At an outdoor party during the day, it's important to supply guests with lots of water to stay hydrated. Of course as this is a party, so beer, wine, and a special summer punch will also be on the menu. Steer clear from serving bottled beer to ensure that no bottles get broken and no bare feet get cut.
Set up the bar as far away from the pool/lounging area as possible - preferably in a shady spot - to create a flow of people and allow room for relaxing away from the drinks. Get lots of ice to maintain the drinks temperature. Chill white wine in ice buckets with rock salt for maximum coldness. Purchase plastic cups for the punch. Make two versions of the punch, one with alcohol and the other without. Distinguish the difference between the two by making a clearly visible sign or put orange slices in one and lemon slices in the other and explain to guests the significance of the garnishes. Add rum to the punch to carry over the flavors from the piña colada granitas. To take a look at the summer punch recipe, read more
3 cups fresh orange juice
1 orange, sliced
1 cup fresh or unsweetened canned pineapple juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 whole vanilla bean
1 1/2 cups ginger ale or club soda, chilled
2 cups (+ more taste to your liking) dark rum, optional
- Combine all the juices and rum if using in a large pitcher.
- Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds into the juice. Stir with a whisk to separate the vanilla seeds.
- Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Just before serving, add the ginger ale (or club soda). Serve in ice-filled glasses.