When the heat is on, entertaining is all about ease. . For an easy summer gathering, shake up some cool cocktails and assemble some simple appetizers. Transform summer’s ripe produce into refreshing drinks like watermelon and tequila frescas—a great thirst-quencher on a warm evening. Pair with pesto shrimp skewers, fava bean crostini and other small plates, and let the party begin!
|Watermelon and Tequila Frescas
Instead of the usual margarita, try this cooling blend of watermelon puree spiked with tequila.
|White Sangria with Summer Fruits
A light take on sangria, redolent with the flavors of peaches, nectarines and cherries.
|Limoncello Dirty Martini
An Italian twist on a cocktail classic, with the bright, sweet flavor of limoncello infusing dry vermouth and piquant green olives.
|Cucumber Lime Coolers
For a refreshing nonalcoholic drink, nothing beats the flavors of cucumber and lime.
|Marinated Feta Cubes
Salty, tangy feta cheese is the perfect foil for cocktails. When herbed and marinated, it becomes an irresistible party food.
|Fava Bean and Ricotta Crostini with Fresh Mint
Fava beans and mint are a delicious flavor combination that is transformed into an addictive crostini topping when blended with creamy ricotta.
|Watermelon, Manchego and Serrano Ham Skewers
The classic Spanish tapa of nutty Manchego cheese and silky Serrano ham gets a summer update with cool watermelon.
|Tenderloin and Heirloom Tomato Canapes
Succulent, thinly-sliced beef tenderloin is an elegant addition to this party menu. To keep it seasonal, we’ve topped with ripe, juicy heirloom tomatoes.
|Assorted Fruit Sorbet Shots
This easy-to-assemble dessert will refresh as well as delight. Choose a combination of seasonal and tropical fruit sorbets.