Simple 4th of July Spritzer…With and Without Alcohol

mom.me

mom.me

A simple spritzer recipe – with alcohol and without – to add to your 4th of July festivities!  Fresh berries in carbonated beverages are the best – refreshing and beautiful!

4th of July Day Spritzer

Dan 330

Dan 330

 

Ingredients: 

One pound strawberries

One pound blueberries

Two large apples

48 oz of Seven-up or Sprite

24 oz of carbonated lemonade

 

Directions: 

Halve the Strawberries

Slice the apples in large thin slices

Use a star cookie cutter to cut the stars out of the apple slices

Pour Seven-up into large pitcher

Pour Carbonated lemonade into large pitcher

Add ice and fruit to pitcher

 

Red, White and Blue Wine Spritzer

 

Pretty Plain Janes

Pretty Plain Janes

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup simple syrup (1 part sugar plus 1 part water, boiled until dissolved and cooled)
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries (sliced in half)
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • club soda or tonic water
  • ice
  • few sprigs of fresh mint for garnish

Directions

  1. Fill Pitcher with ice and top with berries (save some to place in glasses).
  2. Pour in simple syrup and then wine until pitcher is 3/4 full.
  3. Top off with club soda or tonic water, stir and serve in ice filled glasses. Garnish with mint sprig.
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7 Centerpieces for Your 4th of July Table…

4july6

Controlling Craziness

So, we’re getting closer to the 4th and now that we’ve figured out who’s bringing the cold pasta salad and jello mold we can focus on decorating the table, right?!?  This is my favorite part because for me, the decorations are what pulls everything together and gives the day meaning outside of just a family get together.  I’ve come across a lot of fun and festive July 4th centerpieces in the last few days – here are the ones at the top of my list!

#1. 

Controlling Craziness

BHG

Look for inexpensive lanterns at your local consignment or thrift shop and pick up a few cans of spray paint.  These don’t come around often though, so if all else fails you can find them at IKEA for relatively cheap.

#2. 

Giggles Galore

Giggles Galore

So easy!  Bright container, fresh fruit and marshmallow…this one can be admired and eaten simultaneously!

#3.

Top Dreamer

Top Dreamer

I love this idea because I have 4,000 glass vases (ok, that might be a slight exaggeration) lying around my house…a festive ribbon, a $2.50 bag of Twizzlers and your set.  This is a perfect option for the decor procrastinator.

#4.

Decor for the Holidays

Decor for the Holidays

You can’t go wrong with fresh flowers and I love the vintage look of the tag.  Add a few pops of red to round things out…sometimes the simpler the better.

#5.

BHG

BHG

Blue glass can be found everywhere from Dollar General to Wal-Mart and you may even have some stashed in your cabinets.  How amazing do they look in a collection of heights with stems of red flowers?

#6.

Chicken Scratch NY

Chicken Scratch NY

If you have access to scrap wood or wood cutting materials, get yourself 3 cuts at varying heights , drill a small hole in the center an inch or so deep and fill with wax.  Use rope to simulate a wick and paint to finish.  Follow the picture link for the complete tutorial…love these!

#7. 

BHG

BHG

Scrapbook paper is a great medium for decorations any time and the 4th of July is no exception.  For this piece, roll a section of festive paper and adhere with glue.  Cut a circle, add a slit and glue together for the topper.  Add sand to a metallic tin to hold your fireworks in place.

7 Fast and Fun 4th of July Day Desserts…

Gimme Some Oven

Gimme Some Oven

The 4th of the July is right around the corner and if you’re the one bringing desserts this year than this list might come in handy!  The holiday falls mid week so we’re looking for limited prep time with fabulous results-here are 7 desserts that fit the bill.

#1. 4th of July Rice Crispy Treats

Lil' Luna

Lil’ Luna

SUPPLIES:

– 6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal

– 1 package marshmallows

– 3 TB margarine or butter

– Food coloring (red and blue – preferably Betty Crocker Gel Food Colors)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Gather your supplies and divide the Rice Krispies and marshmallows in three for the three layers.

2. Microwave marshmallows –  stick them in for a few minutes or until they start to get big and almost touch the top of the microwave. Take them out, stir well and add the food coloring. Then add the 2 cups of Rice Krispies and stir well. Press into well greased 9×9. If you want yours to come out thicker use a 9×9 (8×8 would work as well).

3. Do this for all 3 layers starting with the blue, then white and then red. Pat down all layers really well using wax paper.

4. Let set for a bit, then cut, serve and enjoy!

#2. Flag Pretzels

Passion for Savings

Passion for Savings

Ingredients

  • 1 Bag Pretzel Rods
  • 24 oz. Almond Bark
  • 2 Tbsp. Shortening
  • Food Coloring
  • White Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Melt the Almond Bark with 2 Tbsp. Shortening
  2. Dip the Pretzel Rods in White Almond Bark
  3. Divide remaining Almond Bark in half and add Red and Blue Food Coloring
  4. Dip ⅓ of the White Chocolate Pretzels back in Blue Chocolate
  5. Add White Sprinkles before drying
  6. Drizzle Red Chocolate over the remaining white section to create stripes

#3. Revolutionary Berries

Spoonful

Spoonful

What you’ll need

  • 12 ounces white chocolate chips
  • Strawberries
  • Blue sugar or edible glitter

How to make it

  1. Melt 12 ounces of white chocolate chips in a microwave according to the package directions (make sure the container and the berries are dry; even a little moisture will alter the texture of the candy).
  2. One at a time, dip strawberries into the chocolate and then into blue sugar or edible glitter.
  3. Set them to harden on waxed paper.
  4. Makes 35 to 45 decorated berries.

#4.  4th of July Cupcakes in a Jar

The Tomkat Studio

The Tomkat Studio

~ How to make 4th of July Cupcakes in a Jar ~

You’ll need…

Jars (I used 1/2 pint canning jars)

1 Vanilla cake mix (from a box or from scratch)

Frosting (from a can or homemade)

Instructions:

Prepare the batter of your favorite vanilla cake (from a box or from scratch).  Divide the batter as equally as possible  into three bowls.  Color one bowl of batter red, and one blue (using concentrated gel coloring).  The final bowl will remain uncolored.  Prepare 3- 9″ cake pans (round or square) by greasing the pan lightly (with butter or oil), and lining with parchment paper.  Fill pans with batter.   Bake cakes according to recipe instructions.

Once baked, cool cakes completely.  Remove cakes from pans, and level cakes as needed.  Then, use a 2″ round cookie cutter to cut out circles of cake.  Prepare a batch of frosting (I used my Cream Cheese Frosting) and fill a piping bag fitted with a large round or star tip.  Layer cake and frosting as shown above (blue cake, a little frosting, white cake, a little frosting, red cake, a nice swirl of frosting).  Top with festive sprinkles.

*Note- the cupcakes in a jar could also be make using cupcakes, cut in half, then used as directed above.

#5. Patriotic Fruit Pops

Sheek Shindigs

Sheek Shindigs

  • To make these, used watermelon, apples and blueberries.
  • To keep the apples from browning, lightly brush them with lime or lemon juice. I prefer limes for the flavor and that they seem less tart.
  • Cut watermelon and apple pieces to thickness of the cookie cutter, then place cookie cutter on top of slices and push straight down. Place one fruit inside of another and finish with a blueberry in the middle.
  • Push the straw through all three pieces of fruit to keep it everything in place. If you have trouble pushing a paper straw through the apple portion, use a plastic straw first to create a pathway and then replace with the paper straw. Popsicle sticks will work as well.

#6. 4th of July Marshmallow Pops

Wenderly

Wenderly

What you’ll Need:

1 bag of red candy melts
1 bag of blue candy melts
20 large marshmallows
20 red & white striped paper straws

What you’ll do:

1. Melt red & blue candy melts in separate bowls according to package instructions.
2. Insert a straw 3/4 deep into each marshmallow and take out again. This will leave the hole where the straw will go after dipping marshmallows.
3. Dip the side of the marshmallow with the hole into the melted blue candy coating. Hold marshmallow over bowl after dipping and tap your hand until excess candy coating has been tapped off of the marshmallow.
4. Place marshmallow with the dipped side up and insert straw into each hole. Let dry completely.
5. Once the blue coating is completely dry, hold the marshmallow by the sides (not the straw) and dip into the red melted candy coating. Tap hand to shake off excess candy coating.
6. Place  the marshmallow pop (straw side down) into a heavy glass to dry.

#7. Red, White and Blueberry Popsicles

Nourishista

Nourishista

Ingredients
2 c. fresh strawberries, washed and stems removed
2 c. fresh blueberries
1 1/4 c. low-fat vanilla yogurt
2  T. honey (do not feed honey products to children under 1 year of age)
Popsicle molds
8 popsicle sticks
 
Directions

1. Place strawberries in a bowl and add 1 T. honey.  Use an immersion blender or regular blender to puree.  You should taste the mixture.  If it does not seem sweet enough, you may want to add some more honey.  Some strawberries are sweeter than others.

2.  Place blueberries in a bowl and add 1 T. honey.  Use an immersion blender or regular blender to puree.  You should taste the mixture.  If it does not seem sweet enough, you may want to add some more honey.  Place the blueberry mixture in the refrigerator.

3.  Take your popsicle molds and using a spoon add enough strawberries to fill the mold 1/3rd full.  Try to make the layers as even as possible.  But don’t stress about it too much.  They don’t have to be perfect. (Tap the molds on the counter gently after each layer to help get rid of air bubbles.  I didn’t do this and there were air pockets in my popsicles. Also be sure to wear an apron when you tap the molds on the counter, or you will get the popsicle filling on your clothes.) Freeze you popsicles for 1 hour.   

4.  Now add the popsicle sticks.  Push them into the strawberry layer about 1/2 an inch.  You do not want to push the popsicle stick too far down or they will be sticking out.  Freeze popsicles for another hour.  Next add the yogurt and fill to 2/3rds full.  Let freeze for 2 hours.

5. Now add the blueberry layer and freeze for another 2 hours.  Run the molds under warm water to release. Your popsicles are ready to enjoy!