Elegant summer entertaining with fresh, seasonal cocktails

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Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014 1:00 am | Updated: 3:35 am, Fri May 23, 2014.

(BPT) - Summer is synonymous with entertaining and for good reason. Warm summer days and long summer evenings make the perfect backdrop for gatherings with friends and family to enjoy delicious food and drinks. As Memorial Day, Independence Day and long summer weekends come and go, keep in mind some simple tips to make your summer soirees extra special and elegant.

First, instead of typically busy patterned linens and party decor, use simple color schemes to convey summer holiday themes with sophistication. Decorate your table with monochromatic fresh flowers in red, white or blue, accented with crisp white linens and bowls of fresh red strawberries and blueberries. The berries serve double-duty as refreshing snacks and beautiful table decor that pull through the summer color palette.

You can also string white lights in backyard trees and foliage. As the sun sets, simple white lights will add an element of twinkling elegance and ambiance to outdoor gatherings.

Finally, serve craft cocktails made with La Marca Prosecco, an affordably luxurious crisp and refreshing Italian sparkling wine. Combine La Marca Prosecco with in-season fruit and a selection of spirits to add a special touch of elegance to any summer gathering. Here are a few unique and delicious sparkling cocktail recipes that are sure to please your guests.

For more sparkling cocktail recipes and to find La Marca Prosecco at a retailer near you, visit www.LaMarcaProsecco.com.

Picnic perfect

Ingredients:

4 ounces La Marca Prosecco

1 ounce bourbon

3/4 ounce homemade sweet and sour (recipe follows)

1/3 cup sliced strawberries

1 whole strawberry for garnish

Directions:

Muddle sliced strawberries with bourbon and strain liquid into serving glass. Combine with sweet and sour and top with 4 ounces La Marca Prosecco. Garnish with whole strawberry and serve.

Makes one cocktail.

Homemade sweet and sour

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1/2cup fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

Directions:

Simply combine all ingredients and stir until sugar is dissolved. Store in refrigerator.

Makes 2 cups.

Simple summer

Ingredients:

4 ounces La Marca Prosecco

1 ounce coconut rum

1/2 ounce triple sec

Fresh coconut garnish

Directions:

Crack open a fresh coconut, remove a portion of the flesh and cut out a star-shaped garnish. Add the coconut rum and triple sec to serving glass, followed by 4 ounces of La Marca Prosecco. Garnish with the coconut star and serve.

Makes one cocktail.

Blue breeze

Ingredients:

4 ounces La Marca Prosecco

1 ounce gin

1/4 ounce elderflower liquer

Squeeze of a lemon wedge

Fresh blueberries for garnish

Directions:

Combine the gin, elderflower liqeur and lemon juice in a serving glass. Top with La Marca Prosecco, garnish with fresh blueberries and serve.

Makes one cocktail.

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