Warm glowing rays, a gentle breeze, and the soothing comfort of your own home make for the ultimate unwinding experience when you sit down for a refreshing summer beverage on the balcony. And, like any leisure activity, there are a few variables you can tweak to make the most of this pastime. Join us as we explore what makes this combination of elements so enriching - from the role of a balcony as an outdoor extension of your home to the art of crafting sumptuous summer drinks and, as always, the role glassware has in enhancing this experience.
If you're fortunate enough to have an outdoor balcony area, you'll know what an oasis of calm it can be. As the sun casts its warm embrace over the landscape, this outdoor extension of your home offers an escape from life's worries, providing a connection to nature and a serene spot for enjoying summer drinks.
To create an inviting ambiance on your balcony, it's important to decorate it accordingly. Start by choosing the right furniture that complements the space; think a small table for your drink, cozy chairs for personal comfort - maybe even a hammock if you're lucky! Add vibrant cushions, perhaps with tropical patterns or soothing pastel shades, and you're on your way to building a setup to evoke that summer feeling.
Besides furniture, you can decorate with other items that will lift the atmosphere of your balcony. For example:
Whether it's with your furniture, plants, lights, or other mood-setters, carefully curating the decor will ensure your balcony is an inviting space you'll love spending time on during those warm summer evenings. Now, let's get onto the summer drinks side of things.
As previously mentioned, summer drinks - and any drink for that matter - benefit hugely from using the correct, high-quality glassware. Your drinking glass's shape and size can significantly enhance the overall indulgence experience; a short cocktail that calls for lots of ice benefits from being served in a short tumbler with a wide mouth, while a sour cocktail requires a glass with an outward-flared lip to deliver the drink's silky smoothness to the entire palate. Meanwhile, using crystal glassware ensures your glasses are more durable, display eye-catching brilliance, and can be created in a finer form than regular glass. Put all this together, and you're much better equipped to find your zen on the balcony with your drink in hand.
The idea that using the right glasses for cocktails enhances the overall sensory experience is at the heart of RIEDEL’s philosophy, which has gone into the design of our RIEDEL Drink Specific Glassware Collection. This collection includes cocktail glasses in all shapes and sizes, also included is a stylish mixing glass that allows you to perfectly prepare thousands of cocktails.