Perfect Pairings: Summer Drink Recipes Inspired by String Lights

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Blackberry Thyme Cocktail – So pretty!

What do you get when you combine people who are passionate about Summer parties and perfect lighting? The best summer drink recipes inspired by the lights we love! Some people pair food with drinks, but we prefer to sip our summer cocktails alongside the complementary glow of gorgeous lights. Find your favorite summer drink recipe and light combination below and take your garden party, summer BBQ or engagement party to the next level with wickedly delicious drinks paired with exceptional ambiance!

Summer Drink Recipe #1: The Adult Fishbowl

This summer drink recipe is as fun to make as it is to drink! The gorgeous waters of the ocean and our LED light strings that perfectly capture the beauty of aqua blue waves were all we needed to dream up this fresh and fizzy punch! Sip poolside, at the lake, or even by the ocean. The Adult Fishbowl is a crowd pleaser and creates a fun drink display when paired with bright blue and green LEDs!

fishbowl summer cocktail recipe

Adult Fishbowl Punch paired with green and blue LEDs!

Ocean inspired illumination is just a few blue and green LED string lights away! Grab a few strands and decorate an outdoor dining table, pool side bar or wrap the deck!

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 10 ounces coconut rum
  • 6 ounces Blue Curacao liqueur
  • 12 ounces sweet-and-sour mix
  • 20 ounces pineapple juice
  • 32 ounces lemon- lime soda
  • 3 small fishbowls
  • 1 box (6 oz) Nerds candy
  • Bag of Swedish fish candies
  • ice
  • fruit slices (lemon, lime and orange)
  • 6 drinking straws

How to Make It:

  1. Pour all liquid ingredients into a pitcher
  2. Layer the bottom of each glass with nerds and place fruit slices around the sides
  3. Pour delicious liquid mixture into each glass, leaving room for ice
  4. Add a few Swedish fish ( we saved a few for snacking), finish with ice and 2 straws each
  5. Plug in your blue/green LED light strings
  6. Enjoy!


Summer Drink Recipe #2: Strawberry Paradise Jello Shots

Mmmm these are too good! Sweet strawberries paired with gorgeous green LED fairy lights and vivid red LED strawberry lights create summer party magic. No summer luau, backyard bash or summer pool party is complete without a round of Strawberry jello shots! Hang lights across the bar or lay them around outdoor dining tables to complete your party atmosphere.

strawberry lime jello shots - great drink recipe!

Strawberry Jello Shots and Red LED String Lights

Strawberries pair perfectly with our red LED strawberry lights and green fairy lights accent displays with a pop of vivid color!

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 1-2 packs Strawberries
  • 3 oz. Strawberry Jello
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • Lime for garnish (optional)

How to Make It:

  1. Combine rum and cold water in one bowl
  2. Chill the liquor and cold water mix in the refrigerator so they are a consistent temperature.
  3. Cut the tops off of your strawberries, trying to keep the top as even as possible
  4. Scoop out the inside of the Strawberries
  5. Cut a little bit of the tip off of each berry so that they stand on their own, but not too much or they will leak!
  6. Line Strawberries in a mini muffin tin to help them stay upright, you can also use a baking sheet
  7. Pour jello mix into a bowl.
  8. Add boiling water, stirring until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  9. Stir in chilled liquor and water mix
  10. Pour the mixture into your strawberries
  11. Chill for about 4 hours
  12. Garnish with small lime wedge
  13. Turn on your green and red lights and Let’s party!


Summer Drink Recipe #3: Blackberry Thyme Bubbly

A beverage that looks fancy but is incredibly easy to make AND delicious? Yes, please! If you’re hosting a bridal shower, garden party, or even looking for a signature cocktail to include in your spring wedding, this lovely bubbly is your go to gal! Pair this sparkling summer drink recipe with our white satin globe lights and your setup will look like you spent hours when it really only took a few minutes! That’s a win in our book!

amazing champagne summer drink recipe

Fancy Blackberry Thyme Cocktail and Chic Pearl White Lights!

Love the look? Pair fancy cocktails with chic pearl white globe lights to add elegant illumination at engagement parties, bridal showers and garden soirees!

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 1/3 cup blackberries, plus 8 more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 bottle of champagne
  • 4 sprigs of thyme

How to Make It:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the blackberries, water and sugar to a boil.
  2. Turn to low and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain blackberries and let syrup cool.
  4. Add 2 tbsp. of syrup to the bottom of each glass, or to taste.
  5. Top with champagne and add in a sprig of thyme and 1-2 blackberries!

Inspired by patio lights? Find even more perfect patio and party lights for your summer get together!

Summer Drink Recipe #4: Boozy Melon Balls!

Here’s a fresh and fun, grown up way to eat your fruit! Let’s be honest, getting melon to shape into perfectly sized orbs is a bit of challenge, so if your “melon balls” aren’t perfectly round, that’s OK in our book! Just make the shapes you like and then soak those bad boys in an alcohol of your choice. After they soak, place them in a pretty glass and decorate with colorful lights! As you can see, these boozy melons look great and they taste even better!

fruity-tooty summer cocktail recipe with some nutrition!

Boozy Melon Balls and Multicolor String Lights!

Get your summer party started with multicolor string lights and brightly colored accents!

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew melon
  • Vodka
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Peach Schnapps
  • Tequila

How to Make It:

  1. Use a melon ball scooper to fill your serving bowl with your fruit balls. ( if some aren’t perfect that’s okay, they will still taste great!)
  2. Pour your alcohol of choice and juice over the balls and refrigerate.
  3. Make sure you keep the melon balls in the fridge until you are ready to serve!
  4. Turn on your multicolor G12 orbs of light and enjoy the delicious fruits of your labor!


Summer Drink Recipe #5: July 4th Sangria

There is nothing sweeter than a cold drink on a hot summer day, so what better way to complement your Fourth of July party or Memorial Day BBQ than with a patriotic summer drink recipe! This sangria is so simple to make but provides a refreshing beverage and a charming display. A glass pitcher works best to show off the fruit while red, white and blue lights add a pop of patriotic color to tie your theme together!

July 4th Sangria recipe - red, white and blue!

July 4th Sangria and Patriotic lights

Ready to make your own patriotic themed display? Hang red, white and blue icicle lights from your deck or inside windows to create spirited spaces!

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup pineapple, sliced or diced ( or be real fancy and cut into star shapes!)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1 liter sprite
  • Patriotic straws
  • Red, white and blue cupcake liners

How to Make It:

  1. Add fresh fruit and sugar to a pitcher
  2. Chill for one hour
  3. Add white wine
  4. Let chill for 1-2 hours.
  5. Add sprite, to taste.
  6. Serve in mason jars over ice
  7. Line top of mason jar with cupcake liner and poke straw through
  8. Turn on your festive red,white and blue lights and enjoy the fireworks!

Are you thirsty yet? If you find yourself dreaming up cocktails and pairing them with lights, send us your recipe and tell us which lights inspired you! You just might see your creation featured in perfect pairings part two!

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