Fabulous Fourth: Cocktails, Candles And Candy

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June 19, 2012

Whether you're settling onto your back deck this coming July 4, or throwing a bash for hundreds, there are plenty of ways to make sure the holiday is full of fireworks. Here are some of our favorite sipping recipes, cool products and fun ideas to make the celebration memorable.

Red, White and Blue
This layered shooter cocktail is pictured here with vodka on top, but you can also layer cream on top for a true white effect. Pour ahead and butler-pass or be dramatic and mix in front of the guests.

Layer equal amounts of the following, in this order:
o Grenadine
o Blue Curacao
o Cream or Vodka

Recipe and photo via mixthatdrink.com

Guy Fieri's Fourth of July Drink
o 1 ounce watermelon schnapps
o 1 big splash cranberry juice
o 1 very thin slice jalapeno or serrano pepper
o 1 slice lemon
o 1 slice lime
o 1 1/2 ounces tequila
o 1/4 ounce blue curacao
o 1/2 ounce simple syrup (dissolve equal amounts of sugar and water in hot water and chill)
o Watermelon wedge, for garnish (optional)

Mix the schnapps and cranberry juice in a shaker; pour into an ice-filled glass.
Muddle the jalapeno pepper, lemon and lime slices, tequila, blue curacao and simple syrup in the shaker. Slowly strain into the glass over the red layer. Garnish with watermelon, if desired.

Courtesy of Guy Fieri, Food Network Magazine
Photograph by Kate Sears

Berry Beautiful
All you need are strawberries, white chocolate or almond bark, and blue sanding sugar. Make sure your strawberries are dry, then dip them in the melted chocolate and then in the sugar.

Photo via hustleandsew.tumbler.com

Baby Buckets
These little buckets are perfect for votives, wrapped candy or other snacks. With a diameter of three and one-quarter inches, they're a small statement with big impact. Note: they are not food-safe.


Sparkling Favors
Instantly turn sparklers into placeholders or party favors with ribbon and paper tags. Once the sparklers are removed from their packaging, bunch them up, then tie them together with red, white and blue ribbon.

Courtesy of HGTV.

Hanging Lights
Give hanging lights a festive kick with blue tea candles, then suspend them by replacing their hanging chains with red and white ribbon. It's your own, updated version of stars and stripes.

These came from Dandelion in San Francisco, CA. Photo via www.sunset.com

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