Red, White, and Berry Treats for the 4th of July

Adriana Velez
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summer berriesI love how the 4th of July comes just as berry season is in full swing. All winter and spring I've been waiting for the fresh-picked strawberries and blueberries to arrive at the farmers' market. Super-sweet, hyper-saturated with flavor, and just a wee bit tart, fresh local berries are one of the highlights of my summer. And isn't it convenient that they just happen to be the right colors for an Independence Day celebration?

So it's time to pull a list of red, white, and blue berry recipes. Here's something for everyone, from simple to fancy-pants, from easy to kitchen Jedi-master. Get your 4th of July berries here!

Desserts

Let's start with dessert, like this no bake July 4th Berries 'N Cream Trifle using store-bought angel cake. Anyone could pull this one off with no trouble, and what a spectacular presentation.

Got an ice cream maker? I've been salivating over this "genius recipe" for Strawberry Sorbet. It's made with lemons and looks luscious. Or there's this Strawberry Frozen Yogurt recipe.

How about jello for grown-ups? Try Red and Black Raspberry Jellies with sweet cream.

Smitten Kitchen has a scrumptious-looking Summer Berry Pudding as well as this Blueberry "Boy Bait" (it brings all the boys to the yard).   

If you're feeling ambitious, try these berry-topped Meringues Chantilly.

Or for something easier, make this Fruit-Tart Flag with strawberries and blueberries.

Brunch

Start your day with some blueberry inspiration: Blueberry Muffins With Granola Topping.

You could buy just-barely-tart creme fraiche at the grocery store, but this Creme Fraiche and Summer Fruit Salad recipe makes me want to try and make my own.

And Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes are a must-have for any 4th of July brunch. 

Drinks

Drink your berries with this Strawberry Lemonade or with this Blackberry Mint Limeade. You can spike either of these for the adults.

Or garnish your Raspberry Mint Iced Tea with raspberries.

 

Image via Dano/Flickr

 

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