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
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
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.
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