Summer Happy Hour Essentials – Kath Eats Real Food


Wondering how to create the ultimate outdoor happy hour set-up? I’ve got you covered with summer happy hour essentials + seasonal cocktail recipes!

Hi KERF readers! Hillary here – Kath’s assistant.

With summer in full swing, today’s post is dedicated to those glorious summer nights, enjoying your favorite cocktail (or mocktail) al fresco. Living in Seattle (where gray skies are often the norm), I live for clear blue skies and long summer nights.

While Kath enjoys a glass of her favorite white wine on her lovely porch, you’ll likely find me with a crisp cocktail in hand and charcuterie spread come Friday evening – it’s the best way to kick off the weekend!

Whether you’re pouring yourself a drink for a quiet evening on your deck, or you’re setting out a spread for a summer soiree with all your friends, I’m sharing some summer happy hour essentials to keep cocktail hour classy and care-free.

Summer Happy Hour Essentials

Summer Happy Hour Essentials

These reusable cotton light striped napkins come as a set for only $9.99.

If you’re looking for paper cocktail napkins, Amazon has some cute prints. I love the “Spike This” cacti.

I love these neutral bamboo-melamine appetizer plates – non-breakable tableware is a must for outdoors!

These wine glasses are beautiful – perfect for your favorite white wine or Aperol spritz!

These break-resistant acrylic tumblers are darling for classic cocktails and mocktails on the rocks.

This wooden board is perfect for serving charcuterie of your choice.

Big square ice cubes are a must to keep cocktails from getting watery. This tray makes a great gift for a bourbon lover too!

Use this natural-wrapped pitcher for serving sangria or (spiked) iced tea!

This rattan beverage tub is stunning for outdoor get-togethers!

How To Make An Aperol Spritz Cocktail

While I Kath and I do have quite a lot in common, unlike Kath, I don’t care for wine very much. Last summer, however, I discovered Aperol Spritz and happy hour changed for the better!

An Aperol Spritz is a classic Italian cocktail made with Aperol liquor, Prosecco (wine!), soda water, and typically garnished with an orange slice. That’s it! To my surprise, I didn’t even realize this cocktail had a type of sparkling wine in it until I had already ordered another at my favorite beachside restaurant.

I’m not one for overly sweet drinks, so the bitterness of the Aperol mixed with a dry Prosecco and bubbly soda water is exactly my cup of tea.

To make the perfect Aperol Spritz at home, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • plenty of ice
  • Aperol
  • Prosecco
  • soda water
  • an orange slice

Here are very easy instructions on how to make the perfect Aperol spritz. I also like this Classic Aperol Spritz recipe from Cookie & Kate.

Summer Happy Hour Essentials

Aperol Spritz al fresco in sunny Seattle = summer bliss!

And we can’t forget about the happy hour snacks. These 10 make-ahead toothpick appetizers are easy to assemble in advance.

What’s your go-to summer cocktail of choice? Kath’s Elderberry Lemon Basil Cocktail is delightful.


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