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Summer Party Ideas and Special Event Planning for Cocktail Parties

Article by Andrea Wynn

Summer is such a great time to entertain. You have the warm daytime sunshine as well as refreshing nights. Here are some summer party ideas including a couple of cocktail catering presentations to help you with any special event planning for summer cocktail parties.

Create conversation and interaction with your special event planning. One refreshing cocktail catering presentation for cocktail parties is to present a new twist on an old idea. Skewer a piece of cooked shrimp and instead of serving it with a bowl of cocktail sauce serve the shrimp in a shot glass already filled with the sauce.

Other summer party ideas that include shot glasses for cocktail catering are soups, whether they are hot such as lobster Saki shooters (I recently enjoyed at a cocktail party) or cold soups such as shots of gazpacho or cucumber.

For cocktail parties where you may want to serve a refreshing natural and nutritious dessert, why not accompany a platter full of fresh fruit with a shot of a fruit smoothie?

More summer party ideas for cocktail parties include serving refreshing melon balls wrapped with prosciutto or cucumber cups filled with humus, seaweed salad or salmon dip. (For quick and easy cocktail recipes check out pages 80 to 86 in Budget Bash.)

Lollipop-styled desserts are another cocktail catering suggestion to add to your special event planning summer ideas. Brownie bites, chocolate chip cookies or bread pudding are all delicious bite-sized desserts you can serve on a stick and tray pass or present on a platter at a dessert buffet. Clean up is easy too since no silverware or dessert plates are needed just a simple cocktail napkin!

Other desserts that can be served in small individual portions with a creative flair are crème brulee, chocolate pudding or tiramisu presented in demitasse cups with demitasse spoons.

Summer party ideas for your special event planning décor can be fast, easy and inexpensive. Instead of using a tea-light with your glass votive, drop a Cymbidium orchid in the glass instead. Or place an orchid weighted down with water and colored glass beads in a small glass vase.

Floating candles in water are always fun for your table décor and you can use colored glass beads on the bottom or add a flower in the container as well. A great decor idea for cocktail parties I recently read about in Real Simple magazine is to use parchment paper as a luminary wrap with a votive candle holder. For information and instructions, just pick up the August 2010 issue. (More quick and easy décor ideas can be found in Budget Bash.)

I hope you found these special event planning ideas for cocktail catering helpful for your next summer event. Summer party ideas do not need to be complicated or take much of your time. Cocktail parties are a great way to gather a group of friends for an intimate and casual event, and when you throw your next cocktail party remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!

Alcohol Slush Beverage Recipes For Your Summer Party

During the summer months, we love to entertain our family and friends with backyard barbecues and poolside parties. Coming up with the menu for our food ideas is usually the easy part..ing up with the beverages is a little more difficult.

At our adult backyard parties, we like to serve slush drinks that contain alcohol, as they are perfect for those hot summer afternoons and evenings. All of these recipes will need to be prepared ahead of time so make them during the early morning hours.

Tip: Remind your party guests to drink responsibly.

Apricot Brandy Slush

2 cups water
4 tea bags
7 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
8 oz. frozen orange juice
8 oz. frozen lemonade
1 1/2 cups apricot brandy
Sprite Soda

In a large saucepan, boil 2 cups of water. Add tea bags and set aside to cool. Boil 7 cups of water; add sugar and stir until dissolved, set aside. When cooled, remove the tea bags and combine both of the water mixtures. Add frozen orange juice and lemonade, slowly pour in the apricot brandy. Freeze until almost firm. To serve: Fill a chilled glass 1/2 full and add Sprite soda to fill to the top of glass. Serve immediately.

Peach Brandy Slush

3 tea bags
9 cups water
2 cups sugar
12 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate
6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate
2 cups peach brandy
7-up soda

Boil tea bags in 2 cups of water and set aside to cool. In a separate saucepan, boil 7 cups of water and sugar together until dissolved. Add tea water to this mixture. Stir in the lemonade and orange juice concentrates, add peach brandy. Freeze for 5 hours in the freezer. Fill chilled glass 1/2 way with brandy slush, then add the 7-up soda. Serve immediately.

Pineapple Coconut Vodka Slush

6 oz. vodka
6 oz. pineapple juice
6 oz. cream of coconut
7 oz. crushed pineapple
5 cups of crushed ice

Mix all ingredients together in a blender until the consistency of a slushy drink. Freeze for 2 hours in the freezer before serving in chilled glasses.

Beer, cocktails, summer bubble dance – beer, cocktails – Food Industry – Laser Lighting Equipment

Article by jekky

Beer And cocktails are usually to be separated from drinking, has nothing to do. However, there are many New York bar, the bartenders who are constantly trying to modulation distinctive beer cocktails, beer and spirits they will, some modulation of spirits Beverages Even Wine Mixed to create the current in popularity of beer cocktail mixed drinks. Beer mixed drinks popular PDT in New York and Maya Hoole bar, the bartender who will Sauce Juice, Mezcal and beer mix, prepared out of a traditional Mexican beer mixed drinks Michelada, so customers can enjoy a different kind of taste in spicy. In San Francisco “distiller Bar”, the bartender will be injected into the coffee-rich foam foam Xiang Tianjiu and Italy Red wine Mixed liquid, the modulation from a Shuanghua ViceGrip. Beergarita minister in the streets of Chicago Devco “small bar” in a very popular, which consists of Margaret wine, beer and Flemish sour raspberry brandy mixture. “Beer cocktail mixed drinks like beer for customers, is another special option”, “small bar” and founder of Fuji Village says. “If I want to feel the taste of beer, why not a glass of beer taste special cocktails mixed drinks? France and Belgium and other countries long ago beer and other beverages will be mixed, and so out of tune against the drinks are people generally welcomed the “one beer a month meeting organizer said Joe. Held in May this year, the beer session, nearly 40 blog writers for the production of beer, mixed drinks, offer advice, provide some cocktail recipe. Tone against the diversity of inspiration “Beer itself is a very popular drink is welcome, and now started to become popular beer cocktail mixture,” says Fuji Village, “always prepared for the Martini wine bartender is concerned, in the cocktail add drink beer is a very natural thing, because they understand that this is a cocktail booming manufacturing process results, they proposed ‘Let us beer to cocktails in the’ slogan. ” In fact, many bars cocktails against the will refer to some well-known sommelier’s suggestion. In Philadelphia, “the London Grill,” the bar, Terry? McNally to provide customers with mixed beer beverages modulation inspiration from Belgium Rodenbach beer creators Rudy? Gwinear, “he suggested that we will pomegranate juice and black Vinegar LI wine to beer among other, “McNally said,” This cocktail’s taste modulation by better, you will be able to Sell More wine, so make more money. ” How to make beer cocktails beer foam is prepared when a problem needs attention. “Golden Anchor Steam beer foam is very rich,” San Francisco hotel bar Tim B said, “will direct drained foam is a very wasteful thing, how can well use the foam up?” He practices is to cover the beer foam on top of the lemon juice and other beverages, this method not only solved the waste problem and also allow customers to drink at the same time get a different kind of fun. “Beer foam in a delicate wine to play a complex role in attracting people’s attention,” said Mr. Tim. Essential flavor Although the beer cocktails against a number of ways, but that does not mean you can indiscriminately to any kind of beer and Juice Mixed together, and then named cocktails. “The most important thing is to respect the original taste of beer,” Stephen? Beaumont said. He is both a restaurant owner, also beer and articles author, he and Brian? Maureen co-authored the “beer recipes”, which also includes a chapter on the content of drinks, “the kind of beer you want to taste as a beverage Highlights play, if you can adjust very well against the will to create unique new flavors.

Summer Cocktail – RECIPE

Summer Cocktail is a simple party drink which is perfect for any summer party. Vodka, Wine, Sparkling Apple Juice and Cranberry Juice are combined with ice to create a fruity, sweet but slightly tart cocktail that everyone will love. For an non-alcholic version, simply replace the vodka and wine with Mineral Water and more Cranberry Juice. Give it a go! MY SECOND CHANNEL: youtube PLEASE SUBSCRIBE! au.youtube FOLLOW ME! twitter BECOME A FAN ON FACEBOOK! facebook =================RECIPE FACT SHEET ================= INGREDIENTS IN THIS DISH: 1 Part Chilled Vodka 1 Part Fruity White Wine 2 Parts Sparkling Apple Juice 1 Part Cranberry Juice Ice Makes 1.25 Litres (when 1 Part = 1 Metric Cup) Preparation Time: 2 minutes ALL MEASUREMENTS GIVEN ARE AUSTRALIAN STANDARD METRIC (Look up Google for a conversion chart if using Imperial). Music by Kevin McLeod (Used with Permission)
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The Only Summer Cocktail You’ll Ever Need

The presence of summery weather (and especially the recent inferno-like heat waves) has caused me to shift to summer drinking mode.  What is the perfect summer cocktail?  It’s light but powerful, smooth but complex, delightfully simple to make yet agonizingly difficult to assemble the perfect ingredients.  I am speaking, of course, of the Dark and Stormy (technically it’s a “Dark N Stormy” but that looks a little lowbrow in print).

There are only four ingredients, and two of them are commonly found in many households:

1 glass (to put the other ingredients into)
Several ice cubes (to cool the ingredients that are kept in the glass)
Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
Goya Ginger Beer (other Ginger Beers technically work, too)

If you are unfamiliar with Ginger Beer, it’s like root beer, but with a spicy kick and is non-alcoholic.  That may sound a little gross – although a huge fan of spicy food, I generally am not a fan of spicy beverages like Bloody Mary’s or Sweaty Lumberjacks – but trust me on this one.  The ginger beer is critical to the deliciousness level.  Ginger beer is also surprisingly refreshing by itself, too – just make sure it’s extremely cold.  The problem with ginger beer is that the quality varies wildly from brand to brand – about as wildly as the day-to-day quality of the chicken vindaloo at your local indian haunt.  That’s how I’m actually adding some value: I’ve tried basically every ginger beer already.  Most of them are too sweet, lacking the necessary bite to take the edge off of the rum, or are just bland overall.  Not so with Goya brand GB – that stuff packs a whallop.  It’s a bit hard to find, and, as benevolent as I am, I’m not about to tip off my source in NYC as availability is always sketchy.  Hint: if your local grocer has a substantial Goya section, take a look on the bottom shelves to see if they have a couple rows of ginger beer pushed back from view a little bit – sometimes sneaky folks like to obfuscate stock levels to enhance their own future availability.

Now, to the recipe.  Similar to my refusal to conform to accepted social norms regarding times to wake up, go to sleep, or eat pasta, I believe that proper cocktail ingredient ratios evolve over the course of an evening.  My preferred approach to the preparation of a dark and stormy is to have my girlfriend make the first round.  This batch is weaker and has the amber color of a fossilized mosquito pendant (translation: a little rum, a little more ginger beer).  I’ll make the next few rounds, eventually ending the evening with something that looks like a glass of tar with light orange highlights.

Drink more than 3 Dark and Stormies at your own risk, as they offer one of the worst hangover experiences out there.  But it’s worth it.  Here’s a recipe for a strong, dark evening: drink Dark and Stormies while watching The Dark Knight and eating dark meat chicken.  Maybe some dark chocolate for dessert.  I suppose you could read some of The Dark Phoenix Saga, too, if you’re into The Uncanny X-Men.

Science alert: when checking out ginger beers, the key ingredient is capsicum.  That’s what makes it hot.  Somehow they get the heat out of a chili pepper without the chili pepper flavor.  I would like to know how the level of Scoville units of the Goya ginger beer.  Hmmm….after reading the Wiki entry, I feel morally obligated to include the sentence below, lest I cause an anal leakage epidemic along the lines of the launch of WOW Doritos.

“The fruit of most species of Capsicum contains capsaicin (methyl vanillyl nonenamide), a lipophilic chemical that can produce a strong burning sensation in the mouth (and, if not properly digested, the anus) of the unaccustomed eater.”

That rarely happens with Dark and Stormies, though.  And they are totally worth it, too, if that were to happen.

Drink Me – The Perfect Summer Cocktail

Now I love wines and wine tastings, but this economy has put a bit of a dent in my wine purchasing of late.  (Did I mention that I’m a rather fast drinker?).  Husband is, and always has been, a cocktail man.  Thus, he’s also a damn good bartender.  He is a firm believer in fresh juices, simple syrups, and appropriate condiments (pearl onions, cucumbers, mint, etc.) and a staunch nay-sayer of anything what screams “mixer”.

And much like I like to keep a few bottles of wines around for when guests are over, so my husband likes to keep the fixings for his favorite standard:  The Collins.  Easy and versatile, this delicious quaff is incredibly affordable AND simple to make.  Easy as you need so few ingredients; versatile because you can go beyond the gin and vodka collins and offer your friends bourbon collins, rum collins, tequila collins….You get the picture.

Step 1.  Purchase a very inexpensive bottom-shelf bottle of gin, vodka, what beckons you.  I don’t recommend the VERY bottom of the shelf, but any of those imbibements in the -18 price range are gonna do just fine for mixing.  At those prices, you could get three or four spirits. Your guests – and you – have options!

Step 2.  Make the simple syrup.  Simply boil 1 cup water in a small saucepan; when it comes to a boil add 1 cup sugar; stir until all the sugar is dissolved; turn off stove; let cool.  Voila!  So Easy!

Step 3.  Juicing some lemons.  This next step does require a bit of equipment – a juicer.  Now, Husband’s choice of juicers is definitely a higher end one (don’t even ask what it cost!).  And this juicer is great for juicing a lot of lemons or limes (or orange juice) at a time to keep in the fridge.  But for cocktails on the go (read: to order), the standard hand juicer does just fine.  The number of guests you are expecting will help to determine how many lemons you should juice.  Be sure and shop around a bit, though, and find the best price!  Citrus can be expensive.  (You’ll only use a tablespoon per drink, if this helps with the spending money on lemons).

Fill a collins glass with ice

Add 2 ounces gin/vodka/bourbon/whathaveyou

Add 1 Tablespoon simple syrup

Add 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

Top off with soda water, stir (I use a chopstick), and serve.

You can toast me somewhere between the second or third sip!


Summer Time Cocktails or It’s Summer, Time For A Cocktail!

Yuzu Cucumber Sour
Servings: 1 Drink: created by H Joseph Ehrmann

2 oz. Square One (TM) Cucumber
2 oz. Beverage Artistry (TM ) Yuzu Luxe Sour, Thawed
1/2 oz. Egg White

1 Put all the ingredients into a shaker without ice and shake hard for 5 seconds.
Add ice and shake hard for 10 seconds. Strain into a coup glass and garnish
with cucumber skin zest. Variation: You can substitute Yuzu Luxe Sour with Beverage Artistry
Mojito or Sweet and Sour.

Mojito Exotico:
Servings: 1 Drink: Created by Adam Seger

1 Kaffer Lime Leaf
5 Basil Sprigs
5 Mint Sprigs
1 1/2 oz. Beverage Artistry Yuzu Luxe Sour, Thawed
1 1/2 oz. White Rum
Club Soda

Muddle lime leaf, basil and mint in a glass until aramatic
Top with soda, stir and serve.

Our version of Lemonade:
La Lemonata:
Servings: 1 Drink: Created by Patricia Richards / Wynn, Las Vegas

1 1/2 oz. Beverage Artistry Yuzu Luxe Sour, Thawed
4 oz. Sun Orchard Fresh Lemonade
1/2 oz. Rock Candy Syrup ( Trader Vic’s ) or Simple Syrup
1/2 oz. fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
4 oz. Club Soda

Fill a 16 oz glass with ice, pour the first 4 ingredients over ice
Top with club soda and a slice of lemon.
Cover and shake 3 times upside down and then right side up.

Mango Delite:
Servings: 1 Drink: Created by Tom Canavino / Island Splash

1 oz White Rum,
2 oz. Beverage Artistry Mango,
1 oz cream of coconut, 3 oz fresh mango,
1 1/2 oz crushed pineapples,
1 scoop vanilla ice cream ( customer’s chioce ) and 8 oz crushed ice to blender.
Blend until smooth and serve in a tall glass.

There is nothing better than a cold drink during the hot days of summer. These drinks are simple to make and easy to enjoy.

Harvey’s Summer Cocktail Recipes

Harvey’s Summer Cocktail Recipes

Coolest Champagne Cocktail Recipe For Excellent Summer Party

Article by John Chon

The heat of the sun, sexy girls on the loose for a bit of entertainment, music, delicacies and above all beverages – these are the essentials of a fantastic summer blowout but the highlight of the event should always be with the refreshments. The host or hostess have to make the most excellent champagne cocktail recipe to ensure that the guests can have a good time.

Champagne cocktails are a extremely popular option when it comes to summer event but you must choose and find out the finest champagne cocktail recipe that will fit the taste buds of your party guests. I want to show you one great recipe which have to be a mainstay in every celebration.

Have you tasted a watermelon gin spritzer before? It’s extremely easy to make. You simply need 2 huge limes plus watermelons. It can be a 100 gram watermelon or based on the quantity you need for the get together. And don’t forget to put some gin. Two tbsps of gin will add spice to the watermelon and lime. And the last touch – the tonic water.

If you are looking for other recipes, I will suggest serving a ten brown sugar cubes with a touch of Angostura bitters and of course, it will still be mixed in a mineral water. And as a enhance ingredient – monkey shoulder triple malt whiskey. You will definitely appreciate the sophisticated taste of this recipe.

The aroma, taste, and effect of the champagne cocktail should all go along with each other. You don’t must be a professional chef for a expensive champagne recipe to throw up a excellent party this coming summer. There are a lot of ingredients which you may use in making the best champagne cocktail recipe. Just be wild in considering the most aromatic and tasteful essentials which you may put up to your liquor. Put a personal touch to every glass of champagne that you will serve to your party guests and for sure, they will not forget your summer party.

An expensive champagne cocktail can make your party the best. The most expensive champagne brands are a must have for making the greatest champagne cocktails.

Secret recipes for the best summer cocktails

Summer may well be over but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it last a little bit longer, with some cool and refreshing cocktails after a hard day’s work or long week.

You don’t have to be a professional to make them either – as part of their “91 Days of Summer” promotion, Great Hotels of the World has revealed recipes from some of the world’s top hotels, including a few secret ones never before divulged by hotel barmen.

Bring some summer mood into the coming autumn and winter months, and just sit back and relax with one of these delectable drinks.

Appleberry – Just as nice as it sounds this cocktail from Mardan Palace in Turkey is the epitome of summertime. Just sit back, sip and relax!

Madras Mojito – An interesting twist to this refreshing classic from Al Murooj Rotana Hotel in Dubai.

The Gold, the Bad and the Ugly – the ultimate indulgent creamy cocktail from Sisus Hotel in Cesme, Turkey. If you’re a Baileys fan, this one’s for you!

Summer Wind – This Champagne cocktail from St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas in Crete is a must try. It simply exudes elegance and class.

Mango Margarita – The ultimate poolside refresher from Dom Pedro Palace in Lisbon, Portugal.

 Why not take a look at the whole list of cocktails and get shaking on ghotw! Even though summer is nearly over you can still find inspiration for winter sun by browsing the whole series of articles including some of the most unusual guest requests hotels have ever received, a selection of summer-inspired recipes, the best spa treatments available at four and five star hotels, and lots more.