Sips | 4th of July Drinks
If you sit in just the right spot on my deck you can enjoy some cocktails and see several cities’ worth of Fourth of July celebrations. And if you wait a little longer, you can see all of the fireworks people buy in another states in every direction.
So this year, instead of fighting it out over blanket boundaries and spilling your drink all over the grass I will be happy at home celebrating our nation’s birthday. And since we have such a great view, I know I won’t be alone.
Along with the standard barbecue, I plan on offering some special treats just for the grown-ups to put the extra sparkle in our evening.
Click on the photos for these thirst quenching recipes to celebrate the sparks after the sun goes down and the fireworks begin.
This red, white and blue drink is a perfect sipper that mixes in the sweetness of summer fruit (from watermelon schnapps and cranberry juice) with a fizzy spice of sparklers (from jalapeno pepper slices) courtesy of Guy Fieri.
Guy Fieri at Food Network Magazine
I am a huge fan of sangria. Just something about all of that fruit in a pitcher makes it seem almost healthy, right? And wine is always at our celebrations. Here is a beautiful option full of strawberries, blueberries and pineapple from Recipe Girl.
I am in love of how blue this margarita is. Perfect with a couple of cherries, or freeze some cherries or sliced strawberries to pour this over. (I prefer mine always over the rocks please, not blended.)
One Martini at a Time
Grab some festive straws and cheers! to this Fireworks Daiquiri.
Food Network Kitchen
For other ways to bring a blast to your Independence Day, try:
- Freezing blueberries, cherries, strawberries or raspberries to make red and blue ice cubes for your mojitos or other clear drinks.
- Decorate a drink rim out of colored salt or sugar.
- Serve more than one drink in single colors for a big impact
- Pick a glass that coordinates with your drink. Like a red-striped martini glass would be beautiful with a blue drink.
- Add a little sizzle with a glass lined with sour candy powder or Pop Rocks.
What will you be sipping on the 4th of July?
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