Hello everyone and happy almost Fourth of July!
If time is flying by as fast for you as it is for me, then you're probably just as surprised as I am that today is the first day of July and that the fourth day of July is only three days away. With that being said, you might also be finding yourself scrambling to come up with some patriotic snacks to bring to your family cookout or friendly BBQ this weekend and could really use an easy, patriotic Fourth of July menu right about now...
Well look no further! I went around and asked a few of our employees to tell me their easiest, fastest, and most red, white and blue foods they love to enjoy on the Fourth of July. I picked five of my favorite and prepared them all to truly test their ease and quickness and they did not disappoint!
Checkout the menu below:
It comes as no surprise that this Fourth of July is going to look a little different for all of us. Whether you're inviting over a few close friends or need a dish to bring to the family cookout, these easy treats are sure to make your plans pop!
Sparkling Blue Lemonade
Idea provided by Amanda
What you'll need: lemonade, blueberry vodka, sparkling wine, blue curaçao, raspberry or cherry garnish | 1 Serving, multiply as necessary
First, let's start with the drinks.
Step by Step:
Fill your favorite glass with ice
Pour in 1 shot of blueberry vodka, 1/2 a shot of blue curaçao (or as much as you need to make it blue) and lemonade so it's 3/4 of the way full
Shake or stir
Fill the rest of the glass with your sparkling wine of choice
Throw some raspberries or a cherry on top for garnish
This drink is basically screaming summer. It's light, it's refreshing, and it's sure to bring a smile to everyone's face this weekend.
The blue curaçao really makes this drink pop so use as much as you want/need to get reach your desired level of blue. When choosing a sparkling wine, just use your favorite. I used Champagne but Prosecco works great to give this drink a nice fizz (which, as you can see, fades quickly. If you're taking a photo of your cute drink do it fast before the sparkle goes away).
If you don't feel like being a bartender all day, you could set this up as a drink station for your guests. Either leave the recipe with all the ingredients on a table OR make one big pitcher in the morning. To make sure the drink really pops for your guests, leave the sparkling wine next to the pitcher and let guests make their own splash once they pour. You could even make your plate of Firecracker Fruit Pops (below) part of the station as a garnish!
Build Your Own Red, White & Blue Snack Mix
Idea provided by Lauren
What you'll need: popcorn, pretzel sticks, red and blue M&M's, serving bowls
Next, we'll work on something to snack on.
Step by Step:
Pop the popcorn and let it cool
Break the pretzel sticks and place them in their own bowl
Separate the red and blue M&M's and place them in separate bowls
Set up your snack mix station with serving spoons and mini bowls or plates
Mix to your liking and enjoy!
Five steps! Doesn't get much easier than that.
You can even add in additional toppings like marshmallows or nuts to really take it up a notch. I added dark chocolate regular and peanut M&M's to mine and it really gave it an extra little kick.
In addition to this being so easy, another thing I love about this snack mix is that I already had half of the ingredients in my house. It's also super low maintenance and can be used as a quick treat all year, not just on the Fourth.
Something to keep in mind is that as cute as the BYO station is, if you're taking this mix on the go, I would definitely recommend mixing everything together first. It's so much easier transporting one big bowl rather than four little ones!
Firecracker Fruit Pops
Idea provided by Heidi
What you'll need: bananas, strawberries, blueberries, wooden skewers
Now we're going to throw in something a little healthy.
Step by Step:
Wash and dry your strawberries and blueberries (you could do this the night before)
Cut up your bananas into equal pieces, thick enough so that the skewer doesn't break them in half
Cut the strawberries into fours
Grab your skewers and stab in a piece of banana, a piece of strawberry, two blueberries, and repeat. Just make sure you leave enough space to hold on to the skewer at the bottom
Repeat Step 4 until you have your desired amount!
Have these fruit pops as a side for your BBQ or enjoy them with a Fourth of July breakfast. If you don't have any or can't find any skewers, just make a patriotic fruit salad instead! Super easy alternative!
If you're feeling extra fancy, you could even use these as a garnish for your Sparkling Blue Lemonade (above)!
Red, White & Bleu Burgers
Idea provided by Shelvy
What you'll need: ground meat of choice, hot sauce, bleu cheese (crumbles or dressing, I prefer dressing), burger buns, salt & pepper
And now it's time to fire up the grill because we are making burgers. But not just any burgers... Red, White and Bleu Burgers!
Step by Step:
Grab your ground meat and put it in a bowl
Season it with salt & pepper
Mix it all up (hands work best), grab about 5-6 oz of meat, roll into a ball, then flatten
When you're ready, throw the burgers on the grill and cook to your liking
Transfer your burgers to the buns and spread the blue cheese on top of the patty
Throw on a few splashes of hot sauce
Top with the other half of the bun and enjoy!
If you're a lover of all things spicy and are always asking for extra bleu cheese, then this burger is definitely for you.
The great thing about these toppings is that because they're so versatile, you can use whatever ground meat you want. I know the go-to is hamburger and believe me, nothing beats it, but I actually used ground turkey for this and it was SO GOOD. Bleu cheese and hot sauce is the perfect pair on any meat and it just so happens that they also make the perfect patriotic burger.
Add your favorite chips on the side and you've got yourself a great Fourth of July meal.
Patriotic Cheesecake Bites
Idea provided by Jen
What you'll need: cheesecake (can be bought frozen as bites or whole, or you can make your own), strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream (optional), toothpicks
And finally... dessert!
Step by Step:
Place your frozen cheesecake in the fridge overnight to thaw
Wash, dry and cut your strawberries in half and put them in a bowl (you could do this the night before)
Wash and dry your blueberries and put them in a separate bowl (you could do this the night before as well)
Take your thawed cheesecake or cheesecake bites out of the fridge
If you're using a full cheesecake, cut it up into bite sized pieces
Place cheesecake on a platter
Place one piece of strawberry and one blueberry on a piece of cheesecake then stab a toothpick right down the middle
Repeat Step 7 until you have your desired amount of bites
Keep in the fridge until it's time for dessert
Serve with whipped cream on the side (optional) and enjoy!
This dessert may be small but it sure does hit the spot! And without the additional dishes to wash or cutlery to put out, it almost seems too good to be true.
If you're making this for a larger group, you might want to consider making this into another BYO station and let everyone assemble their own bites. It'll take some of the pressure and work off of you so you can prepare other treats for the day as well!
Because whipped cream doesn't hold that great out of the can, save it for the very last second by adding it either once the bites are ready to be served or let your guests add their own. But whipped cream or not, these bite-sized treats will keep everyone coming back for more, so make sure you prepare plenty!
I hope these recipes help you ease into the Fourth of July festivities this weekend. Whether you're out with close friends or staying in with the family, your friends here at the Indian Head Resort are wishing you all the happiest, safest and most fun Fourth yet! We all deserve to have a great day this year ☺️
If these ideas did inspire you, we'd love to see! Tag us @IHResortNH or #IHRBlogs on Facebook or Instagram to show us your creations.
Until next time, have a Happy Fourth!