Every heart beats true 'neath the red, white and blue...
George Cohan wrote that many moons ago, but this time of year we all take a page from his lyric notebook and trumpet the colors in creative ways.
My 4th of July celebrations include adults and
kids, so I wanted a fun little libation we all could slurp with gusto. This is the perfect one to set our flags a-flutter.
You astute refreshment experts out there will recognize this as a raspberry Italian soda -- sold at coffee houses around the country for big bucks. But since this is an American holiday (and, truthfully, this drink originated in the U.S. anyway), we'll call it an American-Style Italian Soda
, and we'll make it for pennies. This is sparkling, spirited drinkable fun at its best!
The slender shape of this parfait glass works awesomely. If you don't want to splurge on barware, cruise antique shops and second-hand stores to score cool little pieces like this on the cheap.
Here we go:
Pour 1 tablespoon of raspberry syrup (found at coffee shops or in the coffee aisle of your grocery store) into a clean, clear 8 oz. glass.
To that, add 1/2 cup of cold, clear carbonated beverage of your choice (club soda, sparkling water, ginger ale, lemon-lime soda, etc.). It will mix with the syrup, creating a beautiful, bubbly ruby-colored drink:
Top with whipped cream and blueberries to make a trifecta of patriotic pizazz. Add the blueberries to the topping, or create a sensational stir stick with them:
For those who like creamy sodas, the stir-stick can be used to blend the ingredients before drinking.
This drink is very forgiving. Mix it up and try it in different combos and ratios. Here's how versatile it can be:
- Grown-ups: Want to add some doodle to your dandy? Substitute a shot of raspberry (or vanilla) vodka for the raspberry syrup.
- Don't like raspberry? Substitute any other flavored syrup that lights your fireworks.
- Barter the bubbly: club soda, sparkling water, ginger ale or even lemon-lime soda pop can be used. Choose whatever bubbles float your boat.
- Add ice if you'd like, don't if you won't. For smallish barware like ours, crushed ice works best.
Less of a Good Thing
Remember, syrups and sodas are available sugar-free!
Set up a soda bar and let your guests mix their own creations to their liking. Garnishes are half the fun, so offer lots! Outdoor party? Use plastic stemware for all the fun minus the "gotta be careful"ness.
More Beverages to Make Your 4th Sparkle
Here are a few more drinks to help you wet your holiday whistle:
Featured recipe: American-Style Italian Soda
Have a sweeeet 4th of July!