by Mimi & Vera LevinTastemakers in Residence

It’s summertime and the weather is finally nice again. A long winter left us all cooped up inside, and it’s time to enjoy some fresh air with friends. Instead of rushing from work into a restaurant for a quick bite with your pals, why not take advantage of the longer and warmer days by making a picnic to enjoy outside? Rather than pre-made, store-bought goodies, spice up your picnic with your own fresh and simple summer recipes? Aannnnnd, to make it even easier (and more portable), how about putting everything into jars? Not only is this idea practical, but it is super cute for a girl’s night out?

Here are some ideas for portable picnic fare: Appetizer: Cilantro-Lime Cocktail Shrimp---Dinner: Salad in a Jar---Dessert: Key Lime Pie---Drink: Mojito


45mL White Rum
30mL Lime Juice
25mL Sugar Syrup
6-8 Mint Leaves
Dash of Soda


  1. Fill mason jar with ice, and then add the rum, lime juice and syrup.
  2. Take mint leaf and cut in half. Grind mint leaves together in the palm of your hand and add to glass.
  3. Stir ingredients together and add a splash of soda. Enjoy!

Grab your picnic blankets, its time to invite your girlfriends for a fun, new twist on dinner.