Cocktail Essentials

Yesterday’s post got me thinking about how much more we all entertain in the summer months. While there’s a lot of bells and whistles you can add-on, a great party consists of the three key essentials: good food, good music and good drinks.

I’m a big fan of having a formal bar. There’s a lot of accessories that go into creating the perfect cocktail and designating an area to stash it all just makes sense organizationally. Of course, making sure these items are aesthetically pleasing is always a plus! So whether you have a grand built-in bar, a bar cart or a simple tray to corral your items; these are my cocktail essentials:Cocktail-Essentials-DiCorcia-Interior-Design

Tortoise Ice Bucket $64 // Bamboo Paper Straws $10.98 // Royal Cocktail Coasters $18 // Pineapple Drink Stirrers $38 // Cocktail Picks $6.95 // Farmers Market Stoneware Basket $14 // Beaker Glass Pitcher $5.95 // Stainless Steel Cocktail Stirrer $3.95 // Seahorse Bottle Opener $14 // The Drunken Botanist $16.04 // Vintage Cocktails $33.54 // Scalamandre Decanter $125 // Ria Herb Pot $10 // Cane Tumbler Glass $10 // San Pellegrino Aranciata 24-pack $19.96 // San Pellegrino 24-pack $34.99 // Schweppes Tonic Water 24-pack $32.30 // Coca Cola $1.86 // Canada Dry Club Soda $0.99

My bar cart obsession in particular is rather extensive, they even have their own Pinterest board! What are your favorite cocktail essentials? Any signature drinks for summer?

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Palm Beach Chic

Palm-Beach-Chic-Outfit-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignAfter the unseasonably cold weather this past weekend I am dying to spend a few days lounging by the pool, and with forecasts in the 80°’s and 90°’s the next few days it looks like I just might get my chance (fingers crossed)! This fabulous pagoda umbrella ($340) would certainly set the mood for a Palm Beach chic kinda day, especially when accompanied by this adorable citrus swimsuit $64 and lovely fedora ($320).  Of course a bar cart ($515) is a must and this beauty would glide outdoors with ease. Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook ($11.65) is one of my go-to’s for warm weather libations and these flamingo cocktail stirrers ($4.75) add the perfect touch! Now all I need is for mother nature to cooperate!

Wine Tasting & Antiquing

Wine-Tasting-Vintage-Shopping-Memorial-Day-Excursions-Outfit-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignOne of our favorite weekend excursions is visiting some of the local vineyards on Long Island. Tasting the new vintages accompanied by a bit of cheese and fruit is completely acceptable behavior for 1:00 PM on a Saturday, and we fully embrace this “culture”. Followed up by a bit of antiquing, I can’t think of a better way to spend the day!

These John Robshaw-esque print pants ($59.90) fit in perfectly with my red, white and blue theme for the weekend. I have the same cut in a floral pattern from last year, and they are seriously the most flattering style of trousers I have ever owned! Kate Spade Saturday is killing it with so many affordable chic options, and I’m loving this v-back tank ($30). Accompanied by a linen scarf ($49.50), blue and red bangles ($68), a nautical pinky ring ($35) and a fabulous pair of shades ($390) that resemble little stars would keep things very festive. I’d finish off the look with these laser-cut sandals ($39.95) from the Gap – such a great price! – and a large tote ($120) to store all my treasures found throughout the day.

Ginger Jalapeño Margarita

Ginger-Jalapeño-Margarita-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignIn celebration of my favorite weekday, I wanted to share this Ginger Jalapeño Margarita with you lovely readers. Wine will always be my first love, but as of late Billy and I have become quite the mixologists, thoroughly enjoying experimenting with different concoctions! A little bit spicy, a little bit sweet – jalapeño infused tequila, ginger cognac, fresh citrus juices and a tiny splash of cinnamon agave makes an incredibly refreshing drink!

GINGER JALAPEÑO MARGARITA 

Ingredients: 

  • 3 oz. jalapeño infused tequila (recipe below)
  • 0.5 oz. cinnamon agave
  • 1 oz. Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 0.5 oz fresh lemon juice

Instructions:

1- Combine all ingredients in a martini shaker.
2- Fill shaker with ice.
3- Shake until cold – about 10 seconds.
4- Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of jalapeño or lemon curl.

JALAPEÑO INFUSED TEQUILA 

Ingredients:

  • 2  jalapeños, seeds removed and sliced
  • 1 1.75L bottle of Jose Cuervo Patron Silver Tequila

Instructions:

1- Place jalapeños in tequila bottle and let steep.
2- Remove jalapeños from the bottle after 2 days for a mild heat or leave them in as long as you dare (I never remove mine)!

*If you want to make these tonight and don’t have jalapeño infused tequila prepared, substitute a few drops of tabasco sauce.

I am not a big kitchen gadget person (automatic can opener? no thanks!) but this little contraption has won me over. It juices citrus fruits incredibly fast, allowing me to prepare a pitcher of margaritas in the amount of time it would normally take to make one – a definite plus!

Images via DiCorcia Design / Adapted from a drink I had at David Burke's Fromagerie