{Note: This is the first in a series of posts about celebrating summer sponsored by Bacardi.}

Nothing screams you’re getting close to the beach for 4th of July weekend after a long monotonous drive through back roads and chicken farms like a roadside fruit stand packed with juicy, mouthwatering peaches.

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Every year growing up we’d get up at the crack of dawn one mid-summer Saturday, pack the car to the brim with boogie boards and beach chairs, and start the day-long drive from MD to the beaches of NC. Just as we approached the Outer Banks {really approached the Outer Banks, not just drove past the sign that tricks you into thinking you’re almost there}, the peach stands would start popping up.

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First there’d be one sketchy shack by the side of the road. Then another. And another. Eventually you just HAD to stop. You could almost smell the sweet nectar of peaches seeping through the car vents on top of the slightly salty smell of the near-beach air.

When we finally got to the beach, we’d begrudgingly unload the overstuffed car, then happily stack the kitchen counter full of freshly picked peaches. When we tired of having sticky juice run down our chins as we bit into the ripe peaches, we’d turn to the blender. {Ok, no one gets tired of juicy peaches. But they still make good smoothies.}

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For the rest of the week we’d blend up cold afternoon treats of peaches, bananas, and our secret tropical ingredient: Tang. You know, the sugary, powdered orange drink mix? Yeah, that’s the stuff.

It’s been years since I’ve been to the Outer Banks, but now that I live in NC, the husband and I take an annual trip {or two} to the closer beaches of NC and SC. It’s become a tradition to celebrate 4th of July weekend {better known as the husband’s birthday around here} at the beach with friends. We just got back from a trip at the beach and I learned a thing or two about keeping this breastfeeding momma hydrated in this inferno of a summer heat wave the whole country seems to be suffocating in. Remembering my peach-Tang-smoothie beach concoctions from childhood, I once again turned to the blender to help hydrate and beat the heat.

 

These ingredients are definitely a must for Independence Day beach bash birthday trip that’s just around the corner.

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Firework Smoothie

by with a Side of Sneakers

Ingredients (2 smoothies)

  • 3 oz coconut water
  • 12 oz coconut-almond milk
  • 3 cups ice
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ½ cup blueberries

Instructions

Mix coconut water, coconut-almond milk, and ice in blender. Pulse and blend on high speed until ice is fully crushed. Divide into 3 parts.

Return 1 part of coconut mix to blender. Add strawberries and blend to combine. Pour into separate container.

Add another serving of the plain coconut mix to blender. Add blueberries and blend.

Fill glass by alternating smoothie layers so you end up with white, red, and blue stripes.

*Feel free to sub another kind of milk or fruit as desired.

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It’s the perfect smoothie to go along with your Fourth of July celebration fare. Serve alongside or as an appetizer to some of these fabulous Independence Day cookout recipes:

4th of july cookout recipes

1. Crispy Blackened Tofu from Daily Garnish

2. Grilled Guacamole from Two Peas & Their Pod

3. Corn Pudding from Duchess of Fork

4. Chocolate Dipped Pretzels Sticks from Cupcakes & Cashmere

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