Party recipes: take this menu outside

Party recipes: take this menu outside

We’ve put together a menu of great recipes that will delight your outdoor diners in the summer – from craft cocktails to jarred desserts.

As long as the food and drinks are out, the party continues. That’s what we’ve come to believe in our relentless hunger for delicious snacks and sips. With summer approaching, it’s time to plan festive menus and meals for Memorial Day, Labor Day, July 4, and the warm weekend gatherings that don’t require a special occasion.

Without further ado, here’s a menu of recipes displayed under our Food & Drink tab, so your guests will receive an invitation to return afterwards.

Cocktail: The Pendleton Salute

Pendleton Whiskey has offered fans and readers a patriotic cocktail recipe. It gives you the perfect mix for when you toast to friends, family, country and everyone who protects us. Get the recipe.

Cocktail: Watermelon Basil Punch

Tequila Avion shared this recipe for a watermelon punch that doubles as a centerpiece and thirst quencher. Get the recipe.

Nibbles: Garam Masala spiced cashew nuts

The taste of unusual spices can get people talking and nibbling when they start sipping. Get the recipe.

Appetizer: Bacon wrapped torpedoes

Take the bite game up a notch with this brilliant combination of bacon, jalapeños, cream cheese and more. The recipe comes courtesy of Ten50 BBQ† Get it here.

Bread: Fancy Navajo Magic Bread

A recipe from food blogger Alana Yazzie makes baking bread, cookies, or tortillas, depending on the direction you take. Get the recipe.

Salad: “Elote” Corn Salad

Not the healthiest salad, but is that really a concern at a party? Dallas restaurant Kitchen on the second floor know full well that the answer is no. Get the recipe.

Entrée: Dean Fearing’s Smoked Brisket

Acclaimed pioneer of New Southwestern cuisine Fearing shares recipes for many of his signature dishes as well as contemporary versions of time-tested Lone Star staples The Texas Food Bible: From Legendary Dishes to New Classics† Test your pit master skills with the master chest recipe.

Dessert: Kent Rollins’ “Naner Pudding”

Kent Rollins is one of the undisputed kings of chuckwagon cooking – we’ve featured him in the past when he published cookbooks and award-winning chili recipes. We had to include his food here – it’s designed to be simple, portable and delicious. And who would refuse their version of banana pudding at the end of a summer meal? Get the recipe.