Easy Fourth of July Recipes and Cocktails

Whip up some classic and not-so-classic recipes for your Fourth of July gathering this year.

Patriotic Ice Pops

Layers of strawberry, coconut and blueberry make these icy pops the perfect festive treat for your Fourth of July celebration. Get the Recipe>>

Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Crostinis

Tomato Burrata Crostini

The flavor and juice from the heirloom tomatoes combined with the cheese and toast create a flavorful bite-sized treat that's easy to eat. Plus, they will add color to your party other than the traditional red, white and blue.

Best Potato Salad

This potato salad recipe is a great companion to burgers or hot dogs, or can be served on its own.

Grilled Mexican Corn

Grilled Mexican Corn

Spices, lime juice and cotija cheese bring extra flavor to classic grilled corn on the cob, adding Mexican-inspired flair to your outdoor barbecue.

Patriotic Panna Cotta Shooters

Panna cotta shooters will surely cool you and your Fourth of July guests off. Give the shooters an American-inspired spin by layering them in red, white and blue.

Frozen Clementine Sorbet

Clementine Sorbet

Your guests will appreciate a refreshing frozen treat during the heat of the day. Give this clementine sorbet the presentation it deserves by using the clementine shells as bowls.

Chili and Lime Roasted Cashews

Chile and Lime Cashews

Ancho chile pepper, chipotle pepper and lime juice give these nuts a zesty punch. Serve them with your favorite brew for a true pub-style gathering.

Spiked S'Mores Pie

Spiked S'mores

Add a little twist to your favorite camp-time treat. This s'mores pie is topped with a bourbon ganache to give it an extra-smoky flavor.

Grilled Shrimp and Avocado Gazpacho

Grilled Cumin Shrimp Avocado Gazpacho

Give your guests an easy appetizer that looks like it took you hours to make. The avocado gazpacho tones down the spicy flavor of the grilled shrimp.

Nacho-Stuffed Potato Skins

Nacho-Stuffed Potato Skins

Nothing says summer barbecue like stuffed potato skins. Top these skins with bacon, beans and guacamole to keep your guests full and happy.

Cardamom Blackberry Smash

Cardamom Berry Smash

The exotic spices in this blackberry juice, mixed with cardamom syrup and citrus botanicals, provide instant relief from the summer heat. Add some gin to really kick it up a notch.

Blue Velvet Cupcakes

Put a spin on red velvet cake while showing your patriotism. Blue gel food coloring gives this recipe its patriotic blue color. Top it off with a star-shaped cake piece to really make it a special Fourth of July treat.

50/50 Bacon Beef Burger

Bacon Beef Burgers

Try adding bacon to your burger a different way. This burger recipe calls for half ground bacon and half ground beef for a flavor you can't pull off by just topping a burger with bacon strips.

Grilled Fruit Skewers

Grilled Fruit Skewers

Grilling fruit may not sound appetizing, but it gives the fruit a caramelized flavor that your guests will love. Pair them with unexpected dips like ricotta cheese and yogurt.

Naked Punch Cocktail

Hop, Skip and Go Naked Punch

This punch recipe takes the classic lemonade recipe to the next level. The addition of beer and Canadian whiskey will have your guests coming back for more.

Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes

This bright and refreshing cupcake recipe is made with Limoncello, a lemon-flavored Italian liqueur, adding an extra touch of citrus flavor. Top it with lemon candy and mint leaves to give it a summertime look.

Mini Tacos

To save you time the day of your party, make these mini tacos the night before and assemble them right before serving. This recipe will satisfy guests that don't like barbecue food.

Cocoa Freeze Cocktail

Frozen Hot Chocolate Cocktail

Make the frozen version of the all-time favorite hot chocolate recipe, and top it with chocolate shavings and whipped cream for a rich flavor.

Pie Pops

Make your dessert the center of attention by serving miniature pies on sticks. Place the sticks in floral foam, and put them in a basket for an easy treat you can take with you anywhere.

Pom Berry Bellini

Pom-Berry Bellini

The rich red color of this pomegranate bellini is the perfect way to show your patriotism. Serve it with champagne and no alcohol so both adults and kids can enjoy.

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