Monday, August 6, 2012


One of the many lovely things about summer is that one gets to enjoy meals outside with fun (and funky) cocktails to boot...since I haven't really been able to indulge in this particular summer activity because of the little man, I thought that I would at least show off what I am missing at home...that is, our fully stocked (and may I add, adorable) mini-bar along with some of my favourite summer drink recipes (made my own from Food and Drink Magazine)...enjoy (on my behalf)...
all the bar essentials ~ glasses, mixes, openers, decanters, specialty alcohol and some little details to make everything just a little more fun and interesting...
...details, details, details...
...mixing sticks and a vintage holder...

Watermelon Squeeze
To a cocktail shaker add:
1/2 lemon
1/2 oz simple syrup
1 cup roughly chopped seedless watermelon flesh
1 1/2 oz gin
Shake sharply and strain into glass filled with ice. Garnish with a wedge of watermelon or a sprig of mint.

...measuring glasses... bottle stoppers and other essentials...

Cherry Belle
In a glass combine:
5 cherries chopped
6 torn mint leaves
1/2 lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
1 1/2 oz bourbon
Add lots of crushed ice and stir to combine all ingredients. Garnish with a whole cherry plus stem or mint sprig.

...all the cocktail essentials and a few other goodies...
...flavoured vodka is always good to keep on hand especially if you run out of fruit...

Bangkok Lemonade
To a cocktail shaker with ice add:
1 stalk chopped lemon gras
1/2 juice of lemon
1 oz simple syrup
1 1/2 oz white rum
Shake sharply and pour into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with coconut water. Garnish with stalk of lemon grass and wedge of lemon.

...candles and coasters...
...bowls are great for storing and organizing all of the little necessities needed for cocktail making...

Apricot Tart
To a cocktail shaker filled with ice add:
1/2 lemon juice
2 tbsp apricot jam
4 torn basil leaves
1/2 oz simple syrup.
Shake and strain into a champagne flute and top with Prosecco. Garnish with a sprig of basil. of my favourite hostess gifts is to give (and get) unique wine bottle stoppers, the two shown above were a gift from my friend Sharon and I always love using them and displaying them...
...more details...

Pink Lemonade Sangria
In a cocktail shaker with ice add:
1 chopped wedge of each lemon and orange
5 raspberries
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
Shake and strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with dry Rose Wine. Garnish with raspberries and a wedge of lemon or orange.

...and, of course, no bar would be complete without some champagne and wine...and a a vintage ice bucket perfect for chilling... there you have it, my very own bar, which currently stands relatively unused, but at least it's pretty to look at, right? Until next time, happy Monday everyone...
Love K


Natasha Fatah said...

Ah! The Russian Doll glasses are so sweet!!

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Jen said...

Very cute bar! I wish I had one of these in my place! But unfortunately the most complicated drinks I make at home is adding a lemon wedge to some Mill St. Lemon Tea Beer. :)

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