Happy Friday (also a DIY Gin and Tonic bar)
Listen. It’s a Friday in August. I’ve been traveling and lot and working more than usual. Saying how busy you are is such an annoying conversation, I realize, but maybe this will give you a peek into my brain: Elliot, for one second reached back towards Sylvia when I surprised her at her playdate, after I got back from my trip. I think things were just out of context and she was more confused than rejecting me. Instead of writing the 19 posts I need to, I’m going to make my baby stare, giggle, hug and kiss me all night. I snagged her today and she spent the day strapped to me on set while I styled which she and charlie have always really liked .. so I feel better, certainly, but babies take a little bit of time to make shifts back sometimes. The good news is that because I was gone she is more smitten with Brian than ever – with giggles previously reserved for me or now showered on him. Watching that relationship grow is pretty amazing. but I want them back ….
To celebrate the fact that I’m taking some time for myself Amanda and Andrea are going to show you how to create a fun Gin and tonic bar. I really, really like the concept of this party but wasn’t going to run this story because it looked too much like a Hendricks Gin ad (and it’s not) but, I think the photos and styling are so pretty so its a real shame to never run this. It’s a summer Friday, so if Gin is your thing then maybe this post will be, too.
Keep things simple by choosing a classic base for your drink that your guests can customize from there. Gin & Tonics are always a good choice, especially for summer, plus there are so many ways to change it up with different ingredients.
To make it super easy for your guests, combine the Gin and tonic into a bottle ahead of time. Generally, a 1 to 3 ratio of Gin to tonic is a safe way to go. Then put out a few different juices for them to choose from to customize their own drinks, like blood orange and grapefruit juice (both of which you can buy ahead of time). We used these simple carafes for our display.
Provide bowls of garnishes as well so your guests can get really creative. Cucumber is always a good choice for Gin & tonics as well as mint. You could also add some citrus like blood oranges, grapefruits, limes, etc.
Setup the glasses with the garnishes already in place for an easy way to make your display look more put together.
You can also provide some recipe ideas in case they need a little help. Try these yummy options:
Blood Orange Gin & Tonic:
– Start with some ice in your glass, then pour ¾ of your glass full of the gin & tonic mixture.
– Add a splash (2 ounces) of blood orange juice.
– If you want to get fancy, add just a drop or two of orange bitters.
– Garnish with a slice of blood orange and you’re done!
Cucumber Mint Gin & Tonic
– Start with some ice in your glass, then pour the gin & tonic mixture in, leaving just a bit of room at the top.
– Squeeze in just a slice or two of lime juice to fill up the rest of the glass.
– Add 3-4 cucumber slices and a sprig of mint.
– Garnish with a slice of lime or cucumber.
Well folks, cheers to the weekend! TGIF.