Red, White and Blue Layered Drink {Kid Friendly}

This Red, White, and Blue Layered Drink is a great Patriotic Holiday Drink; It’s a fun summer drink and science lesson.  Both kids and adults will be WOWED by this fun and tasty drink. It’s fun to watch and delicious to drink. Come on in and I’ll share how you can make this summer drink…

red, white and blue layered drink

Red, White & Blue Layered Drink

This layered red, white and blue drink is a fun drink recipe to make. Perfect for a Captain America theme, Memorial Day, or the Fourth of July celebrations. It’s the perfect summer drink for potlucks just like this Copy-Cat Sonic Ocean Water, or watermelon juice

red, white, and blue layered drink

This drink is so much fun to watch being made. My kids were so amazed to see that the layers did not blend together making a mixture, but sat on top of each other creating a fun ombre drink. It’s not only a fun drink, it’s a refreshing drink on a hot summer day.

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It’s not magic though –  it’s science. I explained to the kids that were gathered around me that sugar has weight.

Here’s what creates the layers…

  • The drink with the highest sugar content or weight, of course, sits at the bottom – making it the bottom layer – (our white layer)
  • The middle layer (our red layer) when compared to the other two drinks – has a medium amount of sugar content – less sugar than the bottom layer but more than the top
  • The top layer (which is our blue layer) is the one with the least amount of sugar floating at the top

Now that you know how easy it is to create layers by weight (sugar), you can create any colored layered drinks you can imagine. So, even if Independence Day isn’t your theme, then you can create a drink for whatever you have in mind.

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How do you make multi-layered drinks?

(my recipe is in the printable, below)

  1. Find 2 or more colored drinks that have different amounts of sugar grams
  2. The grams of sugar between the drinks should be different by at least 10 grams
  3. The drink with the most grams of sugar will be the one that sits at the bottom
  4. Then, the drink with the medium amount of sugar will float in the middle
  5. The sugar drink with the least amount of sugar will float at the top

Stacking the layers…

  1. *An important step before you begin layering – Another component should be ice
  2. The glass should be filled with ice to create a buffer between the layers
  3. When you pour the drink, pour so that the liquid hits an ice cube and is not directed into the drink layered below it
  4. Garnish with a cute straw

Should you mix a layered drink?

  • That is completely up to you. Hopefully, each layer will provide a delicious flavor and as you drink it your drink will change flavor as you complete it. If you think the layered flavors will pair better blended, then use your straw to mix the layers together before drinking for a mixture with a better taste
how to make a red, white, and blue layered drink

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Here’s the printable recipe for these layered drinks…

red, white and blue layered drink

Red, White and Blue Layered Drink {Kid Friendly}

Make fun layered drinks with the kids for a summer treat. 
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 8 glasses
Calories: 1172cal
Author: Melissa
Cost: $10


  • .5 liter Pina Colada Drink Mix
  • 32 oz. Cran-Pineapple Drink 
  • .5 gallon Blue Hawaiian Punch Drink 
  • Ice  enough to fill each glass


  • Fill the glass with ice so that is packed in completely
  • If using a straw, add it now before pouring the drink
  • Pour the first layer (Pina Colada) – the one with the most grams of sugar about 1/3 of the way
  • Let it settle
  • Directing the second drink (Cran-Pineapple) onto a cube of ice, pour another layer (this should be the drink with the medium amount of grams of sugar) 
  • Finally, adding more ice if necessary add the last layer – the blue Hawaiian Punch 


The Formula: 
Substitute any drink within your grocery drink aisle, just be sure to look at the sugar content. You’ll want 3 drinks with different sugar content and the amount should at least be 10 grams of sugar apart. The heaviest amount of sugar will be the bottom layer and the least amount will be the top
nutrition facts are only an estimate 


Calories: 1172cal | Carbohydrates: 301g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 580mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 290g | Vitamin A: 32IU | Vitamin C: 129mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg
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