Sip the summer away...

With the end summer heat still here we all need to make sure we are staying hydrated! Here at Dana Markos Events we like to add the extra special touches to everything including our beverages! One simple and inexpensive way to add flavor and flare to your water is by tossing in some fresh  cut fruit in your glass or before freezing ice cubes add a mint leaf into each cube!
 
Lemonade is always a refreshing drink. For a grown up version why not try a nice cold glass of a "Rumonade". We found a great recipe courtesy of a local distillery. Below is a copy !
 


Rumonade (Courtesy Turkey Shore Distilleries)

Ingredients:
- 2 ounces Old Ipswich White Cap Rum
- 4 mint leaves
- Lemonade
- Splash of tonic water
- Splash of cranberry juice
Directions: Muddle mint leaves in the bottom of a tall glass with the back of a spoon. Fill glass 3/4 with rum and lemonade, add tonic and cranberry to taste and stir to combine.


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Having a few friends over for a coffee hour this summer? Here is a great ice coffee drink that will have them "buzzing"!
 
 Nutella Instant Iced Coffee — Homemade Mocha Frappuccino

Ingredients
Serves 4
Prep 5 min

4 tablespoons nutella
2 cups chilled milk (we used low fat)
3 tablespoons condensed milk
2 teaspoons instant coffee powder (we used Nestle)
3 teaspoons vanilla essence
3 teaspoons sugar, or to taste
½ cup ice cubes

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy. Pour into glasses and dust lightly with ground coffee, if you like.
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If you like an extra cold drink, pour iced coffee into glasses filled with more ice—ideally, coffee ice cubes for stronger coffee flavor, and leisurely sipping. To make coffee ice cubes, brew 1 ½ teaspoon coffee in 1 cup hot water, add sugar to taste. Freeze in ice-cube tray. Enjoy!

 
 
Now that we have some fun drinks to try we thought of some fun and practical  ways for you to keep them cool while you serve them! One very versatile container for drinks is a canning jar or jelly jar. They are easily found in most department store for a fair price. If you are hosting a party, a colored ribbon can be tied at the mouth of the jar to carry out your color theme as well. Hosts can also make beverages ahead of time in the jars,seal with the cover and chill on ice. This will  help save time and monitor the amount of alcohol being served.  

Serve lemonade in Mason or canning jars
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Dana's summer read picks!

Here at Dana Markos Events we are all about enjoying life! We think of ourselves as not only an event company but a true lifestyle company. So in that spirit, why not take some down time for yourself today? Throw down a blanket, grab a cool glass of fresh lemonade, make yourself a little snack and pick up a great summer read!! (Actually this book is great to read any time of year!).   The Why of Things written  by one of our former brides, Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop (who is actually the sister of one of our brides this weekend!) centers around Twin Quarries in Lanesville, Massachusetts ( a private family property ) where we will be doing the amazing wedding! This is a beautifully written novel about family bonds that will touch your soul! Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop is also the author of Fireworks and December.

So take our advice and Dana's endorsement and pick yourself up a copy, it is easy to do on Amazon.com