Throw an Easy, Outdoor Cocktail Party
What You'll Need
Let the good times roll with a bar on wheels, stocked with the essential tools: glasses, plates, ice, and swinging party gear―like a cocktail shaker and swizzle sticks. For reinforcements, just cruise back to the kitchen.
All the Fixings
Lay out all the extras―olives, citrus slices, cherries, and cocktail onions, plus sugar or salt on a plate to rim glasses. And keep things laid-back: There’s no reason your bowls and trays have to match.
Setting the Scene
Take the indoors out. Here, a cot covered with pillows becomes an impromptu settee. Add a mat, a table, and plants, and you’ve got a “room” with a view.
What to Serve
Nibbles don’t seem same-old when they’re served with a twist. Instead of using bowls, dish out bread sticks, mixed nuts, and fruit in bold, swanky-looking (yet plastic) margarita glasses.
What to Pour
Chill out with this welcome departure from syrupy-sweet daiquiris and punches. Tropical, light, and fizzy, spritzers will keep guests cool and the conversation bubbly. Free-floating lime slices, bright bendy straws, and eye-catching stirrers add a splash of color.
Step 1: Cut half a lime into thin slices. Juice the other half and pour into a cocktail shaker.
Step 2: Add 2 teaspoons of sugar and 2 slices of lime and mash gently. Add 3 ounces of white rum and 1 cup of ice and shake.
Step 3: Pour the mixture into 2 glasses filled with ice and the remaining lime slices. Top off with club soda and serve.