Backyard Entertaining – Summery Cocktails

VimVigor_HiBall_Recipe-SetOf4-wCocktailsSummer is finally here! It may not feel like it at the moment, but we hear that the nice weather is supposedly coming back very soon. And with the warm weather comes the time for outdoor entertaining!

We talked about our love for the Emile Henry Pizza Stone a few weeks ago. But maybe you’re looking to have some friends over for a cocktail night on the patio after some delicious pizzas on the BBQ. Well, we’ve got a few tips for you on how to stock your bar for summer.

Stocking your bar for a party can seem like a daunting task – but it doesn’t have to be. It doesn’t need to be overly expensive either. Start with your basic spirits; gin, tequila, rum, vodka and a bourbon. Then make sure you’ve got a couple of your favourite liqueurs on hand; some fruit juices and mixers; a couple bottles of wine; and the appropriate bar tools.

If you’re having a cocktail night, we recommend making a few signature cocktails for the night to simplify the evening.

Here are three of our favourite summery drinks:

Sangria – A classic summertime drink, refreshing and delicious. It’s such an easy drink to make and here at Above & Beyond, we like red wine. So here’s one of our favourite red wine sangrias. Mix the following ingredients in a pitcher and enjoy!

– 1 bottle of your favourite Merlot
– 4 oz of brandy
– ice
– 1 cup of summer fruits (berries, limes, lemons, and oranges)

Aperol Spritz – This drink is refreshing and summery without being too sweet. We think it’s the perfect cocktail for a pool party. Garnish with an orange and sip away!

– 3 oz of Prosecco
– 2 oz of Aperol
– A splash of San Pellegrino
– ice

Strawberry Bourbon-ade – This boozy seasonal lemonade is always a hit at barbeques and around a campfire. This time of year, we like to mix it in a pitcher with fresh strawberries and serve. Muddle the strawberries and add all ingredients to a shaker; shake, and strain. Garnish with a lemon slice, a strawberry, and enjoy!

– 1.5 oz bourbon
– 4 strawberries
– ice
– 5 oz. lemonade

Come in and visit us for your essential bar tools and drink wear – shakers, muddlers, whiskey stones, and fun ice cube trays.  We’ve got some fun new glasses that we love for entertaining!






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