Despite my love for entertaining and seriously over thinking pretty much everything, I love a good casual holiday celebration as much as anyone.  Maybe more.  So to that end, here is a simple yet festive beverage fit for any Fourth of July fête.  A nice glass of lemonade spruced up with a bit of sparkling water and some berry ice cubes.  No need to go to great lengths forcing foods that fit a red, white and blue color scheme or cutting out star-shaped everything with a cookie cutter.  (And for anyone doubting how low maintenance this really is, it takes about 10 minutes of actual effort.)

For a spirited version, feel free to experiment with mixing in some vodka in place of a portion of the sparkling water.  I haven’t tried it yet myself but I most certainly will, and soon.  I hope you all have a fun and safe Fourth!


For the ice cubes: 

  • Assorted fresh berries (blueberries, strawberry slices, raspberries)
  • Water

For the lemonade: 

  • 1½ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 12-14 lemons)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2-3 cups sparkling water, chilled


  • 01

    Add a few fresh berries to each well of an ice cube tray.  Fill the wells with water and freeze until solid.

  • 02

    In a small saucepan, combine the lemon juice and sugar over medium heat.  Let cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved completely.  Transfer to a large liquid measuring cup, cover and chill until ready to serve.

  • 03

    To serve, place a few of the berry ice cubes in each serving glass.  Add 2 cups of the sparkling water to the chilled lemon syrup and stir gently.  Add more sparkling water to taste if needed.  Pour the mixture into the glasses and serve immediately.
  • Warm Vanilla Sugar

    That ice is so fun!! Lovely idea for a picnic or BBQ!

  • Jamie Stone

    ohhh love these ice cubes! how cute!

  • The ice cubes are a great idea. I love that platter, its gorgeous!

  • Ellen

    What a cute and easy idea!

  • HalfBakedHarvest

    Sou pretty and refreshing! it sounds awesome!

  • Did you know that sparkling vodka IS A THING? It’s on my summer to-try list, lol. These are so classy and pretty!

  • annieseats

    Oooh, I did not! Must investigate that stat! Thanks :)

  • Love this! I think I’m going to invest in an old-school soda syphon. They’re so retro, and as I’m always on the DIY quest – which, I know ya heard :)

  • Caroline L.

    Nothing more American than some good old fashioned lemonade! Brings me back to my childhood days at the lemonade stand, but I’d pay so much more than 50c for this kind! :)

  • Love those berry ice cubes. This looks beautiful & refreshing!!

  • These are adorable! And you know I’ll be adding vodka in mine :)

  • Two Red Bowls

    I love this idea, and that serving tray! Do you mind sharing where it’s from?

  • This looks so refreshing! And I love that even though it seems super simple to make, it looks fancy!

  • Colleen Baez

    That is just so adorable! Love lemonade, love berries. I love the idea of berry ice cubes.

  • nessa

    Really pretty!

  • So adorable and perfect for the 4th celebrations :)

  • Very nice! Going to the market, get me some lemons and berries :)

  • Chelsia Rief

    That looks so refreshing!!

  • annieseats

    Either from Target or West Elm. I think West Elm, but both stores have lines of similar hammered metal dishes.