08.17.16

DIY COCKTAIL BAR

DIY cocktail bar | designlovefest

a couple of Saturdays ago i attended a summer evening soirée with that was both beautiful and fun! they served all different types of cocktails and food based off of different destinations – Tulum, Croatia, Marrakesh (remember ?), etc. one of the stations was a DIY cocktail bar (featuring Cointreau Rickeys) that i wanted to re-create for you to show how you can bring artful twist on entertaining at your own soirées with delicious cocktails. it’s a super simple recipe of fresh lime juice, club soda and and can be personalized by guests with fresh fruits and herbs. i also love that the set up can double as decor because of all the pretty produce!

DIY cocktail bar | designlovefest

what you’ll need for the cocktail portion:
• Cointreau
• limes
• club soda

for the DIY bar: 
• herbs  (basil, mint, rosemary)
• strawberries
• dragon fruit
• blackberries
• mango
• apricot
• cucumber
• jalapeño
• limes

DIY cocktail bar | designlovefest
DIY cocktail bar | designlovefest
DIY cocktail bar | designlovefest
DIY cocktail bar | designlovefest

creating the bar:
• wash and cut all of your produce. arrange all of the items in different sized bowls and platters. set out a jigger, muddler, bucket of ice, glasses and a bottle of Cointreau. you can either have guests juice their own limes or you can do that before hand but make sure it’s fresh lime juice, that part makes a big difference. the only liquor you need is the Cointreau as it’s 80 proof and can stand alone for a balanced and refreshing cocktail.

DIY cocktail bar | designlovefest
DIY cocktail bar | designlovefest

• to assemble have guests select their desired ingredients and place them in the bottom of their glass, muddle everything together and top with 1 ounce fresh lime juice, 2 ounces Cointreau, add ice and top with club soda.

DIY cocktail bar | designlovefest
DIY cocktail bar | designlovefest

• we went all out on the produce selections because it’s summer and there are so many beautiful things in season (especially the berries)! feel free to scale it back to whatever you have on hand. a few combinations we loved – blackberry + mint, cucumber +mango + jalapeño and dragon fruit + basil + strawberry.

DIY cocktail bar | designlovefest
DIY cocktail bar | designlovefest

cheers, everyone! we hope you have fun creating your DIY cocktail bar. xx

DIY cocktail bar | designlovefest
DIY cocktail bar | designlovefest
DIY cocktail bar | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: 

(this post was sponsored by , all opinions are my own). 

6 COMMENTS

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    Stephanie says:

    This looks so delicious!! Perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    x
    StephC

    Kylie Garner says:

    Thank you so much for sharing – gonna do this one of these days!

    Ooh I really fancy a cocktail now, the blackberry ones look delicious!

    Sophie says:

    Oh my – I need these in my life! Hopefully the British summer continues!

    Diane says:

    Glad to find these recipes for cocktails. You did a nice job. Thank you!

    designlovefest says:

    thank you for saying so! Xx

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