Red White and Blue Spritzers!

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red white and blue spritzer

With patriotic summer holidays coming up, I thought I’d show you a cute little way to make layered Red White and Blue spritzers that will delight young and old alike – and not take any longer than it does to pour a regular drink!

Check out some other patriotic recipes that would be perfect for a holiday party like Patriotic Cereal Treats, America’s Cake Truffles, Red, White and Blue Fortune Cookies, and Punch Bowl Cake.


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red white and blue spritzer ingredients

Recipe Ingredients: Blue Gatorade, Sprite Zero or Diet 7-Up and Cranberry Juice Cocktail

A word about substitutions for the red, white, and blue spritzers:

This is one of the few recipes I have that I’m gonna tell you it’s best not to make any substitutions. Why? Because I’ve tried them and they don’t work.

Blue Kool-Aid? Nope, tried it and it didn’t work.
Regular Sprite or 7-Up? Nope, tried it and it didn’t work.
Lower Calorie Cranberry Juice? Nope, tried it and it didn’t work.

And don’t even think about using the new G2 Gatorade. As much as I am a fan of it, it won’t work for these red, white, and blue spritzers.

You really need these three things in particular to layer because each of these liquids have a density slightly lighter than the layer beneath it but heaver than the one on top of it.

That is what makes this work so well :).

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glass filled with ice

Fill your glasses with ice.

Ice is important here because when we pour our liquids that ice serves as a breakwater to help keep our layers separated.

red layer of spritzer

Add in your first layer, which is cranberry juice cocktail.

blue layer of spritzer

Slowly pour the blue gatorade over the ice in each glass.

white layer of spritzer

Now add Diet Sprite or 7-Up

red white and blue spritzer

 Now drink it! 🙂

red white and blue spritzer

Red, White, and Blue Spritzers!

A whole roundup of red, white, and blue patriotic themed dishes! Lots of recipes, fun dishes, and great treats to add to your celebration.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 121kcal


  • Diet 7-Up or Diet Sprite
  • Blue Gatorade Not G2, but regular Gatorade
  • Cranberry Juice Cocktail

Note, please see post on why substitutions will not work in this recipe


  • Fill glasses with ice.
  • Pour a layer of Cranberry Juice Cocktail first, then follow by slowly pouring gatorade over the ice to help keep it from mixing. Top by slowly pouring diet 7-up or sprite on top.
  • Serve!


Calories: 121kcal
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Here are some more patriotic recipes to go with the red, white, and blue spritzers:

Patriotic Cereal Treats

America’s Cake Truffles

Red, White and Blue Fortune Cookies

Punch Bowl Cake


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~Helen Keller

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This recipe featured on Meal Plan Monday & Weekend Potluck!

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this today to be sure I could do the layers before serving it on the 4th. Omg it works! So beautiful and what a refreshing drink on a 115* day!!

  2. These are so very good and kids get a kick out of them. We live in Tennessee and I’ve shared this recipe with our Washington state family to make for our grandkids who are 8, 7 and 5. I know they will love them also.
    I have used so many of your recipes throughout the years I have been following you. Thanks sweetie. ❤

  3. Super cute, and fun for an outdoor celebration! Thank you for testing out substitutions, and reporting back. I’ve been to skeptical to try drinks similar to this before mostly because of lack of instructions. I appreciate your testing it out, and look forward to trying them soon.

  4. Looks so cute! And yes, without your notes I would definitely have tried to make them with regular soda instead of diet.

  5. 5 stars
    The perfect drink to go with my patriotic cake bites! I’m very excited to try this. I just hope it turns out like the pic. Seems easy enough. I’ll let you guys guys know how they turn out, can hardly wait!

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