The hot and hazy days of backyard barbecues, celebrations, and lazy summer weekends are upon us. But before you dip your feet in the kiddie pool, don’t forget to stock the bar!
Sarah Burns, owner of Trail Mix Mobile Bar recommends stocking your bar with a few staple beverages that can be used to make a variety of summer mixed drinks your guests will love.
“There are a number of basics we always recommend be stocked in a bar for any summer event,” says Burns. Vodka, Rum, Gin, Triple Sec and Prosecco are some of her must-have basics. Add a couple of simple syrups, fruit juices, ginger ale, aperol and soda water and some fresh fruits such as peaches, strawberries, raspberries, lemons and limes. “Stocking these staples will allow you to make a wide variety of refreshing summer cocktails,” says Burns.
We asked Burns to share her favourite go-to Summer Cocktails and Mocktails using these ingredients. If you’re planning a party this summer, you’re going to want to add these to your menu!
This classic Mexican cocktail is made with tequila, lime juice and triple sec and can be customized by adding different fruit flavours and garnishes.
This light and refreshing drink, popular in Cuba and the Caribbean, is
made with white rum, lime juice, fresh mint and club soda. It can also be made without the rum for a delicious mocktail as well by adding simple syrup.
This popular Italian cocktail is made with Aperol, Prosecco and soda water.
Always a crowd favourite, Sangria is made in advance making it an easy
drink to serve. Simply mix red or white wine with chipped fruits and brandy or orange juice and chill in the refrigerator overnight. You can add soda water if you prefer a less alcoholic mix.
A classic mocktail, the Shirley Temple is made with orange juice, ginger ale and grenadine topped with a fun cherry garnish.
Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade
Up your lemonade game with fresh raspberries, lemon juice and sparkling water served over ice with a lemon wedge garnish. This isn’t your typical “lemonade stand” lemonade.
Time to Party!
If you want to spend your party relaxing with your guests rather than tending the bar, check out these mobile bar rental options.
Hitch and Barrel
Lady Liquor, an adorable 15 ft horse trailer, has been transformed into a modern and elegant mobile bar. Staffed by two SMART serve certified bartenders, Hitch and Barrel provides services anywhere within 50 km of Guelph, Ontario.
Trail Mixer Mobile Bar
Sisters Emma and Sarah completely restored this vintage 1960’s Shasta Camper to serve up some delicious bevvies for your special event. The trailer is equipped with fridges, an ice maker, sink, wine racks and storage and counter space and can be rented with or without their SMART Serve certified bartenders.
Take Note: When renting a mobile bar service, you are responsible for stocking your own beverages (alcohol, mixers and garnishes) and must obtain a Special Occasion Permit through the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (www.agco.ca) to serve alcohol at your event.
Bar Shopping in Halton
Centro Noca, Burlington
The new Centro Garden NOCA is just up the street from their flagship location at 590 Brant Street, and houses an incredible selection of barware, including interesting glassware, fantastic garnishes, bitters and a selection of shakers, decanters and other bar tools. Plus you can sample their gelato while you shop.
Flourish and Bask, Oakville
From syrups and cocktail garnishes to shakers and beautiful glassware, you can be sure your bar will be the talk of the summer. This cocktail and entertaining supply store has everything you need to mix craft cocktails at home and look like a pro while doing it.
Nicetys Kitchen Supply Store, Oakville
From tableware to dishes, candles, table linens, cookware, bakeware and kitchen electrics, this Oakville kitchenware store has all your entertaining needs covered. For your summer cocktail wish list, they carry cocktail glasses including some ideal for serving on the patio, and a full range of bar accessories.
by Lisa Evans