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A Summer Spritzer Recipe for the Fourth of July (or Every Day of Summer)

Listen to me when I say, I don’t think it would necessarily be safe to put an air conditioner in your mouth.

It’s probably not possible.

But I feel the way the interwebs are going these days, I just need to make a disclaimer – it’s probably not a good idea to put an ac in your mouth.

BUT, on those hot days when the thought crosses your mind…and I feel like the thought does cross your mind (or is it just me?)…I have a better option 😉

How about a summer spritzer?

Alcoholic? Yes. AC in your mouth. Oh, you have no idea.

But you’re about to.

Refreshing Summer Spritzer

I specifically made this drink for the 4th of July. But after Beau and I tested it, we decided it will be making its appearance  on many a summer day.

summer spritzer recipe with berries

Fresh blueberries and FROZEN raspberries (we’ll get to that in a second) and a lemon will be our base.

Add 2 tablespoons of fresh blueberries to a jar.

Then 1 ounce blueberry vodka. Be sure to smell this blueberry vodka. I couldn’t stop smelling it. It was like opening a jar of summer! If you just have regular vodka, stick with that but double the amount of fresh blueberries.

Sugar is optional. I didn’t add it and the drink was not too tart at all. But if you want a little sweetness add your sweetener of choice (1 teaspoon) to the jar.

Muddle everything in the jar.

Add 1 cup ice.

Shake. Shake. Shake.

summer spritzer recipe with blueberries


Pour it into your cup of choice!

Add a splash of raspberry liqueur. If you have made these brownies true to form – you probably already have the raspberry liqueur. We use it ALL the time because it tastes so yummy and it smells like fresh raspberry preserves.

Then fill the cup up with ginger beer. Ginger beer is best know for the popular drink the Moscow Mule. Also refreshing! It is not alcoholic (think root beer but with a ginger flavor). I found ginger beer in World Market (and I also believe it is in Whole Foods). But if you can’t find it just grab club soda – yum!! (UPDATED NOTE: I have come to enjoy this more with club soda. Ginger beer can have a very distinct taste!)

To keep this drink really cool, how about some frozen raspberries.

summer spritzer with frozen raspberries


Throw. Them. In.

summer spritzer recipe

Now, take a sip. And another. And another.

And go ahead and make another one 😉

So, lets recap:


Now, if you’re feeling particularly fancy you go ahead and run to Pier 1 Imports where they are having a sale on all things 4th of July. You will find these festive pinwheel toothpicks. Which are perfect as a little stirrer for your spritzer but also for stabbing the berries and eating them at your leisure!

summer spritzer drink recipe


Summer Spritzer Recipe

  • Author: Bri McKoy
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


  • 2 tablespoons fresh blueberries
  • 1 oz blueberry vodka
  • Raspberry liqueur
  • Ginger Beer
  • Frozen raspberries
  • 1 tsp sweetener (optional)
  • 1 cup ice


  1. Muddle together fresh blueberries, vodka and sugar.
  2. Add 1 cup ice and shake.
  3. Pour into glass.
  4. Add a splash of the raspberry liqueur.
  5. Fill the rest of the glass with the ginger beer.
  6. Add frozen raspberries.


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  • Meg RJuly 3, 2013 - 3:31 pm

    First I love your blog – it’s always written so well! And your recipes are amazing. And they’re mostly paleo. And they’re picky husband approved! Win!

    Just curious – did you eat Hersey kisses and ball up the foil to get the decorations? I would have. 🙂

    Miss you, friend!ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyJuly 3, 2013 - 4:32 pm

      Meg! I just miss you so very much, luv! Thank you so much for the sweet comment. Really brightened my day 🙂 And no, I found these little metallic balls on super discount at Pier 1 but the Hersey kisses idea is AMAZING! Will have to try that next time!ReplyCancel

  • Susan MullinsJuly 15, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    This drink looks so cool and refreshing for summer – a must try!ReplyCancel

  • CaitlinJuly 15, 2013 - 6:37 pm

    I want to try this!!ReplyCancel

  • ShannonMarch 27, 2021 - 2:31 pm

    There’s no comment on how much lemon juice to use!ReplyCancel

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