While this is a time to hit the beach, hang with family and watch fireworks, we all know what this holiday is truly about: FOOD!
Specifically, July is about grilling - and we're here to help with the following patriotically awesome recipes.
Which of the ones below sound best?
To do something different with your pasta salad this year, try boiling your noodles in water colored with food coloring.
Corn on the Cob
Want to make your corn on the cob amazing? GRILL IT! Shuck it and throw it over the coals. Slather with butter, sprinkle with salt, or coat it with mayonnaise!
It doesn't get more perfect than a juicy grilled burger. The little flag just sort of makes it, don't you think? (Mustard on the bottom bun, people!)
Spice up your slaw with slices of jalapeno and squeezes of lime juice!
It's hard to top baked beans as the perfect side dish for a barbecue. We won't tell if you just open a can and pretend you slaved away.
As either an appetizer or dessert, this fruit flag - made from strawberry, banana, and blueberry kabobs - dresses up the table!
Americans will consume over 150 MILLION hot dogs on the 4th of July. At least 135 million of them will be consumed during the various hot dog eating competitions taking place around the country.
Barbecue chicken is finger-lickin' good. You can't go wrong with a main dish like this one. Don't forget to marinate!
Star Spangled Strawberries
Use blue sprinkles and white dipping chocolate or almond bark (or yogurt melts!) to make these star spangled strawberries! They'll be a hit among party guests young and old.
It doesn't get more American than a good old apple pie. Don't forget the homemade vanilla ice cream!
And to Drink?
What about a "Suddenly Summer." In a rocks glass, add 1 oz. watermelon schnapps and 1/2 oz. cranberry juice over ice. Add 1/2 oz. lemon juice, 1/2 oz. simple syrup, and 1/2 oz. Svedka. Finally, layer 1/4 oz. Blue Curacao to create the color separation and gently top with club soda. Garnish with fresh watermelon piece
Or the American Sidecar?
In a shaker filled with ice, add 2 oz. bourbon, 1 oz. Triple Sec, 3/4 oz. lemon juice, and shake. Strain into a sugar rimmed coupe and add a Blue Curacao float.
Or the Fourth of July Firework!
Be safe and responsible when you muddle together 4 raspberries and 4 blueberries in a shaker tin. Add 1/5 oz. tequila, 1/2 oz. simple syrup, and 1/2 oz. blood orange juice. Shake and pour into a coupe glass. Pour /15 oz. Blue Curacao (it will sink to the bottom), and garnish with a blueberry and raspberry skewer.