Cookin’ Up Summertime Party Recipes: Red, White, and Blue Lava Flows

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Each of us Brady Girls loves to host parties! It must be in our blood. There’s just something about sharing good food and creating memories with friends and family that has us going through hours of prep and cleanup several times a year, and loving every minute of it. Okay, so I don’t always love every minute, like when the meal is taking far too long to cook, or I bite off way more than I can chew and am scrambling around the kitchen to get everything done on time. (oh wait that’s every one of my parties, hahaha).

But not all parties have to be crazy. Potlucks are always nice, and an easy way to have a lot of food for a large group of people without you loosing your sanity. You don’t always have to serve dinner either. Serve some snacks for a board or card game night, like our Zebra Brownies or Caramel Corn. Grill some burgers, dogs, or brats to eat while watching the game. Or sometimes it’s fun just to get together to chit chat, roasting s’mores and having drinks around the fire, and if everyone’s a little hungry a hot dog goes on a stick just as easy as a marshmallow :)

I’ve treated several friends to my smoothie making parties before. I ask someone to bring ice cream, or frozen yogurt, some friends to bring sorbet, some to bring different fruit, and another to bring juice. But with the Fourth of July coming up fast, I thought it would be a great time to create a red, white, and blue drink for all of those backyard parties.

Red, White, and Blue Lava Flows (non-alcoholic)

A fun drink for the Fourth of July. These are non-alcoholic lava flows that are perfect for all ages. They can be served layered, or you can enjoy the Pina Colada and Blue Raspberry drinks on their own anytime this summer.

Ingredients

Red
1 Cup Pureed Strawberries (store bought, or fresh pureed with the food processor or blender)
2 Tbs Sugar
1/4 Cup Crushed Ice (pulse cubes of ice in your blender before hand)

White (Pina Colada -substitute soy milk for the half and half, and add a couple scoops of frozen yogurt to make this a smoothie) :)
1 Cup Pineapple Juice (canned, in the juice isle)
1 Can Coconut Milk (find a sweeter milk, like Thai Kitchen brand, the sweeter tasting the better, Lite coconut milk is fine too!)
1 Cup Half & Half
1/2 Cup Ice
1/2 Banana (optional)

Blue
1 Cup Blue Raspberry Margarita Mix
1 1/2 Cup Crushed Ice (or more, to desired thickness)

1. If you bought your berries already pureed skip to the next step. If you’re using fresh strawberries, prep the berries by rinsing, cutting off the greens, and slicing them in halves or quarters for easy pureeing. It may be easier to puree the berries in your blender -if you don’t have a food processor- if you first add the sugar to your diced berries and let them sit for about an hour or more in your refrigerator. That way the berries will release some of their juices and will have softened up, making them easier to blend.

2. Crush a bunch of ice in your blender first then set aside or back in your freezer. To make your strawberry mixture add your pureed berries and about 1/4 cup crushed ice to your blender and pulse lightly just until combined. Set Aside in a separate container and rinse out your blender.

3. Next, make your pina colada mix. Add pineapple juice, coconut milk, and banana (optional) to your blender. If you can, take the small stopper in the lid off of your blender and slowly stream in the half and half until your mixture is completely white, using the lowest setting on your blender, you may not have to use all of the half and half. If you can’t stream it in, simply stir in the half and half with a large spoon. Then blend in about 1/2 cup of ice until thickened. Set aside, and rinse your blender.

4. At this point I would assemble your drinks with the red and white layers. Add about 2 Tbs of the strawberries to the bottom of your cups, stir around the berries up the sides of your glass. Then add roughly 1/2 cup of your pina colada mix to your cups (depending on size). Then I added about another 2 Tbs of the strawberries right in the middle of the glass. Set aside.

5. Finally, just open up your blue raspberry margarita mix and blend about 1 cup of mix to 1 1/2 cups of crushed ice, pulsing lightly until combined. We just want a slushy consistency. If you blend it for too long your ice will melt, so just a few pulses should do. Then simply top your drinks with a couple spoonfuls of the blue slushy, and enjoy. These drinks are so sweet, yummy, and rich – perfect for the kids! Happy Fourth!

Red, White, and Blue Lava Flows
 
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Serves/Makes: 4

Ingredients
  • Red
  • 1 Cup Pureed Strawberries (store bought, or fresh pureed with the food processor or blender)
  • 2 Tbs Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Crushed Ice (pulse cubes of ice in your blender before hand)
  • White (Pina Colada -substitute soy milk for the half and half, and add a couple scoops of frozen yogurt to make this a smoothie) :)
  • 1 Cup Pineapple Juice (canned, in the juice isle)
  • 1 Can Coconut Milk (find a sweeter milk, like Thai Kitchen brand, the sweeter tasting the better, Lite coconut milk is fine too!)
  • 1 Cup Half & Half
  • ½ Cup Ice
  • ½ Banana (optional)
  • Blue
  • 1 Cup Blue Raspberry Margarita Mix
  • 1½ Cup Crushed Ice (or more, to desired thickness)

Directions
  1. If you bought your berries already pureed skip to the next step. If you’re using fresh strawberries, prep the berries by rinsing, cutting off the greens, and slicing them in halves or quarters for easy pureeing. It may be easier to puree the berries in your blender -if you don’t have a food processor- if you first add the sugar to your diced berries and let them sit for about an hour or more in your refrigerator. That way the berries will release some of their juices and will have softened up, making them easier to blend.
  2. Crush a bunch of ice in your blender first then set aside or back in your freezer. To make your strawberry mixture add your pureed berries and about ¼ cup crushed ice to your blender and pulse lightly just until combined. Set Aside in a separate container and rinse out your blender.
  3. Next, make your pina colada mix. Add pineapple juice, coconut milk, and banana (optional) to your blender. If you can, take the small stopper in the lid off of your blender and slowly stream in the half and half until your mixture is completely white, using the lowest setting on your blender, you may not have to use all of the half and half. If you can’t stream it in, simply stir in the half and half with a large spoon. Then blend in about ½ cup of ice until thickened. Set aside, and rinse your blender.
  4. At this point I would assemble your drinks with the red and white layers. Add about 2 Tbs of the strawberries to the bottom of your cups, stir around the berries up the sides of your glass. Then add roughly ½ cup of your pina colada mix to your cups (depending on size). Then I added about another 2 Tbs of the strawberries right in the middle of the glass. Set aside.
  5. Finally, just open up your blue raspberry margarita mix and blend about 1 cup of mix to 1½ cups of crushed ice, pulsing lightly until combined. We just want a slushy consistency. If you blend it for too long your ice will melt, so just a few pulses should do. Then simply top your drinks with a couple spoonfuls of the blue slushy, and enjoy. These drinks are so sweet, yummy, and rich – perfect for the kids! Happy Fourth!

 


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  1. Cute idea. I like them seperate. I might try to make the white one lemonade. Thanks for the great idea!
    -Buffi
    My Wonderfully Dysfunctional Blog

    • Thanks! Let us know if it works out :)

  2. Thanks for sharing. I love seeing non-alcoholic, festive drinks! Sincerely, a very preggo lady who really misses margaritas.

    • Hahaha, Thanks Aimee!

  3. Such a great idea, perfect for the 4th.

  4. This is fantastic! I hope you’ll add these to my Patriotic Project Parade going on now through July 4th!

    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/06/patriotic-project-parade-linky-party.html

    • Thanks for the invite! I just linked up. What a great idea!

  5. what a fantastic idea! can;t wait to try it this weekend

  6. This is great, though I like a PP, may have to try to use lemonade since I can’t stand coconut. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you next week.

    • You could make just a vanilla shake (with pinneaple banana) for the white. Like 3 scoops vanilla ice cream instead of coconut, and sub milk for half and half and blend.

  7. My boys will love these! Cant wait to make them for the 4th!

    I would love for you to visit my blog sometime. :)
    riversrecipereview.blogspot.com

    • Hi Alyssa!

      I did check out your blog. Very nice! Are you on fb or pinterest?… So how do you choose which recipes to review? Would you want to review one of ours??

  8. this is great. I found it via the It’s Keeper link up. I have linked in a beef dish. Have a super day.

  9. This looks so amazing. Great work.

    • Thanks Jodi!

  10. can i really pass up a lava flow? i think not…. i may try to make a frozen blue hawaiian and use that as the blue. the coconut flavor in the blue hawaiian really goes well with the pina colada

    • Great idea! Let me know if it works!

  11. these look really good. I have a Blog Hop, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/06/natural-hair-gel-and-wednesdays-adorned.html
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  12. Perfect for the Fourth – and so refreshing with all this oppressive heat most of the country is suffering through! Would love for you to share at the Pomp Party!

    http://jill-createcraftlove.blogspot.com/2012/06/pomp-party-24.html

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  13. These look too cute and super yummy! Perfect for the 4th. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & great holiday!

  14. What fun drinks – perfect for a summer party!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

  15. Super sweet love these.Thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays :)

    • Thank you for hosting Claire!

  16. What a fun refreshing drink:)

    • Thanks!

  17. This will be great for our 4th of July bar-b-q. Thanks for the great recipe! We appreciate you linking up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday! It was great having you and we hope you’ll be back next week!! -The Sisters

    • Thank you so much!!!

  18. Love this for the 4th of July or anytime! Featuring tonight at Mom On Timeout! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Thank you Trish!

  19. Love this! I’m always looking for good, non-alcoholic drinks!
    Thank you for linking up to our Pinteresting Party.

    • Thanks Lauren! And thanks for hosting!

  20. How fun are these?!?! Very cool!

  21. These look so festive and perfect for the 4th. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

  22. Awesome post! Thanks for including us!

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