Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Red, White and Blue - 4th of July Party Cocktails!

Just can't help myself - love summer cocktails and just had to show off a few that I want to try for this weekend.   Thought I would share a few ideas that I am contemplating to serve our weekend guests from Portland!


Pop Rock Cocktails (hilarious!)


Just add red, white or blue "Pop Rocks" to the rim of your summer cocktails to give them that extra little sizzle and pop!

Pop Rocks on the Beach

1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Midori melon liqueur
1/2 oz Chambord raspberry liqueur
3 splashes Pineapple juice
This one might be the winner for me - now to just find the Pop Rocks....
(from Pizzazzerie.com)



 Or how about this pretty fresh fruit con-concoction from PrettyPlain Janes


Dang, she knows how to make some beautiful cocktails - wouldn't you love to be invited to her house???

Ingredients
  • *1 cup simple syrup (1 part sugar plus *1 part water, boiled until dissolved and cooled)
  • *1/2 cup fresh strawberries (sliced in half)
  • *1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • *1 bottle dry white wine
  •     club soda or tonic water
  • *ice
  • *few sprigs of fresh mint for garnish
Directions
  1. Fill Pitcher with ice and top with berries (save some to place in glasses).
  2. Pour in simple syrup and then wine until pitcher is 3/4 full.
  3. Top off with club soda or tonic water, stir and serve in ice filled glasses. Garnish with mint sprig.



This pretty cocktail recipe was sent to me from Designs by Lolita (LOVE their creative martini and wine glasses!)

Blueberry Martini
1.25 fl oz SMIRNOFF® Blueberry Flavored Vodka
.25 fl oz orange liqueur
.5 fl oz Lemon-Lime Soda
1. Stir and strain to lose bubbles, and serve in a martini glass.
2. Garnish with a lemon twist and blueberries.


And from Sunset Magazine - I just love how they used star fruit to make the cute skewers!
Raspberry Lemonade (non alcholic)



Ingredients:
  • 1 cup rinsed fresh raspberries 
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups water
  • In a small bowl, with a potato masher or spoon, mash 1 cup rinsed fresh raspberries, with 2/3 cup sugar. Let stand 10 minutes. Press through a fine strainer into a pitcher (at least 1 1/2 qt.); discard seeds. Stir in 1 cup lemon juice and 2 cups water. Taste and add more sugar if desired. Pour into tall, ice-filled glasses.
P.S.  Don't forget to use pretty glassware!

Try a set of Lighthouses for the perfect Patriotic Celebration!


Can't go wrong with a set of Anchors! 


Wishing everyone a fabulous 4th of July!  For more 4th of July party ideas - check out my "America the Beautiful" board on Pinterest.







2 comments:

karen gerstenberger said...

These look fun AND delicious! Thanks for the inspiration.

laura Madalene said...

Thanks for sharing today! These photos are gorgeous and inspirational. Putting them in my mind's memory bank..
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