Sum-Sum-Summertime Entertaining Made Easy

June 25, 2010

You’re having friends over for before the Pride Parade, you’re opening your Summer house or you’re partying poolside. Set up some great seasonal cocktails and easy treats to welcome and wow them!

SUMMER EVENTS
Simplicity will make your event easier and you’ll have more time to enjoy yourself and your guests.

1. For a Pre-Pride Brunch: Buy bagels, muffins or pastries from your local bakery, serve with butter and jam. Limit your beverages to Coffee and Mimosas (by the pitcher, pre-made.) Drop a fresh berry in each champagne glass to liven up your mimosas.

2. For a Casual Open House: Prepare some simple sandwiches stacked on platters. Serve Lemonade, Iced Tea and one Signature Cocktail, like my "Savory Italian Sangria".

3. For a Pool Party: Think light finger foods. Simple ENDIVE TOPPED WITH YOUR FAVORITE SPREADS looks and tastes amazing. You can top them with store bought Sun Dried Tomato Spread or your favorite dip. Also, offer a great tropical cocktail like my ISLAND SURF as well as soft drinks.

Tropical Cocktails go over well at almost any Summer Party. Rum lends itself to great hot weather libations, like in my ISLAND SURF.

What You Need:
2 oz Malibu Pineapple Rum
4 oz White Cranberry Juice
Dash of Blue Curacao


1 oz Coconut Cream (Coco Lopez)

1 Teaspoon Confectioners Sugar

How To Make It:
Mix Rum, Cranberry Juice and Curacao with ice in a shaker. Pour into a tall glass. In a Blender or with a Frother, mix the coconut milk and sugar till foamy, spoon on top of the drink.

Remember... plan on serving lighter fare for Summer gatherings, especially for a poolside party. Light hors d’oeuvres can still be packed with flavor. Endive leaves are really easy to wrok with and can be topped with all kinds of good things, like Sun Dried Tomato Paste, Chopped Olive Tapenade, Salsa or even your favorite Sour Cream based Dip.

What You Need:
Several Medium to Large heads of Endive (Green and / or Red)
Toppings (In this case, I’ll use Olive Tapenade)
How To Make It:
Cut the base off the head of Endive, separate the leaves, wash and drain on towels. Fill each leaf with a half teaspoon of your topping.

Olive Tapenade:
1 lb pitted black olives
2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
¼ teaspoon Sea Salt
1.5 teaspoons (approx 3 sprigs) of fresh Rosemary Leaves
Blend in food processor till mixture becomes a paste
Refrigerate until ready to use

Enjoy the food, cocktails, weather and more importantly your friends and family. Happy Pride! Feel free to post your comments and questions in the Comments section. Let me know how it works out for you as well as your own tips and tricks.

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Herbs MAN-datory TIP of the Month: NUMBER OF GUESTS
Know how many people can fit comfortably into your space. If the event is planned for outdoors, make sure you have a contingency plan or set a rain date and post it on your invitation.

- Invite only 20% more than your max. Often people drop out at the last minute.
- Plan food for 20% more than expected as occasionally guests will show up with additional friends

Find Herb online at :
http://SignatureCocktailCreations.com
http://grandmaherb.blogspot.com
http://herbssignaturecocktails.blogspot.com

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Comments

Mimosas go flat in a pitcher and give you a headache. What's wrong with great Bloody Marys/Marias or Margaritas or minty-rum drinks? Who wants coconut milk in the morning? Who wants to load up on muffins before running around half naked at PRIDE? Think low-carb (except alcohol), low fat, high protein...If you're on a budget, do the food and ask guests to BYOB. Supply great mixers, lemons, limes, etc., sparkling water (individual bottles to take down to the parade), BEER, NAPKINS, and glasses that don't crumble in your hands. ICE. ICE. ICE.

Setting up a bar is always a good idea. Limiting choices simplifies everything. Guest count is smart advice, or stagger the invitation times...

Your post was edited. Herb was kind enough to give his time and effort to write this article. We have to ask you to respect that and him. Feel free to share your opinion or your own tips, but do so respectfully.

I appreciate your input. Please keep in mind, these are only suggestions.
To clarify:
- Mimosas should be made by the pitcher as needed. Sorry if they give you a headache.
- Bloody Marys are too heavy for early morning brunch, not to mention not very refreshing.
- Beer is not suitable for most people for a brunch
- The Coconut Milk topped cocktail was suggested for a poolside party, not brunch.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Bloody Marys are indeed WAY too stiff for morning brunch.

If you love the flavor of Bloody Mary's but want something lighter, you can use Tomato Water (the equivalent of broth) in place of the traditional tomato juice. This can be flavored with fresh herbs to intensify the drink.

COCKTAIL HUGE IN MY COUNTRY IN SUMMER IS A "BABY GUINNESS" IT WILL COAT YOUR BELLY LIKE COLD CREAM FROM THE FRIDGE FOR A HOT SUMMERS "BRUNCH-TIME".
you will need
: BAILEYS IRISH CREAM
: TIA-MARI
: ICE either crushed or regular

ADD THE ICE THEN POUR GENTLY IN 1st THE TIA-MARIA. TAKE A TEASPOON AND TILT IT UPSIDE DOWN AT THE EDGE OF THE GLASS AND SLOWLY POUR THE BAILEYS IRISH CREAM COCKTAIL OVER THE SPOON THIS WILL CAUSE THE BAILEYS TO FLOAT ON TOP OF THE TIA-MARIA HENCE THE NAME BABY GUINNESS AS IT LOOKS LIKE JNR. PINT OF GUINNESS.

SIT BACK AND ENJOY AT YOUR LEISURE

PADDY

Thank you Paddy!
I have tried the "Baby Guinness" before and really like it. As a summer treat, you may want to try the dessert version: a "Frozen Baby Guinness".
It is the same mixture, but each liqueur is mixed with ice cream set out to soften.
- Vanilla ice cream mixed with the Bailey's
- Coffee ice cream mixed with the Tia Maria
The layering is easier on this, so just spoon it into your glass.
Top it with some shaved chocolate if you want to add calories... LOL.

Thank you for sharing this great drink with our readers. You may have shared a "cold one" with us, but from you photos I can see you're a hot one!

Best to you,
Herb