VdTibbyrhKteYCZ0wn8oirLZ.jpeg:Amazon:photoThe 4th of July is the ultimate all ages, all-day outdoor party featuring a smorgasbord of all things red, white, and blue. Here are some fun drinks for kids and grown-ups to enjoy throughout the day.

Red Velvet Cupshakes

I love me some red velvet cake, and of course it’s the perfect color for a 4th of July treat. Since we’re right in the middle of summer, I came up with a twist on the traditional red velvet routine that will cool off any crowd and satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.

This recipe makes twelve mini-shakes.

Ingredients

For the cupcakes:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ½ Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 oz red food coloring
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp baking soda

 

For the shakes:

  • 12 cupcakes (see above)
  • 1 gallon vanilla ice cream
  • 1 quart cream cheese
  • ½ gallon milk
  • 2 oz vanilla extract
  • Red food coloring (optional)
  • Light rum (optional)

 

For garnish:

  • Whipped cream
  • Red velvet cupcake crumbs
  • Blueberries

 

Instructions

For the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease twelve cupcake cups or line with paper liners
  3. Cream softened butter and sugar together until fluffy
  4. Add eggs and blend well
  5. In a separate small bowl, combine cocoa powder and food coloring and stir – once you have a thick paste, add to mixture
  6. Sift flour and salt together into mixture
  7. Add buttermilk to mixture
  8. In a separate small bowl combine vinegar and baking soda – fold into cake mixture
  9. Pour batter into cupcake cups
  10. Bake fifteen to twenty minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean
  11. Let cool for ten minutes, then turn out onto wrack and cool completely

 

Timesaver: buy your fave red velvet mix and knock these out in a few minutes!

For each shake:

  1. Reserve a few cupcake crumbs for garnish
  2. Blend one cupcake in a blender with two scoops of vanilla ice cream, three tablespoons of cream cheese, half a cup of milk, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, and one to two drops of food coloring (if desired)
  3. To adulterize these babies (new word!), add a shot or two of light rum to your mixture in the blender
  4. Blend more or less, depending on whether you want to see cake pieces in your shake or prefer the cake totally blended in
  5. Pour the blended mixture into small glasses or shot glasses, and top with a dollop of whipped cream, a few crumbles of red velvet cupcake, and a bluberry
  6. If you have cute, striped paper straws in red and white or blue and white stripes, cut them in half, and place in your mini-milkshakes.

 

Rose Berry Sangria

Sangria is my favorite summer adult beverage. It’s so refreshing. And, my favorite summer wine is a chilled rosé. So why not combine the two to make a 4th of July, summer fresh Rosé Berry Sangria?

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cre¨me de cassis
  • 1 1/2 cups mixed berries such as raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle chilled rose wine
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 bottle club soda
  • Mint leaves (for garnish)

 

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients (except mint leaves and club soda) and let soak in the fridge for a couple of hours
  2. Right before you serve, add 1/2 cup club soda
  3. Pour over ice, garnish with a mint leaf, and enjoy!

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Berry Ice Cubes

This is an easy way to fancy up any drink from club soda to sprite!

Ingredients

  • Berries
  • Water
  • Sprite, club soda, or sparkling water

 

Instructions

  1. Fill up an ice cube tray with water
  2. Drop a berry into each compartment in the tray
  3. Freeze and add berry cubes to water or sprite

 

Kool-Aid Cubes

These are a simple and sweet treat for the kiddies. Just fill an ice tray with different flavors of Kool-Aid, like cherry or tropical punch, freeze overnight, and add the Kool-Aid cubes to sprite or sparkling water. Your kids will love these even more if you use novelty ice trays with fun shapes like stars or circus animals.

Voila  ….red, white, and blue beverages for all!

Tomorrow I’ll share some ideas for 4th of July food, so stay tuned! What kind of drinks do you plan to serve this weekend?

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