Your Stress-Free Fourth of July Entertaining Menu

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When it comes to the Fourth of July, entertaining should be a breeze. With prepare-ahead dishes like dips and salads to pies and batched cocktails, savor your independence from the kitchen by grabbing a drink and hanging out with your guests until sundown. And don’t worry: We’ve got you covered in the beverage department, with suggestions for refreshing, unique California whites and summer’s classic cocktail, the Tom Collins.

As fireworks go off into the late night, don’t forget to add some sparkle of your own by popping the cork on our 10 picks for all-American bubblies.

Fresh Apple Crostata

Picnic-Perfect Fried Chicken

Locavore-Inspired Buffet Picnic

Maryland Jumbo Crab Dip

California’s Alternative White Wines

10 All-American Sparkling Wines

Thirst-Quenching Tom Collins

Creative Recipes Using Watermelon

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Published on July 2, 2015
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