Throw an EPIC Summer Party without even turning your oven on! This charcuterie board and Orange 75 cocktails is the perfect combo for entertaining. The cheese platter is loaded with meats, cheeses, crackers, fruits, nuts and more. This simple cocktail recipe is sure to impress your guests!
This post is sponsored by Riondo Prosecco.
Party Charcuterie Board and Orange 75 Cocktails
Whether you are entertaining a few close friends or throwing a summer party, this charcuterie board and these Orange 75 cocktails made with Riondo Prosecco are the way to go! So join us by recreating this spread for friends and family at home to celebrate.
You want to be able to enjoy your own party, so keep it simple and elegant. Cheese boards are great because there is something for everyone, it’s easy to nibble on while visiting and you can prepare most of it ahead of time. Plus, they are absolutely gorgeous!
The Orange 75 cocktails are a simple yet fancy drink that is great for Summer festivities because of it’s refreshing ingredients which include fresh squeezed orange juice, simple syrup, and gin shaken together then topped with Riondo Prosecco to add refreshing bubbles.
Rondo Prosecco is made with glera grapes grown in the north-east Veneto region of Italy. This authentic sparkling wine is the #1 Prosecco in Italy. Celebrate the easy living spirit of Italy without breaking the bank!
This vino frizzante boasts fresh aromas of golden delicious apple, pear, and acacia blossom. Its persistent effervescence is followed by a crisp, clean finish. While delicate and fruity, Riondo Prosecco is the perfect choice to either sip by itself or mix with other ingredients like the Orange 75.
Oh, and the Riondo Prosecco portfolio also includes screw-top and mini/bambino bottles which makes it even more convenient for entertaining on the go or just in general.
How To Prepare an Epic Party Cheese Board
First, make a list! There are so many things that can be added to a good cheese platter. So. Many. Thant if you don’t make a list you could end up forgetting half of the items. Keep reading to get ideas.
Next, make sure you have the right serving vessels. You can opt for the classic large board or several different platters (like I did). I prefer to use several serving trays because then you can separate the dry breads & crackers, wet pickles & olives from the meats, cheeses and fruits.
When arranging your cheese board, go a little crazy. This is a bit against my nature but your platter will look stunning if you haphazardly place everything together. Think . . . A Beautiful Mess.
Oh, don’t forget the spoons, spreading knives, napkins and small plates.
What Do You Put on a Charcuterie Board
The sky is the limit, babaay! Seriously though, you can choose just a few of your favorite bites for a more casual affair. Or you can go all out and load that platter to the brim! I opted for the loaded platter 😆 I may have gone a little overboard considering this was for a small, intimate gathering.
CHEESES:Brie, White Stilton with Apricots, Creamy Goat Cheese, Mozzarella (extra points for burrata), Parmesan, Blue Cheese, Gorgonzola, Fontina, Sharp Cheddar. Any other cheeses that you prefer and spreadable cheese is great too!
MEATS:Prosciutto, Salami, Coppocola, etc.
BREADS:Sliced Baguette, Fruit/Nut Crackers, Cracker Sticks, Pita Chips, Multigrain Crackers, Water Crackers, Crostini, Sliced Brown Rye, etc.
NUTS:Pistachios, Marcona Almonds, Cashews, Pecans, Walnuts, etc.
FRESH FRUITS:Cherries, Strawberries, Oranges, Grapes, Figs, Apricots, Plums, Berries, etc.
DRIED FRUITS:Apricots, Cherries, Cranberries, Figs, Tomatoes, Oranges, Dates, Plums, etc.
PICKLED ITEMS:Mini Pickles (Cornichons), Green & Kalamata Olives, Jarred Roasted Red Peppers, Fire Roasted Marinated Artichoke Hearts, Olive Tapenade, Pickled Green Beans, etc.
So now for the cocktails. I fell in love with French 75s on my recent trip to New Orleans. A French 75 is a blend of lemon, simple syrup, gin and champagne.
These 75 Cocktails are made with fresh orange juice and Riondo Prosecco making them a bit sweeter than the original. I also tweaked the standard 75 measurements to make these drinks even sweeter with more juice and simple syrup.
These cocktails are fantastic for entertaining because they just take a few shakes, then top with prosecco and you are done.
The simple syrup should be prepared the day before so that you allow it to sit for 24 hours before the party start time. And, to make it even easier I bought fresh squeezed orange juice at the store to save time and me from having to juice each orange.
Last step is to garnish the cocktail with a fresh orange peel or a piece of candied orange . . . CHEERS!