The 4th is here and a lot of us are grilling and having guests over. You want to do something festive and fun and what's  more festive and fun than good old fashioned lemonade and a frosty root beer float?! Check out the recipes below and have a wonderful Independence day!

Root Beer Float


1-1/2 cups root beer

1-1/2 cups vanilla ice cream


For a 16 oz. glass, use one scoop of ice cream. Pour in enough root beer to cover. Add another scoop of ice cream to the top, if desired, and serve with a spoon and a straw. Makes 1 serving.


Homemade Lemonade


6 large lemons

1 cup sugar

2 qt. cold water


Slice the lemons in half and squeeze each of them into a large measuring cup. This should make close to  1 1/2 cups of juice. Remove any seeds.

Use a large pitcher and combine the juice and the sugar. Stir in 2 quarts of cold water. Serve over ice. (For a nice touch, place mint leaves in the ice cube trays before freezing.) Serves 8 to 10.


Berry Splash


1 (0.13-oz.) package unsweetened cherry drink mix

6 cups white cranberry juice

1/4 cup sugar

add if you like,  fresh mint sprigs


1. Stir together first 3 ingredients and 2 cups water in a large pitcher until sugar is dissolved. Cover and chill.

So easy to make and so refreshing!