Red, White, and Blue Non-Alcoholic Drink
Easy Patriotic Drink
Need a quick patriotic drink idea for your 4th of July party or Memorial Day? Try this recipe for using little blue and red cubes of jello floating in clear soda like Sprite, Sierra Mist, or 7-Up. I first had a similar drink in China at a fast-food restaurant and have been eager to re-create it since.
Fancy enough for an adult party, this is also a hit with kids. For best effect, serve in clear glasses with patriotic colored straws. Your guest will love the fact that as they drink, they will get a different flavor of jello in every sip. The effect is a lot like bobo tea. I liked the fact that my kids could help me make the drink.
Sugar Free Recipe
Best of all, this drink can be made with regular or sugar-free jello, and you can serve it with regular or diet soda. So serve it sugar-free for your diabetic friends, or for those of us who are watching our weight.
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- 6 oz box Berry Blue Jello
- 6 oz. box Cherry Jello or other red Jello
- 2 cups boiling water
- 2 cups or more ice
- 12 cans or 2 liter bottles iclear soda like sprite or 7-up, regular or diet
- Put each jello into a separate bowl. Pour 1 cup boiling water on each jello and mix.
- Add 1 cup of ice to each jello. Mix until cool. Take out extra ice and throw away.
- Cover two flat pans (about 8"x8" aize) with clear plastic wrap. Pour each Jello mixture into a separte pan. Refrigerate about 20 minutes or until set.
- Cut Jello into small squares about 1/4 to 1/2 inch across.
- Put about 1/4 cup of mixed red and blue Jello squares in the bottom of a clear glass. Pour on chilled clear soda. Add a red, white or blue straw. Serve immediately.
Like Bubble (Bobo) Tea
How did I get this idea? Oddly enough, this American drink idea came from a small fast-food restaurant I visited in China. Along with noodles, they served Sprite with little balls of jello-like treats on the bottom. It was very good and I loved the burst of flavor that came up the straw. Recently, bubble tea has become popular over here. Bubble tea is made with tapioca balls rather than Jello. This drink is a bit like that, but carbonated.
Let Kids Help
While trying to think of a good 4th of July drink, I thought about those balls of jello and realized they were a lot like the good old American food, Jello Jigglers. So my daughters Sophie and Steffi lent me a hand in making Blueberry Jigglers and Red Cherry Jigglers. Anxious to try it out, we fast-forwarded the jello by using ice instead of cold water. After just 20 minutes or so in the refrigerator, we cut our Jigglers into cubes, put them in clear glasses and poured on the Sprite. Somewhat nervously, I wondered:
- Would it work?
- Would the blue and red mix to make a strange purple?
- Could the Jigglers fit up the straw?
- Could I actually serve this at our 4th of July party?
It worked! The kids loved it and I'm pulling out the clear glasses and hunting up the blue and red straws for the party. Hope you enjoy this treat too!
The next time we made it, we did a variation and froze the jello in different shaped silicone molds. That worked too. The jello doesn't melt and looks great in the drink. Of course, you could use other colors for holidays like Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and Valentines. We hope you enjoy this treat too!
|Serving size: 1/4 cup jello cubes|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 0 g|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 19 g||6%|
|Sugar 19 g|
|Fiber 0 g|
|Protein 2 g||4%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|