Who Said 4th Of July Was Only For Kids?

The 4th of July is the perfect time for adults to let loose and and kick back with a few drinks. We have collected 3 great recipes for your summer holiday adventure.

Sparkling Rose Sangria

INGREDIENTS

Servings
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Lime Extract
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks, (about 1-inch chunks), divided
  • 1 cup fresh strawberry chunks, (about 1-inch chunks), divided
  • 1 bottle (750 mililiters) sparkling sweet rosé wine, chilled

    PREPARATION

    • Muddle extract and 1/2 cup of each fruit in large pitcher with a muddler or wooden spoon until fruit is crushed.

    • Pour in wine. Add remaining 1/2 cup of each fruit; stir gently.

    • Serve chilled in beverage glasses. Garnish with fresh pineapple and watermelon, if desired.

Strawberry Lime Frozen Margarita

INGREDIENTS

Servings

LIME SIMPLE SYRUP

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Lime Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

LIME SALT

  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Lime Extract

STRAWBERRY MARGARITA

  • 1 cup whole frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 2 tablespoons Lime Simple Syrup

PREPARATION

  • For the Lime Simple Syrup, combine water, sugar and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in extract. Set aside to cool. (This makes enough simple syrup for 8 batches or 8 margaritas.)

  • For the Lime Salt, mix salt and extract in a small bowl. Reserve for rimming glasses.

  • Place strawberries, tequila and 2 tablespoons Lime Simple Syrup in blender container; cover. Blend until smooth. Rim glasses with Lime Salt. Divide margarita mixture evenly among glasses. Refrigerate remaining Lime Simple Syrup up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

    Pumpkin Spiced Pina Colada

    INGREDIENTS

    (1 cup)Servings

    • 1 can (13.66 ounces) Thai Kitchen® Coconut Milk
    • 1 cup pineapple juice
    • 4 ounces light rum
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1 tablespoon McCormick® Pumpkin Pie Spice
    • 4 cups ice cubes

    PREPARATION

    • Place coconut milk, pineapple juice, rum, sugar and pumpkin pie spice in blender container; cover. Blend on high speed until smooth. Add ice; blend until slushy.

    • Pour into beverage glasses. Serve immediately.

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Crafty Recipes For 4th Of July

With 4th of July approaching, we challenged ourselves to create a quick-and-easy, patriotic menu using ultra-healthy ingredients. The hitch? We could only spend $25 and most everything had to be red, white, and blue. Heeding the healthy edict to shop the perimeter of the grocery store, we hit the produce aisle, stocking up on in-season berries, watermelon, and grape tomatoes (which also happened to be on sale — score!) and a few cheeses from the dairy aisle. The result is a colorful menu that serves a small crowd and makes the most of the season, the holiday, and your budget. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Five Things You’ll Need From the Store: Watermelon (small or half of a large one), Blueberries (a quart), Strawberries (a quart), Cheese (a block of feta and small mozzarella balls), Cherry or Grape Tomatoes

And Just Three Things to Grab from Home: Bread, Basil, Skewer Sticks

Firework Wands

Light up your picnic table with these easy and festive fruit “pops” that kids and adults will gobble up fast. There’s hardly any work involved; just slice watermelon and use a cookie cutter to punch star shapes in the fruit.

To make it: Grab a skewer and thread five to six blueberries on it, then top with a watermelon star. Serve them on a decorative platter or in a glass — and watch them disappear!

Caprese Pops!

Food on a stick is universally beloved, and these tomato, mozzarella, and basil skewers are no exception. This meatless option means there’s very little prep and zero cooking involved, which is perfect on a hot summer day when the last thing you want to do is man the grill.

To make it: Just pop mini mozzarella balls, grape or cherry tomatoes, and folded basil leaves onto a skewer and you — and your guests — are good to go.

Star Spangled Salad

Craving sweet and salty? You can have it both ways! Move over, salted caramel and chocolate chip cookies — we’ve got a healthier combo that satisfies like a main dish, but tastes like a decadent dessert.

To make it: Combine sweet sliced strawberries, blueberries, and salty cubed feta cheese in a serving bowl. For added flavor, we added a sprinkling of basil from our herb garden. To make the basil ribbons, stack individual basil leaves on top of one another, roll them up, and then slice into ribbons with a very sharp knife.

Red, White, and Blueschetta

If you love Spanish pan con tomate (bread smashed with garlic and tomato), your taste buds are in for a treat! Our Red, White, and Blueschetta is bursting with flavor and made with just four simple ingredients: toasted whole-grain bread, feta cheese, blueberries, and grape tomatoes. One of our coworkers called it “a flavor explosion in my mouth,” and we agree.

To make it: Cut the tomatoes in half and combine  with the cheese and berries in a bowl; store in the fridge for a half hour. The acid from the tomatoes will fuse with the blueberries and feta to create a sweet, salty, and savory snack that’s still quite healthy. Spoon the mixture on the toasted bread and serve.

Red, White & Bubbly Sparkler

It’s not a party without raising a festive and bubbly glass with friends and family on the 4th. Set up a cocktail station with club soda, liquor, champagne, ice, and — you guessed it! — sliced fruit. We broke out the mason jars and striped straws for a vintage-picnic feel, but any glass will do. Teetotalers and kids can opt for fruit and club soda, while other guests craft their own vodka sodas or champagne sparklers. Happy birthday, USA!

To make it: Add cut-up fruit, ice, and then the bubbly drink of your choice.

5 Great 4th Of July Decoration Ideas!

1. Make the flag the star of your 4th of July decorating with this easy centerpiece. Tuck an American flag around the edges of a clear glass vase. Then fill with your favorite red, white, and blue 4th of July flowers. A base of fresh, juicy fruit doubles as a serving platter and adds pretty color.

2. Add a little pizzazz to your treats table with festive toothpicks. Look for premade picks at a grocery or crafts store. Or make your own by printing shapes on cardstock, cutting them out, and taping to the tops of toothpicks. These little red, white, and blue flags are also great for differentiating desserts.

3. Fans help guests stay cool on a hot day, but they can also double as DIY 4th of July decorations. Find tinted fans at a local crafts store, or dip-dye plain white fans in red and blue dyes. Then hang fans on a length of twine above your bar.

4. Decorate your home in the spirit of Independence Day with our red, white, and blue 4th of July decorations. These easy decorations cover every July 4th theme you can think of—including flags and fireworks—and they’re cute to boot.

5. Give your picnic table a 4th of July makeover with patriotic table decorations. A runner of neatly pressed bandannas in hues of blue and white looks fresh, especially when paired with pretty floral centerpieces.