Where to Find Red, White and Blue Cocktails in Philly this July 4

By Brandi Giliotti | July 1, 2019 | Food & Drink

For America’s 243rd birthday, some Philly restaurants are celebrating in style by breaking out the bubbly. Whether they were inspired by Betsy Ross or Ben Franklin, these signature sips are the perfect pair to a midday stroll through all the local tourist spots for an unforgettable night of fireworks.

The Blueberry Coconut Sparkler at Sonesta

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Sonesta has always been one of Philadelphia’s premiere spots for rest and relaxation. Now it’s proudly showing its colors with the Blueberry Coconut Sparkler. Served up in true red, white and blue fashion, this drink comes with a lot of blueberries and even more coconut rum. Only available July 4th. 1800 Market St., 215.561.7500, sonesta.com

The Betsy Ross at Franklin Social

Franklin Social naturally gets its inspiration from Philadelphia’s founding members. Located just blocks away from both the Liberty Bell and Penn’s Landing, it’s an ideal spot for enjoying a meal, then seeing the sights! Try any of their incredible signature cocktails, like the iconic Betsy Ross: a classic mix of white rum, fresh lemon juice, honey syrup, and a touch of thyme. Also specially available from the 4th through the weekend is the strawberry lemonade margaritas. 401 Chestnut St., 215.925.0000, marriott.com

Martinis at The Continental, Midtown

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This hidden gem is nestled deep in the heart of Center City, just blocks away from One Liberty Observation Deck. Here, guests will be treated to amazing appetizers with a customizable make your own martini menu to match. It’s the perfect place to enjoy dinner while remaining steps away from all of the holiday activities. 1801 Chestnut St., 215.567.1800, continentalmartinibar.com

Froses at Assembly Rooftop Lounge

Nine stories up from Logan Square, guests of this lounge will be met with fabulous views of the skyline. During their stay, they can also expect the house’s signature Frosé as well as flavorful small plates. 1840 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215.783.4171, assemblyrooftop.com

Sonny and Rico Rose Slushees at The Moshulu

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Enjoy all of the history that Philadelphia has to offer by coming aboard the iconic Moshulu, which still holds the record for the largest, oldest square-rigged sailing vessel on the water. Have a lavish evening you’ll never forget, or stop by midday to cool off with new signature slushee-style cocktails. Pick between The Bacardi Rum and passionfruit Sonny or the sparkling rosé and strawberry Rico Rosé. Or, if you can’t decide, the staff can combine the two. Available from 6/28 through the season. 401 S. Columbus Blvd, Penn’s Landing, 215.923.2500, moshulu.com

Flavorful Spirits at Art in the Age

Appreciate the local talent by trying Art in the Age’s distilled spirits, created by milling the grain by hand. They also boast organically sourced ingredients and flavors in their spirits—think homegrown herbs and farm to table fruits. Located amongst the historic sights of Old City, it’s a perfect place to take a break from all the festivities. 116 N. Third St., 215.922.2600, artintheage.com

Really Old Fashioned, and the Liberty at City Tavern

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Recreate the first Fourth of July in the place where it all began. Step into City Tavern and see the place where the founding fathers might’ve enjoyed drinks like these Independence Day specials. Make George Washington and his Rye Whiskey distillery proud when you try the newest addition to the menu, the Really Old Fashioned, a whiskey served on the rocks with flavors of muddled orange, cherry, and raspberry shrub. 138 S. Second St. at Walnut St., 215.413.1443, citytavern.com

Beers at the Royal Boucherie

Philly’s known for a lot of things, just as the Royal Boucherie is known for its classy dining, elegant atmosphere and innovative fare. Instead of a single signature cocktail, this high-end brasserie is embracing America’s love of burgers and beer with pairings starting at $20. Stay for a decadent dessert or head out to the Delaware River to see the sights. 52 S. Second St., 267.606.6313, royalboucherie.com

Clover Club at the Olde Bar

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Celebrate in style by taking dining in one of Philly’s most elegant oyster bar and cocktail lounge. Expect to be seated in a venue full of history and attention to detail, as well as having to choose between any of their innovative bar selections. Order their signature drink, the Clover Club, with a blend of Bluecoat gin and Dolin Dry mixed with egg white, lemon, and raspberry. 125 Walnut St., 215.253.3777, theoldebar.com



Photography by: From top to bottom: Photo courtesy of Sonesta Philadelphia, Photo by Danielle DelRe courtest of The Continental Midtown, Photo by Haley Vaughn courtesy of Moshulu, Photo by Phil Gajari courtesy of City Tavern, Photo courtesy of Olde Bar