We love throwing no fuss parties. The best way to deal with the drinks is to always have a generous supply of wine, beer and non alcoholic beverages on hand. Then focus on making one festive drink to set a party mood. Mix the featured drink ahead of time and pour from our pretty Hydrangea Pitcher. If you set up a drinks table guests can help themselves and both the hosts and the guests can enjoy the fun.
Brazilian Plum Caipirinha
- Ice cubes
- 1 to 2 juicy limes (you need 1-ounce juice and a wheel for garnish)
- 1 ounce golden rum,(recommended: Mount Gay)
- 6 ounces ginger beer
- 1/2 ounce dark rum, (recommended: Meyers’s)
Fill a highball glass or large wine goblet with ice cubes. Add the lime juice and the golden rum. Top off with the ginger beer and stir lightly. Float a layer of the dark rum on top by pouring it over the back of a wide, flat spoon. (Don’t worry if it doesn’t float; it tastes great either way.) Garnish with the lime wheel. Drink.
Dark and Stormy
- 2 ripe, firm red plums, such as Santa Rosa or Elephant Heart
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 limes, diced and pitted
- 1 cup cachaca (Brazililan brandy)
Halve and pit plums. Whisk the sugars and water together in a small saucepan. Add the plums and simmer over medium heat, until tender but not mushy, about 10 minutes. Cool plums in the liquid.
Slice half a plum for garnish and set aside.
Put the diced limes and remaining plums in a large open pitcher. Crush thoroughly with a muddler or a potato masher (it works great). Add cachaca and the plum cooking liquid and fill with ice cubes. Pour into chilled rocks glasses, allowing some ice and fruit to fall into the glasses as well. Garnish each drink with a slice of poached plum.
- 1 bunch fresh mint, cleaned
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 lemons, juiced
- 4 limes, juiced
- Ice cubes
- 1 (750 ml bottle) light rum
- 1 liter club soda
In a large pitcher, muddle mint sprigs with sugar and lemon and lime juices until well combined. Add ice, rum and club soda and stir together. Pour into glasses, straining out mint.
Recipes courtesy of the Food Network.