Here are a few creative, ice cold, non-alcoholic, thirst-quenching drink ideas that may be just right for your 4th of July celebration as well as Labor Day or Memorial Day get-together and gatherings — ideal for your backyard Bar-B-Q, campground, party or picnic….. and a perfect way for everyone (of all ages) in your group to cool-off and quench their thirst from those extreme summertime temperatures.
Here’s A Toast To You and Yours!!
Bottoms Up and ENJOY!!
►►► PATRIOTIC FIZZ
With a steady hand and some colorful drinks, you can create a tasty, multi-layered concoction. The secret is in selecting liquids with varying amounts of sugar, since those that contain more (such as soda) are denser than those with less (such as diet drinks). And that makes it possible to actually stack one on top of another (for a little while, anyway — then they’ll start to blend). Here’s how to serve up a thirst quencher with two, three, or even more layers. Our recipe is for a red, white, and blue version for your Fourth of July celebrations. See how your favorite beverages literally stack up!
- Ice cubes
- Cranberry juice
- Wild Berry flavor Gatorade Fierce
- Diet 7-Up
- Fill a clear glass with ice cubes. Pour the drink with the most sugar (check the nutrition label) into the glass. For our red, white, and blue recipe, start with the cranberry juice.
- Very slowly add a beverage that contains less sugar — in this case, Wild Berry flavor Gatorade Fierce. Be careful to pour it onto an ice cube — not directly into the other drink — to keep them from mixing.
- Use the same technique to add a layer of Diet 7-Up.
►►► Sparkling Star Punch
This brightly colored party punch can be dressed up with an optional wreath of frozen berries and (for those who like its distinctive licorice flavor) bits of floating star anise.
- 1 64-ounce bottle cold cranberry juice cocktail
- 1 24-ounce bottle cold sparkling cider
- 1 liter cold ginger ale
- 1 orange, washed
- 1 16-ounce bag frozen strawberries or cranberries(optional)
- 4 or 5 pieces star anise(optional)
- The Basic Punch: Pour the cranberry juice (reserving 1 1/2 cups), cider, and ginger ale into a punch bowl. Halve the orange, squeezing one half of the juice into the punch. Cut the other half into slices and float them in the punch.
- Berry Ice Ring: Arrange the berries in a ring-style gelatin mold or bundt pan that can fit inside your punch bowl. Fill the mold with water, then freeze. Un-mold the ring (warm the pan with water) and place it flat side down in the punch.
- A Hint of Anise: In a small saucepan, bring the anise and reserved cranberry juice to a simmer, then remove from the heat. Pour into a small bowl and let cool. Refrigerate until cold, then stir into the punch.
►►► Cherry Vanilla Smoothie
This sweet-tart smoothie is an all-time favorite. Double the recipe and freeze the leftovers in paper cups. Your kids can have the first round for breakfast, the second for a wholesome dessert.
- 1 cup apple juice or cider
- 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups frozen pitted cherries
- Blend all ingredients together.
- Serves 2.
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