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Summertime Sips – Drink Ideas for Your Backyard Party

The grill is hot, the pool is cool and all you need is a drink. We’ve got you covered with some great drink ideas.

Cheers!

WU0302_Raspberry-Lemonade_s4x3.jpg.rend.snigalleryslide.jpegRaspberry Lemonade

Ingredients
4 cups fresh lemon juice
3 cups sugar
1 bag frozen raspberries
Ice cubes, for serving
Directions
Squeeze the lemons and pour the juice into a pitcher. Mix together the sugar with 3 cups water and stir to dissolve to make a syrup. Add the syrup to the lemon juice and top it up with 8 cups water. Taste to make sure it’s sweet enough for you, and then add the raspberries. Mix the lemonade together and let chill in the fridge. (Keep in mind that the raspberries are tart, so be sure to sweeten enough!)

Fill mason jars with ice cubes and top them off with the lemonade.

Cucumber Pineapple Tequila Cooler

Ingredients
1 cup fresh pineapple cubes
2 limes, skin removed
1 seedless European cucumber, peeled, plus cucumber slices for garnish
4 ounces silver (blanco) tequila
1 1/2 cups ice cubes, plus more for serving
1 tablespoon agave nectar
Pinch kosher salt
Directions
Prepare a vegetable juicer (or blender if unavailable). Run the pineapple, limes and cucumber through the juicer, letting all the juices combine. Pour the tequila into a cocktail shaker or pitcher, and then add the juices, ice, agave and salt. Shake or stir vigorously until chilled. Line up 4 tall Tom Collins glasses filled with ice, and pour the tequila cooler over. Serve with straws and cucumber slices for garnish.

Mojito Limeade

Ingredients
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
2 limes, cut into wedges, plus more for garnish
2 cups crushed ice, plus more for serving
1 cup Lime-Mint Syrup, recipe follows
1 liter white rum
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
Club soda
Lime-Mint Syrup:
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
2 limes, zested
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe
Muddle the mint leaves and lime wedges with 2 cups crushed ice in the bottom of a large pitcher. Add Lime-Mint Syrup, rum, lime juice, and more ice. Top off with club soda, to taste. Pour into glasses over ice and serve. Garnish each glass with a lime wedge and mint sprigs, if desired.

Lime-Mint Syrup:
Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan and cook until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat, stir in the lime zest and mint, and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to infuse the syrup with the flavor of lime and mint. Strain out the mint and zest and refrigerate the syrup, covered, until cold.

Looking Ahead – Event Trends for 2015

lookWe are often asked what’s the next big thing? Sometimes the answer depends a lot on style and taste. Chic and Elegant can be two very different things to people. Truth be told, we would rather be trend setters than followers.

Still as one year near it’s end and the next one looms in the distance, we attempt to look into our crystal ball to give our clients a few ideas to consider.

Style……

Recently we saw the reawakening of Gatsby-style glamour and we expect elements of that trend to continue with classic strings of pearls, silver, ivory, and gold accentuated with a bold pops of color, and contemporary interpretations of classic styles.

Yes the shabby chic mason jars are fading and making way for classic elegance.

Drinks……

It’s easy to overdo it when it comes to libations. I’m not talking about consumption, but sheer variety. The flavor craze has exploded. Every type of liquor now comes in flavors from Cherry to Espresso. We predict and suggest a simpler balance of cocktails of high-caliber liquors and fresh ingredients. Want a classic at your event? Talk to your bartender about adding Moscow Mules to the offering.

classic cocktails

Might we also suggest a well-made Harvey Wallbanger with Chopin Vodka, fresh-squeezed orange juice and a float of Galliano.

Food……

food trends

Work with your chef or catering director to create meals using local, seasonal, sustainable ingredients whenever possible. It opens the door to fresh and unique fare.

We also see a shift in event serving style. Opting for small bites, tray-passed appetizers and family-style dining, event and wedding reception dining is a not just about eating, but the social aspect as well. This also allows you to incorporate a larger variety of cuisine options. Keep in mind some of your guests may have to dietary restrictions of vegan, gluten free, and allergy-free offerings.

It’s your party…….

Trends are meant to give you and idea of what others are doing, but don’t become a slave to the hot new trend. If you want BBQ and Beer served in Mason Jars go for it! Trends are created by someone doing what no one else is. Be that person. It does not matter what is in or out, hip and trendy, your event should embody your personal style and taste.

Contact us if we can help you with your next event. http://www.pierceevents.net