Warm-weathered nights call for treating your family to an outdoor meal. Enjoy dining al fresco and use our suggestions below to put together a summertime feast perfect for a backyard dinner party or a family meal on the porch.
Stay cool while you cook with a Refreshing Rose Lemonade. Lemonade, one of the classic indicators of warm weather, gets a sophisticated, floral twist thanks to the addition of our Rose Water. With Rose Water, a little goes a long way – start with ¼ teaspoon and add more until it suits your taste.
For an adult-only beverage option, try this Madagascar Mule, which takes its name from the sweet addition of Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract. An update on the classic Moscow Mule, our version swaps vodka for whiskey and evokes visions of tropical island bliss.
The best al fresco dinners last well after sunset. Start off with something light early in the evening by assembling these Lemon Bleu Stuffed Tomatoes. Don’t let their size fool you, these bite-sized appetizers are packed with big, bold flavors, with tangy crumbled blue cheese and a splash of bright citrus flavor from Pure Lemon Extract. Bonus idea: make a double batch of the cheese spread and add a dollop to toasted baguette slices topped with shrimp for a minimal-effort appetizer.
Fresh Summer Salsa is one of the most versatile dishes to have at any meal. You can serve it as a side with tortilla chips or spoon it onto your grilled meat to brighten up your entrée. This recipe has uncommon ingredient combinations, including jalapenos, pumpkin seeds, and Orange Blossom Water, mingling together in one deliciously cohesive and adventurous dish.
When the words “grill” and “barbecue” come back into our vocabulary, people usually think first of meat. So, in that spirit, fire up the burners and get started on the main star of your meal with Apricot Mango BBQ Ribs. These ribs have all the flavors you would expect in textbook barbecue, but also incorporate fruity and sweet notes with mangos, apricots and Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract.
When the night is coming to an end, cap off the meal with Berry Almond Shortcake with Vanilla-Mascarpone Cream. This dessert is a balance between creamy, sweet and fresh. The Pure Almond Extract in the shortcake rounds out the dish with a subtle, nutty flavor and is served with whole fruit, coated in Vanilla Sugar – a light and sweet element that counterbalances the richness of the mascarpone cream.
If you have a favorite dish for outdoor meals, we’d love to hear it. Share your recipes or pictures on social media with the hashtag #NielsenMasseyInspires.