Thursday, June 27, 2013

Thirsty Thursday - Patriotic Spirits

In honor of Independence Day next Thursday
I figured I would showcase a few patriotic recipes!

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Red, White, & Blue Shot

1/2 oz. grenadine
1/2 oz. blue curacao
1/2 oz. peach schnapps

Pour the grenadine into the shot glass.
Float the peach schnapps on top of the grenadine.
Float the blue curacao on top of the peach schnapps.

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Red, White, & Blue Sangria

Strawberries, sliced
Blueberries
Pineapple cut into star shapes
2 bottles of dry white wine
1 cup Triple Sec
1/2 cup berry flavored vodka
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup simple syrup

Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher and stir.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

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Fireworks Red, White, & Blue Daiquiris

Blue:
2 cups ice cubes
1/3 cup blue passion fruit liquor (Hpnotiq or Alize)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)
2 tablespoons blue curacao
2 tablespoons white rum
2 tablespoons sugar

Red:
1 cup ice cubes
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup watermelon chunks, frozen
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
2 tablespoons white rum
1 tablespoon sugar

White:
1 cup ice cubes
1 cup coconut sorbet
1/4 cup rum
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)

Begin by making the blue layer: Put 1 1/2 cups of the ice cubes in the carafe of a blender. Add the passion fruit liqueur, lime juice, blue curacao, rum and sugar. Blend until slushy and there are no chunks of ice left, adding the remaining 1/2 cup of ice if needed. Transfer to a large measuring cup or small bowl and place in the freezer while you make the next layer.
For the red layer: Rinse out the blender and then add the frozen strawberries, watermelon, lime juice, rum and sugar. Blend until slushy and there are no chunks of fruit. With the motor running, add the ice, a few cubes a time, until thick and smooth. Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons water if the consistency is too thick. Transfer to another small bowl and place in the freezer while making the final layer.
For the white layer: Rinse out the blender and add the coconut sorbet, rum and lime juice. Blend until smooth and thick. With the motor running, add the ice, a few cubes at a time, and continue to blend until thick and no bits of ice remain.
Pour the red layer into the bottom of six 8-ounce glasses, about 1/3 cup each. Gently spoon 1/3 cup of the blue layer over the red layer so they stay separate. Finish by spooning 1/3 cup of the white layer over the second layer in each glass.


Here are few sweet treats to make as well :)

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Fourth of July Cookie Bark

1 dozen crushed Oreo cookies
Several handfuls of mini pretzels, crushed
1 lb. of vanilla melts or Wilton melts
1 bag of red, white & blue M&M's
Red, white, & blue sprinkles

Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.
Place crushed OREO's and pretzels on cookie sheet.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave (be careful not to burn it).
Pour melted chocolate over top of the crushed mixture.
Sprinkle with M&M's and sprinkles.
Let the chocolate harden.
Break into pieces and serve.


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Red, White, & Blue Rice Krispie Treats
 
1 1/2 tablespoons of butter
2 cups of marshmallows
3 cups of crisp rice cereal
red food coloring
blue food coloring
 
Start each batch by melting down the butter and marshmallows.
Leave one batch plain.
Add the food coloring to the other two batches.
Layer each batch on top of each other.
 
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Red, White, & Blue Parfaits

Fresh strawberries, sliced
Fresh blueberries

Place a small portion of the one of the berries in a clear bowl/cup.
Place a layer of Cool Whip on top.
Place a layer of the other berry on top of the Cool Whip.
Continue this pattern until you reach the top of the bowl/cup.

Do you have any special eats/treats/spirits you make for July 4th?
How will you be celebrating this year?


Until next time...

XoXo ~ V

2 comments:

  1. I need every one of those drinks!!

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    1. I am so looking forward to trying these on the 4th! I mean, that is what 4 day weekends are for right?! :)

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