Essential Cocktails for July Entertaining
Have you hitched your hammock to the nearest tree? Good. Now you’ll need a beverage to keep cool while you’re waiting for the fireworks.
Perhaps you want to fire up the blender for a sophisticated slushy. Or maybe a rebel Arnold Palmer with a slick of liqueur? Strawberry-infused rum, Champagne Spritzes and patriotic punches are here to help you win summer.
This piece originally appeared on Liquor.com.
Sparkle and Shine Punch
When the meticulously layered ice cubes hit the punch, party guests know you mean business. Feign patience while you layer and freeze your way to hosting fame with these colorful cubes of grenadine, coconut milk and blueberry juice. Slip them into a jar of punch that’s bearing moonshine, lemonade and Champagne and sit back. You’ve earned a rest until next year.
When the summer heat hits its stride, it’s natural to succumb to the lure of the blender. And succumb you should to this fragrant coupe of cachaça, guava puree, rose syrup and lime juice. Blend into a slushy consistency, garnish with a rose petal and repeat as needed.
Martha Washington Punch
George wasn’t the only Washington dabbling in the booze business. He may have run a large rye whiskey distillery on his property, but Martha knew her way around the punch bowl. The original First Lady understood the simple pleasures of good aged rum, fresh citrus juices, orange liqueur and heady spices. Tell your guests how this recipe was discovered in Martha’s private journals and they’ll be impressed by both your historical and mixological prowess.
Por Me Amante
The answer to all your summer entertaining quandaries? Strawberry-infused rum. But wait, there’s more. Strawberry Demerara syrup, Tabasco and lemon juice, to be exact. It’s a full-bore berry blitz, and you’ll want to serve it for every shindig from now until Labor Day.
Arnold Palmer’s ready to let loose. The cooling duo of iced tea and lemonade is a porchside staple, but once the sun goes down? That’s the time to add a healthy slug of Grand Marnier to the G-rated draught.
Summer’s heavy hitters have come out to play. Stocked with gin, Cynar, Aperol and Lillet Blanc, this aperitif is what all Spritzes aspire to. A dash of Peychaud’s bitters and a cap of Champagne? That’s a happy ending.