Summertime opens new doors when it comes to hosting. With warmer weather and brighter evenings, hosts have the opportunity to think outside of the box and get creative. We’ve got a few summer essentials worthy of checking out – s’mores bar, sparkling sangria, and unique margaritas just to name a few.


  • 1/2 oz Chambord Liqueur
  • 2 1/2 oz Korbel California Champagne
  • 1 oz passion fruit nectar

Blueberry Honey Tea

A refreshing kick-off cocktail that can easily be turned into a non-alcoholic option. For a “mock”tail version: 4oz unsweet tea 2oz cranberry juice

  • 1½ oz Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey
  • 4 oz Unsweet tea
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • Garnish with blueberries

10 Simple Brunch Cocktails

Brunch is one of my favorite occasions to host because there are no rules so its a blank canvas for what’s on the menu. Whether a dressed up wedding shower or a simple backyard get-together, these 10 cocktails are perfect for any brunch. Bellini 1⁄2 oz Chambord Liqueur 2 1⁄2 oz Korbel California Champagne 1 oz…

Tropical Twist: Pineapple Vase

The season of Summer is here and there’s no better time to enjoy seasonal foods like fresh pineapple. We took it one step further and turned our pineapple into a flower vase.  

Mini “Fruit” Cakes

Put your own touch on mini pound cakes by adding fresh fruits. These make simple, yet delectable treats to add to any size gathering. We chose to use blackberries and raspberries to fit in with our rustic party theme but any fruit pairs well with a simple pound cake.

Pretty Platter

Great for summertime gatherings or bridal showers, a cheese board with all the fixings always makes the mark.

  • Variety of cheese blocks ranging from mild to sharp in flavor
  • Cured meats such as salumi and prosciutto
  • Baguette or bread loaf
  • Fruits such as cherries and blackberries
  • Honey or fruit jam
  • Olives and spicy peppers

Frozen Herb Ice Cubes

Fill ice trays with a variety of fresh herbs and top with water. Freeze for several hours then enjoy in your favorite summertime beverage.

Diy Floral Cake Topper

Whether hosting a shower, birthday or weekend get-together a floral cake topper is a whimsical way to add a DIY touch. We made our own cake decoration using a Boston Cream cake. Here’s the step-by-step for how you can add a little whismy yourself. Ensure icing is even on the top of the cake 2)…

On the Rocks: Fruit & Herb Ice Cubes

We love the idea of turning our favorite fruits and herbs into a refreshing cocktail or mocktail treat. These ice cubes can be made using water or fresh juice depending on how you want to serve them. A great addition to add color and flavor to bourbon on the rocks or just about any summer…

Sparkling Sangria

  • 750 mL bottle of Korbel California Champagne
  • 2oz Cran-Pomegranate Juice Drink
  • Frozen Berries
  • Orange Slices
  • Lemon Slices
  • Lime Slices

Cinco de Mayo

The sun is shining, the warm weather is approaching… May is almost here which means its Margarita season! We are kicking off the Spring and Summer months by celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a Margarita Bar. The best thing about margaritas is there is no “right” or “wrong” way to drink them. In fact, we’re leaving behind the…

3 Simple Steps for Flavored Mimosa

3 simple steps for a perfect mimosa: 1) Add fresh fruit & herbs 2) Add juice 3) Top with Korbel California Champagne

Whisky Mule

  • 1 1/2 oz Collingwood Blended Canadian Whisky
  • 3 oz Ginger Beer
  • Slash of lime juice

S’mores Bar

S’mores are a summertime classic but think outside the box with a s’mores bar. Include the traditional ingredients like graham crackers and marshmallows but mix it up with different kinds of candy bars. Use mason jars for serving containers or get creative with another festive way to serve guests. Graham Crackers Marshmallows Candy Bars

Popcorn Bar

A popcorn bar is a fun and easy way for guests to get involved and to allow everyone to choose their own popcorn style. Offer various flavors of popcorn and toppings with festive name labels. A fun touch is to set out gift bags with each person’s name they can use as their own person…

Fire Extinguisher

  • 1/2 oz Jack Daniel's Tennessee Fire
  • 1 pint hard apple cider

Woodford Berry Punch

This one is a real crowd-pleaser and my go-to bourbon batch recipe. The Woodford Berry Punch is a great introduction to enjoying bourbon and making a simple but delicious drink for your guests.

  • 1 ¼ cups Woodford Reserve bourbon
  • 2 ½ cups cranberry juice
  • 2 ½ oz orange juice
  • 6 diced strawberries
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 6 pinches allspice/sugar blend

Chamberry Punch

  • 1 cup Chambord Liqueur
  • 1 750ml bottle white wine
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup cranberries

Raspberry Jack


  • 1 oz Chambord Liqueur
  • 1 oz Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz sour mix
  • Splash of Lemon-Lime Soda

Jack Honey & Lemonade


  • 1 1/2 oz Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey
  • 6 oz lemonade

Tennessee Mule


  • 1 oz Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
  • Squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • 3 oz. Ginger Beer

Mimosa Bar

A mimosa bar is a perfect way to offer your guests cocktails in a simple way. Choose from a variety of juices, fruit, herbs and champagne to create your own, unique Mimosa Bar. Here’s what you need to create a wow-worthy Mimosa Bar: Fresh raspberries, strawberries & blueberries Herb including mint, rosemary & sage Juices…

Grapefruit Crush

  • 2 oz Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka
  • 3 oz Ocean Spray Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
  • 1/2 oz club soda

Go-to Margarita

  • 1 1/2 oz. el Jimador Reposado
  • 1/2 oz. triple sec
  • 3 oz. sour mix


The Paloma is Mexico’s most popular cocktail and we know why. This simple and refreshing cocktail is a perfect option for those warm weather days of Summer.  

  • 2 oz. el Jimador tequila
  • 5 oz. grapefruit soda
  • Splash of fresh lime juice
  • Pinch of salt

Black Raspberry Margarita

  • 3⁄4 oz Chambord Liqueur
  • 1 1⁄2 oz el Jimador Silver tequila
  • 3⁄4 oz Pomegranate Juice
  • 1⁄2 oz Fresh Lime Juice

Summer Mint Julep

  • 2 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1 oz Apricot puree/juice
  • 1 oz Elderflower liqueur
  • Garnish with edible flowers. 

Fruit Skewers

Dress up bottled cocktails with fruit skewers. Offer guests a variety of fresh fruit pieces and allow them to mix and match their favorites to enjoy with premixed cocktails such as Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails.

Sparkling Margarita


  • 1 oz el Jimador Tequila
  • ½ oz Triple Sec
  • ½ oz Sour Mix
  • 2 oz Korbel California Champagne

Decadent Champagne

Add a touch of decadence to your glass of champagne by rimming glasses with melted chocolate. Simply melt chocolate, flip glass over and dip the mouth of the glass into the chocolate. Top with edible flowers and you instantly have a delicious and beautiful beverage.


Whether serving fruit as a dish or offering as a garnish for cocktails, always select a variety of fresh ingredients. We love offering citrus to add a bite to dishes and cocktails, as well as fresh berries for a sweet treat or pop of color for garnish.

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