GLUTEN-FREE picks for Drinks & Dessert

The 4th of July and a three day weekend has arrived.  Growing up in Chicago watching the fireworks on the lakefront was something I looked forward to every year.  This year now that I live in LA, I will be down in the marina, sitting by the ocean with friends enjoying a whole new fireworks experience.

What also goes along with the 4th and a three day weekend? Food, Drinks and lots of it.  So here are my favorite drink & dessert picks for the weekend.  To find recipe just click on photo. Enjoy.


(most drinks can be made with or without alcohol except The Painkiller)


Fruit Granita’s by Real Food by Dad



The Painkiller Drink (official cocktail of the British Virgin Islands)
by The Islands



Firecracker Berry Margarita Floats by Half Baked Harvest



Firecracker Punch by Boulder Locavore


Peach Sangria Popsicles by Just a Taste



Harvester Brewing Company



Dogfish Brewing Company’s Tweason’ale

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Banana Coconut Cream Popsicles by Spoonful of Flavor



No Bake Watermelon Cupcakes by Carolina Girl Cooks



Exploding Firework Cookies by Free Range Cookie
(super easy and no baking)

 store bought gluten free sandwich cookies dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with pop rocks.
store bought gluten free sandwich cookies dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with pop rocks.


Red Velvet Cupcakes w/ Cream Cheese Frosting by Heather Christo



Skinny Berry Parfaits by Amee’s Savory Dish

Berry parfaits


Meyers Lemon Bars w/ Coconut Shortbread by Jackie Ourman



No Bake Watermelon Cake by Jennifer from



Have a safe and wonderful holiday everyone!!





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