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Top tips for hosting the perfect garden party

Spring has officially sprung, so what's better than alfresco cocktails with friends and family?

So this Easter weekend, whether you're hosting a quiet cocktail evening with friends, or a summer party that goes on into the early hours of the morning, we've got some top tips and tricks which will take you from host, to host with the most this summer!

2. Get creative with garnishes

Go beyond the standard lemon and lime garnishes and look to summer fruits such as fresh grapefruit, passionfruit or orange. Lavender, basil and rosemary are also great options and, if you're quite the gardener, can be picked straight from the garden!

Remember that over 75% of taste is based in smell, so a good garnish can really elevate your cocktail game.

1. Prep your ice (and lots of it!)

Ice cold drinks on a summers day go hand in hand. When shaking a drink, fill the shaker two thirds of the way with ice and if a cocktail calls for an ice filled glass, don’t be shy and fill the glass all the way to the top with ice. It’ll keep your drink colder for longer, slow the dilution of the cocktail and it looks the part too. Remember, the bigger the ice cubes, the better!

3. Get your (plastic) glasses at the ready!

Just because you're drinking and dining alfresco doesn't mean you need to drink out of soggy paper cups and eat off flimsy paper plates.

There's plenty of good quality, reusable plastic glassware available, from stylish coupé glasses, to sturdy champagne flutes.

You may some washing up at the end to contend with, but it means you can use them time and time again!

Spring has officially sprung, so what's better than alfresco cocktails with friends and family?

So this Easter weekend, whether you're hosting a quiet cocktail evening with friends, or a summer party that goes on into the early hours of the morning, we've got some top tips and tricks which will take you from host, to host with the most this summer!

1. Prep your ice (and lots of it!)

Ice cold drinks on a summers day go hand in hand. When shaking a drink, fill the shaker two thirds of the way with ice and if a cocktail calls for an ice filled glass, don’t be shy and fill the glass all the way to the top with ice. It’ll keep your drink colder for longer, slow the dilution of the cocktail and it looks the part too. Remember, the bigger the ice cubes, the better!

2. Get creative with your garnishes!

Go beyond the standard lemon and lime garnishes and look to summer fruits such as fresh grapefruit, passionfruit or orange. Lavender, basil and rosemary are also great options and, if you're quite the gardener, can be picked straight from the garden!

Remember that over 75% of taste is based in smell, so a good garnish can really elevate your cocktail game.

3. Get your (plastic) glasses at the ready!

Just because you're drinking and dining alfresco doesn't mean you need to drink out of soggy paper cups and eat off flimsy paper plates. There's plenty of good quality, reusable plastic glassware available, from stylish coupé glasses, to sturdy champagne flutes.

You may some washing up at the end to contend with, but it means you can use them time and time again!