We all know the saying “as American as apple pie,” and we all know that barbecues are a staple of Independence Day here in the States. If you’re like me, though, you’re not a big fan of hot and heavy food during the summer (especially if I’m outdoors!).
Whenever I participate in Fourth of July celebrations, I like to bring snacks and drinks that are festive but light and refreshing. After all, I don’t get many opportunities to make holiday-themed treats, so I want to take full advantage of any chance to make something cute and delicious!
Since most of us will be doing at least a little post-vaccination Independence Day celebration, I thought I would share a few of my favorite Fourth of July snack and drink recipes with you guys.
1. Red, White, and Blue Dipped Strawberries
The day that I learned how easy it is to make dipped fruit, my quality of life immediately improved. I love fancy, dipped strawberries, but I always thought they would be messy and hard to replicate at home. Not true!
These adorable treats are always the first to go, and I have so much fun making them. All you need are fresh strawberries, white chocolate, blue food coloring, a little icing, and some pretty, patriotic sprinkles!
I recommend getting the biggest, juiciest strawberries you can find because bigger is better when it comes to dipping.
The white chocolate can be melted on the stove or in the microwave, and you’ll want to drizzle and decorate the berries before the chocolate sets (otherwise, nothing will stick well).
Check out this step-by-step guide for the full instructions, and be sure to make plenty of extras!
2. Festive Fourth of July Cocktail
These might not be ideal for a huge gathering, but if you’re hosting a smaller party, I highly recommend making these super cute layered shots as a toast to the freedom of our country and of being fully vaccinated!
You can find the full tutorial for this Fourth of July recipe here. I appreciate that they also link to a helpful guide on successfully pouring layered cocktails so that you can do a little practicing before the big day.
There are tons of cute, unusually shaped shot glasses available online, but I like these because they’re tall and have a heavy base. Perfect for showing off each layer!
3. Fresh and Fast Flag Fruit Tray
This one is pretty straightforward, and it’s perfect for the lazy, busy, or not-cooking-inclined among us. All you need is a big tray, a small serving bowl, and some red, white, and blue snacks
The original recipe calls for blueberries, sliced strawberries, and yogurt pretzels, but you can mix and match to whatever you would prefer. You can sub in cherries, raspberries, watermelon, blackberries, dark grapes, shortbread cookies, white frosted animal cookies … any combo of red, white, and blue works.
To really take this to the next level of cuteness, grab some flag-topped toothpicks for guests to use!
4. Red, White, and Blue Curacao Cocktail
I’m obsessed with the beautiful electric blue of blue curacao, but I’m a little picky about the taste, so it has to be mixed with something delicious for me to love it. This cocktail is IT!
You just mix blue curacao with peach schnapps (yum), clear rum, and club soda. Garnish it with a maraschino cherry (or any cute red fruit! I prefer a strawberry wedge or a couple of raspberries) and make it extra festive with a patriotic flag topper, a red sugar rim, or star-shaped ice cubes.
For the full recipe and some additional serving ideas, click here.
(You can make a kid version of this with blue raspberry Kool-aid, Sprite, and extra cherries! If your kids like peach, freeze some peach juice or peach lemonade ice cubes and pop them into the mocktail.)
5. Patriotic Punch (Alcohol-free!)
Maybe you’re happy to get buzzed on White Claw and sangria, or maybe you have kids around who need fun drinks too. Whatever your reason, this no-booze punch is fun, refreshing, and totally patriotic!
To make this Fourth of July recipe, I actually cobbled together a few ideas from different recipes, so bear with me.
We’re combining the blue raspberry lemonade ice cubes from this Southern Breeze recipe with this hibiscus tea recipe to get the red, white, AND blue we need. You can use the recommended fruit garnishes, or you can make up your own!
The hibiscus tea recipe calls for mixing in ginger ale, but you can sub in Sprite, club soda, or any other citrusy carbonated beverage to achieve a flavor that you think will appeal to your guests.
And there you go! A fun, festive Fourth of July snack and drink roundup that will make you the star of the party. How are you planning to celebrate this Independence Day?