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Add some flair to sum­mer gath­er­ings with these ideas for serv­ing cold drinks

Aself-ser­vice bar is a pop­u­lar op­tion for sum­mer par­ties. Set up your bev­er­age sta­tion in a shaded spot where guests can help them­selves. Fill a gal­vanised tub with ice and pack it with white wine, beer, soft drinks, juices and bot­tles of wa­ter. Stock the fridge with back­ups and re­plen­ish the tub as needed. If you don’t have a tub, there are many other ves­sels that can do the job, such as a wheel­bar­row or child’s wagon.

It’s a good idea to put la­bels on or next to each drink, es­pe­cially if it isn’t im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous what they are. This saves con­fu­sion but also pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to add an at­trac­tive dec­o­ra­tive ac­cent to your bar.

To keep poured drinks cool as they are passed around, nes­tle them in a tray packed with ice – a metal bak­ing tray will do the job nicely. If adding ice di­rectly to drinks, re­mem­ber to make them from liq­uids that won‘t di­lute the flavour of your bev­er­ages.

Fruit-in­fused waters are re­fresh­ing, in­ex­pen­sive and child-friendly – make them with com­bi­na­tions of citrus, cu­cum­ber, berries and herbs and serve with plenty of ice in carafes or large glass dis­pensers with a tap.

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