The Best Wedding Food and Drink Ideas for Summer

 The Best Wedding Food and Drink Ideas for Summer | Viper Alley

Summer is wedding season, and you know what that means: it’s time to plan some fantastic parties and serve the season’s finest picks for food and beverage. As temperatures rise, it’s the perfect opportunity to serve flavorful, fresh meals, as well as craft light and refreshing drinks for cocktail hour. Here are a few delicious foods and drinks to feature at your wedding this summer.

Shellfish

When it’s warm outside, the last thing you want is to dig into a heavy beef stew. Instead, chilled food is the way to go. Shellfish options, especially during cocktail hour, such as shrimp cocktail, scalloped skewers, sushi, lobster tail, and ahi tuna crudo crostini, are easy to nibble on and can cool you down. Pair with a nice light wine or cocktail to wash it down.

Spiked Lemonade & Teas

The great thing about serving lemonade and iced tea is that it can be a “mocktail,” for guests who are under 21, but it can also come in an “adult-friendly” version, where there’s a bit of a boozy kick to it. (You can also experiment with flavored syrups, sugars, and fresh herbs.) As another option, forego the spiked lemonade or iced tea in favor of an pops adult popsicle or snowcone for dessert. Vodka-infused lemonade pops are tasty and fun for an after-dinner treat.

Mini Mac N’ Cheese

Everyone loves mac n’ cheese, but when it’s hot out, a big heaping serving is not the way to go. Instead, passing around mini mac n’ cheese appetizers is the best way to give everyone a taste of the gooey, cheesy stuff, without overdoing it. Plus, they’re super cute, as well. Play around with the cheeses—adding in Gruyere or cheddar and some truffle oil to “up” the sophistication.

Mini Champagne Bottles

Instead of waiting for a glass of Prosecco to toast, give each guest a mini champagne bottle upfront, so there’s plenty of champagne to go around. It’s an easy way to save time during preparation for toasts, too, which can help everything flow swimmingly during the reception. Besides—who can say no to a personal bottle?

French Macarons

These rainbow colored French macaron desserts are bright and colorful, which is perfect for the summer season, and they look elegant when displayed as a tower. Plus, since they’re light and flaky, they won’t weigh you down, and you can pop them in your mouth and get up and boogie on the dance floor.

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