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Planning a picnic in the park or day trip to the beach? Just because you’re headed outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t have a cocktail or homemade soda in hand. Last summer, Chris Ojeda of the Soho House walked us through the process of carbonating and bottling cocktails (click here for his simple DIY instructions), and with a funnel, a few recycled wine bottles and some summery inspiration, you can create you own outdoor-ready drinks in a snap. Here are the pre-batched bottles you’ll find in our picnic packs this summer.
Kingston Negroni (pictured)
Jamaica or bust! This rum-soaked riff on the classic Negroni sticks with the traditional equal-parts formula, making it super simple to pre-batch into a repurposed wine or bomber bottle ahead of time—just multiply it’s proportions by the number of cocktails you’re planning to pour and serve over ice. Click here for the recipe.
Gin and juice were made for summery picnic spreads. Pre-mix with simple syrup and top with seltzer when you’re ready to serve. Click here for the recipe.
Flat of strawberries from a roadside stand? Check! Fresh basil from the garden? Yep! A refreshingly summery soda made from a syrup you can prep ahead of time? You bet. Bottle up a batch of this fresh strawberry, basil and balsamic soda syrup to pack along for your picnic and simply let everyone add seltzer to suit their own tastes. Click here for the recipe.
DIY Ginger Beer
Homemade ginger beer? It’s never been easier thanks to this recipe from the duo behind Brooklyn Soda Works. Simply whip up its ginger-spice base, add some water and charge in a siphon for summery soda success. Click here for the recipe.
Salted Watermelon and Tequila Smash
Fresh watermelon is a summer requisite, but instead of sinking your teeth into the fruit, try drinking it in with this blanco tequila- and blanc vermouth-spiked smash. Multiply the proportions by number of servings, funnel into a clean bottle and serve over ice. Click here for the recipe.
What would happen if components in a classic Margarita met with the summery combo of Campari and grapefruit? Mix up a batch of this super simple, four-ingredients refresher and find out. Click here for the recipe.