Today you saw the tops of three bluebells and one crocus and caught a faint whiff of magnolia in the air. (That last one may have been your imagination for now.) Nonetheless, outdoor living is beginning again. Let’s celebrate.
In summer, it’s easy to host a cocktail party where guests linger long after the sun sets and stars appear. But in the cool air of early spring, success means warming things up a bit. Here’s how…
Start at the heart: the outdoor hearth. Conversation will heat up long into the night when it’s centered around the flickering flames and Italian-inspired porcelain top of our Verona Custom Gas Fire Table. The bronze powdercoated finish on the base complements any outdoor seating.
This deluxe commercial-quality patio heater will extend the entertaining season in the spring and again in the late fall. With its 40,000 BTU output and a 15-foot heating radius, no one is going to slip inside for a sweater.
Bring indoor elegance outdoors. The Ultimate Serving Cart has smooth-rolling wheels that lock into place. Glass lined shelves and a drawer for plates and utensils earned it the name ultimate. Made of all-weather wicker that glints with stainless steel accents.
Innovative design marks the must-have Glacier Beverage Server. A double-wall stainless steel construction minimizes condensation, keeping tables dry. Angled inner risers lift beverages out of icy, melted water. Nonslip handles make it easy to carry.
A great spring party should also have food that’s as uplifting as the season. Consider a Bee’s Knees, a cocktail laced with lemon and honey that dates back to Prohibition. Pair with a recipe for smoky asparagus that tosses the season’s tender spears in mayonnaise and then on the grill.
What are you waiting for? Transform cabin fever into spring fever. Browse the rest of our outdoor entertaining and throw a spring cocktail party.
Courtesy of Food & Wine
2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
3/4 ounce honey syrup (1 Tablespoon honey mixed with 1/2 Tablespoon warm water)
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin, lemon juice and honey syrup; shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe.
Smoky Glazed Asparagus
Courtesy of Food & Wine
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 Tablespoon sweet smoked paprika
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 pound thick asparagus, trimmed
Light a grill. In a shallow dish, whisk the mayonnaise with oil, lemon juice, garlic, paprika, salt and cumin. Add the asparagus and toss; let stand for 30 minutes.
Grill the asparagus for 6 minutes over moderately high heat, turning until tender and blistered in spots; serve.
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