Red White and Blue vodka drink sparkles with three sweet layers of patriotic colors on your party table.
The layered red, white, and blue cocktail is a delicious blend of vodka, lemonade, blue curaçao, and grenadine. This drink has a sweet citrus taste with a hint of tang from the lemonade. Layering this drink is simple and makes a beautiful cocktail.
In this post we go over all the techniques needed to learn how to properly layer drinks.
This is a simple and pretty drink to make. It tastes delicious with strong notes of cherry and Citrus.
Watch me make the Red White and Blue layered Vodka
Enjoy this yummy fruity mixed drink with Grenadine, vodka, lemonade, and beautiful blue Curacao.
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How do you make a Red, White, and Blue drink?
A red, white, and blue drink can be made using ingredients with differing amounts of sugar. This drink can be made using any ingredient combination. Before choosing the ingredients, think about how you want the colors to layer in the drink. The Syrup or alcohol with the most sugar will sink to the bottom of the glass.
Blue Curacao has a heavier sugar content than the lemonade, but a lower sugar content than the grenadine. In order to swap the white and blue layer, you need to find a white ingredient with more sugar than the blue curaçao.
What is layering in Mixology?
Layering in Mixology is the art of floating different ingredients in layers. These ingredients are usually bright contrasting colors. The higher density ingredients will sink to the bottom of the glass. Lighter density ingredients are gently floated on top of the previous layer.
How do layered cocktails work?
Layered cocktails work by gently layering ingredients with differing levels of density on top of each other. The layers in the cocktail are created by using a gentle pour method (usually with a spoon) to avoid mixing them together. In order to layer a cocktail, the sugar content of the ingredients needs to be calculated. The ingredients must be gently and slowly poured into the drink to avoid mixing the layers.
Layered cocktails are slow poured and not shaken. If you shake or stir a layered cocktail, the layers will mix together.
Popular Layered Drinks or Shots
Layering drinks or shots is a practice that has been popular in the world of mixology for decades. Recently there has been an upward trend in layered drinks. The rise of social media and photography has made eye catching cocktails popular again. Here are a few popular layered drinks our shots:
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot
- Malibu Sunset Cocktail
- Firecracker Cocktail
- Tequila Sunrise
- Bay Breeze Cocktail
- Bob Marley Shot
- Mermaid Water
- B-52 Shot
- Old Glory Shot (red, white, and blue)
- Slippery Nipple
- Jello Shots (these can be made in any color or layer combination)
Red White and Blue Layered Drink:
If you and your friends love sweet fruity vodka drinks. This one needs to go on your drink menu for all of your patriotic parties.
Good drinks with vodka are actually perfect for any event with complementary decor.
Do you Love the New England patriots or Buffalo Bills? Drink one of these red, white and blue cocktails as you watch the game.
Holiday cocktails with vodka are very popular and pretty inexpensive to make as cocktails go. This vodka cocktail recipe is easy to make with our tips. And it’s pretty easy on your party drinks budget too.
Your going to love the sweet cherry lemonade flavors in this tasty vodka cocktail. A beautiful, eye catching, patriotic drink.
You can get a large bottle of UNFLAVORED smirnoff vodka (or other inexpensive brand) and make a whole party worth of alcoholic drinks with vodka.
We used Skyy vodka for this red white and blue vodka recipe. Skyy brand is a good basic inexpensive vodka that works well for sweet mixed drinks like this one.
Unflavored Skyy vodka has zero sugar content. That’s what we are using blended with lemonade.
Langers brand of lemonade is available in most grocery stores. You can use any brand you like. Keep the sugar content similar for the layers to work as shown in this drink.
Blue Curacao is a blue dyed orange liqueur. It’s a gorgeous colored liqueur used in many blue drink recipes.
Layering the Red White and Blue:
It’s all about the sugar content of your ingredients: When layering any drink you have to layer the heaviest sugar content layer on the bottom of the drink.
Red White and Blue drink Ingredients:
- The Skyy vodka has zero sugar
- lemonade had about 3 grams of sugar per oz.
- Dekuyper Curaçao has about 5 grams of sugar in 1 oz.
- Grenadine has about 28 grams of sugar in 1 oz..
Red: Grenadine Layer
TIP: See the top of the vodka bottle? If you really hate spilling your liquor all over the counter use these bottle tops. I LOVE them.
White: Vodka/Lemonade layer
Next Pour the vodka and lemonade together in your shaker filled with ice.
and shake them until cold.
Use the back of a spoon as a shield to keep the vodka layer from mixing into the grenadine. You want it sitting on top of the grenadine.
Your first two layers.
Measure and pour the curaçao over the back of a spoon. It will fall onto the grenadine layer and stay there. The vodka/lemonade layer will float on top of the curacao.
Blue: Curacao Layer
Garnish however you like. For this cherry Citrus drink we chose a maraschino cherry.
NOTE: We gave you the exact brands and sugar contents so you can replicate our results exactly.
If you choose to use liqueurs or lemonade with different sugar contents you can get different results.
You can flip the blue layer to the top if you have the patience to do the math and figure out how to boost the sugar content of your lemonade with simple syrup so it’s heavier than the curacao. BUT this will make your drink pretty sweet.
We really love the flavor blends of this layered vodka drink as we made it. If you love a sweet vodka cocktail for summer this one is delicious.
Try the Red White and Blue for your Memorial Day, 4th of July or Labor Day parties. It’s a sure winner for the summer holiday season.
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Red White and Blue vodka drink sparkles with patriotic colors in three layers on your party table. It's delicious with sweet notes of cherry and Citrus.
- 1 oz Vodka
- 3 oz lemonade
- 1 oz grenadine
- 1 oz blue curaçao
- Use an 11 oz. hi ball glass
- Measure and pour 1 oz. grenadine into the bottom of the glass.
- fill the glass with ice.
- Measure the vodka and lemonade into your ice filled shaker.
- Shake until the shaker is very cold.
- Pour the shaker contents carefully into the glass over the back of a spoon so it won't mix into the grenadine
- Measure and pour the curacao over the back of a spoon down the side of the glass.
- watch the video for the technique.
- Garnish as desired.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 178Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 12mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 0gSugar 22gProtein 0g
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