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4th of July Menu Ideas

With guests traveling to the beach, family reunions, fireworks, and other festive gatherings, the 4th of July may be a slow time for your restaurant or bar. Luckily for you, we’ve put together 4 menu ideas for July 4th, including a tasty entree, side, dessert, and cocktail, that will attract guests and make them feel like they’re dining with the founding fathers.

George Washington Cocktail

At the time of his death in 1799, George Washington owned the largest whiskey distillery in the country. In honor of the precedent he set for future presidents and his accomplishments as a liquor distiller, we honor our first president with this tasty drink.


Ingredients

  • 1.25 oz. white rye whiskey
  • 1 oz. Dolce cherry syrup
  • 1 whole lime

Instructions

  1. Measure 1.25 oz. of whiskey and add it to your shaker.
  2. Measure 1 oz. of cherry syrup and add it to your shaker.
  3. Using a lime squeezer, extract juice from one whole lime into your shaker.
  4. Cover your shaker and shake together the ingredients.
  5. Pour the ingredients over a glass of shaved ice.
  6. Garnish the cocktail with a cherry.

Betsy Ross Burger as the Main Entree

To celebrate the woman who sewed the first American flag, we created the Betsy Ross burger. This festive sandwich features red peppers, white onion, and blue cheese toppings to mirror the colors of Old Glory.

4th of July Menu Idea: Betsy Ross Burger

Instructions

  1. Prepare burgers on a griddle or commercial gas grill according to guest’s temperature requests.
  2. Toast and butter the bun.
  3. Place a slice of blue cheese on the burger. You may also use blue cheese crumbles for this recipe, however the cheese may not melt the same.
  4. Add sliced Vidalia onions.
  5. Top the burger with slices of roasted red peppers.
  6. Spread mayonnaise on the top half of the bun.

Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad for a Side

This delicious twist on a classic summer favorite is sure to have heads turning! Made with red, white, and blue potatoes, this salad is the perfect accompaniment to the Betsy Ross burger.

July 4th Menu Idea: Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. white potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 lb. red potatoes, unpeeled and chopped
  • 1 lb. blue potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dill
  • Sprinkle of celery seed
  • Sprinkle of apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Boil the red and white potatoes for about 15 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork. Boil the blue potatoes separately for about 10 minutes. Let them cool.
  2. Mix the sour cream, mayonnaise, mustard, and dill in a separate bowl. Add the celery seed and apple cider vinegar.
  3. Combine potatoes into one large bowl.
  4. Pour ingredients onto potatoes, mix, and season to taste. If you would like the red, white, and blue hues of the potatoes to stand out more, use less sour cream and mayonnaise.
Menu Idea for July 4th: Boston Tea Party Cupcakes

Earl Grey Cupcakes for Dessert

In a defiant reaction to the British parliament's tax increase on tea, Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty threw 45 tons of tea into the Boston Harbor. Defy tradition a little bit yourself by adding the unique flowery and citrus flavors of Earl Grey tea to your cupcake batter. This recipe makes about 24 delicious Earl Grey cupcakes. However, you can easily use this batter to make a decadent layer cake.

Ingredients

For Cupcakes
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons loose Earl Grey tea
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons finely ground Earl Grey tea
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For Strawberry Preserves
  • 1 large jar of strawberry preserves
  • 1/2 orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
For Earl Grey Syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Earl Grey tea bag
  • 1/2 cup sugar
For Earl Grey Icing
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • about 1 tablespoon Earl Grey syrup

Instructions

For Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Lightly boil the milk over medium heat and add loose Earl Grey tea. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the milk and tea mixture from heat and steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain and set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and egg yolk. Set aside.
  5. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and finely ground Earl Grey tea. Add the butter, vanilla, and tea-infused milk and beat with a mixer on low until the dry ingredients are moist. Mix for one minute on medium-high.
  6. Add in the egg mixture. Do not overmix.
  7. Pour batter into the cupcake liners. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
For Strawberry Preserves

  1. In a sauce pan over low-medium heat, cook a jar of strawberry preserves, the orange zest, and orange juice for about 10 minutes.
  2. Set aside to allow the flavors to mix together.
For Earl Grey Syrup

  1. In a small sauce pan, bring water to a boil over high heat.
  2. Once the water reaches a boil, turn off heat and add the Earl Grey tea bag.
  3. Allow the tea to steep for 4 minutes.
  4. Add the sugar and turn the heat back on.
  5. Stir occasionally, and cook until the sugar melts completely.
  6. Remove from heat and allow the syrup to cool.
For Earl Grey Icing

  1. Whisk the egg whites and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Using a double boiler or a similar method, heat the egg-sugar mixture over boiling water.
  3. Whisk constantly and heat the mixture to 155 degrees Fahrenheit, or until it’s hot to the touch. Transfer the bowl back to the mixer.
  4. Whisk on high for about 10 minutes or until the outside of the bowl returns to room temperature. You should have glossy peaks.
  5. Use a paddle attachment to mix in butter and vanilla bean on medium-low until smooth. Add the Earl Grey tea syrup and mix until combined.

From drink to dessert, we have every part of your holiday meal covered. With these patriotic menu items, your guests can celebrate Independence Day while enjoying some delicious food! For most of the ingredients used in this post, check out our consumables page.

Posted in: Holidays | Recipes | Menu Tips | By Emily Hepner
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