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Summer is in full-force and that also means lots of backyard dinner parties! I’m so thrilled to have partnered with BACARDI® Mixers to celebrate summer entertaining. It gets even better! After diving into my personality + the “Pizzazzerie” brand, BACARDI® Mixers Mixologists created a cocktail just for me! The drink was created in honor of my love for sweet drinks and at-home entertaining. It’s called the “Basil Blender” and it was the inspiration for my garden dinner party.

The Basil Blender


The cocktail was the star of the party. It’s refreshing, light, and the basil creates a perfect pairing with the BACARDI® Mixers Piña Colada flavor! Those hot summer nights will be a lot more fun with this cocktail in hand. I garnished each with a fresh sprig of basil and a lime wheel.

I can’t wait to try the Margarita and Strawberry Daiquiri Mixers too. What I love is how easy it is to throw a party together around a refreshing cocktail. The BACARDI® Mixers are also very high quality and most are made with real fruit juice and easy to stock in the freezer so you have them on hand for last minute get-togethers! It’s truly the epitome of “effortless entertaining” because you can combine whip up a delightful cocktail for guests in seconds.

Basil Blender: A frozen cocktail you'll be making over and over!

I grow lots of fresh veggies and herbs in my backyard including one of my favorites – basil! So I was able to use fresh basil in my blender and throughout the party.  See below, a simple watering can became an easy centerpiece when placed on a cake stand and filled with fresh basil. Serving up the BACARDI® Mixers Strawberry Daiquiri flavor? Decorate with fresh strawberries instead. It’s easy to coordinate your cocktail to your party theme.

Host a Summer Garden Dinner Party!

Color makes any party more fun so a whimsical, striped fabric made the perfect tablecloth on my deck table. Classic white dishes with lime place cards added a festive pop of color and easy way for guests to find their seat. Cute striped straws made cocktail sipping even sweeter.

Host a summer garden dinner party - tablescape + recipe!
Limes make a simple place card for summer garden parties!
Host a summer garden dinner party!
Host a summer garden dinner party!
BACARDI Favor Buckets for a Summer Garden Dinner Party!
Basil Blender: Refreshing Summer Cocktail!

Enjoy the recipe for this refreshing cocktail!

Cute striped straws liven up a summer party!
Host an al fresco summer garden dinner party with fresh limes and basil centerpieces!
BACARDI Favors for a garden party!
Basil Blender, the perfect frozen summer drink!
Pina Colada from BACARDI Mixers!
Host a Summer Garden Dinner Party!

Frozen Basil Blender

A refreshing frozen basil cocktail to enjoy all summer long!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 can frozen BACARDI® Mixers Piña Colada Mix
  • ¾ cup Spiced Rum
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 10-12 large basil leaves
  • 5 cups ice
  • 4 lime wheels for garnishes
  • 4 basil leaves for garnishes


  • Combine all ingredients except garnishes in a blender and mix on high for about 30 seconds or until completely smooth.
  • Pour into a piña colada or collins glass.
  • Garnish with basil leaf and lime wheel.


Calories: 218kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 16mgPotassium: 79mgFiber: 1gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 45IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
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  1. So very cute. Love the favors, and the color scheme is darling!

  2. I love the idea of serving a cocktail that guests have never tried. I just put the ingredients on my shopping list to try. Your color scheme is fabulous! What a fabulous party!

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