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Bomb Pop Cocktail takes a classic childhood frozen treat and turns it into a boozy beverage. This quick and easy recipe can be made in minutes and is a fun way to celebrate the 4th of July!
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Table of Contents
  1. Boozy Bomb Pop Cocktail
  2. Why We Love This Bomb Pop Cocktail Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Bomb Pop Cocktail
  7. Tips
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. Other Easy Summer Cocktail Recipes
  10. Bomb Pop Cocktail Recipe

Our Bomb Pop Cocktail is a quick and easy Red, White and Blue cocktail made to mimic the iconic flavors of the frozen popsicle and served as a boozy beverage. This simple recipe takes just a few minutes to prepare with only 4 ingredients and no shakers or blenders needed.

The perfect drink to celebrate Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day, or just if you are feeling in a patriotic mood! Serve it alongside our 4th of July Red, White and Blue Jello Shots!

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Boozy Bomb Pop Cocktail

This Bomb Pop Cocktail is the perfect combination of grenadine, spiked lemonade, and food-safe colored vodka, filled with the same nostalgic flavors and colors of the classic ice cream truck treat, but turned into a red, white and blue layered libation.

Just in time for the holiday festivities, this patriotic popsicle cocktail is a cool and refreshing way to celebrate the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day and a fun, fast way to get your buzz on!

Inspired by The Tasty Travelers, to make this alcoholic adult treat, simply start with the heaviest liquid (the one with the highest amount of sugar) on the bottom of the glass and pour the lighter two layers on top.

This deliciously festive boozy Bomb Pop drink is the ideal cold cocktail that’s perfect for showcasing your patriotic pride.

Fireworks aren’t going to be the only fun at this year’s festivities. Sip on these cocktails with my festive food and 4th of July Desserts.

Why We Love This Bomb Pop Cocktail Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make in mere minutes.
  • Only uses 4 ingredients plus ice.
  • Cold and refreshing drink with a simple spike for sweet summer sipping.
  • A kid-friendly frozen pop takes an adult turn.
  • Perfect for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day weekend, pool parties, or warm weather get-togethers.
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Ingredients

  • Grenadine
  • Ice
  • Lemonade
  • Vodka
  • Blue food-safe coloring

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Substitutions and Additions

  • Forgo The Food-Safe Color: Instead of coloring the clear vodka, you can create a blue liquid layer using blue raspberry vodka (like Bacardi Razz), Smirnoff Ice Red, White and Berry, or any other blue colored liquors, like blue curacao or blue raspberry rum.
  • Lemonade Layer: Instead of spiking the lemonade with vodka, you can use Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Smirnoff Ice, or a citrus vodka instead.
  • Make It A Mocktail: You can easily make this a mocktail for the kids and friends who don’t indulge by simply by omitting the alcohol. You can also replace the lemonade with Sprite use blue gatorade or Hawaiian Punch for the blue layer.
  • Other Serving Suggestions: While I used a 16-ounce glass for a dramatic effect to my drinks, there are so many other fun ways to serve red, white and blue cocktail. Here are a few of my favorites:
    • Serve Shots: If you don’t’ want to make an entire 16-ounce cocktail you can make shots instead. I recommend preparing them in tall shot glasses so you can showcase the layering effect. 
    • Prepare In A Pitcher: For a group-gathering, feel free to make an entire pitcher and let your friends serve themselves.
    • Serve As A Slushie: Serve your cocktail as a red, white, and blue slushie, simply by crushing your ice and following the same layering steps.
  • 2 16-ounce glasses
  • Measuring cup
  • Spoon
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How to Make Bomb Pop Cocktail

This Bomb Pop Cocktail recipe is a quick and easy way to recreate the nostalgic popsicle flavors with an adult spin. Perfect for all of your holiday festivities, this boozy beverage is served as a cool sip instead of frozen on a stick!

  1. Assemble: Add grenadine into each glass and then fill it with ice. Pour the lemonade vodka mixture over of the red layer, and then top it with the blue-colored vodka.
    Pro Tip: When adding iced to the glasses, make sure to leave about 1 inch at the top. Pour the 2nd and 3rd layer in using the back of a spoon. This spreads out the density of the liquid to help ensure the layers don’t mix when pouring.
  2. Serve: Garnish each glass with a Bomb Pop Popsicle to use as a stirrer. Serve and enjoy!
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Tips

  • You can use Mike’s Hard Lemonade instead of regular lemonade. The flavor will be very similar but the cocktail will be a little more potent.
  • You can make this drink as a cocktail for adults or a mocktail for kids.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What size glass should I use to serve my cocktails?

I like to use a tall glass for this recipe (I used 16-ounce glasses). If you use a smaller-sized glass, it may be more difficult to see the different colored layers because you will not be using as much liquid.

How should I pour each layer into my glasses.

For this recipe, I find it easiest to flip a spoon over and carefully pour the liquids over the back of the spoon so that it drips gently in. This spreads out the density of the liquid as it pours so that each layer can float over the red liquid instead of breaking into it.

How do you ensure that the colors stay separate in this cocktail?

For the most distinct stripes in your cocktail, pour the densest liquid first, working your way up to the least dense. In this recipe, the grenadine should stay on the bottom of the glass since it is heavier and thicker than the other two liquids.
Or, if you want your layers to bleed into each other a little, pour the least dense liquid first, and as the denser liquid trickles to the bottom, the layers will combine a little.

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Other Easy Summer Cocktail Recipes

5 from 1 vote
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Bomb Pop Cocktail

Serves — 2
Bomb Pop Cocktail takes a classic childhood frozen treat and turns it into a boozy beverage. This quick and easy recipe can be made in minutes and is a fun way to celebrate the 4th of July!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ounces grenadine divided
  • Small ice
  • ½ cup Lemonade divided
  • 6 ounces Vodka
  • blue food-safe coloring

Instructions
 

Red Layer:

  • Add 1 ounce of grenadine into each glass

White Layer:

  • Carefully fill glass with ice leaving about 1 inch at the top
  • Mix ½ cup of lemonade with 3 ounces vodka
  • Slowly pour half into each glass, over the back of a spoon

Blue Layer:

  • Mix 2 ounces vodka with 1 drop of food-safe blue coloring, and slowly pour over the back of a spoon
  • Garnish with a Bomb Pop Popsicle

Jenn’s Notes

Tips:
  • You can use Mike’s Hard Lemonade instead of regular lemonade. The flavor will be very similar but the cocktail will be a little more potent.
  • You can make this drink as a cocktail for adults or a mocktail for kids.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 9mg | Sugar: 20g | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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