Pink Summertime Sangria

This quick and refreshing sweet sangria is perfect for outdoor entertaining!

Summertime Sangria

Ingredients:

1 Bottle of White Zinfandel

8 ounces of Strawberry Daiquiri Mix (non-alcoholic)

6 ounces of Peach-Flavored Mixer (such as Fuzzy Navel – non-alcoholic)

8 ounces of pineapple juice

16 ounces of pineapple rum

Assorted fresh fruits: strawberries, pineapple, lemons, limes, oranges, or peaches (any combination)

 

Combine the wine, fruit juices, and rum in a pitcher. Cut up any fresh fruit you’d like and put into the pitcher. Chill in the refrigerator, and serve over ice.

Fourth of July Fizzy

This fun and fizzy refreshment will be a hit with the kids (and it looks great, too)!

The layered effect of the drinks is due to the differences in each beverage’s sugar content; the higher the sugar content of a drink, the more dense it is. So for our fizzy, the drink with the highest sugar content goes first (with the ingredients used here, the cranberry juice had the highest sugar content), followed by the drink with a lower sugar content (in this case, the Gatorade), and finished with the least amount of sugar (the diet soda). Be sure to use diet soda, since it has no sugar and will “float” well on top of the other drinks.

 

Ingredients:

-Blue Gatorade

-Cranberry Juice

-Diet Lemon Lime Soda

-Ice

Directions:

  1. Fill clear glasses (or plastic cups) with ice cubes.
  2. Pour cranberry juice into cup, filling about 1/3 of the cup.
  3. Pour Gatorade next; be sure to pour VERY slowly and pour onto an ice cube so that the drinks don’t mix together.
  4. Fill the remainder of the cup with diet lemon lime soda, again being careful to pour slowly and onto an ice cube.
  5. Garnish with a fun straw and enjoy!

 

Red, White and Blueberry Fruit Tray

This sweet treat is super-simple and healthy, and will look great on a red, white and blue themed table!

Ingredients & Materials:

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Blueberries – fresh or frozen
  • White mini-cupcake papers
  • Toothpicks
  • American Flag stickers
  • Stars cut from colored card stock
  • Glue

Directions:

1. Wash strawberries and cut off stem end, so that the strawberry will be able to stand up.

2. Place strawberries in mini cupcake papers.

3. Wrap flag stickers around tops of some of the toothpicks and glue stars to the tops of the rest of the toothpicks (be sure to leave enough room on the lower part of the toothpick for blueberries and the strawberry).

4. Push 2 blueberries onto a decorated toothpick and stick into the top of a strawberry. Continue until tray is full.

Enjoy!

Patriotic Pretzel Sticks

Celebrate the U.S.A. with these delicious, festive, kid friendly pretzel snacks!

Makes: 10-12 pretzel rods

Ingredients & Materials:

  • Vanilla Almond Bark (5-6 squares)
  • Pretzel Rods
  • Red, White and Blue Sprinkles
  • Wax Paper
  • Baking Sheet

 

Directions:

1. Melt Almond Bark squares in a microwave-safe bowl or cup (microwaving times vary; 45-60 seconds will usually be sufficient). While Almond Bark is microwaving, place a sheet of wax paper on a baking sheet.

2. Dip pretzel rod into melted Almond Bark, truning the bowl/cup as needed to evenly coat the top half of the pretzel.

3. Hold the pretzel over wax paper and pour sprinkles, turning the pretzel so that the sprinkles cover the Almond Bark coated portion.

4. Set pretzel onto wax paper covered baking sheet.

5. When all pretzels have been coated, put the baking sheet in the freezer or refrigerator for 10-20 minutes.

6. Take pretzels out of the fridge or freezer, carefully remove from wax paper and display them in a cute cup or container.

Enjoy!

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