Create an al fresco lounge right in your own backyard.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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What to Serve
Nibbles dont seem same-old when theyre served with a twist. Instead of using bowls, dish out bread sticks, mixed nuts, and fruit in bold, swanky-looking (yet plastic) margarita glasses.
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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.