Healthy and Festive Drinks for the Fourth of July!

Celebrating our nation’s independence inevitably calls for some celebratory drinks (and some yummy treats)! Want to get a little festive and stay a little healthy this Fourth of July weekend? Instead of filling-up on soda and beers (although one or two is ok); try one of these four delicious options!

Some of the drinks are non-alcoholic, but for those over 21, feel free to spike with vodka or gin! Just as a heads up, some of the drinks require preparation so make sure to look at the ingredients and read the directions before Fourth of July morning!

Lemonade Spritzers with Berry Ice Cubes

What you’ll need:

·       3-4 cups of lemonade (buy it pre-made or squeeze your own for a healthier option!)

·       2 cups of chilled soda water (or seltzer for a healthier option!)

·       Ice

·       Raspberries

·       Blueberries

Directions:

1.     Make the Ice Cubes: Place a couple raspberries and blueberries into each square of an ice cube tray and fill the tray with lemonade. Let the trays freeze overnight.

2.     In a large pitcher, mix the lemonade and chilled soda water. Continue to chill.

3.     When you’re ready to serve the cocktails, put a few berry ice cubes into a glass and fill the glass with the lemonade/ soda water mixture.

4.     Enjoy!

Strawberry Lemonade Fizz

What you’ll need:

·       3-4 cups of lemonade (buy it pre-made or squeeze your own for a healthier option!)

·       2 cups of chilled soda water (or seltzer for a healthier option!)

·       Ice

·       1 cup of sliced strawberries

·       4 packets of strawberry Pop Rocks candy

·       Lemon or Honey (optional)

Directions:

1.     Place the strawberries, lemonade and ice in a blender. Mix until combined.

2.     Wet the outside rim of each glass with lemon, honey, or water.

3.     Open the packets of Pop Rocks onto a plate and leave aside.

4.     Dip the wet rim of each glass into the Pop Rocks on the plate, coating the edge.

5.     Pour the strawberry, lemonade, and ice mixture into each glass.

6.     Top each glass off by adding a splash of soda (or seltzer) water.

7.     Enjoy!

Strawberry and Stripes Daiquiri

What you’ll need:

·       2 cups of fresh watermelon (cubed)

·       1 cup of frozen strawberries

·       1 cup of ice

·       1 handful of fresh blueberries

·       Whip cream topping of your choice

Directions:

1.     Place the watermelon, strawberries, and ice into a blender. Mix until combined.

2.     Pour the mixture into a glass and top with the whip cream and blueberries.

3.     Super easy – enjoy!

Festive Sangria

What you’ll need:

·       Two bottle of dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc is good)

·       1 cup of triple sec

·       ½ cup of berry-flavored vodka

·       ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

·       1 cup of blueberries

·       1 ½ cups of sliced strawberries

·       1 cup of raspberries

·       1 ½ cups of pineapple chunks

Directions:

1.     Combine all of the ingredients into a larch bunch bowl or pitcher.

2.     Still well.

3.     Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours.

4.     Serve chilled and make sure to get pieces of fruit in each glass.

5.     Enjoy!