Party Food

Recipe: Cucumber Gin & Tonic Pitcher Cocktail — Summer Pitcher Drinks

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

My favorite cocktail is a gin and tonic. But sometimes, even if I use extra-fancy tonic water and good gin, it feels like it just needs a little bit more. Sure, a lime will do, but what about something a touch different? Something that could transform it into a party-ready cocktail rather than the quiet cocktail I sip on Sunday evenings. The answer to this dilemma is a slew of cucumbers — oh, and a big ol' pitcher so that it can be batched and served up to whatever thirsty crowd you happen to invite over.

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Recipe: The Ulimate Sauce for Crisps, Crumbles, and Cobblers — Summer Desserts

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Doesn't vanilla butter sauce just sound delicious? This four-ingredient sauce is a real game-changer when it comes to summer fruit desserts. No need to make or buy ice cream or whipped cream — just warm a little cream, scent with vanilla, sweeten with sugar, and add a luscious knob of butter.

Fair warning: You're going to become so obsessed with this sauce that you'll be putting it on everything from crisps to cobblers to pancakes, and stirring it into your morning coffee. Here's how to fall in love with this simple sauce.

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Recipe: Sparkling Strawberry Cucumber Sangria — Pitcher Cocktails

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

This pitcher sangria is all you need to start a party this summer. Invite a few friends over, stir it up, and consider the remaining details unimportant. You could throw a few burgers on the grill, make some sides, and feel like a champion. But honestly, even if you just scraped together whatever hunks of cheese you have in the fridge, set out that half-empty tub of hummus, and then ordered in pizza, it would still be a celebration. That's because this sangria is fruity, fresh, and, most importantly, fizzy — and bubbles always make for a party.

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Recipe: Chicken Summer Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Come summer, there's really nothing I want more in my meal plan than simple, light dinners that come together with a very minimal amount of cooking and taste like they're bursting at the seams with freshness. I can't think of anything that fits the bill better than summer rolls. Packed with juicy seared chicken, ribbons of lightly pickled veggies, creamy avocado, and a layer of fresh herbs all rolled up in a chewy wrapper, these summer rolls call for more prep and assembly than actual cooking. They know how to hit the spot for a totally satisfying summer supper.

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Recipe: Berry Frosé Ice Pops — Summer Desserts

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

The unofficial cocktail of last summer was frosé (frozen, slushy-like rosé wine), and while we still love it dearly, this year it seems only fitting to give it a refresh and dress it up for summer 2017. That's why we are declaring this the summer of the frosé Popsicle, an icy-cold treat speckled with honey-sweetened berries. It's best enjoyed on a front porch or with your feet dipped into a pool, ideally with good friends by your side.

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Recipe: Spiked Strawberry Lemonade — Summer Pitcher Cocktails

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

A glass of cold lemonade never seems to be beyond arm's reach during some of the very best moments of summer — whether that is lounging on a front porch, running around the backyard, or dipping into your friend's pool. Enjoying the classic is near perfect, but it doesn't hurt to make it a little more adult-friendly and fit for 5 o'clock. Spike it with a little white rum and sweeten it with a handful of muddled strawberries and suddenly it is ready for happy hour.

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