3 Simple Cocktails for Your Next Outdoor Gathering

There’s something magical about sharing a meal or diving into a conversation in the natural retreat of your own backyard. Outdoor patios, poolside cabanas, and garden deep seating sets are perfect locations for boundless storytelling and making new memories with friends, neighbors, and family.

Add a signature cocktail to the mix and your POLYWOOD® outdoor furniture becomes more than just a place to sit or dine – it becomes the go-to gathering place for your entire circle! Why go out for Sunday brunch or for Saturday night bar hopping when you can mix up a simple cocktail and bring the fun to your home? Entice anyone with these exciting cocktails. 

Evening Fireside Cocktail: Plum Fizz

When you have your closest friends and family over for a relaxing evening taking in the flames of your POLYWOOD® Fire Table you can add a twist of fruity flavor to your cocktails. Evening drinks demand to be noticed, and in the laid-back atmosphere serving a unique drink with an extra kick will delight your guests. Simple syrups like the plum syrup in the Plum Fizz are essential cocktail ingredients to keep on hand throughout the year. Recipe by Perpetually Hungry.

  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 of a lemon, juiced
  • 2 plums quartered, and more for garnish
  • Mint leaves
  • 2 oz of gin
  • Seltzer
  • Ice cubes

The first task in this recipe is to make the plum simple syrup. Add sugar, water, and the plums to a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to almost a boil and stir regularly until the sugar has dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved bring the mixture to a boil and then turn off the heat, continuing to stir.

Allow the syrup to sit for 10 minutes for the plums to steep. Strain the syrup into a jar, cover it, and store in the refrigerator until you make your cocktails.

As the sun begins to set and you’re ready to make your cocktails start by muddling three or four mint leaves in the bottom of a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice, and then add the gin, lemon juice, and one ounce of the plum simple syrup. Shake well, serve, and top with seltzer to create a gentle fizz. Garnish with mint leaves and an additional plum. Plums peak around late summer, so convert your final batch into simple syrup for delectable cocktails into the fall!

Hot Afternoon Cocktail: Summer Sangria

When the sun is beating down and you’re working on your tan in the comfort of a chaise you need a refreshing cocktail specifically designed for those hotter climates. While you may get caught up in the fun of our next cocktail don’t forget to apply sunscreen once an hour when sunbathing. Our weather-resistant lumber features Color-Stay Technology to prevent fading, cracking, or peeling in the sun, but the same can’t be said for your skin!

Whip up some Summer Sangria next time you and your love are soaking up the rays for a carefree afternoon by the pool. Recipe by What the Fork.

  • 1 bottle of Moscato wine (750 ml)
  • 2 cups of fresh watermelon, cold and cubed
  • 2 cups of fresh pineapple, cold and cubed
  • 1/2 cup of brandy
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • Lemon-lime soda
  • Ice cubes

Mix the wine and the brandy together in a pitcher and stir until combined. Next, add some of the watermelon cubes, pineapple cubes, and lime slices to the pitcher and stir. It is okay if the fruit becomes mashed. You can store the drink for up to two hours in a refrigerator before serving to allow the juices to mix, or you can serve immediately.

When you are ready to serve the sangria place some ice cubes, a few watermelon cubes, a couple of lime slices, and a few pineapple cubes in a glass. Pour in the sangria and top with a splash of lemon-lime soda for a fizz. Throw in a cocktail parasol if you want to create the atmosphere of being on the beach with the sand between your toes.

Weekend Breakfast Cocktail: Hole-in-One

It’s your home, and if you feel like sipping an irresistibly sweet cocktail with your Saturday morning pancakes that’s your call. The Hole-in-One cocktail is inspired by staple drinks of the green, but you can take the day off and practice your form from the comfort of a Vineyard Bar Set on your front porch. Serve your famous meat-lover omelet and chat with your golf buddies while cutting loose with this classic cocktail. Recipe courtesy of Posthaven.

  • 3 oz of unsweetened tea
  • 1 1/2 oz of whiskey
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1 lemon wedge

The other great perk of this cocktail is its simplicity – it only takes a moment to prepare. Pour the tea, honey, and whiskey into a shaker and shake to incorporate the ingredients. Fill a small tumbler with ice and add the drink, garnished with a lemon wedge. Anyone can do it!

Quick and Easy Snack Ideas

What cocktail isn’t benefitted by some scrumptious finger food? When serving these simple cocktails at your outdoor gathering you can prepare these straightforward snacks and appetizers with few ingredients.

Wrapped Mango Bites

Mix bold flavors by wrapping prosciutto or ham around a fresh slice of mango. This refreshing appetizer is a great choice to whet your guests’ appetite before a round of drinks and the main entree. Ask for paper-thin slices of your preferred deli meat, and the rest of the recipe is a breeze! Get it at MyRecipes.

Ham and Peppers Quesadilla

No matter if you’re hosting a Super Bowl party or a first-grade birthday party no one will turn down a savory quesadilla. These can act as any-time finger food or as part of a more elaborate meal. Total cook time is just 15 minutes, and the bell peppers give this dish a distinctive taste! Check out the recipe at Real Simple.

Cherry Couscous Pudding

Who says dessert can’t be healthy? As the evening drags on your stomach will start to rumble. Couple one of our favorite cocktails with this heart-healthy pudding recipe that the entire family will love. Read the recipe at FoodNetwork.com.

With a POLYWOOD® outdoor furniture set constructed from durable HDPE lumber you can host sprawling outdoor parties or quiet meals on the patio year round. View our collections and determine which style best complements your existing design and architecture. Have questions about our bar sets or other outdoor dining sets? Send us an email at hello@polywoodoutdoor.com today!

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