Labor Day is the unofficial last day of Summer in our house. Portland’s weather has already given us a small taste of Fall (which was glorious) but, we are going to hang on to the last bit of Summer as long as we can with a fun BBQ with friends, some hikes, and (for me) working on my computer outside. To celebrate this weekend, I’ll be making up a big batch of one of my favorite summer cocktails!
Cocktails that can be made in bulk are one of my favorites for parties so that I don’t spend the entire night playing bartender. Below are some of my favorite summer cocktails that can be made by the pitcher!
Summer cocktails for me typically are a mix of sweet and sour flavors. They often have a selection of herbs or fruit muddled in. Nearly all of my favorite summer cocktails can be made in batches and served to a crowd.
These are SO tasty and easy to make. Just increase all of the ingredients to make a pitcher worth of slushies. Hand them out quick though… they will melt!
A mint simple syrup brings this lemonade based cocktail over the top flavor wise.
This one is PERFECT for a batch cocktail. Simply multiply all ingredients by 8 and put in a pitcher. Pour over ice, stir and enjoy!
Gin is absolutely my liquor of choice over the summer months. This cocktail is so easy to customize as well!
— Katie Dillman (@katie_goodlinks) August 15, 2016
Spicy margaritas, well… spicy cocktails in general, are my favorites. I love the little bit of a kick that pairs so well with the sweet and sour of a this margarita.
Margaritas are just so good for batch cocktails. They are easy to put together and don’t need a bunch of shaking or added elements to be ready to go. This beergarita gives a little carbonation to the traditional margarita.
This is absolutely one of my favorite camping cocktails. Lemonade, tea, and bourbon make for a lovely combination.
One of my favorite summer party treats involves mixing ice cream (or sorbet) with my favorite liquors. This sweet treat is easy to make and only needs a few hours in the freezer to firm up!
This past June I celebrated my ten year anniversary with my husband. We celebrated at Andina Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. In order to find the perfect party drinks we tested many of Andina’s cocktails to find the best ones!
When I landed on Andina as an option for hosting the event I instantly knew from previous experiences that it would give the fun vibe we wanted. In order to be completely sure it was the place to go we had to visit again with friends to taste as much of the food and drinks as we could! Between our visits and the party I finally have a list of my favorite cocktails from Portland’s Andina Restaurant.
Photos are by the amazing Mary Boyden Photography unless otherwise noted. Disclaimer note: This is not a sponsored post. I am a consumer of Andina and am sharing because I feel that it is awesome. I always share when I have a sponsored post and only share what I love. See my policies on sponsored posts for more information.
Andina is a Peruvian restaurant that as founded in Portland, Oregon in 2003. My first visit was sometime in 2013. It was one of the nicest dates I had ever been on. We ate an amazing meal complete with cocktails and glasses of wine… but, I would be hard pressed to remember what we had that evening beyond the words delicious and engaging. The whole meal was an experience! It absolutely made a special place in my heart for Peruvian food which I believe lives up to the Andina mission.
“As a cultural ambassador, Andina’s mission is to prepare both a table and a feast around which all guests can gather and find the warmth and richness of the Peruvian spirit in its truest forms. The dishes and flavors carry stories of their own; as do the music and art. Above all, the staff at large convey what is most essential about Peru: its profound hospitality, a delight in sharing its stories, and pride in presenting food born out of love.” — from www.AndinaRestaurant.com
The restaurant has beautiful spaces that can be rented for parties and events. Their Tupai room was perfect for our anniversary party! A catering menu was provided with ample choices and great selections… but, it had been so long since we had visited that we had no clue what we wanted to order!
We did a double date with a couple of our most adventurous friends with the plan to try as much on the menu— that also appeared on the catering menu— as we could. That night we tried multiple cocktails (in total, not each) to nail down a couple of signature drinks we wanted to offer at our party.
Andina’s head bartender, Eddie Johnson, actually tended bar at our party. During the party he was mixing up another cocktail that he was testing and I got to have one of the first ones. It was FANTASTIC— like, gin and watermelon fantastic. While I don’t know if that drink ever ended up on their menu I do know from trying that and trying a different Bartender’s Choice that you won’t go wronger ordering that option if you are dining in the restaurant.
We had several favorite cocktails that we tried. However, the ones we decided to offer along with beers and wines ended up being:
We had chosen to do a his and hers option really just to streamline the bar process at the party. However, in finding the right drinks we tried several others. Here are some more favorites that were HIGH contenders:
If you are taking a trip out to Andina I hope this list helps you find a new favorite cocktail! Still can’t decide? Bartender’s Choice is a great place to start! Looking for dinner while in Portland? Please let me suggest this fun experience with great drinks.
I am a little surprised at how much I like these glowing glasses. When PremierGlow.com first approached me to work on a post together I *almost* said no because I couldn’t quite see myself using light up barware. Boy am I glad I ended up saying yes. These are SO fun! I like changing up the colors of the glasses to differentiate glasses for each person (easier than labels). I love how it shows off these drinks with tonic water. (Check out my last post with a glowing cocktail.)
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This cocktail was actually inspired by a very overpriced (but delicious looking) beverage sitting in the beverage section of a speciality food store. The drink was a mint honey-lemonade. I instantly began thinking about how delicious a mint lemonade would be with gin. I mean, really. So tasty. I added in some tonic water for a bit of bubbles, light lemon flavor, and the fun glow effect that tonic has in glasses such as these Flashing Whiskey Glasses from PremierGlow.com.
This cocktail is a great one to create in a batch, put in the fridge to chill, and then bring it out for a dinner alfresco!
Mint simple syrup is super easy to make. Combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water in a sauce pan on medium heat. Drop in a few springs of mint. Stir occasionally. Once all of the sugar has dissolved move the temp to low and allow the mixture to absorb the mint flavors for about 15 min. Strain into a bottle and store in fridge up to two weeks.
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