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An Imbiber's Guide To The Ultimate 4th Of July BBQ

Posted: 06/29/2012 3:51 pm

Just because the Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year doesn't mean you can't celebrate -- in fact, its mid-week placement means there's a weekend on either side to raise a glass in toast. So fire up the grill and crack a cold one, or shake up a round and kick back with a few friends -- here are our top food and drink picks for a truly banging Fourth.

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  • Beer Can Chicken

    <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Beer Can Chicken</a></strong> Impress guests with this stellar, stand-up bird that cooks over a can of beer for tender, fall-off-the-bone bites of barbecue chicken. Click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a> for the recipe. <em>Photo: <a href="" target="_hplink">Stuart Mullenberg</a></em>

  • Cream Soda Battered Corn Dogs

    <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Cream Soda Battered Corn Dogs</a></strong> Who <em>doesn't</em> love a good corn dog? We're especially smitten with these delectable dogs that infuse a hearty splash of cream soda right into the batter. Click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a> for the recipe. <em>Photo: Jana Erwin, <a href="" target="_hplink"></a></em>

  • Clown's Cup

    <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Clown's Cup</a></strong> There's no clowning around with this simple yet delicious combo of vodka, fresh lime juice and muddled cucumber. Plus, it's super easy to batch out ahead of time meaning less time mixing drinks and more time to enjoy them! Click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a> for the recipe. <em>Photo: <a href="" target="_hplink">Courtesy One-Eyed Gypsy</a></em>

  • Leya

    <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Leya</a></strong> Brazil's popular sugarcane spirit combines with fresh basil and pineapple in this stunning, summery sipper. Click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a> for the recipe. <em>Photo: Emily Baker</em>

  • Shift

    <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Shift</a> </strong> In case you haven’t already noticed, we’re in the midst of a canned beer revolution and frankly it couldn’t taste better. <a href="" target="_hplink">New Belgium</a>’s sessionable Shift lager is one of our recent aluminum-cloaked favorites, and with easy-drinking balance of malts and subtle hop bitterness it’s delicious with just about anything from off the grill. Thirsty for more canned goodness? Click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a> for a few additional favorites.

  • Domaine Spiropoulos Ode Panos NV

    <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Domaine Spiropoulos Ode Panos NV</a></strong> The fireworks overhead won't be the only sparklers enjoyed this Fourth of July. Greek wines are bigger than ever thanks to their wallet-friendly pricing and new crop of quality-minded producers, and we especially love this inexpensive bottle of bubbly for its floral and apricot flavors and kiss of residual sugar on the finish. For more Greek wines we love, click <a href=" " target="_hplink">here</a>.

  • Cantaloupe And Campari Pops

    <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Cantaloupe and Campari Pops</a></strong> Cantaloupe and Campari make a delicious match -- especially when the duo takes on a frozen form with this recipe from the newly released <em><a href=" " target="_hplink">People's Pops</a></em> recipe book by the trio behind NYC's popular ice pop stand of the same name. Click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a> for the recipe. <em>Photo: Jennifer May, courtesy <a href="" target="_hplink">Ten Speed Press</a></em>

  • Salted Caramel & Chocolate Stout Whoopie Pies

    <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Salted Caramel & Chocolate Stout Whoopie Pies</a></strong> Pillowy chocolate cookies sandwich deliciously decadent salted caramel buttercream in this fail-proof recipe for finger-ready Fourth of July dessert. Click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a> for the recipe. <em>Photo: Naomi Robinson, <a href="" target="_hplink"></a></em>


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