Summer Must Haves for Outdoor Entertaining!

Now that it’s officially summer, it’s time to prepare for some fun sunny day soirees! Outdoor entertaining is a must when the suns out and friends are free. Make sure you celebrate this season the right way with some fun products to keep you going all summer long.

Boozy Essentials

Slow & Low Rock and Rye Cans: The Slow and Low cans are perfect for outdoor sipping and days spent by the pool or on the beach. The pretty high proof canned cocktail satisfies any “old fashioned” cocktail lover’s need to take this classic drink outdoors! 

Novo Fogo Sparkling Caipirinha: Novo Fogo, a USDA-certified distillery that produces organic cachaças from fresh sugarcane, is highlighting the national spirit of Brazil in an accessible way by introducing the first ever Sparkling Caipirinha in a can. It’s fresh, natural, flavorful, and carbonated.This refreshing canned cocktail is a must have for any backyard festivities and outdoor fun. 

Stella Rosa Aluminum Singles:  The new 8.5 oz aluminum single-serves serve the purpose for wine anytime. It’s slightly sweet and is the perfect afternoon pick me up that’s low in alcohol and packed with flavor. The aluminum bottle is great for keeping your wine cool while outside, and is perfect for picnics, outdoor parties, and so much more.

Jellybean Vineyards Pink Moscato: The Moscato Rosé is made from Moscato and Raboso grapes from Spain. It’s light and sparkling with vibrant pink color and berry notes. This is a fun summer sipper that makes any sunny day a little brighter. Sip this by the pool with some friends and enjoy the freshness of this fun and playful wine.

Slices White Sangria: Using Spanish wine grapes, blended with fresh juice from lemon, limes, and pineapples, this sangria is perfect for your summer bbq’s and picnics. This refreshing wine is easily mixable with some pineapple vodka as well as some of the juice and liqueur mixers mentioned below!

 

Beso Del Sol Rosé Sangria:  The new Rosé Sangria is a fun addition to your summer! Only 74 calories per serving and made from 100% tempranillo grapes and natural fruit juices, it’s perfect when combined with some seltzer water and some pear liqueur. On it’s own it’s also a great low alcohol and low calorie daytime drink that makes every party a bit more fun!

Seagrams Watermelon Vodka: One of the most fun flavored vodka’s of summer, Seagrams Watermelon is a must have for watermelon basil spritzers, frozen watermelon slushies, jello shots, and sangria. It’s a sweeter vodka, which allows you to cut added sugar from your cocktails!

Truly Spiked & Sparkling: These 100 calorie spiked sparkling waters are perfect for light drinking, daytime drinking, and when you want to just sip something refreshing. The Lemon & Yuzu is delicious and if you enjoy a vodka soda, you will adore these. These are the perfect spiked cocktails to keep in your fridge all summer long!

Smirnoff Spiked Seltzer: Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer is the lowest calorie hard seltzer in a can currently. Flavors come in Orange Mango, Cranberry Lime and Watermelon, and are tasty and infused with natural fruit flavors. These are perfect for picnics in the park and for July 4th pool parties, when you want to keep glass out of the pool.

 

 

 

 

Must have mixers

Ripe Juices: Ripe pressed craft juices and cocktail mixers are ideal for all your summer entertaining needs. They offer a line of Cosmopolitan, Mojito, Margarita mixers that are absolutely delicious and perfect for cocktails. If you enjoy making your own creative cocktails, or simply want to enjoy cold pressed craft juices, the orange, grapefruit, and cranberry are perfect for refreshing summer slushies, flavored margaritas, and everything in between.

Belle de Brillet: One of the best pear liqueurs out there! Belle de Brillet is Brillet Cognac and the essence of Williams Pears (Poires Williams). This liqueur is one of my favorites to add to sangria to give it the needed sweetness without adding sugar.

LeJay Cassis Liqueur: An iconic liqueur made from the highest quality French cassis berries. LeJay is not only a classic addition to a French 75 cocktail, but it also works well with Frozen Peach Slushies and even with Mezcal, in a LeJay Mezcal-Rita!

Captain Morgan LocoNut Coconut Rum: LocoNut is the perfect mixer in a Pina Colada, Frozen Pineapple cocktail, and even infused into sorbet! This delicious rum is perfect on it’s own but gives an added fun coconut flavor thats creamy and perfect for your summer sipping.

 

Protect yourself and your drinks

Thermacell Mosquito Repellant: Keep those biting pests away while enjoying the outdoors with this Halo Repeller. Simply turn it on and the mosquitos will be gone, with this odorless, 48 hour system.

Drink Tops: Coverware drink tops are perfect for outdoor sipping when you want to keep your beverages safe from bugs and pests. Don’t let flies, bees, and bugs enjoy your drink while you entertain guests. Instead cover your wine or beverage with a silicone topper thats BPA free and allows for proper aeration.

 

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

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