Our founder shares her sunny spread to enjoy with your nearest and dearest now, and at larger, splashier gatherings later.

One of my greatest pleasures in life is entertaining family and friends at home—something I've truly missed these past few months. In addition to cooking and sharing a wonderful meal, I love to whip up a batch of specialty cocktails to greet guests. I remember a time when it seemed like everyone sipped the same old drinks: Bloody Marys for Sunday brunch, Whiskey Sours with orange juice and a squeeze of lemon, and margaritas made from a prepared mix and a frozen container of lemonade. Thankfully, those days are long gone, and we're more adventurous for it.

Martha Stewart standing by pool holding cocktail tray
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My favorite way to celebrate the start of summer is with cool drinks, delicious snacks, and good friends—preferably poolside. Living editorial director of food Sarah Carey and I created two cocktails that highlight the ripest, tastiest fruits available now. We went for fun, refreshing twists on Classic Sangria and margaritas that put sweet watermelon, juicy nectarines, and fragrant strawberries to great use. Then, to complement them, we prepared a spread of palate-pleasing hors d'oeuvres: homemade potato chips, a creamy dill dip with crudités, and herb-roasted pecans. I hope you will try these recipes at home, and get to share them with friends on a warm, sunny afternoon very soon.

Yellow-Watermelon Margarita
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Yellow-Watermelon Margaritas and Rosé Sangria with Nectarines and Strawberries

At her East Hampton home, Martha welcomes the season with these two fresh, fruity cocktails. The margarita is bursting with yellow watermelon, white tequila, and the elderflower liqueur, St. Germain. The sangria is made with vodka, rosé wine, strawberries, and nectarines. Both drinks can be made nonalcoholic. For the margarita simply make the cocktail without alcohol and when making the sangria, omit the vodka and substitute seltzer for the rosé.

Herb-Roasted Pecans with Red, White, and Blue Potato Chips
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Herb-Roasted Pecans

An easy, healthy hors d'oeuvres that's sweet and salty and just right for any gathering.

Red, White, and Blue Potato Chips

Enjoy these chips with a dip or on their own—they're irresistible.

Feta-and-Buttermilk Dip
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Feta-and-Buttermilk Dip

Pair this rich and tangy dip with crisp, colorful crudité like cucumber spears and cherry tomatoes.

Makeup by Daisy Toye; hair by James Palese at Warren Tricomi; dress by Nili Lotan; earrings by Marika.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2020


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