Two “Must Try” Recipes for Your Independence Day Party

In addition to great company and conversation, here are two recipes that are sure to keep the 4th of July party going at your place. Or your neighbor’s.

Red, White and Blue Sangria

America is sweet on the cheerful and refreshing pleasures of sangria. A year-round treat, this wine-based beverage is even cooler in the summer.

Here’s all you’ll need to create your very own Red, White and Blue Sangria:

• 1 bottle (750 ml) red wine
• 1-1/2 cups cranberry juice
• 1/2 cup brandy
• Juice from one large orange
• 2 cups fresh blueberries
• 6 ounces of strawberries
• 6-8 ounces of red raspberries
• 6 ounces of blackberries
• 1 large apple
• Lemon-lime soda (Optional)
• Small star cookie cutter (Optional)

Your next party-freshening drink is just four steps away:

Step One

Quarter strawberries. Cut apple into large pieces.

For a more festive look, cut the apple into thin slices and use a tiny cookie cutter to create stars. (If you don’t have a cookie cutter, create your own stars with a knife.)

Step Two

Add a layer of ice to the pitcher. Then, add a layer of apple, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries to the pitcher. Repeat until the pitcher is almost full.

Step Three

In a large pitcher add wine, cranberry juice, brandy and orange juice. Chill overnight.

Step Four

Serve in glasses with ice and add fruit from the pitcher to each glass. Pour in the sangria and enjoy!

For a fizzy twist, add a splash of lemon-lime soda.

Blueberry and Strawberry Shortcake in a Mason Jar

Beat the heat (and skip baking from scratch) with this easy, classic, colorful 4th of July dessert. Just make sure you have the following:

• 1 boxed yellow cake mix
• 1 can vanilla frosting
• 1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping
• 1 quart of strawberries
• 1 quart of blueberries
• 3-1/2 tbsp. granulated sugar

Here’s how we put it all together:

Step One

Follow the package instructions to bake the yellow cake mix.

cake mix and eggs in bowl

Step Two

Cut the strawberries and mix with blueberries and sugar. Let stand 10 minutes.

strawberries and blueberries and sugar

Step Three

Let the cake cool, then cut into large chunks.

squares of cooked cake

Step Four

In a small bowl, mix the frosting and whipped topping together.

whipped cream in bowl with spoon

Step Five

Press a small amount of the crumbled cake into the bottom of the mason jars.

cake being put in jar

Step Six

Spoon a little whipped frosting mixture on top of the cake layer.

whipped cream going on top of cake in jar

Step Seven

Add a layer of strawberries and blueberries on top of the frosting layer.

fruit on top of whipped cream in jar

Step Eight

Repeat these steps until the jar is full.

whole strawberry on top as garnish

Eat. Share. Repeat.

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