Our summer blog series is coming to an end–and the fourth of July is just short of a week away–that’s no coincidence. We’ve got you covered with the basics to throwing a truly unforgettable bash, from seating arrangement ideas to food safety facts and everything in between. Take a peek back for all of the details…
The way we see it, summer BBQs have just one other very important factor: the cocktails. A good summer cocktail can refresh the palate and the soul. Beer and wine are great go-to drinks at get-togethers, but nothing tastes quite as fresh as a just-made cocktail. These summer cocktail musts compile our very best “insider” cocktail serving tricks:
Summer Cocktail Musts:
- Bring out 3-4 times more ice than you think you will need. As the event goes on, the ice will melt quickly, giving you less to work with. Keep the ice cooled and sealed in several coolers. Open one at a time to keep the others as cold as possible. Did you know that boiling water before freezing it produces crystal-clear ice cubes?
- Hot weekend? Keep your drinks from tasting watery by freezing ice cubes of your mixer. For example, if you’re making a simple gin and tonic, use tonic ice cubes to create it. These can be made easily in empty cupcake tins, which results in larger ice cubes that last longer.
- Bringing out the wine? Use frozen grapes to chill white wine without watering it down.
- Dice mint or other floral and herbal touches for drinks just before serving, which will help their juices meld better with the alcohol and keep the drink tasting super fresh.
- Place cocktails into their cups and stuff them into a large, empty turkey pans. This type of pan is deep enough to fill with ice supporting the cups, and the metal will help conduct the coldness. Fill in all empty areas around cups with us as much ice as possible, and continue to do so as people grab their drinks.
Take a peek at some of these delicious summer-themed beverages from the Cooking Channel. They’re sure to inspire! One of our personal favorite summer drinks is a good spiked-berry lemonade. This Chef Savvy recipe adds fruit for an elegant twist, and a flavor that will keep guests coming back for more. Freeze your berries to keep the drink extra icy!
Do you have a favorite summer cocktail? We’d love to hear all about it! Share with us below.