From all of us at Design Your Lifestyle (and our parent company Peter Salerno Inc.) to all of you, we wish you a happy, safe, and memorable 4th of July weekend! Whether you can get away to the beach or shore for July 4th or not, Peter Salerno proudly brings the “beach house” life to you with these photos of his award-winning beach house design on the Jersey Shore.
Independence Day 2016 may have passed by, but the entire 4th of July week is a great time to gather family, friends and loved ones for a party, barbecue or cookout. It’s also the perfect opportunity to reflect on our independence, what it means to be American, and celebrate our heritage.
July 4th is also a great time (for our friends of legal drinking age) to celebrate with a fantastic cocktail! But how can you incorporate the 4th of July into your cocktail recipe this year? Peter Salerno Inc. has found the best 4th of July drink recipes around!
Leave it up to the fine folks at Epicurious to deliver with their Red, White and Blue Sangria recipes. These July 4th cocktail recipes are sure to please a variety of palates, and they couldn’t be easier to make – or more enjoyable!
The 3 Epicurious sangria recipes for Red (Dubonnet), White (Pineapple), and Blue (Cucumber-Vermouth) range from sweet to savory, and will leave your party guests begging for seconds – or thirds! Try serving a pitcher of each sangria recipe this 4th of July, and make your Independence Day party a hit!
Epicurious Red, White and Blue Sangria Recipes
Red Sangria: Dubonnet Sangria Recipe
1 orange cut into wedges, plus 1 orange sliced into half wheels
1 lemon cut into quarters, plus 1 lemon thinly sliced
2 ounces Cognac
2 tablespoons sugar, plus more to taste
1 (750-milliliter) bottle Dubonnet rouge
6 dashes Angostura bitters (optional)
2 cups cold sparkling water
In a large bowl, combine the orange wedges, lemon quarters, Cognac, and 2 tablespoons sugar. Using a muddler or a wooden spoon, press down on the fruit mixture until the juice is released and the sugar is dissolved. Add the Dubonnet and stir to combine. Strain the mixture into a large pitcher and discard the fruit. Add the orange half wheels, lemon slices, and bitters, if using. Stir gently to combine then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 4 hours. When ready to serve, add the sparkling water, then carefully fill the pitcher with ice and stir to combine. Taste and add additional sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary.
White Sangria: Pineapple Sangria Recipe
1 small pineapple, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
2 cups white wine
2 ounces simple syrup
4 ounces white rum or 2 ounces each of light and aged rum
1 cup coconut water
2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
1 lime, thinly sliced
1 cup cold sparkling water
1 to 2 ounces Maraschino liqueur (optional)
In a large pitcher, combine 2 cups pineapple, white wine, simple syrup, and rum. Stir gently then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours. When ready to serve, add the coconut water, lime juice, lime slices, and sparkling water. Add the Maraschino liqueur, if using, then carefully fill the pitcher with ice and stir to combine. Garnish glasses with the remaining pineapple, if desired, or add the fruit to the pitcher.
Blue Sangria: Cucumber-Vermouth Sangria Recipe
1 lemon, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
1 cucumber, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
1 (750-milliliter) bottle dry vermouth such as Dolin
1 ounce blue or orange curaçao liqueur
1 ounce simple syrup or more to taste
1 ounce lemon juice
2 ounces dry gin
2 cups cold sparkling water
1/2 to 1 ounce Maraschino liqueur (optional)
Mint for garnish
In a large pitcher, combine the lemon slices, cucumber slices, and vermouth. Stir gently then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 4 hours. When ready to serve, add the curaçao, simple syrup, lemon juice, gin, sparkling water, and Maraschino liqueur, if using. Carefully fill the pitcher with ice and stir to combine. Garnish glasses with mint, plus additional lemon and cucumber slices.
Thank you to Epicurious for these outstanding recipes!
July 4, 2016 is the 240th anniversary of America’s independence. It’s time to reflect, celebrate, and spend time with the people you love – but most importantly, it’s the best time of year to show off your American national pride!
For those of you looking to make a stylish statement this Fourth of July, we’re here to help. Being an American means the right to fully express yourself – especially when you’re showing your love for the United States!
Take on a “Red, White & Blue” Summer Home Design Project
Invest in your home by hiring a world-class kitchen and bath designer to give your home, summer home or beach house a “red, white and blue” update! Whether it’s one color or a combination of all three, these bright, summery colors don’t go out of style – and they’re part of the Pantone color palette this summer!
Pantone Style Guide for 4th of July Style
Want a way to show off the red, white and blue in a fresh, stylish way? A great starting point is our article about the official Pantone colors of Summer 2016 style. Pantone is the authority on accurate color matching and precision, and their seasonal color palettes are the foundation for great design, style and fashion.
There are 2 shades of red and 2 shades of blue in the Summer 2016 Pantone report.
Pantone “Reds”, Summer 2016:
Rose Quartz (Pantone 13-1520)
Peach Echo (Pantone 16-1548)
Pantone “Blues”, Summer 2016:
Snorkel Blue (Pantone 19-4049)
Serenity (Pantone 15-3919)
Why not blend the official Pantone colors of Summer 2016 into your 4th of July decor, fashion and style? Decorate your picnic table or backyard party with Rose Quartz or Snorkel Blue, and you not only have a fashionable occasion but a great conversation starter!
Celebrate Our Military Heroes This July 4th
There’s nothing more “in fashion” on the 4th of July than celebrating the heroes of the United States Armed Forces. Take it from a man like Peter Salerno, not only a world-renowned designer but a veteran of the United States Navy.
Peter attended The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and graduated as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy with a Business Degree. His Naval commitment gave him the ability to travel most of Europe and Western Asia. Studying art and sketching have always been a form of relaxation for Peter; being stationed in Italy was the perfect opportunity to study the masters and old world architecture first hand. After returning from the Navy and working in corporate America, Peter decided to return to his father’s business and began to apply his artistic vision to the growing family business.
This Independence Day, see the world through the eyes of a man like Peter Salerno, who cherishes both service to his country and being an extraordinary kitchen and bath designer. Take a moment to show your gratitude to our military.