to use something with less sugar than the bottom 2 layers, so that’s why I used G2.

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    Taylor Youmans — June 27, 2015 at 11:11 am

    where can you find the 1/2 milk bottles

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    Fox & Flock — June 27, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Love this! Definitely going to try it out for our 4th celebration. Grown ups are getting red, white and blue sangria, so the kids need something fun as well. Perfect!

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    Nat — June 30, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Do you have to use ice in order for it to work?

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      Katrina Bahl — July 16, 2015 at 9:12 am

      I haven’t tried it without ice. I’ve heard that you can use the back of a spoon to pour the drinks over that.

  73. #
    Megan — July 31, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I love this! I am going to change up the colors and use the idea to make “potion” drinks for a Harry Potter party. So much fun!

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    Molly — July 1, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Would u be able to use any type of juice for any of the parts? For instance could u use red Minute Maid fruit punch instead of red Cran Apple juice and what would be any other option for white?

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    Stacy — October 13, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    This is a fantastic drink idea for any red white and blue party. Love it!

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    Sabrina B — February 27, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    love this, thank you even if not 4th of July, also any thoughts for green for St Patrick’s Day?

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    Pernissa — June 8, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Once the ice starts to melt do the colors blend together? I was going to make these an hour or so ahead of time and take them to a gathering

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    Vicki — June 27, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Pouring slowly over the back of a spoon works really well for layering, too. Just make sure the spoon is very close to the top of the liquid below, and pour slowly. I can’t wait to try these!

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    Simran — February 27, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    😀 I love these! heeee! Nice one 😉

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