Happy Friday! I’m taking you to the tropics via the table to dream of white sandy beaches, tiki bars and umbrella drinks!
My table inspiration came from *Beach Cocktails: Favorite Surfside Sips and Bar Snacks (Oxmoor House, May 2017) by the Editors of Coastal Living, is a full-color book packed with 125 thirst-quenching cocktails that will transport you to the world’s most tropical locales – with or without a plane ticket.
Even though I’m lakeside instead of surfside, I was hoping to offer you some blue water views (if not palm trees except on the tablecloth ;) but Mother Nature had other plans with our overcast skies and rainy weather lately.
Additional table inspiration came from flamingos I spied at Target, and a collection of plastic tableware, fun for outdoor and carefree entertaining this summer, ideal by the pool, for boating or picnicking.
Flamingo straws and cocktail stirrers from the Dollar Spot fill pineapple tumblers also at Target, to whisk you away to the tropical locale of your choice. . .if only by your libation!
A galvanized three-tier stand from Pottery Barn makes an easy centerpiece to celebrate the red, white & boom, for a self-serve breakfast station, or to set sail for summer fun.
The centerpiece stand is filled with a layer of sand, shells, fruit and straws for sipping cocktails, along with drink umbrellas.
I had so much fun reading everyone’s favorite cocktail and beach destination in the comments . . .sipping a Painkiller at Soggy Dollar Bar in White Bay-BVI, Pina Coladas in Costa Rica, and a Perdido Martini in Perdido Key, Florida, to name a few.
Among the 125 cocktails in the book was a Sea Breeze, a mix of vodka, cranberry juice and grapefruit juice, or the Bay Breeze variation, substituting fresh pineapple juice for grapefruit juice.
I concocted a Lake Breeze, mixed and named for the breezes usually stirring around the shores of Lake Norman~ I encourage you to mix one for a refreshing cocktail and summertime sipping!
Lake Breeze Cocktail
1 1/2 ounce citron vodka
4 ounces cranberry juice
Splash of grapefruit juice
1 ounce limoncello (or more to taste)
Sparkling water or lemon-lime seltzer
Combine limoncello, vodka and juices in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with sparkling water or flavored seltzer. Garnish with lemon, lime or grapefruit slices if desired (flamingo stirrer and drink umbrella optional ;). Substitute lemonade or sparkling water/seltzer for a non-alcoholic version.
The winner of a copy of Beach Cocktails is Vicky!
I’ll be in touch with you by email and have your book on its way.
*Thank you to Time Inc. Books for providing a copy of Beach Cocktails.
Tropical Table Details:
Flamingo and Pineapple Plates and Tumblers / Target
Flatware / World Market, several years ago
Galvanized Metal Stand / Pottery Barn
Shell Chargers / HomeGoods, several years ago
Tablecloth and Napkins, Tommy Bahama/ HomeGoods
Shell Napkin Rings / Pottery Barn, several years ago
Bubble Goblets / HomeGoods, several years ago
Straws, Drink Umbrellas, Flamingo Cocktail Stirrers / Dollar Spot, Target