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.