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Recipes + Tips for a Fresh Summer Berry Cocktail Bar

Summer Berry Cocktail Bar Tips + Recipes 1 #AnAppealingPlan

The summer entertaining season is upon us and just as if mother nature could read our minds, so is the juicy summer berry season. How did she know? What a fantastic combination! And what better place to combine this match made in heaven than on the cocktail bar. Prepare to greet your warm weather revelers!

Join me as I walk you through setting up a welcoming Summer Berry Cocktail Bar.

Summer Berry Cocktail Bar Tips + Recipes #AnAppealingPlan

Strawberries. Blackberries, Blueberries and Red Raspberries placed in small bowls or low dishes, provide the perfect colors and flavors to add to your favorite spirit. Provide a large bowl of ice, a wooden muddler and plenty of rocks glasses.

Summer Berry Cocktail Bar Tips + Recipes #AnAppealingPlan

 Arrange a variety of fresh-cut citrus on a cutting board or plate for muddling together. Your guests tastes are sure to vary so provide 2-4 spirits including, vodka, rum, bourbon and gin. A few small arrangements of cuttings from the garden in Julep cups or clear juice glasses will liven up your bar and add to the festive summer display.

       Summer Berry Cocktail Bar Tips + Recipes #AnAppealingPlan



Vodka, Gin, Bourbon, Rum


Strawberries, Blueberries, Red or Yellow Raspberries, Blackberries


Lemon, Orange, Limes, Grapefruit


Ice bucket with ice, scooper for ice, wooden muddler, rocks glasses or other glass with solid base, Bitters, simple syrup, club soda, tonic water, sparkling water


Tray, napkins, Dusty Miller, Freesia {or other fresh cuttings from your garden}



A few of my favorite combinations include:

The Garden Party Sipper {Grapefruit + Gin}

Raspberry Rosemary Summer Sipper {Raspberry + Gin}

Tangerine Thyme Cocktail

Provence Lavender Cocktail


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XO – Krayl

Be sure to check out ALL of the #SundaySupper recipes featuring Summer Berries below.

Breakfast & Brunch

Sweet & Savory Berry Recipes

Jams, Jelly, Sauces & More


Cocktails, Drinks & Smoothies

Party Planning

Summer Berry RecipesCheck back on Sunday for all of wonderful Summer Berries recipes! We’d love if you joined our #SundaySupper chat on Twitter too: we’ll tweet throughout the day and share all of our recipes. Then at 7:00pm EST we’ll start our weekly chat. Please jump in anytime and join us! To join in, just follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, and remember to include it in your tweets. You can also check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more delicious recipes and photos.

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16 Responses to Recipes + Tips for a Fresh Summer Berry Cocktail Bar

  1. Jane's Adventures in Dinner June 4, 2013 at 9:02 AM #

    Now that is a happy sight! Great idea!

    • An Appealing Plan June 9, 2013 at 10:57 AM #

      So happy. I had to stop my husband from eating all the berries while I was taking the pictures!

  2. Liz June 3, 2013 at 6:26 PM #

    Whoa, I need to have a party just to create a summer berry cocktail bar! LOVE it!

  3. Renee June 2, 2013 at 8:20 PM #

    What a great set up for a party on a hot summer day. Sipping fresh fruits muddled into cocktails is simply lovely.

    • An Appealing Plan June 3, 2013 at 6:29 PM #

      Renee ~ So tasty and refreshing. I plan on doing a post with frozen berries in the ice. Stay tuned!

  4. kathia Rodriguez June 2, 2013 at 3:44 PM #

    Great tips and so simple.

    • An Appealing Plan June 3, 2013 at 6:28 PM #

      I like to keep it simple when offering tips for others to try on their own. Entertaining can be fun but I find most people just need a few tips to feel confident in their skills.

  5. Hezzi-D June 2, 2013 at 1:22 PM #

    Fun idea for a party or BBQ! I want to do this the next time we have company over.

  6. Amanda @ MarocMama June 2, 2013 at 1:04 PM #

    Beautiful and simple – thanks for the great ideas!

  7. Bea June 2, 2013 at 12:42 PM #

    What a fantastic set-up!!! Love it and will use the idea on our next party….oh, yes I cannot wait 🙂 Thank you so much

  8. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers June 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM #

    Love the cocktail bar! So a wonderful idea!!

  9. Diana @GourmetDrizzles June 2, 2013 at 9:37 AM #

    What a lovely setup! Thanks for the great tips and recipes… makes me want to invite friends over today!

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