08.17.16

DIY COCKTAIL BAR

DIY cocktail bar | designlovefest

a couple of Saturdays ago i attended a summer evening soirée with Cointreau that was both beautiful and fun! they served all different types of cocktails and food based off of different destinations – Tulum, Croatia, Marrakesh (remember this photo?), 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 Cointreau 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: ivan solis

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

6 COMMENTS

Add your own

    Stephanie says:

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

    x
    StephC

    http://sstephcc.blogspot.com/

    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!

    http://victoriaspongepeasepudding.com

    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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

||||||||||||||
 photo 1_zps2362d795.jpg
FIND ME HERE
 photo press_zps16ed2344.jpeg
FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM!
 photo Screen-Shot-2017-04-03-at-1.44.06-PM_zpstrrrpmex.jpg
SIGN UP HERE!
 photo work_zpsnrxwbhbd.jpg
OUR FOOD COLUMN!
 photo DSC_3116_zpsoz6f25tv.jpg
WANT THIS…
 photo Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 1.39.13 PM_zpszfmck6ne.png
DIY POSTS
 photo plant01_zpsvbblfnip.jpg
OUR MAILING LIST
 photo mail_zps0136b91f.jpg
DLF VIDEOS
LET’S ADVENTURE!
MORE FUN
 photo jobboard-check_zps431bea8e.jpg
FREE TECH DOWNLOADS
 photo downloads_zpsd641254d.jpg
MY AD NETWORK