Living in Manhattan, one of the things I really miss is having an outdoor space to entertain friends and family. When I lived in Boston after school, we had a great porch and were always grilling… it was the best – and something I took for granted.
Here in New York, outdoor spaces are few, far between, and/or very expensive. If you find one, you never move. But I digress. Recently, I hosted a fun little night for a few of my friends with Mike’s Hard Lemonade… inspired by the idea of backyard entertaining. While I don’t have a porch, patio, or roof deck; I do have a coffee table… and when you have delicious barbecue, yummy cocktails, and great friends; who really cares if you’re outside or not!?
I ordered barbecue from one of my absolute faves (Virgils.) Ribs, brisket, cornbread, biscuits, mac & cheese… the works. I wish I could tell you that I cooked all of this, but that would be a lie. Tasting Table has some amazing recipes here that I’m dying to try out… (Barbecued Chicken and Cherry Bruschetta? YAS.)
My friends and I are all obsessed with Loopy Doopy (a fun bar in the city that serves popsicles in glasses of champagne or wine). Inspired by that, I served a fun take on strawberry lemonade.
I made homemade strawberry popsicles (I blended two big handfuls of fresh strawberries, 1/2 cup water, a splash of lime juice and a teaspoon of Truvia and froze them in my Zoku popsicle mold). Then, I filled a wine glass halfway up with Mike’s Hard Lemonade and dropped in the popsicle. These were so good. Too good, maybe. As the night goes on, the popsicle melts adding more of a strawberry flavor.. So sweet and delicious!
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