Cocktail hour by the pool: one of the best parts of summer!
Drinks by the pool is a summertime favourite! Here are some refreshing ideas, tips and recipes for poolside entertaining.
Refreshments for all tastes
A chilled rosé, a fruity sangria or a smooth pina colada are classic summer drinks. But after a few drinks, it's time to take it easy and consider non-alcoholic options, such as homemade lemonade or iced tea, fruit juices, flavoured waters, etc.
Inspired by Italy, this cocktail bursts with local flavour!
- Ice cubes
- 90 ml (3 oz) sparkling wine
- 60 ml (2 oz) of Quebec gentian-based aperitif (Amermelade, Orange Électrique, Les îles or Noroi Aperitivo)
- 30 ml (1 oz) soda water
- Orange slices
Fill half a glass with ice cubes. Pour in the sparkling wine, spritz and soda water. Garnish with a slice of orange.
Watermelon and lime slush
Ultra-refreshing, it will appeal to young and old alike!
- 500 ml (2 cups) of cubed watermelon
- Juice of one lime
- Juice of one lemon
- Sparkling water
- Ice cubes
In a blender, combine watermelon, lemon juice and lime juice and blend well. Add ice gradually to create a slushy texture. Fill two glasses halfway. Top up with sparkling water and stir with a spoon. Garnish with small watermelon triangles.
Perfect aperitif boards
Gourmet, festive and easy to prepare, the aperitif board is a fun and delicious way to feast with friends! You will need a large wooden or slate board, either round, square or rectangular, plus small bowls and cheese knives. Play with colours and textures: the more you fill the board, the more appetizing it is!
- Cheeses, cold cuts and terrines
- Marinades: antipasto, gherkins, pickled onions, olives, etc.
- Raw vegetables, such as carrots, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes and mini cucumbers
- A selection of fruits: ground cherries, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, figs, etc.
- Condiments to accompany the cheeses and terrines: fruit jams, onion confits, mustards or honey
- Three or four varieties of bread and crackers
- Some decorations: bay leaves, sprigs of fresh rosemary or thyme, edible flowers, sprouts, etc.
Practical and ecological tips!
- First rule: never use glass or breakable tableware around the pool!
- Unbreakable reusable crockery, made of materials such as melamine or bamboo, should be your first choice, if the number of guests allows it.
- There are more and more compostable products available, made from unwaxed cardboard, paper, bamboo, wood, bagasse (sugar cane pulp) or polylactic acid (PLA), a compostable bioplastic.
- If you use recyclable plastic tableware, make sure it is clearly marked with a number from 1 to 7. Avoid products with the number 6 (polystyrene), which are not recyclable in most facilities in Quebec.
- If you opt for disposable dishes, whether compostable or recyclable, make sure to install a sorting station in plain sight, so that it is easy for your guests to dispose of their dishes properly.