Summer is finally here! And with July 4th right around the corner, I wanted to share some ideas for cool sips and tasty small bites to enjoy while celebrating America’s Independence Day!

fourth-of-julyIs there ever a wrong time for a margarita? It’s worth the time and effort to ditch the prepackaged margarita mixers and make them from scratch. And I’m sure this recipe from America’s Test Kitchen won’t disappoint. But you’ll want to plan accordingly: the mixture has to steep for 24 hours!

Because not everyone likes their drinks spirited, and you want to have kid-friendly options on hand, here’s a recipe for a festive, non-alcoholic punch for your July 4th celebration: Firecracker Punch!

And if you’re one of those people who prefer to stick with the basics, this recipe for a picnic pink lemonade is just for you!

Now let’s talk about food. I know grilling is fairly popular, but I think the real stars of the holiday are SNACKS. These mini corn dog muffins are a family favorite in our house all year long, but they’d make the perfect bite-sized snack for your holiday!

Another Summer staple to have on hand for snacks is chips and dips. Cowboy Caviar (also called Texas Caviar) should hit the spot for your snack cravings. One of the great things about this dip is you can use the recipe as a guideline and customize it to your liking!

I’ve made this 1-2-3 Mexican dip for years and it is SO GOOD. And bonus, you can make it up to a day ahead!

Finally, it’s a good idea to have something cool and refreshing, and this mojito fruit salad (it’s non-alcoholic) has been a crowd favorite every time I’ve made it!

Wishing all of you a fun, safe, and delicious food-filled Fourth of July!

Be sure and check out our Summer bucket list for more summer fun.