Festive Summer Recipes

Fourth of July Fruit Sparkler
Get the party started with this festive and fun drink!

2 cups blueberries
2 cups raspberries
4 Granny Smith apples
Ice cubes
Cedar Ridge Iowa Bourbon Whiskey (optional)
2 liters ginger ale
1 bottle apple juice (48 oz.)

Place small handful of fruit in the bottom of each glass (5-7 blueberries and raspberries each, one slice of apple). For patriotic flair, cut apple slices horizontally and use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut the fruit.

Add a shot of Bourbon Whiskey to the fruit. Fill the rest of the glass with ice. Add apple juice until the glass is 1/3 full and top off the ginger ale. Serves 8.

Patriotic Popcorn Mix
How about a healthy holiday snacking option? Pair up locally-grown popcorn with dried fruit for a colorful treat.

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup Iowa's Jolly Time Popcorn kernels
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
1 cup pretzel sticks
1 cup dried blueberries
2 cups dried strawberries

Heat oil in a large pot on the stovetop. While heating, add a few kernels to the oil. When these pop, add the remaining Jolly Time kernels and the sugar. Continue popping corn until it slows to 2-3 seconds between pops.

Immediately remove the popcorn and transfer to a bowl. Add the salt and stir. Once cooled, add pretzel sticks, blueberries and strawberries.

Iowa Freedom Fruit Cookies
A fun take on the classic fruit pizza, these personal-size desserts are so good you'll stand up and salute!

1 tube of Iowa-made Do-Biz sugar cookie dough
8 oz. package of cream cheese (at room temperature)
7 oz. jar of marshmallow cream
24 strawberries
3/4 cup blueberries

To make these Iowa-shaped cookies, you'll need a shaped cookie cutter. Check kitchen supply stores and Iowa gift shops - we got ours at Kitchen Collage.

Working with cold dough, roll out the Do-Biz on a well-floured work surface. Cut the cookies and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, mix together the cream cheese and marshmallow cream and slice strawberries. When the cookies are cool, spread a thin layer of the frosting across the cookie and arrange the fruit as desired.

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