Framboise and raspberry club soda with fresh raspberries.
 Lemonade and limoncello with fresh lemon and mint (both photos © RawPixel.com | Pexels).
We were trying to clear out a pantry closet filled with alcohol, which included bottles and bottles of things we rarely use.
We only drink wine at home; if guests ask for liquor, it’s almost always vodka.
For baking and sauces, we use a few liqueurs—but only occasionally.
So what do do with half-filled bottles of scotch, unopened bottles of bourbon, and a dozen bottles of never-used liqueurs?
Give them away. Nobody we offered them to turned them down, even when there were just two inches left in the bottle.
But we did hold back a few bottles of liqueur to try out today’s tip: liqueur spritzers.
We had a mix-your-own cocktail party where the ingredients were:
Four liqueurs: coffee, framboise (raspberry), kirsch (cherry), limoncello
Club soda, plain and flavored (to match the liqueurs)
Berries, lemon wheels, lime and orange wedges
We provided rocks glasses, even though these normally would be tall drinks. But in order to see if you like what you’ve mixed, smaller is better.
A good time was had by all.
The favorite by far was lemonade-with-liqueur.
Everyone liked a simple spritzer (liqueur with club soda).
The “coffee people” asked for milk or cream to turn their coffee-club soda spritzers into “spiked and sparkling iced coffee.”
And a party bonus: Everyone went home with one or more bottles of liqueurs and spirits.
Do you have bottles that are sitting around, gathering dust?
Now you have a plan, perfect for idling on the patio or around the pool.