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While it’s important to stay hydrated with water, a long weekend paired with heat might also call for some boozy refreshments. After all, it is a birthday celebration and a day off work.

That’s right, it’s time to once again enjoy that very special long weekend that honours our fair nation’s birthday. This weekend is almost always hot, hot, hot — and it’s looking like this year, the weather won’t be any different, considering the heat wave predicted for many parts of Canada.

Since so many iced treats and drinks have gotten the alcoholic treatment in the last few years, we rounded up all the red and white ones to keep you quenched and patriotic this Canada Day long weekend. Pick a fave, grab a seat on your favourite deck chair and enjoy.

Monday-Off Margarita

Although margaritas tend to be on the salty & sour side, these fruity mixes are a nice twist on the tequila based drink.

Snappable Slushies

Boozy slushies bring a whole new element of refreshing to summertime cocktails. The contrast of slush with red wine makes the drink picture perfect — and patriotic.

Bae Sorbet

If you’re looking for a dessert in a drink, look no further than this milkshake-esque confection that has the colours of the Canadian flag. The ingredients are pretty straightforward and the combination looks so beautiful you would never even think it was that easy. This may be a one-time only type of cocktail, but it’s sure to wow your guests if you’re throwing a get together for Canada’s birthday.

Sangria Pitcher

What is summer without sangria? This fruity wine cocktail is ideal for a hot day, and it’s perfect for sharing. Plus, this certain colour scheme makes it an absolute must this weekend.


Gin & Bare It

Apparently gin goes just as well with strawberry as it does tonic! This patriotic spin on the classic cocktail is easy, and cute for the ‘gram.


If You Like Pina Coladas…

Then you’ll probably like this too. If anything will make you feel like you’re actually at an all-inclusive resort and not trying to prevent yourself from melting at a family barbecue this weekend, this drink will. Pinky Pina-Promise.

Pop Of Popsicles

Red + White = Watermelon Pink. These boozy pops are a surefire hit to keep cool this weekend.


Tequila Time

This tequila cocktail is part cocktail, part slushy, part dessert — and we are here for it. Farm fresh strawberries, tequila, coconut, pineapple, vanilla bean, cinnamon, and lime… how can you go wrong?

Your icy, refreshing, muddled strawberry tequila cocktail is ready to go, friends! Had such a fun time crowdsourcing this recipe (if you caught my stories this weekend, you may have weighed in) and I have to say, you guys have EXCELLENT taste. Farm fresh strawberries and tequila are a killer combo, especially when you bring coconut, pineapple, vanilla bean, cinnamon, and lime to the party. It’s like all of your poolside margarita/pina colada/strawberry daiquiri dreams came true in one lightly spiced, well balanced glass. 🌵BONUS: for all of you who voted rum, I made sure this recipe could stand up to either, so I included that version below. 🌵DOUBLE BONUS: couldn’t help but test a non-alocohlic option that looks the same and tastes amazing. That’s down there too! 🍓 🍓 🍓 CINNAMON STRAWBERRY TEQUILA COLADA 2 oz anejo tequila (or anejo Puerto Rican rum) .75 oz Coco Lopez (get this at the grocery store) .75 oz pineapple juice .5 oz fresh strained lime dash of angostura bitters strawberry cinnamon stick (optional: vanilla bean) 🍓 Gently muddle 1 strawberry in the bottom of an empty cocktail shaker. Grate enough cinnamon stick into the shaker to almost cover the bottom (microplane works best). If using the vanilla bean, cut off a half inch piece and split it lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds and add them to the shaker, along with the rest of the half inch piece. Add ice and remaining ingredients. Shake well for 15 seconds, then strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Add more crushed ice to top, then grate more cinnamon stick over the ice. Garnish with a halved strawberry and optional vanilla bean. Serve with a straw. 🍓 Alcohol free variation: use 2 oz good coconut water (like Harmless Harvest in the refrigerated section) instead of the tequila, and use .75 oz (instead of .5 oz) fresh squeezed/strained lime juice. 🍓 🍓 🍓 #feedfeed #smploves #tequila #pinacolada #buzzfeast #lcdotcomloves

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With a Fruit Skewer On Top

We give this drink an A+ for presentation. This fruit skewer provides the perfect colour juxtaposition for the pink drink — making it ideal for a Canada Day weekend hashtag.