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.
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)
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!
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