Now is the time of year to take everything outside: picnics, cookouts and parties, of course! With a couple of the new VitaFrute cocktails by VEEV in hand, I joined Sarah at her house and played bartender for some friends. Here are the lessons we learned! 1) Utilize a huge tray. Carrying out all the stemware, garnishes, drinks, glasses, dinner plates and grilling ingredients took several trips from the back deck all the way through the house to the kitchen. By our third trip we had the bright idea to use a tray to help us carry. It was also very helpful when it was time to clean up. Trays are not just for decorating coffee tables : ) 2) Bring out three times as much ice as you think you need. On a warm summer evening our ice melted fast, and we had to use the above tray to run back for more a few times for more. With ice in both the shaker and glasses, we went through a lot of it! Fill your ice bucket to the brim – I promise you’ll need it all.
3) Don’t be afraid of pre-made cocktails
I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to pre-made drinks, but the VitaFrute™ line are all so delicious and refreshing. And, pre-made means less time playing bartender and more time spent with catching up with friends. I love that there was nothing artificial inside – the ingredient list is as simple as if you mixed it yourself. The VitaFrute™ line is all- natural, ready-to-drink cocktails with simple ingredient lists including VEEV Açaí Spirit and fruit juices. All you need to make a Lemonade, a Cosmo, Margarita or Coconut Colada is pour over ice and add any garnishes you like!
4) Use fresh fruit and herbs for garnish. I picked up some lemons, lime, orange, basil and mint to fancy up our drinks and they made each sip so fragrant! A little touch that goes a long way in the garnish department. 5) Set up a bluetooth speaker. Out on the deck we didn’t have access to the house’s music, but a little bluetooth speaker did the trick!! We just hooked up our phones and had nice background music the whole evening. Luckily you can find inexpensive speakers everywhere these days. 6) Stock up on citronella – and deer repellent! Of course after dark the skeeters started to come out, so we were glad to have a big citronella candle. But most importantly – this deer tried to steal a Cosmo for himself. He was not of drinking age so we turned him away! After our cocktail hour, we dined on grilled wild salmon with asparagus and smashed potatoes. That’s my last tip – grilled food rules! Check this video out for a cute intro to the cocktails!
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