It's time for Endless Summer. Get the most out of the season while it's still here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mixing your cocktail