Invite friends and family to celebrate Independence Day in your backyard with refreshing drinks, entrées hot off the grill, tasty sides, and festive red, white, and blue desserts.
Lemonade and fresh mint leaves provide a refreshing twist to this classic summer drink. One reader suggests adding a tablespoon
of orange-flavored vodka to a glass of the drink to add a grown-up kick.
Summer’s fresh mint, blackberries, and cucumber come together in this drink. Pour the cocktail into glasses garnished with
cucumber, blackberries, lime wedges, and mint sprigs.
This simple, creamy dip is the perfect way to dress up fresh summer fruit. We like it for dipping grapes, strawberries, and
pineapple, but it tastes just as good with any fruit. Serve for breakfast, a snack, appetizer, dessert, or all of the above.
Mix smoked pork from your barbecue into classic deviled eggs, or substitute liquid smoke or crumbled bacon for a similar barbecue
Dress up ordinary hot dogs with a crisp and tangy broccoli slaw flavored by lime, ginger, and cilantro.
Seasoned strip steaks hot off the grill pair perfectly with rosemary and lemon-infused butter.
Your family will devour the tender meat off these ribs in no time. Sweet-Hot 'Cue Sauce makes their smoky flavor all the more
Put a new twist on the classic burger. These patties are steeped in an Asian-inspired marinade and topped with chili sauce,
grilled pineapple, and sweet onions.
For a savory restaurant-quality meal, grill bone-in pork chops and beef tenderloin fillets and top with a fresh herb-filled
Baked beans are essential to any backyard cookout. Your family will come back for seconds after tasting the sweet, barbecue-flavored
sauce on these dressed-up canned beans.
Put a summertime spin on this traditional Southern dish of beans and corn by mixing with lemon juice and chives and serving
cold. It’s easy to prepare in advance and pull out of the fridge to serve with meat hot off the grill.
While you have the grill fired up for burgers and chicken, throw on some veggies too. Sprinkle the okra and tomatoes with
fresh basil to enhance their flavor.
For an elegant, adult dessert, top fresh summer berries with this tequila-infused, custard-like cream. Serve in dessert goblets
with a sprig of mint.
Keep these colorful pops in the freezer and pull them out for a midday snack the kids will love. Filled with yogurt, fruit,
and honey, they are both refreshing and healthy.
Get your kids to help you decorate these warm spice-filled cookies with white icing and red, white, and blue sprinkles.
The Fourth coincides with the peak of blackberry season, so don’t miss out on mixing the sweet yet tart berries into this
cool pie. Serve with sweetened whipping cream or vanilla ice cream.