Cheers to summer weather! With warm weather comes the chance to throw a party - and even better, a party outside! Thanks to Marshalls I was fully equipped to put together a fun, outdoor Happy Hour with friends. Our Happy Hour menu featured 3 drinks: Moscow Mules, Strawberry Green Iced Teas, and wine. Continue reading for drink recipes.
Everything turned out so beautiful that I took A LOT of pictures! (Get that scroll finger ready!)
MOSCOW MULE RECIPE - 2 oz Vodka, 10 oz Ginger Beer, 1/2 lime + some for garnish, ice
Squeeze 1/2 of a lime over ice in a shaker. Toss the shell of the lime into the mug along with ice. Pour vodka and top with ginger beer. Shake. Pour into copper mug. Garnish with a lime wheels and paper straws.
This was my first time making Moscow Mules at home, and I wasn't sure what kind of ginger beer to buy but found Reed's Extra Ginger Brew at Trader Joe's. Sooo good! I was waiting to find the perfect copper cups and had almost pulled the trigger on a set of 2 copper cups for $50 online when I saw them at Marshalls for only $14.99 each! Now I'm kicking myself for not getting two more.
STRAWBERRY GREEN ICED TEA - 2 cups of strawberries + some for garnish, 1 liter of cooled brewed green tea, 1/4 cup lemon juice, mint leaves, ice
Puree 2 cups of strawberries and mix with iced green tea and lemon juice. Garnish with a strawberry, mint, and paper straws. Add sugar, rum, champagne, or vodka as desired.
I consciously decided not to add sugar so the tea tasted more like flavored water once the ice melted. It was still a very nice, refreshing non-alcoholic drink option. Next time, I'm going to add more non-pureed berries and mint. My friends ended up spiking theirs with champagne anyway.
Now you understand why my weekend was so good, right? Check your local Marshalls for the perfect outdoor entertaining accessories. I found so many pieces at amazing prices and can't wait to throw another outdoor party.
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