Essential to tiki cocktails, start by making your very own orgeat (pronounced OR-zha). If you can’t find the orange flower water, slip in a large strip of orange peel to steep alongside the almonds after pulling them from the heat.
2. The Original Mai Tai
A true classic, the Mai Tai starts with aged rum and plenty of citrus. But orgeat, of course, lends an unmistakable flavor.
3. Cold Watermelon Soup
Tinged with hot sauce and sea salt, this soup retains it’s sweet watermelon nature. Since chervil is rarely found at common markets, any mix of tarragon, parsley & mint would be an appropriate garnish.
4. Edamame Salad with Shiso & Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
Look for edamame in the frozen foods section of your market & then spill this salad alongside all the meats you’re grilling & cart it to all the picnics you attend for the rest of the season.
5. Pork Tonkatsu with Watermelon-Tomato Salad
Pound pork cutlets into thin, plate sized discs. Coated with panko, they fry up to a satisfying bite. A summery arugula salad is the perfect counterpoint.