Tasty Tuesday: Patriotic Punch

It’s time for another Tasty Tuesday post, and today’s recipe packs a patriotic punch (pun definitely intended! :)). I love today’s recipe because it’s something all ages can enjoy, and it has a cool science experiment element to it!

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Here’s what I used to create this layered drink!

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  1. Mason Jars – I really liked building the drinks in these, because they have measurements on the side, so I could be exact in how much I was pouring into each glass.
  2. Cran Apple Juice – I chose this because it was the most red-colored juice I found, and I think the flavors compliment the other juices
  3. Sobe Water Piña Colada “juice” – Can we call this a juice? I think not.
  4. Gatorade – I chose the only blue fruity flavor I could find, blue cherry. The other blues I found were all mint, and that sounded just terrible mixed with piña colada – ick!
  5. ice

And here’s how I built it…

First step was to pour about 1/3 cup of the cran-apple juice into the jars, then to fill the jars to the top with ice. It’s important to do the juice first, then the ice. If you do the ice first, you dye your ice red making it bleed onto all the other layers (trust me, I learned this from experience!)

Next up, I added the Sobe Coconut drink. It’s really important to pour this super slowly and directly onto a piece of ice.

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And the final step is to add the Gatorade. Again, pour slowly over the ice to ensure it stays layered.

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Pretty, huh?! And now for the science: the reason it stays layered (and I had to look this up…ha!) is because the drink with the most sugar (the cran-apple juice) is the heaviest, and then you build up from there. The Gatorade is sugar-free, so it stays on top. If you pour too quickly, though, the force of the pour will cause the layers to mix.

So, there you have it! A family-friendly Patriotic Punch!

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Check back Friday for some simple Fourth of July decor and tablescape ideas.

Until then, party on!

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