News flash:  July is next week.  Say whaaaa??  (Do I say that at the start of every single new month?  Yes, yes I do.  Apparently I need to figure out a way to slow down time.  I’ll get right on that.)  Since Independence Day is at the very beginning of the month, it seems to always sneak up on me.  Luckily, it’s not too hard to pull things together for a holiday centered around patriotism, explosives, and all things red, white, and blue.  I first saw these drinks years ago, in an alcoholic version.  Since I don’t drink alcohol, I started googling to figure out if that was an integral part of the chemistry involved.  Lucky for me, it’s not!  These appeared a while back in Family Fun Magazine and have made the rounds on Pinterest as well.  People are always impressed by them!



One idea I’ve seen floating around is lining the rim of the glass with pop-rocks (Pop.  Firecrackers.  Get it?)  I experimented on a little mini glass and while it’s cute, I don’t think it’s at all worth the hassle.  When Pop Rocks get wet, they start popping, so they sort of make a big sticky mess. It also makes it way more labor intensive to fill up the cups with ice and layers, etc.  Cute though, right?  Don’t be fooled… PS, the Pop Rocks in the blue package are actually green.  Why Pop Rocks, why?!

I like to serve these with straws, because they taste best (I think) once they’re mixed up.  These cute red ones are from Orson Gygi– and I like that they sell them in big packs of 50 since usually you only find small bags of paper straws.

Definitely something fun to put on your to-do list this Fourth!

Another thing to put on your to-do list?  Go to Anguilla.  If that doesn’t work out for you today, then at least check out the Sea Cuisine site where my travel features will be launching this week!  Here’s a link to my page where you can find lots of photos I snapped on my trip.

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