4th of July BBQ Essentials

Independence Day is right around the corner and that means food, drinking, games, more food and fireworks. Not only are we celebrating the birth of America in our red, white and blue outfits, but we’re also celebrating the fact that we can leave our diet behind for a day (or a weekend) and not feel bad… because EVERYONE IS DOING IT. So let’s cut to the chase. Whether you’re throwing the BBQ or attending a BBQ, there’s always a question of “what?” “What do I make? What do I bring? What is festive?” Let us help you solve that mystery.


The Drink: Raspberry Mojito

We found the recipe from the blog “Jane Can” and it’s so simple, we fell in love.


Recipe (1 pitcher)

-10 limes

-¾ cup simple syrup

-2 cups fresh raspberries

-2 cups white rum

-4 cups club soda

Juice the 10 limes and place juice into a large pitcher. Add the simple syrup and raspberries.

Using a large whisk, muddle them together. Add the rum and club soda. When you are ready to serve, add ice to each glass, pour the cocktail and garnish with mint. Place raspberries and blueberries on cocktail toothpicks and lay them on top of the drink.

Now you’ve got something festive to hold and delicious to drink!

The Food: Hummus Flag Platter

You already know there will be a plethora of red and blue fruit-salad bowls and plenty of pasta side dishes, so why not stand out with a hummus plate? It’s not your typical platter, but the vegetarians and health-conscious foodies will love you for it.



The idea for this American Flag dip is from Pear Tree Greetings and is super easy! Just grab a few red peppers, blue tortilla chips and your favorite hummus from the grocery store. Cut up the red peppers into strips or dice them up for easier scooping. Place the peppers down for the red stripes and fill the voids with the hummus for the white stripes. Add a handful of blue chips in the corner to represent the stars and voila!

The Dessert: Firecracker Cookies

I don’t know about you, but I think there is no such thing as “too much dessert.” That’s why you should make these Firecracker cookies from the Cookin’ Cowgirl blog.

They’re made from cake mix! YUM!Firecracker-Cake-Batter-Cookies-4th-of-July-cookies-150x300

Firecracker Cookies
   makes 30-32 cookies
1 box french vanilla cake mix, 18.25 oz*
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 C vegetable oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 C red sprinkles
1/2 C blue sprinkles

* Make sure to use the right size of cake mix. I have not tried this with the smaller mixes so I can’t vouch for how they will turn out.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and baking powder.

In a small bowl, mix together the eggs, oil and vanilla. Add the egg mixture to the cake mixture and stir to combine.

Stir in the sprinkles. Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet or silpat.

Bake for 10 minutes and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes!



Now not only will your outfit be festive, but you’ll have something Patriotic to contribute to the crowd! If you’re still looking for outfit ideas, make sure you check out our 4th of July Style blog or search through our 4th of July category online.




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