Nothing kicks off summer better than a Memorial Day BBQ, complete with sweet and savory summer snacks, treats and cocktails.
Not only is Memorial Day a time to gather with friends and family to welcome to warm summer months, it’s also an important holiday that recognizes the members of our troops who have died in the line of duty. In honor of our fallen soldiers, and to show some American pride, I’ve rounded up some of our favorite patriotic recipes that are perfect for Memorial Day.
So get out those red, white and blue cups, plates and napkins. Hang up your flag, and get inspired to honor our troops (and kick off summer!) with these delicious themed sweets, sips and treats.
For a salty snack, try making your own tortilla chips instead of relying on those plain old bagged ones. This Star-Shaped Homemade Tortilla Chips recipe from our Kitchen Living expert Coryanne Ettiene is the perfect thing to snack on for Memorial Day. Dunk in some guac, salsa or your favorite cheesy dip for a satisfying snack.
For a fun, fruit dessert that makes an impressive display, try these Berry Trifle Shots. They look gorgeous displayed in glass shot glasses, and are delicious individually-served treats. A simpler dessert option are these cute Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Bars. Just dunk your favorite ice cream sandwiches in some colorful sprinkles for a patriotic treat!
And don’t forget about the cocktails. This Raspberry Bellini is a delicious and fruity sip . Who doesn’t love sangria? Instead of the standard red variation, try this patriotic Red, White and Blue Berry Sangria recipe. The berries give it a patriotic kick, and the sangria itself won’t stain your beloved summer clothes!