This weekend we were out planting and cleaning up our back patio and garden and it made me think about having a summer cocktail party to celebrate the fact that winter actually left! I think we here in New England are finding this spring especially sweet, so I suspect there are a lot of folks planning and scheming to do some outdoor entertaining this summer.
So I pulled together some items that I think make for an awesome summer cocktail party from One Kings Lane, my favorite source for fun tabletop goods (I bought those striped plates a few weeks ago!) I kept the theme to blue and green but wanted to try mixing tons of patterns to create a loose but cohesive look. When throwing a casual outdoor party don’t worry too much about matchy-matchy things and focus more on color, texture and FUN.
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Looking for a good big batch drink to fill that glass drink dispenser with? Here’s a great one!
Thai Basil Sangria
(via Food & Wine)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
8 Thai basil sprigs
Zest of 1 lemon, peeled in 3-inch strips
Zest of 1 orange, peeled in 3-inch strips
2 bottles chilled Pinot Grigio
3/4 cup brandy
1/2 cup fresh orange juice, strained
Chilled club soda
12 thin orange slices, for garnish
- In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the basil sprigs and lemon and orange zests. Let the syrup stand, stirring often, until cooled to room temperature, about 20 minutes. Discard the basil sprigs and zest strips.
- In a large pitcher, combine the basil syrup with the wine, brandy and orange juice. Pour the sangria into ice-filled glasses, top with club soda and garnish each drink with an orange slice.
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