5 Patriotic Drinks to Celebrate America’s Birthday!!

We’ve had some bad storms pass through our area today, so I’m posting this a bit late. Most Americans know that celebrating Independence Day involves good food, and even better drinks.

Sure, you can pop open a can of beer or twist of that cap on your bottle…or you can whip up some of these fun, easy, patriotic drinks and raise your glasses in salute to the 239th Birthday of the U.S.A.

Frozen Boozy Bomb Pop Drink @ Simply Fresh Cooking

This looks absolutely PERFECT for a hot day of celebration! With three different flavors of vodka, sugar, lime, and a few other ingredients, this patriotic drink can be made ahead of time or whipped up when you’re ready.

Red, White, & Blue Sangria @ Imagine Design Blog

Sangria is one of the yummiest, and EASIEST drinks to make. I’ve had sangria made in so many ways, I’m sure this one will be a hit. Strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple give you your patriotic colors, while the whine and liquor make your blood flow and your mouths sing in praise (hahaha).

Blue Vodka Lemonade @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

This bad mamma-jamma is prepped and ready to be served in just 5 minutes. All it takes is lemonade, blue vodka, blue food coloring (optional), and a blender. You can even add a little American Flag or some strawberries to the top to make it even more patriotic.

Patriotic Shooters @ Celebrations

Ok, so this isn’t exactly a “drink,” but sometimes, you gotta bring out the shots! These shooters add a POP! with pop rocks, and creaminess with the addition of half and half (so make sure you serve immediately and don’t leave it outside too long).

Red Hot Cinnamon Whiskey Cocktail @ Better Recipes

So I’m not a big drinker. But I LOVE me some Fireball Whiskey (seriously, if you haven’t tried it, DO IT!). Add a little spice to your celebration by whipping up these easy cocktails.

**And as always, drink responsibly.**

Oh, and if you feel like allowing your kiddos to partake in festive drinks, check out this non-alcoholic patriotic drink! All it takes is red punch, blue gatorade, and some sprite!

Classic Patriotic Punch

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There you go. Instead of boring, “same old, same old” beer, make sure to try out some of the patriotic, fun, and delicious drinks. And don’t forget the classic punch above for the kids.

Also if you haven’t already checked them out, look at the following posts for PATRIOTIC desserts, recipes, and crafts.

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10 Awesomely Easy 4th of July Crafts for Kids & Adults!!

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So today I thought I would change things up a bit. Part of celebrating Independence Day is learning about the history of it. What better way to teach our children about history, than with crafts? As most parents know, kids learn better (and are more willing to learn) when their mind AND hands are busy. If you’re looking for dessert and dinner, check out my 10 Easy, Quick, Simply Sweet Recipes for the 4th of July! and 10 Delicious 4th of July Recipes Sure to Please EVERYONE!

Below you will find 6 crafts for children and 4 crafts for adults. The adult crafts are more for decoration, but they are simple to do and most of the items you already have at home! I will start with the kid’s crafts and round up this post with the adult ideas. Hope you enjoy!

Confetti Launchers @ Piikea Street

I’m not sure how other states/cities are, but in South Carolina, you can’t even use sparklers in some areas in celebration, let alone fireworks. Fortunately for my family, we live in the country and can shoot off the biggest fireworks available. But for those of you who can’t have fireworks, or for just a fun craft, these confetti launchers are PERFECT for children. All you need are 12″ balloons, toilet paper rolls, decorative paper, tape, and construction paper.

Straw Fireworks @ Crafty Morning

These are SO simple to make, and they turn out SO neat looking! All it takes is paint, bendable straws (think dollar store!), and white paper. You can even use toilet paper rolls if you feel like it (just cut a line every 1/2-1 inch or so on one end of the roll about 1/3 of the way down the tube, then bend outward like the straw).

4th of July Noisemaker @ Mess for Less

This is such a cool idea! All it takes is two paper plates, scissors, paint, a stapler, tape, and dry beans. Such a fun activity for children. You can do this at your celebration to keep the kids entertained, or take a few with you to a celebration and share the fun!

Popsicle Stick Flag Magnets @ Making of a Mom

If you’re like the average parent, your fridge is covered in beautiful artwork. So why not add a magnet to the display also made by your little artists? All this takes is popsicle sticks, paint, and magnetic strips. PERFECT and just in time for the 4th!

Wet Chalk Fireworks @ Crafty Morning

I just noticed this is the second post from Crafty Morning. She definitely has some great ideas for children’s crafts, including this AWESOME wet chalk fireworks craft. I had no idea chalk would look like this when it’s wet! Just chalk, water, and a black piece of paper is all that’s needed for these masterpieces!

Patriotic Cup Craft @ Danielle’s Place

Just to give you a heads up, the link for this craft leads to a page with a few crafts. This particular one is about half way down the page. Blue cups, red and white ribbon, scissors, tape, string, and silver stars complete this awesome, cheap, and easy craft any kid (or adult) can make!

And now for some fun ADULT crafts!

Red, White, and Blue Pom Garlands @ Yay for Handmade!

I have ALWAYS wanted to try these out. And the directions provided make it look extremely easy. All you need is red, white, and blue tissue paper, twine/ribbon, scissors, and a stapler. Such a quick, simple decoration just in time for America’s birthday!

Patriotic Bug-Away Candleholders @ PopSugar

Now this craft takes a little more time, and it requires a few more materials. But not only is is patriotic and decorative, but it serves a purpose. By adding the lemongrass, lemon eucalyptus, or citronella essential oils, this candleholder turns into a bug repellent! Beauty and purpose? You can’t beat that!

Patriotic Tin Cans @ Stockpiling Moms

These are a great centerpiece for utensils, flowers, or anything you can think of. Just grab a few tin cans (think veggies) and make sure they are thoroughly cleaned. Add some paint, ribbon, and patriotic decorations and you have a cheap, festive item to add to your celebrations.

Duct Tape 4th of July Banner @ Chic California

Sometimes I wonder if I have a crafty bone in my body. This is such a simple craft, even a caveman could do it! Just use duct tape, baker’s twine, and scissors to create this fun, festive addition to any 4th of July celebration.

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TA-DA. And there you go. 6 fun crafts for kids and 4 fun crafts for adults. I do realize that some of these pictures are huge, but I wanted to make sure everything linked back to the original posters, so I’m leaving them this way. I hope you enjoy trying out some of these. I plan on trying out a few of these today, so I’ll make sure to post a link to a new post once we complete them!

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10 Delicious 4th of July Recipes Sure to Please EVERYONE!

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(*Warning~ I use a few “cuss” words in this post. I can’t help it.)

Fun Facts about Independence Day:

  1. The Declaration of Independence began as a letter to King George to explain why the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from Great Britain.
  2. The Declaration of Independence has five parts. They are: the Preamble, the Statement of Human Rights, Charges Against Human Rights, Charges Against the King and Parliament, and the Statement of Separation and Signatures.
  3. July 4 was officially declared a holiday in 1870, nearly one hundred years after the Declaration of Independence was written.
  4. Currently, the oldest Independence Day celebration in the U.S. is held in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Yesterday, I provided y’all with a great selection of 10 Easy, Quick, Simply Sweet Recipes for the 4th of July! What can I say? Sometimes I like to eat my dessert before my dinner. Most Americans do one thing in celebration of our Independence Day. Throw a kick-ass BBQ and invite EVERYONE.

These 10 Delicious 4th of July Recipes are Sure to Please EVERYONE!!! Some require marinating overnight, some require in-depth prep work, but they ALL will be more than worth the effort to feed your family and friends, and to be praised for being the “Best Damn Cook” in the world!!!

4th of July Firecracker Dogs @ Handmade in the Heartland

Y’all, these are easy and amazingly patriotic. I LOVE the addition of the colby cheese stars on the top. Perfect for children, or as an appetizer for hungry adults waiting on the grill to heat up!

Marinated Greek Chicken Skewers @ A Hint of Honey

How about a little protein and veggies for your 4th of July BBQ? These chicken skewers are quick to marinate, and are cooked up within 20 minutes on the grill. Less time cooking = happy eaters!

Firecracker Ribs @ A Cork, Fork, & Passport

A little bit of sweet, a little bit of spice, a lotta bit of OMGosh. My family loves ribs. My dad has an old family rub recipe that I am proud to know and use weekly on ribs and other things. But THESE babies look delicious! And it’s a staple in American 4th of July celebrations!

Grilled Shrimp @ The Little Kitchen

Are you feeling a little, shellfish? (haha, you see what I did there…even though shrimp are not shellfish…oh well, I tried!) Some people want to cook something different for a cookout. Look no farther. These simple and quick grilled shrimp are sure to be a hit!

Aloha BBQ Sliders @ Tidy Mom

These bad boys look amazing. Of course I would take the pineapple off of my burger, but if that is your forte, more to ya! And with smaller patties and Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, talk about MMMMM, good!

Ham & Cheese Sliders @ The Girl Who Ate Everything

I’ve seen this around the blogging world quite a lot, and I’ve made them a few times. The only thing I can say is, UMgaaaaaa!!! These babies are delicious and PERFECT for a pre-BBQ snack or to hold over those slightly inebriated friends of yours!

Heidi’s Famous Baked Beans @ The Girl Who Ate Everything

This recipe looks pretty easy and straight forward. As a girl who tends to buy a can of baked beans, put it in a pan, and add a little bacon and brown sugar, this recipe looks like something I might enjoy even more. And what’s a cookout without some good baked beans?

Fully Loaded Baked Potato Salad @ This is My Key West

I’m not big on potato salad, but this is like a twice baked potato, but BETTER. You can serve this hot or cold (I prefer hot, personally), and this is sure to be a favorite at your celebration!

Mac ‘N Cheese Cupcakes @ Nessa Makes

This is just pure genius! Everyone I know LOVES mac ‘n cheese. And what better way to eat it at a cookout…then with your HANDS?! Perfect for kids, as an appetizer, or as a side dish!

Patriotic Deviled Eggs @ Plain Chicken

Deviled eggs are one of my biggest food weaknesses. I could seriously eat the entire plate of them. THESE deviled eggs are beyond adorable and wonderfully patriotic. All it requires is water, boiled eggs (de-shelled), and food coloring. It does take a couple of hours to dye the eggs, so plan accordingly!

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And there you go! 10 Delicious 4th of July Recipes Sure to Please EVERYONE! We are planning a big cookout at my uncle’s pool this weekend, so I’ll be sure to pass on a few of these to my family so we can try some new recipes!

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10 Easy, Quick, Simply Sweet Recipes for the 4th of July!

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One of America’s greatest days to celebrate is fast approaching. Next Saturday, July 4, 2015, the good ole’ US of A celebrates 239 years of Independence from Great Britain. Despite the many negative events, emotions, and actions taking place within our country, the 4th of July is a day of celebration for ALL Americans.

I figured what better way to lead up to this momentous celebration by dedicating a post every day this week to Independence Day! Americans celebrate this day with good food, crafts, bbq’s, and fireworks!

Today, I give you 10 Easy, Quick, Simply Sweet Recipes for the 4th of July! Between Pinterest and just browsing the Internet, I literally found THOUSANDS of posts about this topic. Some posts had WAY too many links. This caused the page to load slow, and all the pop up advertisements got VERY annoying. So I spent a few hours looking through everything and picked my Top 10 recipes I am going to try this year.

Patriotic Oreo Pops @ Happiness is Homemade

These are so patriotic, and SO easy to make. Seriously, all it takes is candy melts, Oreo cookies, lollipop sticks, sprinkles, and the bowls/utensils/bags to create these masterpieces. That’s it!

4th of July Firecracker Jello Cups @ Cincy Shopper

These are so adorable! Just layer jello in plastic shot glasses, add the cherry, and let it cool completely. And for adults, add a little vodka to “spice” it up!!!

Red, White, and Blue Pinwheel Icebox Cookies @ Just a Taste

These require a LITTLE more effort, but they are fun and perfect for 4th of July. They are soft, chewy, and oh so yummy (I’ve tried these before and they were amazing!). **These require about 5-6 hours in the fridge, but you can make these a few days ahead of the party and pop them in the oven when you need them!**

Patriotic Pretzels @ The 36th AVENUE

And again, a quick, easy recipe that can be whipped up in minutes! This salty, sweet, delicious treat is sure to be a crowd pleaser at any 4th of July celebration!!

Red, White, and Blue Brownies @ Rumbly in My Tumbly

I think of everything I’m posting, THESE are the easiest (only if you use boxed brownies). Feel free to use boxed or homemade brownies. Then add a little melted chocolate and sprinkles, and voila! Instant patriotic and delicious brownies!

Patriotic Pretzel Bites @ Two Sisters Crafting

If you are feeling more like bite-sized snacks as opposed to large sticks, these Patriotic Pretzel Bites are just for you. These are VERY easy to make, and the mixture between the salty and sweetness is perfect. The best part? The mini-M&M’s add a great flavor!

4th of July Rice Krispies Treats @ A Southern Fairytale

As an American, you can’t go wrong with rice krispie treats in celebration of, well, being American! Just whip up each layer individually, and then layer in a baking dish. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

4th of July Bark @ Life with the Crust Cut Off

I’ve always wanted to try “bark,” but I’ve never gotten around to it. THIS recipe is so simple, I think I’m going to try it out this week! Just melt some chocolate and toss in some patriotic M&M’ and sprinkles.

4th of July Snack Mix @ Glorious Treats

I love, I repeat, LOVE, snack mixes. Homemade ones of course. It is such a versatile treat that you can add anything you want to it. So of course, why not make it patriotic?!

4th of July Fruit Kabobs @ The Frugal Girls

Hey, I HAD to include something somewhat healthy! These are easy to put together, and offer a variety most partiers won’t be able to resist. Both children and adults will love this tasty, sweet treat (and of course, use caution with children).

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And there you have it. 10 Easy, Quick, Simply Sweet Recipes for the 4th of July! All can be made relatively quick, require few ingredients, and are almost guaranteed to please any picky or hungry crowd/party goers.

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