COCKTAILS AND DESIGN – Summer Drinks and Outdoor Fabrics

Jul 20 2012

by Whitney Long

Southern Recipes Compiled by Cheri Leavy Background photo by Fabulous & Frugal

The summer sunshine takes this southern gal outdoors and poolside which gets me to thinking about my patio decor as I am in need of some fabulous pillows to add some pops of fun. The poolside brainstorming over magazines and pondering which fabrics to choose requires a cool libation. I let some of my favorite fabric collections inspire my cocktail selection which will likely help me come full circle and pick a fabric. Wink wink, cheers to summer and being outdoors!

The first fabric on the left is Windsor Smith for Kravet Soleil-Tahitian Holiday Collection and it inspires a…

Mai Tai


  • 2 cups light rum
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 1 cup 151 proof rum
  • 1 cup orange curacao (orange flavored liqueur)
  • 1 cup almond flavored syrup
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 10 limes, juiced
  • 1/2 gallon fresh orange juice


  1. In a large jar or drink cooler, combine the light rum, dark rum, 151 rum, orange liqueur, almond syrup, simple syrup, and lime juice. Stir and top off with orange juice. Do not use grenadine if you want the true Mai Tai! Serve in 8 to 12 ounce glasses with ice.

The middle fabric is Trina Turk for Schumacher in the Peacock Print and it inspires a

Sangria! Sangria!

Here is a video link on how to make Sangria.

  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lime, sliced into rounds
  • 1/4 cup white sugar (optional)
  • 8 maraschino cherries
  • 2 cups carbonated water (optional)


  1. In a large pitcher or bowl, mix together the brandy, lemon juice, lemonade concentrate, orange juice, red wine, triple sec, and sugar. Float slices of lemon, orange and lime, and maraschino cherries in the mixture. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor. For a fizzy sangria, add club soda just before serving.

The fabric on the right is Hable Construction’s Big Beads in Lido and it inspires a

Salty Chihuahua

  • 1 wedge lime
  • coarse salt
  • ice
  • 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger tequila
  • 5 fluid ounces lemonade


  1. Wet the rim of an old fashioned glass with lime juice, then dip in salt. Fill glass with ice. Pour in tequila and lemonade. Squeeze and drop in the lime wedge. Stir.

I found my drink recipes on

Here is a link to a great post and other recipes for summer libations from Fabulous & Frugal.

Here is more information about my favorite outdoor fabric collections:

Kravet Soleil fabrics represent all of the exciting advances in indoor/outdoor fabrics, from technology to texture to style, these fabrics offer UV protection, the ultimate durability for all types of weather, and a range of patterns and colors so vibrant and on-trend you will be tempted to use them indoors as well.

Trina Turk for Schumacher’s dramatic collection of indoor/outdoor prints, many of which were originally designed for her resort collections, are inspired by the poolside lifestyle of Los Angeles and Palm Springs, and also the variety of cultural influences and landscapes that are found in California. Bold geometric patterns are mixed with prints derived from natural motifs, and also designs discovered in Trina’s extensive collection of vintage apparel. The color palette of this collection is fashion-influenced; bright and breezy shades of turquoise, citron, watermelon and marine are combined with smart neutrals such as sand dune and charcoal, giving these outdoor suitable prints a thoroughly modern appeal.

Hable Construction’s OUT-OF-DOOR WOVENS: More heavyweight and textural than the printed collection, the outdoor collection is made of eco-friendly jacquards woven on looms – a process invented in the early 19th century. In this process, programmed repeats control the fabric’s construction and pattern, determining the exact relationship between warp and weft. Hable proudly uses Bella-Dura yarns in the collection as its anti-microbial, water-repellent, and fade-resistant qualities make the fabrics suitable for commercial and residential applications.

Enjoy this southern recipe in this collection of our southern cuisine – let’s gather the best southern food ideas for The Southern Coterie cookbook.


Whitney Long View More Blog Posts from this Author

Whitney Long is co-founder of The Southern C and The Southern C Summit. Mama x 4, wife x 1. Entrepreneur, thinker, doer, writer, researcher, believer. Enjoys working alongside creative entrepreneurs to build community while supporting established and upcoming brands. Hobbies include travel, reading, bike rides and clever craft cocktails.

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