A simple swap is all it takes to reimagine panzanella. This Italian summer salad usually features cubes of day-old rustic bread and tomatoes, tossed with basil leaves and a simple vinaigrette. But slices of ripe, juicy peaches in place of, or in addition to, the tomatoes bring a different (but entirely welcome) sweetness to the mix.
The golden globes of the fruit world make tart-sweet "cups" for dollops of tangy creme fraiche, creating a delightful union of flavors. Serve these as a snack or starter -- anytime you want a bite (or two) of sunshine.
We like the way a single large ice cube looks in each glass (look for these ice-cube trays online or in specialty stores), but smaller cubes work fine, too: Cut the sage leaves to fit the tray compartments and add two or three cubes to each glass. Fried padron peppers make a great accompaniment to these cocktails.
These buttery, crumbly yet tender shortbread thumbprints are filled with a lemon glaze that's tinted a lovely shade of pink with a single crushed raspberry. Enjoy a few with a cup of tea -- or a tall glass of their namesake refreshment.
Is this melon-sorbet float a drink or a dessert? With something this cool and delicious, it doesn't matter what you call it -- or when you serve it. As you make the melon balls, scoop some extras to keep in the freezer so you can serve up another round of these dairy-free floats in an instant.
If you've never had a Pimm's Cup before, you're in for a treat. The refreshing cocktail, long a favorite in the U.K., is editor in chief Eric A. Pike's go-to summertime drink. This version of it includes both its namesake, Pimm's No. 1 (a gin-based liqueur), and Crop Cucumber vodka. The result is a citrusy, herbal flavor that isn't cloying in the least. Cheers!
Whether your goal is to lounge, entertain, dine, or simply escape -- we have ideas to create your ideal outdoor space. Personalize your patio, porch, or other alfresco room to suit your seasonal pursuits.