Cheers to Summer

Celebrate your wedding, and the summer season, with

There’s nothing quite like coming together to celebrate during the summer, whether it’s a new engagement, a bridal shower on the patio or a wedding reception that lasts into the warm pre-dawn hours. And, no matter the season, great parties are even better when they’re fueled by great cocktails. We’ve turned to for the best cocktails to serve as you celebrate in the sun, and paired them with themes and entertaining tips to really get the party started.


Deco-Chic Engagement Party

He asked and you said yes! Now celebrate this exciting moment in your lives with an engagement party full of Art Deco influences.

Start with a color scheme. Black, white and gold are crisp and modern while still harkening back to the ‘20s and ‘30s. When it comes to centerpieces, stick with single varieties and colors of flowers – such as a tall arrangement of white Calla lilies or a low vase overflowing with red coxcomb. They’ll add bold yet refined touches of color and shape. And don’t forget to scatter candles throughout the room – everyone looks better in the soft glow of candlelight.

When it comes to food, allow your guests to mix and mingle as they help you fête such an exciting occasion. Stations of cheeses, charcuterie and crudités allow for easy nibbling. Select a menu of passed hors d’oeuvres, from juicy sliders to shrimp cocktail, to add variety.

For drinks, serve two signature cocktails that bring the Art Deco era to life. There’s nothing more classic than a Sidecar, with bright citrus and rich brandy.


  • Sugar
  • 1.5 oz VS or VSOP Cognac
  • .75 oz Cointreau
  • .75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Orange Peel, for garnish

Coat the rim of a cocktail glass with sugar and set aside. (Do this a few minutes ahead of time so the sugar can dry and adhere well to the glass.) Add the Cognac, Cointreau and Lemon Juice to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into the prepared cocktail glass. Garnish with a piece of orange peel.

If you’re planning a celebration with a real Gatsby touch, a glass of Champagne will get the party started. The raspberry liqueur in the Chambord Kir Royale adds just the right amount of sweetness. 


  • .25 oz Chambord
  • Champagne or Sparkling Wine
  • Raspberry or Lemon Twist, for garnish

Add the Chambord to a flute and top with Champagne or Sparkling Wine. Garnish with a raspberry and a lemon twist.

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