A Festive July 4th: Red, White and Blue Menu

Create a colorful outdoor feast this Independence Day.

June 27, 2012, 4:42 PM

July 1, 2013— -- intro: Celebrate the Fourth with a bang with these red, white or blue foods. They're guaranteed to kick-start your summer into high gear with bright colors and fresh flavors.

From adults-only cocktails to kid-friendly sundaes, we offer the perfect foods or drinks for watching the fireworks. Mix and match the recipes to create a festive menu that's tasty and patriotic to boot.

quicklist:1category: Hudson Terracetitle: The Star Spangled Shooterurl: text: Kick off your holiday with this shooter just for grown ups from Hudson Terrace. It's a sweet, festive way to get the party started. If you're in the New York area, be sure to check out Hudson Terrace's firework viewing party complete with barbecue fare and open bar.

1 oz Vision vodka

1/4 oz Blue Curacao

1/4 oz Grenadine

Whipped cream for garnish

Chill and strain Vision Vodka & Blue Curacao into a shot glass. Sink Grenadine into the shot glass. Top with Whipped Cream - enjoy!

Recipe courtesy Hudson Terrace.media: 16654173 related:

quicklist:2category: Lavotitle: Limonata Azzuraurl: text: You won't be able to pass up this adults-only refreshment. The tart lemons and sweet blueberries are a welcome match for a hot summer day.

1.5 oz Stoli Bluberi

3.5 oz fresh homemade lemonade

6-7 blueberries

Mix together vodka and lemonade. Garnish with blueberries.

Recipe courtesy Lavo.media: 16605099 related:

quicklist:3category: Kefi title: Warm Feta and Tomato Saladurl: 16645616text: This bright red and white salad from Kefi can be a delicious first course or use it as a topping on grilled chicken or steak. media: 16654106 related: 14380164~7182507

quicklist:4category: Asellinatitle: White Shrimp Pizza with Carmelized Onions and Blueberriesurl: text: Think blueberries are just for dessert? Think again- they make a wonderful topping on this pizza. When cooked, the blueberries are less sweet and complement the shrimp well. It's the ultimate summertime pizza.

5 oz stretched round pizza dough

¼ cup cleaned split shrimp

9 blueberries

¼ cup caramelized white onions

2 tbs. sliced dried tomatoes

1 cup shredded mozzarella

Salt and pepper

Top the pizza dough with mozzarella, shrimp, caramelized onions, blueberries and dried tomatoes. Add salt and pepper, then bake at 550 degrees. Cut the pizza into 8 slices and serve.

Recipe courtesy Asellina.media: 16605126 related:

quicklist:5category: Abboccato title: Branzino al Cartocciourl: 16629857text: This delicate white fish is a light and fresh main dish. The marinated artichokes, roasted garlic and salsa verde add a bright boost of flavor perfect for an al fresco meal.media: 16610786 related: 7041982~15200128

quicklist:6category: Catch title: Strawberry Shortcakeurl: 16613027text: Seasonal strawberries add a sweet and tart flavor to this stunning dessert. The shortbread biscuit, made with yogurt, is incredibly moist. Mascarpone filling adds a light and tangy twist to the sweet and tart strawberries.media: 16605073 related: 6814494~16432805~13787238

quicklist:7category: David Burke Kitchentitle: Red, White and Blue Sundaeurl: 16629895text: Watch the fireworks and dig into this sweet and tart sundae from David Burke Kitchen. This sweet treat features hot bourbon-sauteed pineapple and cold ice cream for a dish that elevates the senses.media: 16605190 related: 15850642~16031194~16263100

quicklist:8category: Upstairs at the Kimberly Hoteltitle: Red, White and Blue Cakeurl: 16645022text: This layered white chocolate cake from Upstairs at the Kimberly is a sweet way to end the night. It's easy to make this dish ahead of time to serve to guests. Garnish with a side of fresh cherries or blueberries and top with whipped cream. media: 16605150 related: 15289638~11206691

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