The Know: Drinks and Desserts

4th of July weekend is almost here! Can I get a woot woot? Anyone? No?

Well, you will be woot-wooting when you know how much easier I am about to make your life. Surely you are going to a BBQ of some sort this weekend and as if figuring out your outfit isn’t hard enough (something that says, ‘yeah I’m patriotic’ but doesn’t look like it came from your dad’s closet) you also have to figure out what to make for your friend’s/aunt’s/brother’s best friend’s girlfriend’s BBQ. You want to look like you tried (showing up with a bag of Tostitos and salsa, albeit tempting, is not on your radar) but you are NO Paula Deen.

Hell, you’re not even Rachael Ray.

Well, thank god you know about this article. Drinks and desserts, my friends. Drinks and desserts. These are the crowd pleasers. The attention getters. And I’ll be damned if I send you to a party and let some other chick’s dish get more attention.

So here you go: two easy to make – but delightful to look at  and delicious to eat/drink –  4th of July BBQ potluck showstoppers.

God Bless America. And cake. And vodka. Amen.

The Drink to Know about:
The Strawberry Sucker
Add a skewer of blueberries for a splash of blue! So easy to make, so yummy to drink and the more your guests drink, the more impressed they will be with your creation!

Ice cubes
1 ounce vodka (2 tablespoons)
2 ounces strawberry schnapps (4 tablespoons)
Club soda
1 strawberry, halved


Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add the vodka and schnapps and top with club soda. Garnish with the strawberry.

The Dessert to Know about:
Red-White-and-Blue Strawberry Shortcake

So simple yet so pretty and it makes you look SO creative. Throw some coconut shavings in between the strawberries for texture if you’re a fan of the coconut! And if you’re feeling daring, go for a funfetti cake instead of a yellow. Whatever makes you happiest.

1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 pint blueberries, rinsed and drained
2 pints fresh strawberries, rinsed and sliced

Prepare cake according to package directions and bake in a 9×13 inch pan. Cool completely.
Frost cake with whipped topping. Place blueberries in a square in the corner, and arrange sliced strawberries as stripes to make an American flag.

Chill until serving. And then chill with a Strawberry Sucker as everyone licks their plates clean.

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