Happy 4th of July! By now all of your party prep should be done: Hamburgers are ready for the grill, the beers in chilling and the sparklers are ready to be lit. But if you’re looking for a cute and quick way to both decorateand entertain, look no further: DIY flag-inspired food platters!
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Squeeze the most out of your summer with these fun, fresh ways to flavor your drink!
Consisting of neither eggs nor cream, an egg cream is a soda fountain classic made with milk, flavored syrup and seltzer. It gained popularity in the late 1800′s in candy stores and soda shops, and has recently resurfaced to the scene of today’s soda fountains. Though chocolate and vanilla are the two classic flavors, egg creams can be made with any flavored syrup you can find. Here are some of our favorite recipes!
Brookyln Farmacy’s Maple Egg Creams
You already know how important staying hydrated in the summer is, but sometimes chugging all that water can seem like a little bit of a feat. Why not make it fun– while keeping it healthy– by adding natural flavor from fruits, veggies and herbs? With these infused water ideas, you can say goodbye to boring sips, and hello to lickable lips!
Add a squeeze of citrus
You already take it in your tea, so why not try your water? Lemons and limes are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, and since we don’t normally eat these fruits on their own, squeezing them into our water is the next best thing.
What could be easier than throwing all of your favorite cocktail ingredients into one vessel and pressing a button? Nothing. That’s why we’ll be spending happy hours this summer blending up our favorite slushy beverages– and we don’t just mean margaritas. Plus, we’ll be making big batches of simple syrup to have on hand at all times. It’s the fastest way to add just the right amount of sweetness to your drink!
Simple syrup is made by heating equal parts sugar and water until the sugar dissolves. But there’s also a no-cook method: Use a jar and shake it ’til you make it!
You know it’s officially summer when one of Yahoo‘s trending topics is watermelon. Users are making all kinds of watermelon-related searches, from salad and margarita recipes to nutrition facts and preparation tips. So whether you’re buying a whole 15-lb melon or just a small wedge, here are some ideas that capture the essence of summer:
Watermelon Cups with Feta and Mint make an adorable appetizer or party starter
One way to upgrade your Mini Fruit Kebabs: grill ‘em!
Watermelon-Tomato Gazpacho with Shrimp provides a sweet and fresh twist on this traditional summer soup
We can’t forget about cocktail time! Our Melon Patch is sweet and refreshing, with a hint of rosemary
One of the best parts about summer grilling is the fact that you can eat outside underneath the sun. But no outdoor meal is complete without a fabulous cocktail to keep you cool. So while you’re grilling this week, here are our recommendations of what you should be sipping on:
This Thirsty Thursday, mix up your cocktail game with a drink that may not be too familiar: a Tom Collins!
What’s a Tom Collins?
A Tom Collins dates back to 1876 when “the Father of American Mixology,” Jerry Thomas, first described the it in writing as a “gin and sparkling lemonade” drink. The cocktail gets its name from the glass it’s served in, a Collins glass, which is cylindrical in shape and narrower than a highball glass. The traditional ingredients are simple: gin, lemon juice, sugar and carbonated water, but many variations exist, including the Brandy Collins (using Brandy), the Jack Collins (using applejack) and the Ron Collins (using rum).
Our Tom Collins Recipe (makes 6):
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups gin
3/4 cup lemon juice
2 cups club soda
In a small saucepan, bring 2 tablespoons water to a boil over medium heat. Stir in the sugar until dissolved. Let cool.
In a pitcher, stir together the gin, lemon juice and cooled sugar syrup. Stir in the club soda. Pour into 6 ice-filled tall glasses.
There’s never a bad day to be part of our magazine’s food team, but it’s a particularly good day when you can kick back, relax and have one of the country’s best bartenders make you a cocktail. A few weeks ago, Ryan Magarian — the Portland, Oregon-based cocktail guru and co-founder of Aviation American Gin, — visited the Every Day with Rachael Ray test kitchen and whipped up some of his favorite warm-weather cocktails. We loved all the drinks, but the Beers Knees, a gin and wheat beer concoction, is the one we’ll be sipping all summer. Lucky for us, Ryan shared the recipe, so you can make this bubbly, citrusy drink for your next backyard cookout, concert in the park, beach barbecue– or wherever summer takes you.
1 1/2 oz Aviation American Gin
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz Honey syrup*
3 oz Hefeweizen (Ryan is partial to Widmer Hefeweizen, a local brew)
Pour gin, lemon juice and honey syrup in a pint glass, fill with ice & shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled Collins glass (with or without ice). Top with Hefeweizen. Garnish with a lemon wedge
*To make honey syrup; stir equal parts honey and heated water and stir until the honey dissolves; let cool
This Thirsty Thursday, mix up your cocktail game with a drink that may not be too familiar: a Pimm’s Cup!
What’s a Pimm’s Cup?
A Pimm’s Cup cocktail originates in London in the 1820′s when James Pimm offered a gin-based tonic at his oyster bar to aid in digestion. The drink contained a secret mixture of liqueurs and herbs and to keep up with demand, Pimm began distilling it in mass quantities. Soon, Pimm’s No. 1 was frequently used in cocktails containing fruit and either ginger ale or lemonade. It has since been declared one of two official drinks of Wimbledon– the other being champagne– and has gained popularity among British universities. The Pimm’s cocktail is great for the summer because it’s light and refreshing and won’t leave you feeling woozy or overheated. Plus, it’s a great excuse to use up some summer produce!
Our Pimm’s Cocktail recipe (makes 2)
1/2 cup Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur
2 cups chilled lemon-lime soda
4 cucumber slices
2 orange slices
2 strawberries, sliced
2 sprigs mint
Divide liqueur and soda between 2 tall glasses. Add cucumber, orange and strawberry slices, then ice. Garnish with mint.