This post is sponsored by Sparkling ICE but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
As soon as the temperatures start to warm up, it’s time to take our meals outside. Particularly in our new place, it’s hard to justify eating inside when we have a great (okay, tiny) outdoor space. And, when a late weekend lunch or weekend dinner moves outside, it’s also hard not to make it an occasion for a cocktail.
DINNER AL FRESCO WITH SPARKLING ICE COCKTAILS
This past weekend, amidst a jam-packed weekend of both fun and way, way too many errands and house projects, we pulled together a mezze platter with a few of my favorite easy summer recipes. Mezze platters for dinner are one of my favorite summer entertaining tricks. They work whether it’s just 2 or 20 of you gathered around the table and they’re perfect for an evening spent leisurely grazing, enjoying the warm weather, and spending time with good friends.
And, since it was Saturday, we decided to indulge in a few drinks. We opted to go the low-calorie route to leave more room for feta dip and pita, so we used antioxidant-packed Sparkling Ice to mix up a few cocktail combinations. For one drink, we mixed tequila, lime juice, Sparkling Ice pink grapefruit, a dash of jalapeno shrub, and topped it with a bit of crushed basil. For the other, we used Sparkling Ice classic lemonade with vodka, lime juice, and crushed basil. Both were super refreshing—and super easy.
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