Tips for Summer Entertaining - Stock the Bar!

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Stock the Bar This Summer and Keep your Guests Refreshed!

  • As you plan, make sure to include a beverage plan, and know your guests’ preferences. Think about what you would like to provide (Beer and Wine is always a safe bet) and make sure you have enough for everyone, and enough to last.  You also don’t want to encourage anyone to over-imbibe, but you want your guests to have a good time. Bloody's and Mimosa’s, Coffee, or maybe cold beer and wine.  Don’t forget as we said above, BYOB is a great option as well – just don’t expect anyone to show up with something if you don’t ask them too.


  • Remember proper serving temperatures, and other items necessary for what you are serving. ICE, ICE, ICE – stock plenty of it.  Limes, Lemons, Mixers and any other items your guests might need to make a drink.  If you're serving Mojitos, make sure you have mint and limes, Moscow Mules need Ginger Beer and Limes, and always plenty of water and non-alcoholic items. Most importantly don’t forget your favorite Shady Lane Wines!


Sparkling Summer CocktailShady lane Cellars Sparkling RieslingChampagne Cocktail (1)


Shady Lane Cellars Sparkling Riesling

1 Sugar Cube

Angostura Bitters

St. Germain Elderflow Liqeur 

1 Cucumber Slice


Place the sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute or desired glass.  Soack the cube with 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters.  Cover with 1oz St. Germain Elderflower Liquer and fill with Shady Lane Cellars Sparkling Riesling.  Garnish with 1 slice of cucumber for some added freshness and enjoy!


Rick DeBlasio

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General Manager - Shady Lane Cellars

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