Layered Patriotic Drink


I have to share this drink that’s so perfect for the 4th of July and it’s kid-friendly, too.  This would be so perfect for a BBQ, picnic, party…whatever you are planning for the 4th!

I had my first layered drink, called a “Toucan”, when Mr. Wishes and I were staying at a resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic years ago.  I thought it was the coolest thing ever and always wondered how they got the layers to stay separated the way that they did.  It was time to try one out for myself…

When it comes to layering drinks, you can do whatever your preference is, but I did read when doing some research on them that the secret is in the sugar content of the liquids.  You don’t want to use anything that’s sugarless because it will affect the layering.  So, at least make sure each liquid has some sort of sugar content in it.  Also, you can really do this with any color combination that you choose.  You can even just do red and blue and leave out the white!  The other secret to success with layered drinks is using a LOT of ice. After you add your bottom layer you need to fill the glass all the way to the top with ice and pour the second layer very, very slowly and directly on top of an ice cube and let it make it’s way down the glass gradually.  Pouring the drink this way will ensure that each new layer will lay on top of the previous layer.

These drinks are super cute and clever and people will be so impressed by them!  They do taste better once you mix them up with a straw and the flavors meld together, but serve them to everyone first and let them do their own mixing 🙂

I truly hope you have a safe and very enjoyable holiday!

Layered Patriotic Non-Alcoholic Drink for the 4th of July. Kid-friendly!

Here’s a picture of the “Toucan”.  Don’t mind this really OLD picture!

Majestic Elegance, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic


Cranberry juice, Cran-Apple juice, OR red Hawaiian Punch (you want something somewhat sugary)
White Sobe Pina Colada flavored drink (can also use regular Sprite/Sierra Mist)
Blue G2 Gatorade
ice cubes


Fill your glass 1/3 of the way full with RED cranberry juice.
Next, fill to the top of the glass with ice cubes.
Slowly (VERY slowly!!!) pour the remaining colored drinks directly on top of a piece of ice and let them run down the ice cubes.  Do this super slowly as to not have the colors mix together.


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44 Responses to “Layered Patriotic Drink”

  1. Joe DiBella
    June 28, 2013 at 12:24 AM #

    is there raw flour in this?

    • June 28, 2013 at 1:18 AM #

      Ha Ha. Such a jokester! Enjoy the last few days of your vacation 🙂

  2. Joe DiBella
    June 28, 2013 at 12:25 AM #

    Sorry ash, Grandma Higbee hacked my account..this looks lovely.

    • June 28, 2013 at 1:19 AM #

      She’s a tricky one, that Grandma Higgins 🙂

  3. June 28, 2013 at 9:07 AM #

    Love this! The kids have been wanting me to try to do this type of drink but I am not sure if I am skilled enough to pour it just right!

    • June 28, 2013 at 11:50 AM #

      It doesn’t take much skill, I promise! LOL

  4. June 28, 2013 at 9:16 AM #

    Um, awesome!! Never have had (or made) a layered drink before, but I love how festive this is!

    • June 28, 2013 at 11:50 AM #

      Thanks, Marie! This was my first layered drink 🙂

  5. June 28, 2013 at 11:42 AM #

    This looks beautiful! Can’t wait to try making these for all the holidays and their respective color combos! Great post. Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. June 28, 2013 at 12:17 PM #

    These are so pretty! It looks like something you would get on vacation. Good job recreating your vacay drink. Happy 4th!

    • June 28, 2013 at 12:19 PM #

      Thanks so much, Jenna!!

  7. June 28, 2013 at 1:15 PM #

    What a cool 4th of July drink! I’m surprised how easy it is to create the color separation!

    • June 28, 2013 at 1:31 PM #

      I was too, Monica!!

  8. June 28, 2013 at 1:52 PM #

    That is a beautiful drink and so very festive too! Perfect for 4th of July. Happy Friday Ashley!

    • June 28, 2013 at 1:59 PM #

      Thanks and same goes to you!

  9. June 28, 2013 at 3:46 PM #

    Pretty genius, I want to try this with every color possible now!

    • June 28, 2013 at 4:09 PM #

      Thanks so much, Pamela!

  10. Nessa
    June 28, 2013 at 6:15 PM #

    Love this! So pretty 🙂

    • June 28, 2013 at 6:23 PM #

      Thank you, Nessa! I loved the colors 🙂

  11. June 28, 2013 at 9:07 PM #

    Oh that is way too gorgeous 😀


  12. June 28, 2013 at 9:29 PM #

    This is SO cool!! I love how festive it is :).

    • June 28, 2013 at 11:44 PM #

      Thank you, Hannah!

  13. June 29, 2013 at 11:01 AM #

    Oh my gosh I just love this!! So fun and festive!

  14. June 30, 2013 at 2:23 PM #

    Must try this layered drink! It’s so pretty! Thanks for the tips!

  15. June 30, 2013 at 3:14 PM #

    So pretty! I do this with booze sometimes (in which case it’s called a pousse-café), and it’s always so much fun to look at and drink. The sugar thing is interesting. In the case of booze, it’s all about the density of the liquor or liqueur – you put the ingredient with the heavier density in first, they layer lighter ones on top. Really interesting post – thanks.

    • June 30, 2013 at 4:58 PM #

      That’s good to know!!!

  16. July 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM #

    Such a fun drink. I could use one right now.

  17. July 1, 2013 at 5:46 PM #

    What a festive drink! Wish I had had one of those when we were in Punta Cana, but I guess I can make my own at home 🙂

    • July 1, 2013 at 5:57 PM #

      That was the first time I’d ever seen one! Thanks for stopping by, Christin!

  18. July 2, 2013 at 11:50 PM #

    Look at you and Mr. Wishes — too cute, Ash! Love this drink. It’s gorgeous and I know it tastes good 🙂 and that Toucan one doesn’t look too bad either!! Haha.

  19. July 3, 2013 at 1:03 AM #

    Love these great patriotic drinks!! Thanks for sharing the tips of how to get the layers. I need to try some of these fun drinks soon!

    • July 3, 2013 at 1:27 AM #

      It’s not too difficult if you do it right! Now I will make layered drinks all the time 🙂

  20. ruth
    July 3, 2013 at 9:44 AM #

    This looks lovely. I can’t wait to impress my kids! Just found your site and I’m glad I did. Thank you.

    • July 3, 2013 at 10:30 AM #

      I’m glad you found me too, Ruth!! Thanks so much!

  21. Katieeee
    May 24, 2014 at 3:23 PM #



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