Fourth of July Recipes
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.
Recipe: Lemonade Iced Tea
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.
- Recipe: Blackberry Cocktail
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.
Recipe: Brown Sugar Fruit Dip
Mix smoked pork from your barbecue into classic deviled eggs, or substitute liquid smoke or crumbled bacon for a similar barbecue flavor.
- Recipe: Barbecue Deviled Eggs
Dress up ordinary hot dogs with a crisp and tangy broccoli slaw flavored by lime, ginger, and cilantro.
- Recipe: Asian Slaw Dogs
Seasoned strip steaks hot off the grill pair perfectly with rosemary and lemon-infused butter.
- Recipe: Strip Steak with Rosemary 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 mouthwatering.
- Recipe: Sweet-Hot Baby Back Ribs
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.
- Recipe: Sweet-and-Savory Burgers
For a savory restaurant-quality meal, grill bone-in pork chops and beef tenderloin fillets and top with a fresh herb-filled pesto.
- Recipe: Mixed Grill with Cilantro Pesto
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.
- Recipe: Root Beer Baked 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.
Recipe: Succotash Salad
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.
- Recipe: Grilled Okra and Tomatoes
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.
Recipe: Berries with Tequila Cream
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.
- Recipe: Frosted Sugar-’n’-Spice Cookies
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.
- Recipe: Fresh Blackberry Pie