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Flavors of Summer Soiree

Y'all know I am a girl who loves a challenge... so when Zevia, the Zero Calorie Soda sensation, approached me about creating a bar scene & a cocktail based on one of their sodas, I jumped at the chance.  

As we are quickly approaching the warmer months I wanted to create a light & refreshing cocktail (& vibe) that would be perfect for sipping during one of our outdoor parties.  Luckily for me, I received the Grapefruit Citrus Calorie Free Soda which paired perfectly with my vision.

When having an outdoor soiree, I love to set up stations around the entire area to keep my guests circulating.  Not all congregating at the one food table.  Simply placing extra folding tables draped in tablecloths (extra fabric or sheets) makes the party cohesive & dressed.  Not thrown together.  Tip: You can also tape a few quarters to the inside corners to help weight the tablecloths down.  

I was so inspired that I not only created a killer cocktail (IMHO) the Grapefruit Gin Fizz, but I also paired it with the tastiest of appetizers.  Sure to please any Summer Guests.

Grapefruit Gin Fizz || the how to

1 oz. of Gin 
2 oz. Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
2 tsp Agave Nectar (or refined sugar)
dash of Grapefruit Bitters
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper... trust me!

Pour all ingredients over ice & stir.  Sit back & enjoy!! By the way... if you aren't a Gin fan (my personal fave) this cocktail also works really well with Vodka.

Drink Stir Tutorial || here

Grapefruit Bruschetta || the how to

1 Crusty Loaf of French Bread
Herbed Goat Cheese
Grapefruit Segments

Slice your bread (on the bias if you want to be fancy) & place in the toaster oven or broiler until just a little color appears.  Smear on your Herbed Goat Cheese, add a piece of Prosciutto & top with a Grapefruit Segment.  Seriously, this appetizer could not get any easier.

Not to be left out... Our little one got in on the action too.  I used the leftover grapefruit halves as bowls for some Grapefruit & Blood Orange Sorbet from our local market.  My tip is to freeze the halves so they have more structure & help to keep the sorbet cold!!

Now it's your turn to party!! Zevia is hosting a Pinterest Contest for all of you.  The prize... $500!  That could surely help you throw a killer summer soiree!  To enter simply follow this link & complete the following:

This post was Sponsored by Zevia, but all images, recipes & images are my own.  And special thanks to Susty Party for the Pink Straws & wooden Spoons!!

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  1. beautiful images Kristin :) I love the pinks and naturals against the bold stripe! xo

  2. Hi, Kristin! Just wanted to stop by and tell you how beautiful your Zevia set up is. Love your style and the gorgeous photos. And completely loving that table covering. Good luck!

  3. Love this Kristin! Such a gorgeous party scene and delightful drink! xo cristin @ simplified bee

  4. I love me some gin. :) so pretty!

  5. Everything is better with gin! Love this party scene!

  6. My husband just had his gin and tonic. We are totally a gin household. Looks so yummy what you created!

  7. Thanks Elizabeth! Everything is better with Gin!!

  8. Seriously good cocktail!! I may or may not have had one every night the past week.

  9. You have to try it Julia!! So good.

  10. MMM...that grapefruit bruschetta looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I'm not a gin girl, but this mama likes her vodka. One of our summer faves is the Greyhound and we love to make it with pink grapefruit juice and vodka. Ya know, just to be fancy. And, I kid you not, I was in the food store today thinking about cocktails for a weekend party we're having and I thought, oooh, I bet some sparkling something or other would be good in the Greyhound. YUM!

  12. I'm going to have to try that when the hubs and I whip out the cocktails this weekend! Love your set up. That tree with that bold table clothe is just beautiful. I'm a fan of setting up stations too. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Corey @

  13. Beautiful set up! Where did you get those awesome tablecloths?

  14. Mmm... it's like I can taste the grapefruit while I'm reading your post. And that black & white tablecloth - I'm so enthralled by something so simple. Beautiful, as always.

  15. What a gorgeous setup! Everything is so colorful and fun. The grapefruit bruschetta sounds delicious!

  16. Love everything! May I ask where you found your cylindrical glasses?

  17. They are called Highballs & mine are from World Market... not available online though.

  18. They are fabric remnants from another project. Here is the fabric

  19. I love the stripe mixed with the bright colors!! Great styling.

  20. As usual, beautiful styling! Simple & Chic!


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