Southern Belle-ini cocktail party

by Kristina Sloggett

in appetizers,cocktails,Happy Hour at Home,recipes

Southern Belle-ini

Last summer I was beyond thrilled to work with BACARDI® on a series of parties, recipes and more parties. When I had the opportunity again this summer, I did not hesitate to say yes.

This time it gets big – one of the BACARDI® mixologists made a spabettie signature cocktail. Just for me, based on my personality, style, and how I answered their questions. Unreal. Like I said, beyond thrilled.

They sent me the custom recipe and a big box of party favors.

Then I threw a party.

The recipe is the Southern Belle-ini – using a premium frozen BACARDI® Mixer, BACARDI® Rum and fresh fruit. Refreshing and fruity without being overly sweet – perfect for a summer afternoon party.

In creating the party menu around this cocktail, I kept things fresh and light:

Southern Belle-ini cocktail party

 

Platters of fresh fruit skewers, whimsically standing on end ready to be dipped into a coconut yogurt fruit dip:

summer fruit skewers and Southern Belle-ini cocktail party

 

My deviled “egg” dip (recipe coming soon) with crispy salt and vinegar crackers:

deviled "egg" dip at Southern Belle-ini cocktail party

 

Jason requested a tapenade, so I made my olive and pepper tapenade, adding more capers:

kalamata caper tapenade at Southern Belle-ini cocktail party

 

I took another shot at my vegan macarons – this time I made a strawberry cream and a key lime:

vegan macarons - strawberry cream and key lime

 

and a party at my house is not complete until a date gets stuffed with vegan goat cheese:

[vegan] goat cheese stuffed dates

 

The party package included a blender (which I gave away to one lucky party guest at the end of the evening), and some party favors – recipe books, stainless cocktail muddlers, and just in time for summer – bright white BACARDI® Mixers sun visors.

White sun visors always make me think of my Uncle Dudley, who was a golfer and a boater, and just generally loved being out in the sun. Uncle Dudley enjoyed a quality cocktail, and I like to think he was there with us in spirit that day.

Southern Belle-ini cocktail party

 

Back to the signature cocktail – this was delicious! Most of the BACARDI® Mixers are made with real fruit juice, and when blended with fresh fruit, the result is vibrantly fresh and bright flavors. Colorful too!

BACARDI® mixers

 

My signature cocktail used the Piña Colada mixer, and when I purchased it I also spied Strawberry Daiquiri and Margarita mixers – and when you start thinking like a BACARDI® mixologist and morph into an Ultimate Party Planner, the flavor combinations are endless!

The Southern Belle-ini was easy and quick to make, and fits with my Party Planning 101 – make one signature drink for the event, to serve and satisfy a crowd!

Southern Belle-ini

Southern Belle-ini

serves six

1 can frozen BACARDI® Mixers Piña Colada Mix
½ cup BACARDI® Superior Rum
½ cup BACARDI® Peach Red
1 1/2 cup raspberries
1/3 cup lemon juice
5 cups of ice
6 raspberries for garnishes
6 mint sprigs for garnishes

Combine all ingredients except garnishes in a blender and mix on high for about 30 seconds or until completely smooth. Pour into chilled cocktail or martini glasses. Garnish with mint sprig and raspberry.

Southern Belle-ini

 

BACARDI® Mixers

BACARDI® Mixers is a premium line of non-alcoholic mixers available in 10 fl. oz cans in the frozen juice aisle. With seven easy-to-make flavors to choose from – including Strawberry Daiquiri, Margarita, and Piña Colada – there are endless ways to make your next party come together instantly! By providing cocktail recipes, party tips and food pairings year-round, we continue to give new reasons to blend every day. Find yours at facebook/bacardimixers

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Compensation was provided by BACARDI® Mixers via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of spabettie and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of BACARDI® Mixers.

 

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 19, 2013 at 3:46 am

Wow! This is an amazing party! I’m not a drinker, but rum is probably one of my favorites especially when fruit is involved. Wish I could have been to this get together! So many incredible dishes and well, your incredible company would have made it over the top! xoxo

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2 Kristina Sloggett June 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm

you might have liked this one, then – I don’t like overly sweet drinks, and this one was really perfectly flavored for me!

I wish you could have been here too, my friend – some day…

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3 Heather (Where's the Beach) June 19, 2013 at 5:49 am

I wanna be at one of your parties (yes, whining voice) HUGS!

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4 Kristina Sloggett June 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm

me too!! (equally whiny over here) :)

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5 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 19, 2013 at 6:32 am

I’m inviting myself to your next party. Be warned.

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6 Kristina Sloggett June 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm

consider this your open invitation, come on over!!

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7 Eileen June 19, 2013 at 10:04 am

Vegan macarons?? YOU WIN. And pineapple & raspberry sounds like the best possible variation on the traditional fruity rum punch. Hooray!

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8 Kristina Sloggett June 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm

these cocktails were SO GOOD – just slightly sweet, just how I like them. we have made them since the party, that’s how much we enjoyed them! :)

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9 Bianca- Vegan Crunk June 19, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Whoa. Vegan goat cheese stuffed dates?! Amazing.

P.S. Bacardi, if you’re out there, I wanna throw a party too! :-)

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10 Kristina Sloggett June 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm

they were everyone’s favorite nibble at the party – first empty platter! …a Bacardi party is a fun party!

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11 Jared June 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Ironically enough I have a handle of Bacardi in my apartment right now! I may have to pick up one of those mixers and throw a get together this weekend. This sounds awesome!

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12 Kristina Sloggett June 22, 2013 at 4:24 pm

then you must make these, Jared! they really were good – in fact, we bought more mixers after the fact and have enjoyed these again! Cheers!

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13 Jennifer June 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm

What a cool party! And what an awesome drink! As for your other tasty tidbits, I WANT those cheese stuffed dates. They sound and look amazing.

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14 Kristina Sloggett June 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm

thanks, Jennifer! the stuffed dates were the first empty plate of the party, not at all surprising! Cheers!

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15 Heather @ Better With Veggies June 19, 2013 at 6:41 pm

WOW!! This looks incredible – I want to be invited to your parties! Seriously, you really do throw some awesome ones, your setup always looks so professional. So fun!

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16 Kristina Sloggett June 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm

thanks Heather – I do love to throw a party!

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17 Somer June 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm

I don’t even drink and I want to be invited! Oh those dates! The tapenade! And lets not forget the macarons…. Seriously girl….

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18 Kristina Sloggett June 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm

yes, my cocktail parties are for everyone, non drinkers too! I always have plenty of goodies for all…

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19 Kath (My Funny Little Life) June 20, 2013 at 1:54 am

You’re the best party thrower! :D

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20 Kristina Sloggett June 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I do love the hostess role… XO!

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21 Pech June 20, 2013 at 7:51 am

That’s a beautiful drink, and can’t wait to hear about that deviled “egg”dip!

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22 Kristina Sloggett June 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm

thank you Pech, I will share it soon :)

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23 Demetrius July 3, 2013 at 7:23 pm

All kinds of beautiful AND fun. Cheers!

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24 Kristina Sloggett July 7, 2013 at 9:51 pm

thank you, Demetrius! so nice to see you here, have a fantastic week!

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25 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) July 7, 2013 at 5:39 pm

The fruit skewers… tapenade… stuffed dates… I want it all! AND the cocktail too, of course. Looks so refreshing!

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26 Kristina Sloggett July 7, 2013 at 9:40 pm

thank you! wish I could have invited you over…

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