Warm Weather Brings Celebrations and Cool, Refreshing Drinks

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With Memorial Day approaching, thoughts begin to turn toward summer and celebrating with friends and family outdoors. For many, these events include enjoying alcoholic drinks. From tried and true potions to experimenting to create new libations, Master Mixologist Robert Cassera offers advice and tips to make the most of summer drinking.

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With Memorial Day approaching, thoughts begin to turn toward summer and celebrating with friends and family outdoors. For many, these events include enjoying alcoholic drinks. From tried and true potions to experimenting to create new libations, Master Mixologist Robert Cassera offers advice and tips to make the most of summer drinking.

“There are many drinks that are synonymous with summer and warm weather,” said Robert Cassera. “Traditional summer drinks like gin and tonic and mojitos are always a perfect accompaniment to any outdoor event. But people should not be afraid to try new concoctions.”

Robert Cassera suggests taking picnic stables like lemonade and ice tea and making them adult friendly by adding vodka, flavored or unflavored, or mixing rum with juice. Adding a little fresh lime juice can help even out the drinks if they are too sweet or sour.

For frozen drinks, use fruit juices, liquor and a quality blender. “The biggest mistake people make with frozen drinks is the ice,” said Robert Cassera. “Using too little and not shaving it enough is where most home bartenders go wrong. No one wants a watery or chunky frozen margarita.”

What drinks are served in is just as important as the ingredients. Robert Cassera recommends using glass versions of all types of cups from wine goblets and martini glasses to pint glasses. However, if the concern is breakage, then invest in some of the higher quality acrylic versions.

“And of course, moderation is always key,” cautions Robert Cassera. “Have fun, enjoy the warm weather and drinks, but do it responsibly.”

Robert Cassera is an American Bartender School trained, freelance bartender. With several years of “behind-the-bar” experience, he is a self-proclaimed Master Mixologist. He is available for private parties and corporate functions, as a bartender or to teach mixology. For more information, visit http://www.robertcassera.net.

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