Garden-party drinks

Set up a beverage bar for easy entertaining
MARY JO BOWLING and SARA SCHNEIDER

Recipes


It's time to move the party outside!

Few do that better than Alexandra and Eliot Angle, authors of Cocktail Parties with a Twist and co-owners of Aqua Vitae, a Los Angeles-based event and interior design firm (323/663-1777). They designed this tasty no-host bar you can use for your next backyard party. "Inviting guests to make their own drinks is a great icebreaker," says Alexandra, "and you aren't stuck behind the bar all evening."

FOR THIS PARTY, YOU WILL NEED:

  • Mint-infused syrup
  • Lime juice
  • Vodka
  • Fresh mint garnish
  • Drink recipes
  • Club soda
  • Lime garnish


DECANTERS

Reuse wine bottles by adding your own labels and filling them with mint-infused syrup or vodka. Fill several ahead, then bring out as needed.


THROWS

Drape blankets over chairs for when the evening cools.

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