The temptress that is spring is finally showing her face, which means post-office Pilates classes will quickly become post-office martini sessions. Or margaritas. Or sangria. (The options are endless.) Here to help us kick off the cocktailing season? Crystal Palecek, founder and editor-in-chief of Rue magazine. On the lawn, in the kitchen, and on the roof – Crystal shares three fail-safe ways to sip with friends this season.
I admit, I thoroughly enjoy hibernating each winter. But even more than curling up with hot cocoa and a good movie, I love the arrival of warmer weather and the entertaining options that come with it. This summer, I’ll be playing hostess and inviting friends over for happy hour every chance I get – from an alfresco picnic on the lawn to an urban rooftop retreat.
On the Lawn
There’s something so romantic about a spring picnic. A wine and cheese basket will tote all of your entertaining essentials. Toss down a blanket and the bar is open. Personalized stemless wineglasses mean no more mixed-up glassware when you return from a game of bocce ball. All that’s missing? A few bottles of Pinot and a great pair of sunglasses.
In the Kitchen
If the weather still isn’t quite right in your neck of the woods, transform your kitchen into a happy-hour hot spot. To celebrate the season, we suggest a refreshing Lavender Lemon Drop Martini. For snacks, arrange a charcuterie board on a butcher block with assorted cheeses, crackers, grapes, and olives. The best part about this bar? You don’t need a cab home.
On the Roof
For those lucky enough to have a rooftop escape, throw all ideas of a picnic or kitchen party to the wind and head upstairs. Cover up the weathering of winter with a vibrant tablecloth and save yourself from multiple trips to the kitchen with a beverage dispenser. A champagne punch made in bulk (like this Rose Lemon version) is a refreshing option to enjoy as the sun goes down.
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By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer
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