Signature Summer Sippers – 7 Drinks for Warmer Weather

Signature Summer Sippers – 7 Drinks for Warmer Weather

In this most splendid of seasons, cocktails are one of the best ways to keep cool and pay homage to the summer. Craft cocktail making has really taken off in past years, which makes the art of creating them so much more interesting, and the range of options available much more diverse.

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1. Peach Melba Mimosa
Peaches and Raspberries scream summer, as does this fruity and beautiful summer cocktail. The only alcohol involved is something bubbly (cava, prosecco, sparkling white wine – whatever you prefer!) so it’s a lighter alternative to some of the boozier summer favorites. A touch of lemon is the perfect zip to round out this refreshing drink!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Vanilla and Fresh Cherry Bourbon Cocktail
Cherries are one of our all time favorite fruits, and they go so nicely with bourbon and vanilla in this unique and intriguing summer mix. Accompanied by a touch of lemon, a dash of sugar, and some club soda for bubbles, this one is not to be missed!

 

 

 

 

 

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3. Strawberry Frose
Rose is all the rage these days, but have you ever tried it frozen? With strawberries?! Rose lovers will go wild over this simple but flavorful mix of lemon, strawberries and vodka, paired with your favorite “pink wine.” Some ice adds the slush factor, and so much fun. Serve with a striped pink straw for extra flair.

 

 

 

 

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4. Tabernacle Crush
This drink is for the more adventurous, featuring peaches, basil, lemon, lillet, and gin. Add a touch of simple syrup for the right balance of sweet, and a quick pour of club soda at the end for some pleasing bubbles. It’s a beautiful drink that tastes as wonderful as it looks!

 

 

 

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5. Calavera Catrina
Tequila lovers unite! Instead of going the traditional margarita route (which is always a good idea, especially in the summer), this drink incorporates a surprising ingredient – cantaloupe! – along with the traditional orange liqueur and lime. A splash of orgeat and super smokey mezcal are added to the mix, for a complex fruity beverage that looks simple in a glass, yet tastes anything but.

 

 

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6. Coconut Margarita
In case you were really hoping to see a margarita on the list, we’ve included one with a tropical flair. In addition to the requisite tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice, this cocktail features coconut milk, coconut cream, a touch of simple syrup, and an indulgent splash of half and half to really push it over the top. Elevate your game for Mexican night and you’ll never go back!

 

 

 

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7. Cucumber Lemonade Mocktail
Alcohol doesn’t jive with everyone, especially on those extra hot days, so this mocktail is just the thing! Fresh lemon and lime juices meet cucumber juice, with a touch of agave for some sweetness, and club soda for carbonation. And for an unusual but awfully pleasing addition – fresh dill! It comes together to create the ultimate in refreshing summer bevvies, without the booze.

 

What’s your favorite drink to imbibe in the warm summer months?

How to Plan a Corporate Summer Outing

How to Plan a Corporate Summer Outing

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Summer is finally upon us here in the northeast, and which means it’s summer outing season! As planners ourselves, we absolutely love this time of year, and the endless event opportunities that this season provides. Outdoor activities are prolific, and there are never too many barbecues. But planning a company outing isn’t all fun and games, it does require a good bit of research, planning, and work. Here are some of our best tips for getting started with planning your next company outing.

Start with Logistics
Before you can even consider the food, drinks, and activities, you have to deal with the logistical details. To start, it’s good to consider the overall event budget. You’ll also want to consider things like time of week, and time of day for your event, and whether to invite families to participate, or keep it just to employees. Here’s our checklist:

  • Set a budget, and what that budget will cover (like venue, food and beverage, entertainment, activities, etc.)
  • Determine weekday vs. weekend
  • Pick either daytime or evening hours
  • Consider your event audience – employees only, or families included?
  • Make a list of potential locations and venues, and potential pros and cons
  • Consider transportation, and make sure employees will be able to easily access potential venues
  • Decide whether to hire a party planner!

Plan Some Food and Fun
You can plan a more generic event like a barbecue, or you can plan a themed event like a carnival. Consider what your goals are for the event, as those may help to determine if there’s a theme or not. Then you’ll want to think about what guests will eat and drink, and how they’ll spend their time.

  • Will you have an event theme, company branding, or color theme?
  • Determine a goal for your event – team building, employee fun, etc.
  • Select food and beverage, and think about whether you’ll have a theme to your food, like southern BBQ or carnival street food
  • Decide on entertainment and activities – will you hire an entertainer, plan lawn games, or run a giveaway/raffle?

There are plenty of great summer party ideas out there, which can range from simple and laid back, to involved and elaborate. Only you will know what works best for your company, but if you plan your event with your employees top of mind, it’s sure to be a hit. If you don’t know where to start, sending a company-wide survey with a few event ideas, or open-ended questions asking what kind of event they’d like to experience, you’ll get loads of inspiration to start your planning off right!

What was the best corporate summer outing you ever attended?