Red, White & Blue Layered Drinks for the 4th of July! |

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been totally enamored with layered drinks… not only are they gorgeous to look at, but they also have an air of magic about them. How else could layers of liquid float on top of one another?! (Spoiler alert: it’s not magic, and I’m going to tell you how to do it!) On Sunday, my aunt was talking about a cocktail she got at a restaurant once that had 21 layers! That’s crazy! She said it came in a tall, skinny glass and each layer was literally a single sip. Her story and the upcoming holiday inspired me to take a crack at a pretty layered drink in festive red, white and blue.

Red, White & Blue Layered Drinks for the 4th of July! |

The secret to making a layered drink? It’s all in the sugar! Drinks with a higher sugar content are naturally denser, so they sink to the bottom. So, you can use any type of drink you want to get the desired effect as long as you pour the drinks from most sugar content to least, and you’ll have your layers!

Red, White & Blue Layered Drinks for the 4th of July! |

For this drink, I used cranberry juice (28 grams sugar) on the bottom, 7-UP (25 grams sugar) in the middle and blue Powerade (0 grams sugar) on top.

The combination of flavors actually tastes great and there’s a little bubbly action due to the 7-UP, which I love. Now that I know how to make layered drinks, they’ll definitely be a fun addition to different holidays and special occasions. I’m thinking candy cane for Christmas!

Red, White & Blue Layered Drinks for the 4th of July! |

One year ago: Blueberry-Peach Coffee Cake
Two years ago: No-Bake S’mores Pie
Four years ago: Cherry Crisp
Six years ago: Roasted Shrimp and Orzo

Red, White & Blue Layered Drinks

An easy, festive drink perfect for the 4th of July!
4.50 (2 ratings)


  • Ice
  • Cranberry Juice
  • 7-UP
  • Blue Powerade


  • Fill glasses two-thirds full with ice.
  • Pour the cranberry juice about one-third of the way up each glass. Slowly pour the 7-UP another third of the way up the glass. Finally, slowly pour the blue Powerade to the top of the glass. Insert a straw and serve!


Nutritional values are based on one drink
Calories: 232kcal, Carbohydrates: 59g, Sodium: 32mg, Potassium: 112mg, Sugar: 58g, Vitamin C: 24.6mg

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