It’s the is prime season for taking cocktail hour outside—long days full of sunshine, and warm temps just begging to be iced down with a cool sip of something sweet. Make your next occasion a hit with these fun cocktail party ideas.
By Lauren Hutchens
This article has been posted with permission and originally appeared as 15 Creative Ways to Upgrade Your Summer Cocktail Occasion on Relish
Sugar and Charm
DIY Drink Station
Set up a DIY drink station. Start with ingredients for two base cocktails, and let your guests pick the rest! See the guide.
No one likes a watered down mojito, but summer heat melts ice cubes in a flash. Prevent dilution with a set of stunning frozen cocktail cubes, made with ingredients to match the cocktails you’re serving up. See the guide.
Photo by James Ransom
Cocktails for a Crowd
If you’re hosting a summer party and don’t want to be mixing drinks all night, you’ll love this tip! A little simple math is all that stands between you and a yard full of happy guests (that you’re free to mingle with, for once). See the guide.
Prefer to spoon instead of sip? Check out this delightfully boozy way to beat the summer heat. See the recipe.
Salted Watermelon Margarita Popsicles
Who doesn’t love a boozy popsicle? Serve this Salted Watermelon Margarita Popsicle in a glass with a salted rim. Guests can enjoy theirs on the stick, and if it melts, they’ll be left with an icy margarita. See the recipe.
Food and Wine
Summer Cocktail Twists
Let the fruit of the season shine! Here are some summer-inspired twists on classic cocktails. See the cocktails.
Classy Booze Cruise
Set sail in your own backyard with a classy “Booze Cruise” themed party. Serve the best cocktails the globe has to offer, with fun nautical touches throughout. See the guide.
Creative Ways to Serve Drinks
Think outside of the box when it comes to how and where you keep your drinks cold. Use unconventional items like wheelbarrows or steel wash basins for a rustic touch. See the guide.