How to Eat Authentically Al Fresco

Never heard of al fresco dining? Translating to “in the open air,” an al fresco meal is like an upscale picnic outdoors with an array of delicious Italian snacks for sharing—and who doesn’t love an Italian picnic? Our Specialty Merchant Ken put together his favorite picks for eating al fresco. Read on for tips on hosting your own this summer!

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Black Cherry Smash Cocktail Recipe from Bai

It’s cherry season, and our friends at Bai shared a refreshing cocktail recipe that fuses their new Bai Bubbles Bolivia Black Cherry—which combines flavor of perfectly-picked black cherries, natural sweetness, and crisp carbonation—with fresh fruit. Perfect for a hot summer day. Read more for the delicious recipe.

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How to Set Up a Patriotic Produce Platter

The kid in you is about to have a field day because we’re giving you an excuse to play with your food. If you’re planning a backyard BBQ, Fourth of July picnic, or just need a patriotic dish to snack on this weekend, why not set it up in the shape of a flag? You’ll be so inspired that you won’t even ask your friends to stop saying the Pledge of Allegiance when they start snacking.

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A New Way to Ice Cube

It’s hot and you deserve a cold drink. The problem? Plain ice cubes are so 2014. This year it’s all about the fruit cubes. (Remember our watermelon ice recipe? Life changing.) These berry wonderful cubes can be made with your favorite fruit, but we thought it would be a crime not to make them red, white, and blue just in time for The Fourth.

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Red, White, and Pizza

If you didn’t think pizza could be your next go-to food for your Fourth of July BBQ, think again. This version has everything that makes pizza great—an entire bag of cheese, golden crust, and bacon—and nothing that makes pizza awful (which is nothing). Even better: It looks like an American Flag. God bless America, indeed.

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Build Your Own Mimosa Bar

If Bloody Marys are the brunch must-have of the decade, mimosas are its slightly classier counterpart. (I mean, who could resist those bubbles?) But don’t stop at just OJ and champagne. There are literally dozens of sweet and savory combinations—yes, savory paired with a bit of bubbly works, too—to take your mimosa to the next level.

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Make a Simple Party Sandwich Spread

If there’s one thing we like about graduation parties (well, any party for that matter) is that there’s a good chance there will be a full spread of sandwiches, dips, and probably a cold beer or two. And good thing, too, because there’s nothing like a good ‘ol sandwich to bring distant relatives and school chums together. And just think—the better the spread, the more $$ your grad might get. Double win!

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