Summer entertaining is in full swing at Casa de Costa! I’m talkin’ grilling, watermelons, refreshing mocktails… we are in party mode over here. I’m excited to be partnering with Village Farms to share two easy summer entertaining recipes featuring their lovely tomatoes. They offer quite the selection of tomatoes at my local grocer, but today I’m using their maverick mix® and sinfully sweet campari® in these easy summer party favorites.
The first is a no-cook skewer recipe highlighting summer melons, maverick mix® tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, prosciutto and balsamic. If your party guests are more creative, you could even leave your ingredients as a DIY bar for them! I opted to create my skewers before my guest’s arrival to keep things simple. Each juicy refreshing bite is more flavorful than the last! Plus, they’re an easy grab-and-go item for munching while you mingle at a summer party or for sandy hands enjoying a beach day in the sand.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Serves: 10 skewers
1 package maverick mix® tomatoes
½ watermelon, balled
1 cantaloupe, balled
8oz. package fresh mozzarella balls
1 package fresh basil
2 tbsp balsamic glaze
8 oz. prosciutto
- Use your skewers to layer each ingredient on, diversifying as you’d like.
- Once finished, drizzle skewers with balsamic and serve.
Now on to the mocktails! These tomato watermelon coolers can be made with vodka too, but I opted for sparkling water. A great trick I’ve learned for mocktails (or cocktails!) is using a mason jar as a makeshift shaker. Add all of your ingredients and cover. Shake it up, add ice and use a hand held strainer or mason jar lid with holes to strain. I love a signature drink for any party and this one has been a hit all summer! It’s refreshing, hydrating and delicious.
Another reason I love combining these recipes for the perfect summer party? They use the same ingredients! I like to keep my grocery list as simple as possible, so I love how diverse my menu can be even with a few key ingredients in mind, it even creates a theme to keep in mind!
If you’re short on honey, feel free to substitute with agave or maple syrup! Keep extra limes and tomatoes around for garnishing and feel free to offer jars of these for your guests to adorn their own drinks.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2 drinks
10 sinfully sweet campari® tomatoes
1 1/2 c watermelon chunks
10 fresh mint leaves
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
4 oz vodka (optional)
1 lime, juiced
1 c sparkling water
- Muddle mint, tomatoes, watermelon, salt and honey.
- Add ice, vodka and lime juice. Shake well and strain into ice filled glass.
- Top with sparkling water and garnish.