Your July 4th summer cookout is all set. Almost.
The hamburger patties and hot dogs are in the ‘fridge ready to go.
You’ve purchased the ingredients you need for your ever-popular potato salad, award-winning deviled eggs and your famous, crowd-pleasing desserts.
You need drinks for the kids and the adult crowd, and have stocked up on beer, wine, soda and water but feel the options are a bit ho-hum.
What about drumming up some patriotism by offering a beverage or two that feature our country’s colors?
It’s easy to get patriotic with these kid-friendly and adult beverage ideas that celebrate the red, white and blue!
For the kiddos, Red, White & Blueberry Milkshakes (A Beautiful Mess) are bound to be a hit! Be sure to make plenty of the blueberry whipped cream, ’cause they’ll be coming back for seconds!
Kid’s Patriotic Punch (Mom Endeavors) can be sipped through Twizzlers edible straws! Layer red, white and blue liquids starting with the highest sugar content at the bottom.
How about a self-serve idea that will appeal to both kids and adults? Simply set up a Patriotic blueberry- and strawberry- Flavored Water Station (Homeward Found Décor) and you’re free to visit with your guests.
Watermelon and Blueberry Skewers (Tastes Better from Scratch) are a fun patriotic fruit garnish to liven up any beverage.
Kids and adults alike will appreciate some Patriotic Ice Cubes (mom.me) added to their drinks. Plan ahead by freezing and storing plenty of these to have on hand.
Top off their drinks with these easy-to-assemble Fireworks Straws made with foil candy cups and paper straws:
1. Flatten a small foil candy cup into a circle, then fold it into quarters.
2. Cut the fringe along the outer edge of the cup.
3. Snip a tiny piece off the tip to make your center hole.
4. Unfold the cup and slide onto your straw, foil-side down.
5. Repeat the process for three more foil cups, only add them to your straw with the foil side up.
6. Scrunch the ends of the fringe a bit to resemble a fireworks burst.
Your adult guests will certainly enjoy Red, White and Blue Sangria (Recipe Girl). It’s a refreshing combination of white wine, vodka and triple sec with fruit, including festive, star-shaped fresh pineapple slices.
Another cool-down cocktail option for your adult guests is (Sugar Spice & Glitter’s) Red White and Blue Slushy which features blue curacao and Smirnoff Red, White and Berry Vodka. A little prep yields raving fans with this cocktail!
If you have someone who likes to play bartender, all they’ll need is some blue curacao, vodka, lemonade and grenadine to whip up Creative Ramblings’ adult Red, White and Blue Layered Cocktail. (Just don’t get it mixed up with the kid’s layered punch from above!)
A Firecracker Margarita (from As the Bunny Hops) is just what it sounds like. The Pop Rocks candy sprinkled along the rim of the glass certainly makes this a memorable July 4th cocktail!
Sues (WearenotMartha) shares the recipe for blueberry simple syrup, which is featured in Blueberry Vodka Lemonade. She also suggests that you could omit the vodka for a just-as-refreshing Blueberry Lemonade Mocktail.
Finally, why not make some Red White and Blue Jello Shots (Couple in the Kitchen) to enjoy while you watch the fireworks? You could easily omit the liquor for a kid-friendly dessert. (But where’s the fun in that?)
Add one or two of these patriotic beverages and serving options to your epic menu and your cookout will be bound to impress! Your family and guests will feel special and sense that you’ve out-done yourself. Again!
Cheers, and Happy 4th!