Summer Cocktail Party Menu

The menu for a cocktail party must complement the theme, and so the importance of drinks is more pronounced. This article provides some menu ideas for a summer cocktail party.
Summer time cocktail parties involve enjoying light dishes and sipping chilled drinks. However, deciding the menu for such a party often becomes quite confusing. Summer is the season to relish light cuisines, and so, a summer cocktail party menu has to be simple. Instead of choosing heavily spiced and oily gravies, you can arrange for a menu that is easily digested and delicious at the same time. The drinks section has to be focused on more than the food.

Menu Ideas

Cocktail party ideas for the summer season include serving light and easily digestible foods for the meal. In this way, you give your guests an opportunity to mingle at the dining table while enjoying the food. The cocktails served in exotic glasses, along with side dishes and appetizers create a perfect atmosphere at the cocktail party. Given below are some summer cocktail party menu ideas.

Drinks & Beverages
Put up a mini bar in one corner of the room and deck it up with exotic bottles of chilled drinks. A few bottles of Russian vodka, Italian wine, and Scotch whiskey can make up the bar. Cocktails and mocktails should also be present. Apart from alcohol, you can also set up a stall for serving cold beverages, lemonade, and fresh fruit juices. Some ideas are given below.
  • Spiked Pink Lemonade
  • Ginger Margaritas
  • Cosmopolitan Martini
  • Dan Fay Martini
  • Campari Smash
  • Cucumber Mojito Crush
  • The Bikini Martini
  • The Zuidam Crush
  • English Harbor Rum and Soda
  • Pineapple Orange Sorbet
  • Frozen Summer Slush
  • Thai Iced Tea
  • Freezy-Fresa Strawberry Margarita
  • Key Lime Martini
  • The Ritz Cocktail
  • Sparkling Jasmine Iced Tea
  • Iced Caramel Mocha
  • Cement Mixer Shot
Desserts
Desserts occupy a prominent position in a summer cocktail party. Dollops of ice cream served in cups, and fresh fruits chilled with ice creams and ice are ideal menu items. This includes mangoes, strawberries, pineapples, water melons, cantaloupes, and many more fruits. Other than chilled desserts, you can also have a section where sweet dishes like cakes, rum balls, and pastries are served. Given below are some dessert ideas.
  • Minty Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
  • Cream Cheese Fruit Dip
  • Ambrosia Angel Food Cake
  • Raspberry Fluff Dessert
  • Frozen Butter Pecan Crunch
  • Bananas with Vanilla Rum Sauce
  • Sautéed Grape Napoleons
  • Cantaloupe Popsicles
  • Pineapple Orange Popsicles
  • Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream
  • Custard Bread Pudding
  • Coconut Cream Pie
  • Eclair Cake with Chocolate Ganache
  • Butterscotch and Banana Sundaes
  • Grilled Fruit Kebabs
  • Lemon Meringue Pudding
  • Peanut-Chocolate Brownies
  • Chocolate Fondue Fountain
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Main Course
Keep the main course simple and light. You can also choose a theme for the summer party food. Serve some rare cuisines or continental food. Italian, French, Mexican, and Thai food is a good option. Decide a menu that will complement the cocktails. Do not make recipes that need a lot of preparation time. Given below is list of options for the main course.
  • Mandarin Chicken Salad
  • Shrimp and Scallion Kebabs
  • California Sushi Rolls
  • Artichoke Prosciutto Pasta Salad
  • Ham and Cheese Croissant Sandwiches
  • Thai Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
  • Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
  • Rosemary Infused Coconut Shrimp Skewers
  • Crispy Oyster Beignet
  • Russian Dark Breads with Pommery Mustard
  • Baked Chicken Wings
  • Grilled Pizzas Provençale
  • Bolognese Bread Pizza
  • Portobello Mushroom and Sausage Pizzas
  • Roasted Woodland Mushroom Fricassee
  • Apple Wood Smoked Trout on Potato Latke
  • Tarragon Chicken Salad
Make all the food and other arrangements before your guests arrive. Make sure that the ambiance complements the theme of your party.
Cooked chicken wings
Shrimp cocktail
Thai Iced Tea
Bikini Blue Martini
Cucumber Mojito
California Sushi Rolls
Peanut Chocolate Brownies
Campari Smash
Dry martini
Cosmopolitan Martini
Pink lemonade
Cantaloupe Popsicles
Jasmine Iced Tea
Ritz Cocktail
Key Lime Martini
Strawberry Margarita
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