1. Rum Snow Cones
Who says you can’t have a snow cone as an adult? No one, that’s who. So why not use your adulting powers to add a little
fun rum to your snow cone this Fourth of July? The recipe is easy, just remember to make it ahead of time and choose flavors that show red or blue color. Here’s an easy recipe for blue snow cones:
Combine ingredients in a bowl or 9×13 baking dish. Freeze until mostly solid. Scoop into plastic cups or paper snow cone holders and serve.
2. Red Wine Slushies
When it’s hot, you want something cold. Mix up a batch of Red Wine Slushies to keep cool during this weekend’s backyard party.
1 3/4 cups Hayes Ranch Merlot
1 cup Frozen Strawberries
4 oz Grenadine
1 cup Ice
Blend Merlot, strawberries and grenadine in a blender until smooth. Add ice and blend for about 30 seconds. Serve!
3. Beer-B-Q Sauce
No July 4th celebration is complete without grilled food. Step your BBQ game up a notch with homemade barbecue sauce made with Founder’s Sumatra Mountain Brown Ale. Thick and balanced between tangy and sweet, this sauce is finger-lickin’ good on chicken, ribs, pork and burgers.
1 1/2 cups Founder’s Sumatra Mountain Brown Ale, divided
1 cup Ketchup
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
Cayenne Powder, to taste
Pour one cup of brown ale into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Boil until reduced to about 2-3 tablespoons. Add remaining beer and ingredients. Return to a boil, then reduce heat and allow mixture to simmer until the sauce has reduced or reaches your desired thickness.
4. Celebratory Cigars
Bring a bundle of your favorite cigars to smoke during the fireworks show. Nothing beats ending the day with a good smoke and a good show. We suggest a Perla del Mar–bonus points for pairing it with an incredible bourbon like Woodford Reserve.
5. Fruity Cocktail Ice
Give your cocktail ice a little more purpose: make it serve as a garnish as well. Pack blueberries, strawberry slices and/or raspberries into ice cube trays, add water and freeze. Use these custom cubes in cocktails like the classic gin & tonic or a vodka-Sprite. Using red and blue fruits will add a perfectly festive color to your Fourth of July cocktails.
6. Beer Cocktails
Give the craft beer drinkers at your party something new to try, like Watermelon Beer. This recipe has all the best summer flavors in one glass and it’s easy to make.
Round out the night with a sparkler–and we do mean wine. Sure, break out those bright firecracker wands too, but be sure to have a bottle of bubbly nearby. After all, the end of the night is a perfect time to raise a toast to the long weekend, good friends and a solid day of celebrating.
ABC Fine Wine & Spirits is open regular hours this holiday! Stop by and stock up on everything you need to celebrate the Fourth. Cheers!
Please celebrate responsibly.