The days are getting longer, the air is warming up and everything is a little lighter and brighter – Summer is on its way. With the excitement of the new season hanging in the air we are daydreaming of al fresco dining, entertaining our friends and family outdoors and sipping on Summer cocktails. Mmm… welcome sweet Summer!
We had a browse through @home’s Summer Oasis Lookbook (Part II) and it had all the Summer inspiration we needed to brighten up our homes and to prepare for the entertaining season.
Entertaining 101’s: The Summer Space
As we move outdoors it’s time to focus on revamping and rejuvenating our outdoor entertaining spaces. We love the natural furniture trend – the use of light wood, grass baskets, botanical prints, hanging hurricane candles, pops of colour that hint at the tropical and warm rose gold lighting – all coming together to create a balmy outdoor-indoor feel.
A few of our Summer-space favourites from the @home selection:
- Foliage print furniture
- Warm copper lamps and accessories
- Natural pedestals
- Hanging hurricane lamps
- Natural grass storage baskets
Entertaining 101’s: The Summer Sip
Embrace the warm weather and dine outside – picnics and casual patio dining are the pure pleasures of Summer.
And what is a still Summer’s evening without a sweet cocktail to sip on? Here’s one of our summer favourites – Frozen Tiger’s Milk with a dash of tequila – perfect for fresh festivities.
Frozen Tiger’s Milk
- 150ml Tequila Blanco
- 4 Limes, juiced
- Small bunch fresh coriander
- 1 Chilli, roughly chopped
- ¼ cup Sugar syrup*
- 2 cups Coconut milk
- 2 cups Pineapple juice, freshly squeezed
- 3-4 cups Ice
- In a glass jar or cocktail shaker add the tequila, lime juice, coriander, chilli and sugar syrup*. Muddle briefly to release the flavours and allow to stand and infuse for about 15 minutes. Strain the solids out.
- Add this to the Breville Kinetix Control Blender with the coconut milk and pineapple juice, briefly blend.
- Add the ice and mix until you reach a frozen but pourable consistency. Serve with wedges of fresh pineapple.
*To make sugar syrup, heat equal parts of sugar and water and boil until a syrup forms. Cool and store in a jar for later use.