You are here: Home » Entertaining » Puerto Rican Food: A Salute to Tropical Flavor Puerto Rican Food: A Salute to Tropical Flavor Entertaining,Featured Article,Food and Travel,How-To,International Food http://relish.com/articles/puerto-rican-menu-summer-party/ by RelishAugust 15, 2011 Wow summer guests with the lush island flavors of Puerto Rico. <i>Mark Boughton: styling: Teresa Blackburn</i> http://pgoarelish2.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/17199_omelet_nachos_f.jpg Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint For a summery party theme that’s definitely not overdone, celebrate with the flavors of America’s “51st state,” the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico’s drinks naturally star rum and tropical fruit. The island’s African and Spanish influences combine with local ingredients for dishes that blend fresh and fried, spicy and cool, and starchy and sweet. Our menu offers three appetizers, three drinks, and a dessert inspired by Puerto Rican flavors. Decorating Your Table To transport your guests to the tropics, try these tips: Use souvenir shells from beach trips past as finishing touches Fill glasses with turbinado sugar for the look of sand. Top with paper umbrellas. Orchids: The ultimate in luxury, look for sprays of orchids at your grocery’s floral department. Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint Melon Rum Punch This tropical punch is for adults only. Lime Refresher A non-alcoholic cooler. Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Mini Spinach Salads Fresh summer greens are a delicate bed for succulent spicy seasoned Caribbean shrimp. Omelet Nachos with Black Bean and Corn Salsa Skip the gluey queso sauce and try these light nachos. Meatballs in Sofrito Sauce Meatballs in a flavorful Puerto Rican sauce. Plantain and Pineapple Sundaes Plantains and exciting spices are the island way with ice cream.