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The perfect summer patio menu

Warm weather, good friends, delicious food!

From SheKnows Canada
Summer is coming, and soon the warm weather will arrive — that means it's patio time! Invite your friends and family over, and treat them to a delicious feast in the great outdoors. Put together your very own summer menu with some of these delectable ideas.

Iced tea

Summer sippers

On a really hot day, you will definitely want to make sure to serve some superb summer beverages. Fruity drinks and those with cooling herbs and spices are sure to be hits. For a traditional favourite, go with a refreshing batch of mojitos. You can even add your own creative flair by using a flavoured rum or a different kind of juice instead of lime. For delectable non-alcoholic options, you will definitely want to have some homemade lemonade or iced tea on hand.

Finger foods

Veggies and dip are a great patio appetizer because you can prepare such a dish in advance and simply take it out of the fridge when guests arrive. Set out baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, broccoli florets, cauliflower chunks and pepper slices on a tray with your favourite dips, such as hummus or baba ganouj. And for a warm appetizer to tide people over until the barbecue gets going, consider putting together some scrumptious crab cakes that are sure to blow your guests away.

Grilled goodies

No patio party is complete without firing up the grill,so it's fortunate that there are grilled options for everyone. Vegetarians and health enthusiasts alike will feel they're getting the royal treatment when you serve them portobello mushroom burgers with mozzarella and roasted red peppers. And there are plenty of delicious options for the carnivores on your guest list. Greek turkey burgers are a flavourful and unique way to impress your guests. Or just go with the good old-fashioned, comforting taste of a juicy homemade beef burger cooked on the barbecue. And as a great way to complement your barbecued mains, grill up some corn on the cob or skewered veggies, such as peppers, onions and zucchini, as well.

Delightful desserts

With an abundance of in-season fruits to choose from during the summer months, it's only natural that you should create desserts that highlight all the wonders nature has to offer. Scrumptious trifles are a unique and refreshing way to end off your patio feast. Plus they can be placed in individual cups so each guest can feel special as they consume their summer treats. Or for a super-easy dessert that kids are bound to love, create your very own homemade popsicles. Nothing says summer like a sweet treat on the patio!

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