Treat the gang to easy cocktails, perfect grilled dishes, our best sides, and star-spangled dessert
This refreshing watermelon cocktail is a pure taste of summer. For a nonalcoholic version, skip the tequila and add a little
water to help blend the mixture.
Recipe: The Party Starter (Watermelon Tequila Cocktail)
While adults enjoy a refreshing Lime Rickey (pictured), the kids will love the flavor and color of our non-alcoholic Fire-Engine
Red Cranberry-Raspberry Spritzers. If they prefer a spritzer on the sweet side, use lemon-lime soda; add mineral water or
soda just before serving.
Recipe: Lime Rickey
Recipe: Fire-Engine Red Cranberry-Raspberry Spritzer
You can make these hors d'oeuvres even simpler: Without their scallion ties or lemon zest, the asparagus and prosciutto still
Recipe: Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus with Citrus Dip
Short on time? Whip up this crowd-pleasing appetizer in just 25 minutes. Shrimp with lemon, parsley, and garlic echoes classic
shrimp scampi, but here it's a cooling salad.
Recipe: Mediterranean Shrimp Salad in Cucumber Cups
Sticky sweet replaces blazing buffalo with these tasty wings. Serve them as finger food for your Fourth of July party.
Recipe: Honey-Sesame Grilled Chicken Wings
These sweet, juicy shrimp taste of fragrant mint and lime, their aromas amplified by rum.
Recipe: Mojito Shrimp
Why not try scattering your Caprese salad over grilled chicken? It's a great way to utilize summer produce, not to mention
Recipe: Garlic-Basil Grilled Chicken with Caprese Salsa
What's more all-American than enjoying a big, juicy burger on the Fourth of July? Enjoy our delicious burgers in six variations,
from classic plain, to green chile cheese, to spicy tomato.
Recipes: The perfect burger, 6 ways
These are the ribs for summer. The black pepper in the rub picks up on the black-pepper notes in Zinfandel. (Be sure to have
plenty of bottles on hand!)
Recipe: Herb-rubbed Baby Back Ribs
This chunky potato salad is a cool summer version of everybody's favorite garlic mashed potatoes.
Recipe: Garlic Smashed-Potato Salad
Corn on the cob is the ultimate summer vegetable for the grill; lime and chili give it a real kick.
Recipe: Chili Lime Corn on the Cob
Add a savory twist to the classic summer side dish: a warm bacon dressing.
Recipe: Warm Bacon and Herb Coleslaw
This reader-submitted recipe puts an elegant spin on the BBQ mainstay by grilling the potatoes and stacking the rest of the
ingredients on top.
Recipe: Potato Salad Stacks
Fresh tomatoes at their peak are the highlight of this colorful salad.
Recipe: Artichoke, Fennel, and Tricolor Tomato Salad
Meat isn't the only thing that belongs on a stick at a summer BBQ. You’ll need 32 bamboo skewers (each 8 in.); there’s no
need to soak them before they go on the grill, because they won’t char with such a short cooking time.
Recipe: Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Kebabs
For dessert, we give you a cherry-blueberry pie with a patriotic topper.
Recipe: Old Glory Cherry-Blueberry Pie