"Beers & Babes" take on a whole different meaning when you are hosting a beer themed party with women in mind. Personally, I am NOT a beer drinker but I recall sampling and then sipping on a fruity ale that tasted delicious. I had to do some research (and sips...such hard work right?) to find out which beer made the cut. Let's be honest, I prefer a wine cooler or fruity cider and this one didn't disappoint.
For the real news, what goes with beer? Serious question - Beer Nuts?...okay complete assumption because by the way everyone loves beer seems like it goes with anything.
Instead of combating a ton of saltiness with all the fruity ales, I needed a sweet & spicy trail mix that is the perfect contrast to all that fruit. Honey Chipotle Trail Mix....yum. How about you drizzle some of this Spicy Honey Chipotle on top of a trail mix of nuts and pretzels? YUM x 100!
Honey Chipotle Dipping Sauce:
2/3 c. honey
1/4 c. water
1 tbsp. ketchup
1 tsp. chipotle powder
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
For additional heat & spice - 1 tsp. of hot sauce
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Mix and whisk thoroughly and allow it to boil for 2 minutes. It should become more saucy. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
How could I forget?! ... pretzels & a delicious dipping sauce. My friend Stacy over at the Hurried Hostess has an amazing recipe for the freshest, softest, fluffiest pretzels ever and I am not a huge fan of pretzels but this had me going back for seconds. Imagine dipping those bad boys in a cream cheese queso or stone ground mustard...talk about mild addiction.
Sausage link hot dogs in a pretzel butter bun is a STAPLE. I absolutely love a sausage dog and it went perfectly with all the spicy, savory, buttery, and salty flavors on the table. Be sure to squeeze some mustard on top!
Keeping things simple and laid back considering this is a backyard party, we polished up the backyard furniture. Nothing too new but a classic/neutral backyard set. You can always "zhoosh" it up with some fun pillows or even an umbrella.
The fence line was trimmed with lights to warm the atmosphere. In addition a simple neutral garland was added to bring out a festive element. Adding more textures by inserting pampas grass to catch the wind and provide even more movement.
Wooden trays were the serving base and was able to accommodate the entire spread.
Hot dogs were served in personal fry baskets. You can add fries, tots or even pickle chips as a side dish to your sausage dog.
As mentioned, I am NOT a beer drinker but I love a good fruity wine cooler or cider. I grabbed a mix of fruity beers and was pleasantly surprised at the lighter flavor.
Don't get me wrong, it still had the wheat hoppy taste (I am personally not a fan) but it wasn't as strong as I've known beer to be. I decided why not have a little more fun with the beer. I picked up some orange sherbet (opted for sherbet because it mixes well with spirits, liquors and beers) and strolled through the adult beverage aisle and scooped up some Orange Bud Light.
Mixing the two definitely helped to make it more fruity, sweet and palatable for the non beer enthusiast. It reminded me of the typical "baby shower punch" all of our moms use to mix in the punch bowl back in the 90s, just an upgraded version.
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