Summer is a time of year when many of us look forward to enjoying time outdoors with our loved ones around us. You can kick back, soak up the sunshine, enjoy the long summer days and evenings, and simply relax for a while as you top up that tan. Of course, you can’t sit outside in this weather without a cooling drink in your hand and what better way to relax than with a delicious cocktail made with your own fair hands?
If you enjoy having friends and family come over to chill out in the garden during the summer, you can treat them to some wonderful cocktails. This is an excellent way to enjoy the summer weekends when you get the chance to relax and enjoy some downtime. You will be able to look forward to creating all sorts of cocktail delights including the wonderfully refreshing yet elegant Espresso Martini.
Creating Your Cocktail Shopping List
When you serve up summer cocktails to your friends and loved ones, you need to remember the importance of variation and perfection. You cannot just keep serving up the same cocktail each time, as this can get quickly boring. In addition, people have different tastes when it comes to cocktails, so there has to be some choice and variation. On top of this, you may have people there who do not drink alcohol, which means you need to create some virgin cocktails as well as alcoholic ones. In terms of perfection, you need to get your recipe and your presentation just right so you can really impress your guests with the cocktails you create and serve up.
The first thing to do is get online and look at some summer cocktail recipes that you can use. Remember to look at both alcoholic and non-alcoholic ones. By doing this, you can pull off the recipes you need to create your cocktails and you can create a shopping list of all the alcoholic drinks and mixers that you will need.
Another thing to do is check on glasses. Don’t do yourself the injustice of serving up delicious cocktails that you have worked hard on in chipped glasses or tea mugs. If you don’t have hi-ball glasses and cocktail glasses, consider investing in some for the occasion. You don’t have to spend a fortune and they will come in useful for future events. Also, if you don’t have an ice machine, it may be worth getting one to save you having to buy multiple bags of ice. You can get these machines at very affordable prices these days. A cocktail shaker or blender is another important investment so you can blend and shake those cocktail for the perfect results.
Finally, you should remember the importance of presentation for your cocktails. Purchase a cocktail decorating set, which generally includes things such as cocktail umbrellas and other accessories that will make your drinks stand out from the crowd. These will enable you to add the perfect finishing touch to your drinks.