As the weather heats up, so do our hosting opportunities with the balmy temperatures enticing us to throw open the bi-fold doors and entertain outside. And what better way than a laidback backyard barbecue? It’s the great Aussie tradition of family and friends rocking up in singlet tops and thongs with a six-pack or two to bask on the lawn and go a few rounds of barefoot cricket. From cool platters to hot playlists, we’ve got the ultimate backyard barbie party guide that’s more chill than a blender of frozen margaritas.
As your guests start to arrive, put out a big platter of crispy veggies with dips, crackers, strawberries, nuts, cheeses and an assortment of sliced deli meats for them to nibble on and maybe even a couple of bowls of chips. For a quick and easy dessert for later, have a big bag of Zooper Doopers in the freezer or a tub of ice-cream to dish up with fresh berries. We’ve also got some amazing summer recipes from a celebrity New Zealand chef.
Ingredients: 1 lime, salt (for rim), 3 cups ice, 1 cup tequila, 1/2 cup Cointreau, 1 cup fresh lime juice, cocktail shaker (serves 6)
Method: For the salt rim (optional), pour a generous amount of salt on a plate. Cut lime into quarters and use a wedge to rub on rim of glasses to dip in the salt. Put ice in a cocktail shaker. Add tequila, Cointreau and lime juice and shake until combined. Pour into salted glass with strainer to hold back the ice. Slice the rest of the lime to use as garnishes.
Stock up on several big bags to fill up the esky or laundry sink for drinks.
If you don’t have an external sound system, invest in a Bluetooth speaker ahead of time so on the day you’re ready to just press play and let the music take care of itself as you sink into a wicker chair with a fruity cocktail and catch up with friends.