4th of July Recipe
I have left the heat and humidity of Virginia behind for the pleasant temperatures of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. We are with our family for our annual gathering up on Mountain Lake. The fish are biting, the kayaks are out, and everyone is getting excited about fireworks on the lake.
With a family of foodies under roof, we are also getting excited about what we will eat tomorrow to celebrate the 4th of July. There are a few things that have made a repeat appearance on the menu over the years, and these are a few of them:
Watermelon Coolers. Spiked with vodka, and garnished with a bite of basil, they are a cool refreshing treat for the grown ups (we swap out the vodka for lemonade for the kids).
- Watermelon coolers
- 5 cups cubed seedless watermelon (about 1 1/2 pounds)
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 cup vodka
- Watermelon slices, and basil leaves for garnish
Puree watermelon in blender or food processor until smooth. Strain pureed watermelon through a fine mesh sieve, reserving watermelon juice (should have about 2 cups).
In a small bowl or measuring cup, stir together lime juice and honey. Add to watermelon juice, along with vodka. Adjust sweetness with more honey if desired. To serve, fill four glasses with ice and top each with cocktail. Garnish with watermelon slices and basil leaves.
After you scoop the watermelon to make the drinks, save the hollowed out round and use it as a vase for flowers.
We get the kids to help out by making this patriotic flag cookie for dessert
Start with prepared sugar cookie dough (such as Pillsbury) found in the refrigerator section of your grocery store. Have the kids press the cookie dough into a 9×13-inch baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 12-14 minutes until just golden. Mix 2 (8-ounce packages) of softened cream cheese with 1/4 cup of powdered sugar until smooth. Spread cream cheese mixture over the cooled cookie, and create your flag with blueberries and raspberries. Cut into squares and serve.
Each flag cookie will serve 10-12 people, and may be made 1 day ahead. You still have time to run to the store!
For additional last minute party planning tips for the 4th of July, check out the article that ran in today’s Virginian-Pilot, where I offered a few ideas and additional recipes to help get the festivities under way in short order.