Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Two Effortless Holiday Treats

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...If you are celebrating today, I hope your holiday will be jam packed with family, friends, food and fireworks. I suspect that only cursory attention will be paid to posts today, so I decided to feature some simple recipes for folks who might be looking for last minute ideas for their holiday barbecues. One is a non-alcoholic drink that fizzes when sorbet is added to it.  This sipper is raspberry flavored and quite refreshing. It becomes even more enjoyable as the sorbet melts into the drink. The second  recipe is  for a quick-fix parfait whose colors are flagrantly and unashamedly patriotic.This is a really easy dessert that is assembled rather than baked, and, if you have the ingredients at hand, you can have it on the table in five minutes. Really! Have a delicious day.

Raspberry Fizz...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Real Simple

1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 cups cranberry juice
3 cups seltzer
1 cup ginger ale
1 pint raspberry sorbet

1) Combine sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan set over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add the lime juice. Let the lime syrup cool to room temperature.
2) Combine 1/2 cup of lime syrup with cranberry juice, seltzer, and ginger ale in a large pitcher. To serve, pour into glasses and top with scoops of raspberry sorbet. Yield: 6 servings.

Red White and Blue Parfaits
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

1 (8 ounce) carton vanilla low-fat yogurt
1/4 teaspoon almond extract or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 (8 ounce) container frozen light whipped dessert topping, thawed
3 cups fresh raspberries and/or cut-up fresh strawberries
3 cups fresh blueberries

1) Combine yogurt and extract of choice in a large bowl and whisk to blend well. Fold in whipped topping.
2) To serve: Alternate layers of berries with layers of yogurt mixture in six (12-ounce) glasses. Yield: 6 servings.

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Hotly Spiced said...

Happy Independence Day. I hope you enjoy the fireworks. What a great idea. I love the red, white and blue parfait - delicious and patriotic! xx

Andrea V. said...

Great ideas! That parfait looks gorgeous and delicious! :)

Katarina said...

Happy 4th July to you and your family!

Angie's Recipes said...

Both are very delicious, esp. the raspberry fizz...cooling and healthy!

Cindy@NorthofWiarton said...

Happy July 4th Day to you & yours, Mary.

Rambling Tart said...

I love the looks of that raspberry fizz, Mary. :-) SO cheery and festive. Happy 4th!! :-)

My Little Space said...

Oooo...what a chilling mix! Looks perfect for such HOT HOT day.
Hope you're all well, Mary.

Joanne said...

I wish I had started off my morning with one of those parfaits!

Ana Regalado said...

Refreshingly delicious drink ! Great color and really yummy flavor ! Happy 4th of July :D

Unknown said...

Beautiful and easy drinks Mary thank you for sharing! cheers! Happpy 4th!

Kim said...

Love these simple treats! They look good!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Have a great 4th of July celebration Mary. Both recipes are great for the summer.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Have a wonderful holiday Mary!!!!!

David said...

Mary, Happy July 4th! Thanks for the the recipes for these 2 cool and refreshing treats. It's only going to be 96 degrees here today in East Tennessee... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Unknown said...

Two very perfect ideas for today.. or any summer day, really! Very patriotic, very tasty! Love it!
Happy 4th of July to you, Mary! Enjoy the day!

Diane said...

We don't celebrate today, but come the 14th we have Bastille Day to celebrate. Lots of fireworks then :) Take it easy and celebrate well Diane

Ellen B Cookery said...

These look superb. I love the simplicity. Sometimes, this is just what we need. Wishing you a safe holiday!

Angela said...

Love both ideas - especially since this 4th is exceptionally hot.

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

Both absolutely stunning and definitely patriotic :D
Lovely my friend!
Happy 4th!

Choc Chip Uru

Gloria Baker said...

Love your dessrts hope you have a nice and wonderful 4 July!

Unknown said...

Ooooh, wow! Raspberry fizz looks delicious! Happy 4th of July! I wish we had a 4th of July type holiday in Australia!

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