Fourth Of July Food & Drinks

Fourth of July has been one of American's favorite holidays for many reasons, the great weather, the good food, a day off work- what's not to love?! Everything is decorated with red, white & blue; clothes, food, drinks, etc. If you're drawing a blank for a fun idea for a snack or drink to take along to the Fourth of July party you're attending, we're here to help! Check out our 10 favorite red, white & blue food and drinks!

4th Of July Bomb Pop

The key to created a color stacked drink is to pour based on the amount of sugar that is in the ingredients - check out the sugar level for the 3 mixers you use and pour from the highest sugar content to lowest.

Non-Alcoholic:

Red Fruit Punch (Cranberry Juice works too!)

Blue Gatorade

DIET Sprite/7Up

By using diet soda, it makes it a little easier to separate the different colored drinks. Adding ice? The best time to add the ice is after you've added the second layer and before you've added the third layer.

Alcoholic:

2 oz Bacardi Razz Rum (Mix w/ Grenadine)

2 oz Lemonade

2 oz Blue Curaco

You can use any clear alcohol you choose to mix with grenadine, we prefer rum but you might not! Try vodka or a Smirnoff Ice drink as the alcoholic mixer!

 

 

Sparkling Red, White & Blue Sangria

Sangria is one of the easiest drinks to make, throw everything together when you've got free time and let it sit in the refrigerator until it's party time.

1 Bottle Dry White Wine

1 Bottle Champagne OR Sparkling White Wine

2 Cups Fresh Blueberries

1 Cup Fresh Raspberries

1 Cup Apple Juice OR White Grape Juice

1 LB Fresh Strawberries

3-4 Granny Smith Apples OR Pears OR Pineapple

FIRST, stir together white wine, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and apple juice together in a large pitcher.  Cover and refrigerate for 1-4 hours, so that the flavors can meld.  The long this sits in the fridge, the more red the drink will become.

LATER, when you’re ready to serve the sangria, gradually stir in the champagne, apples and ice.  Serve immediately.

 

Fruit Skewers

Fruit skewers are probably the easiest snack to make and it's always a crowd pleaser. You also have a lot of freedom to choose your favorite fruits to add to this.

Red Fruits: Strawberries, Raspberries, Watermelon, Cherries, Grapes

Blue Fruits: Blueberries, Blackberries, Dark Grapes

White Fruits: Apple, Pineapple, Bananas

(Marshmallows, cheesecake bites or shortcake are non-fruit options)

 

Deviled Eggs

The dying process is simple and doesn't require any vinegar. You only need three ingredients - peeled hard boiled eggs, water and food coloring. I let the eggs sit in the dye for about 2 hours and then sliced them for deviled eggs.

  • 2 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tsp Vinegar
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Dry Mustard
  • Dash of Pepper
  • Dash of Onion Powder
  • Paprika (For Dusting)
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 How to hard boil eggs: Boil eggs in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring eggs to a boil. Cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 10 minutes. Drain eggs and cover with ice water. Peel shells off of eggs once cooled off.


How to dye eggs: Place eggs in a container and cover with water. You will need 20 drops of food coloring per 1/2 cup of water. Measure water that you pour over peeled hard boiled eggs and add the appropriate amount of food coloring. Allow to sit in food coloring mixture for 2 hours. Remove from food coloring and dry off.

Deviled Eggs: Slice hard boiled eggs in half. Remove yolks and mash. Add mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, dry mustard, pepper and onion powder. Stir well. Pipe yolk mixture into egg white halves. Sprinkle with paprika. Store in the refrigerator.
 

Berry Dessert Pizza

We love this dessert pizza because it looks great and tastes amazing. PLUS, the fruit makes us feel a little less guilty about eating dessert! You're free to create any design that you please as well, create a flag or free hand the design... it's up to you!

1 Package Sugar Cookie Dough

1 Package Cream Cheese (Softened)

2 Cups Heavy Cream

1 Cup Powdered Sugar

2 Teaspoons Lemon Zest

1 Cup Sliced Strawberries

1/2 Cup Blueberries

 

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Form the cookie dough into a large ball, then roll out into a flat circle on a pizza pan. It will expand, so make the crust slightly smaller in diameter than your pizza pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the crust turns slightly golden.

While the cookie crust is baking, whip the cream cheese for 2-3 minutes on high until it is smooth. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until it becomes stiff and peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese and add in the powdered sugar and lemon zest. Mix well until it's smooth and creamy. Cover and let it chill in the refrigerator.

Remove the cookie crust from the oven and let it cool for 15 minutes. You can place it in the refrigerator so it chills quicker. Once it's cool, spread the icing over the entire crust. Decorate the pizza with circles of alternating strawberries and blueberries, whatever design you desire. Serve immediately. Cover and save the leftovers in the refrigerator for up to five days.

7 Layer Flag Dip

This yummy appetizer is yet another quick and easy festive food that everyone will love! 

1 LB Ground Beef  (or vegetarian crumble)

2 Cans Refried Beans

1/4 Cup Salsa
1 Package Taco Seasoning 
4  Cups Shredded Lettuce
1/2 Cup  Olives, Sliced Lengthwise

2 Cups  Shredded Cheddar Cheese
2-3 Cups Cherry Tomatoes

 

In a large skillet, cook beef over a medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain off any extra grease. Next,  stir in the water, salsa  and taco seasoning. Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for about 10 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed.

Place refried beans in a 13-in. x 9-in. dish.  Next spread beef evenly over the top of chips.

Cover beef  with a layer of lettuce.

Arrange olive slices together in the upper left corner to form stars. For the  stripes, alternate tomatoes and cheese.

 

Red, White & Blue Cake Balls

 1 Box Cake Mix 

Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box

1 Container (12 oz) Whipped Frosting 

1 Bag (14 oz) Candy Melts

1 Teaspoon Shortening

Red & Blue Food Dye

Craft Sticks (flat wooden sticks with round ends)

Sprinkles

 

Use one box of white vanilla cake and mixed it according to the directions on the back.  Once mixed, separate it into 3 equal parts and added food coloring for the red and blue.

Next, put the mix into a cupcake tin and cook according to directions.

Set aside and let cool. Once the cupcakes are cooled, crumble them (separately) and take out any pieces that may have turned brown while baking.

For the icing, use regular white vanilla.  It is always best to start with adding a little icing at a time because you can always add more if needed.  Mix food coloring into icing and add to crumbled cake mix and stir until evenly blended.

Take a small amount of each color, one by one and create little rectangles. It is important to do these one by one so the colors don't mix. When you have one of each color, shape into a ball. Put completed balls into the freezer.

Melt candy melts in microwave.

Once they are slightly firm, get the shape how you want insert stick - then dip into the coating and cover completely. Set them aside to harden and add sprinkles after the coating has had a little bit to set. 

Some extra tips:
- When making the bricks, do one color at a time and rinse hands in between.
- When molding into balls, have a wet paper towels on hand to wipe yours hands after each ball.
- Don't worry too much if some color spreads on the outside of the balls while you are shaping them.  The edges will be covered with the candy coating.
- Don't add sprinkles right away or they will slide right off.  Let them harden for a minute before adding.  I usually roll another ball around in the coating before adding sprinkles to the previous one that I set aside.
- When all else fails, just do solid colors and have a variety! Making these takes time but this way is a bit quicker.

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