Help me round out my picnic dinner
I have a date with bf to watch Shakespeare in the Park! I told him I'll provide the picnic. So far I have lemon-dill chicken salad wraps, Ina Garten's orzo with roasted vegetables (I used leftover grilled). Any suggestions for a special tea/lemonade to pack up, and a dessert? I just halved some beautifully ripened strawberries and tossed in some blackberries. I would love to use these up if possible, and I could go with a simple fruit salad, but I was hoping for something a bit more special, or an accompaniment for the berries. I ask because most picnic desserts are of the cookie/bar variety. If I go there I will probably serve that as a go-along-with.
This is a tea that we really love. I will always be thankful to Ina Garten for developing this. It is very easy to half the recipe.
Barefoot Contessa’s Herbal Iced Tea
4 Celestial Seasonings Lemon Zinger tea bags
4 Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger tea bags
4 cups boiling water
4 cups pure apple juice
Steep the 8 tea bags in 4 cups of boiling water for about 10 minutes. Discard the tea bags. Combine the tea with the apple juice and refrigerate until cold. Serve over ice.
If you drink alcohol, bring the ingredients for an Aperol Spritz - Aperol, prosecco or other sparkling wine and a dash of sparkling water. Not too sweet, very summery, and would go beautifully with your berries (you could even add a dash of their juices to the drink if you like). As for dessert, I love mamachef's mascarpone idea to fancy up your fruit - but for me it's not a picnic without chocolate. I would bring the brownies from Ad Hoc at Home (Thomas Keller) as well!
biodanomnima, that's such a great idea! A box of good chocolates to top everything off. So simple and FREAKING BRILLIANT, girlfriend. I can even see bringing a selection of chocolate candy bars to a very casual gathering, and letting people choose. I swear, next time I have a picnic of my own or cater something, there will SO be chocolates involved, and not in a s'mores kind of way. (Though I love those too.)
The berries would be lovely crushed lightly and marinated in a splash of grand marnier with a splash of lemon juice. Bring a container of mascarpone cheese and some pirouette style cookies or wafer crisps to accompany it. If you wish you can lightly sweeten the mascarpone and add a sprinkle of citrus zest. Your menu sounds lovely both to the eyes and stomach. Melon lemonade or slightly sweetened iced tea (strong) combined w/ peach nectar is fantastic; more so if you freshen it up by using fresh lemons or some zest. Really any fruit nectar would work, and I hope you have a lovely time.