Soak It Up: Tropical Menu for a Poolside Staycation
Enjoy the last days of summer with a staycation that channels a getaway to Key West or Palm Springs. With sunny eats, refreshing drinks, and some fun accessories, you can bring that easy, breezy poolside vibe to your own backyard. Pool optional, good times mandatory!
Mango Shrimp Salad
This sunny take on ceviche uses cooked shrimp and boasts summer flavor with limes, mango, cucumber, and mint. You can dish it up as a light and tangy salad or dice the ingredients into small pieces and serve it as a refreshing salsa with chips.
Cuban-Inspired Mini Melts
Serve up big Cuban flavor without the time-consuming pork roast. Serve on toasted sweet Hawaiian roll sliders topped with pickles for perfect little bites.
Dragon Fruit Colada
Use a red-flesh dragon fruit to get a vivd pink color. If you can only find white-fleshed dragon fruit, don't worry -- it will taste just a good!
How to buy a dragon fruit: When selecting a dragon fruit, feel the stem. It should bend without breaking. If it's brittle, move on. The fruit should feel slightly spongy, almost like a kiwi. If it is very firm, let it ripen 1 to 2 days. The skin should be bright pink.
Let the Breezes Stir You
To reinforce the sun-loving theme, serve drinks with palm tree swizzle sticks. These glass swizzle sticks are reusable.
Phoenician’s Key Lime Pie
Rather than juicing Key limes individually, you can use store-bought juice and save the Key limes for garnish. To save even more time, use a store-bought graham cracker crumb pie shell instead of making one from scratch. This pie can be made up to 1 day ahead; just keep it chilled until serving.
Reusable and compostable bamboo offers eco-friendly convenience. This 12-piece set comes with its own storage case.
Cactus Print Paper Napkins
Keep the warm weather vibe going with cactus-print cocktail paper napkins.