Round up some friends, snacks and cocktails because it’s time to party! We’ve got the cocktails you should be sipping poolside this summer!
Craft cocktails are here to stay, and have become a must-have for catering creatives (like us!), restaurants and noteworthy bars around the world. Store-bought mixers are a thing of the past, and as a team that loves a great cocktail, we couldn’t be happier! Fresh ingredients aren’t just for food, and there’s something to be said for mixing them with quality spirits. Not only can you taste the difference, but your overall drink experience is improved by a little extra TLC. (Bonus points for pretty garnishes – your future Instagram story thanks you!)
With sunny weather and pool parties beckoning, we have three great cocktails you should be sipping poolside this summer. Put down the rosé and keep reading!
So Berry Courvoisier:
Summer = strawberry picking season! Try it by blending Cognac, Strawberry liqueur, Triple Sec, and lime juice. Shake and strain over ice into a rocks glass, then top with a splash of club soda.
Capture the sun in a glass with this bright cocktail highlighting peaches and mangoes! Try it by blending Gin, Grand Marnier, a squeeze of lime and fresh peach and mango juices. Shake and pour into a rocks glass, then garnish with a peach slice.
The Porch Swing:
It wouldn’t be a summer cocktail roundup without sweet tea! Add a twist to the classic Arnold Palmer by blending Southern Style sweet tea, mint lemonade and your favorite bourbon. Serve over ice in a tall glass, pint glass or mason jar.
The variety of exceptional summer fruits are waiting for your next cocktail creation, and the possibilities are endless. BTW: planning a pool party? You might want to take a look at our outdoor party planning tips to host like a pro!
Start the party right! It’s summertime and we’re all about the beach, the pool and the parties. The weather is finally nice enough to be outside and you can execute all those cute ideas you’ve been saving on Pinterest! To help, we’ve put together eight outdoor party planning tips to make you look like a pro at your next celebration!
Have plenty of water options available. From weddings to casual social gatherings, flavored water stations (personalized water bottles!) on ice for guests to help themselves are always good options to have. Try infusions like Cucumber, Strawberry or Pineapple!
STAY ICE COLD
The right ice makes a difference in your favorite cocktails. Try oversized square ice cubes which melt more slowly, keeping your drink cool and flavorful. Bonus – flavor the ice cubes with fruit infusions! Our catering team is known for our Passionfruit popsicles with mint and basil for our cocktails!
KEEP IT CASUAL
Guests would rather not be hot and sweaty while dressing up for a fun party night. Consider hosting your celebration oceanside or poolside and keeping the dress code casual. Take advantage of your location, have your guests come in Hawaiian shirts or Cuban guayaberas.
START THE PARTY
Consider a greeting drink upon arrival for your guests while they are waiting for the ceremony to start. No one wants to sweat AND be without cocktail, am I right?
A LITTLE LEG IS FINE, JUST NOT TABLE LEGS
When it comes to seating, a linen-less table makes a beautiful accent to summer parties. But there are options for fabric-lovers too! Spandex linens will help keep tables from looking like they’re about to blow away. As the printed linen trend continues to evolve, there are tons of beautiful spandex options available. Spandex just not your thing? Try a floor length heavy linen, such as burlap and canvas, and stray from polycotton and natural linens which tend to be lighter. With plenty of color options, patterns and finishes, you can dress your party tables stylishly!
SMOKE THEM OUT
Nobody likes a party crasher – especially the bug kind. Keep the bugs away without ruining your décor! Use citronella candles or tiki torches to ward off unwanted pests.
As event pros – take our advice and order the tent for a daytime party (we love these!). It will make a world of difference when it cools off your event by 10-15 degrees, money well spent for sun protection and happy guests. If one large tent isn’t the right style for your party, consider beautiful patio umbrellas in bright colors with seating!
Are you open to a bit of industrial style at your party? Misting fans or port-a-cools around your event will make you and your guests much happier campers!
Looking to go to a party instead of hosting your own? Join us for Sangria Summer!