Posts Labeled ‘cocktails’

Summer Entertaining

Summer is a time to relax, have fun and entertain. Have you decided to throw a summer party but are stumped on clever ideas to create a fun event? Try a couple of new summer recipes.  And why not get your guests playing a classic game of croquet, in all white of course!

Cute summer invite, via Shutterfly

Cocktails and croquet...wear white, via L.L. Bean

A new twist on a refreshing summer fruit, via myrecipes.com

Great summer sangria, via foodnetwork.com

Light up the party with these string lights, via Ballard Designs

1920′s-Inspired Signature Drinks

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby provides a luscious, opulent perspective of the 1920′s. Influencing fashion, events, and decor, the movie gives a fresh take on 1920′s flair. As you consider your signature drink for cocktail hour, keep in mind these revamped classics.

French 75 - lemon, gin, and simple syrup topped off with champagne, via Epicurious, Photo Credit Elizabeth Perrin

 

Bee's Knees

Gin, honey and lemon combine to make the Bee's Knees, via LA Weekly, photo credit Eric Alperin

 

Southside Cocktail Recipe

Gin meets lime, mint and seltzer to create a refreshing Southside, via Inspired Taste

 

Highball

With a wide variety of options, the Highball offers a classic your guests will love, via Time Out Chicago, photo credit Martha Williams

How to Have a Well-Stocked Bar

Beckett Bar Cart from Williams Sonoma

Recently, I worked on an at-home party where we were offering an open bar. It required purchasing some of the key staples of a bar and ensuring it will be well-stocked for any request.

Today I found this great article in Matchbook magazine that has a host of tips and tricks on stocking a bar. It covers everything from bar tools to decor to a comprehensive list of alcohol and mixers. If you are considering building or updating your home bar, it’s well worth the read.

Once you’ve purchased your supplies, check out Elle Decor‘s review of the top 10 best bar carts.

 

 

Tea Forte cocktail infusions

Tea Forte, well-known for its delicious assortment of tea flavors, is now branching out into the world of mixology. They offer several different infusion flavors that quickly turn a regular cocktail into something fresh and creative. Simply pour alcohol over the infuser, wait for it to steep, and get ready for a delicious beverage.

Their Mixology Set, with two infusion chambers, eight infusers, and a recipe booklet would make a great holiday gift.

Herbacious Beverages

Looking for ways to enhance  your favorite summer drinks?  Fresh herbs can provide sublte or exotic flavor that is sure to delight your tastebuds!  From cocktails, to lemonade, to iced tea, here are some refreshing recipes to try.

Rosemary Infused Peach Bellini

Watermelon-Basil Margaritas

Blackberry-Mint Julep

Lavendar Lemonade

Cinnamon-Orange Iced Tea

 

Herb-infused simple syrups can be made in advance and used to sweeten sparkling water or other beverages.  For a variety of simple syrup recipes, click here.