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Celebrate Independence Day With These Coffee Drinks

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Independence Day is a quintessential summer holiday, a time when family and friends come together to grill, drink and celebrate the birth of this mighty nation - America the beautiful, land of the free and home of the brave.

While the order of the day at any respectable 4th of July party is surely burgers, hot dogs and a profusion of cold beer, there are many ways that you can add to your stars and stripes-themed spread to impress your guests and keep the party going long into the night. One stellar strategy is to create a drinks menu that infuses a beverage that has been getting Americans out of bed for centuries - coffee! And with America's birthday fast-approaching, it's time to get planning!

Check out our list of java-inspired drink recipes that can serve as the perfect tribute to this glorious country, making your star-spangled soiree one to remember. 

1. Colada Fizz
Nothing screams summer more than a beach-side Piña Colada! To recreate that summer vacation feel on this all-American holiday consider embracing this virgin, coffee-based cocktail recipe. To make your Colada Fizz you'll need coconut water, coconut sugar, club soda or a carbonated water alternative, black cherries and some fresh pineapple. Then simply power up your Mr. Coffee® Steam Espresso & Cappuccino Maker and make an espresso. Let it cool naturally or store in the fridge until ready. Alternatively, grab some delicious ready-made cold brew coffee. Once ready, combine the ingredients and there you have it - a Colada Fizz, perfect for beating the heat on a steamy July 4th!

2. Americano
This coffee staple is an American classic with international origins. It's likely that the Americano was developed during the second world war by American soldiers, based in Italy, who couldn't quite stomach the strong coffee-shots that the locals loved. Combining hot water and a shot or double shot of espresso, the Americano provides the caffeine boost needed to kick start a day, and is a perfect addition to any Independence Day drinks menu. Your guests can enjoy the drink with their morning breakfast or even while they munch down on their lunchtime burgers - coffee and grilled meats make strange yet wonderful bedfellows! 

The Americano recipe is incredibly easy to prepare. Boil some water before preparing a shot - or two - of espresso with your Mr. Coffee® Steam Espresso & Cappuccino Maker. Then combine the water and the coffee to make the Americano. While many people opt to add the shot of espresso to the coffee mug first, many coffee connoisseurs actually recommend that you start by pouring in the water first. It's a small difference that creates a more delicious cup of joe!

A classic Americano is always a great option on the 4th of July!A classic Americano is always a great option on the 4th of July!

3. S'mores Iced Coffee
All great Independence Day cookouts end with family and friends gathered around the fire pit, toasting delicious s'mores. So why not reflect this wonderful tradition in your drinks menu? It's possible thanks to a delicious recipe that your sweet-toothed guests will simply die for - a s'mores iced coffee! Brew a fresh batch of joe with your Mr. Coffee® Advanced Brew 8-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker. Now the fun begins.

To make your s'mores iced coffee you'll need the following: chocolate syrup, milk, sugar, marshmallow fluff and your coffee. Start by adding sugar and marshmallow fluff to the coffee - both should melt quickly. Afterwards add milk and chocolate syrup, before pouring all ingredients into a blender, along with some ice. Then whirl it all up until you have your delicious beverage. Alternatively, mix the ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Serve with whipped cream on top, as well as broken pieces of graham crackers! Voila - a s'mores-inspired treat in honor of the star-spangled banner!